Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and Handmade Parade

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival: 22 June – 1 July 2018

Celebrating Hebden Bridge’s quirky community and showcasing the town’s unique creativity and landscape, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival promotes artistic talent of all kinds from near and far in a flurry of activities held annually at the end of June.

Each year the Festival explores a different theme. In 2016 it celebrated Hebden Bridge’s rich textile history under the banner of Trouser Town, while the subject of the 2017 Festival was Water.


Non-Conformism – the theme chosen for the 2018 Festival – promises to be equally fruitful. Photographer Martin Parr, who began his career as a documentary photographer in Hebden Bridge during the 1970s with a study of the changing fortunes of the Non-Conformist chapels that once dominated the area, has already been booked for a special event.

For more information about last year’s Festival and future events, please click here

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade was started in 2008 by Andrew Kim, a puppeteer specialising in giant puppets and large-scale community performances. A key event in the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, this annual extravaganza  draws on  the talents of professional carnival artists, puppeteers, makers, musicians, stilt walkers and performers working with local schools and community groups.

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade 2016


Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade 2014


To watch a video about the Handmade Parade, please click here


© Photos copyright Lesley Jackson

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