Thank you everyone for a wonderful parade! 

See lots of photo galleries on our Facebook page.

Handmade Parade – Hebden Bridge 2016 from Sarah Mason on Vimeo.


Sunday, 26 June, 2016

Parade at noon; mini-festival in the park from 1-4pm
Open workshops from 4-23 June

Join us this year for our 9th annual Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade as we bring celebration and spectacle to our streets. This year’s parade will be on the opening weekend of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and also a part of the Yorkshire Festival.

The Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade is an annual celebration of funkiness, the art of the handmade and is just sheer fun! The magic happens in three weeks of workshops, open to anyone who wants to make costumes, carryable art or help create giant puppets. With an ace team of local professional carnival artists, volunteers, guest artists and some killer street bands, we create just the occasion for up to 1000 people to dance down the streets of Hebden Bridge, watched by thousands. Seriously, you don’t want to miss this.

The parade will set off at 12 noon from the Handmade Parade workshops on Victoria Road and head down Valley Road, through St George’s Square and Bridge Gate to finish in Calder Holmes Park, where there will be mini festival of live music, dance, street theatre and picnic in the park with fabulous food stalls from local vendors until 4pm.

See the parade route

Parking is very limited in our narrow valley so if possible, please arrive by bus or train (we’ve made it easy: the parade ends right next to the train station!) If you must drive, please give yourself plenty of time (lots of great cafes and shops in Hebden Bridge!)

(Hint: best views of parade, especially if you have little ones, is on Valley Rd and Holme St–it’s very crowded near St George’s Square and on Bridge Gate!)

Coming from out of town? Find tourist info at Visit Calderdale.

Open workshops

June 4 and 5: 10am-12pm and 2-4pm
June 7 and 9: 4-6pm
June 11 and 12: 10am-12pm and 2-4pm
June 14 and 16: 4-6pm
June 18 and 19: 10am-12pm and 2-4pm
June 21 and 23:  4-6pm and 7-9pm


Workshops will be at Unit 5, Victoria Works, Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8LN 

Everyone is welcome and all the materials are provided, along with as much or as little instruction as you need.

Adults, teenagers, families, all are welcome. If you’re under 13, you do need to have an adult with you. Entrance is by donation.

Parade Classes

Join our Samba Band, learn how to walk on stilts or join the women’s dance group.

You’ll have a chance to show off your creations or performance on the day of the parade and at the grand finale in Calder Holmes Park.

No previous skills required.

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Outreach Workshops

Our artists can come to you! If you’re a community centre or organisation, or a school, our artists would love to work with you at a time and place that suits you. We’ll bring all the materials you’ll need for a couple of hours or a day of fun and new experiences. To set up outreach workshops and find out about cost, contact

If you’d like to make your own costumes at home, school (or even work!) and join us on parade day, please remember our two rules: No words or logos. No motorised vehicles.