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We’re Not Taking Your Van!

Justine and Tony are stopping off at Hebden Fringe on the way to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Here, our adorable protagonists Justine the cabaret singer and her long-suffering, mulleted husband (and van driver), Tony, give us a little insight into their lives.


Sunday 1 July, 7.30pm – 8.25pm, Arts Festival Shop, Albert Street, Hebden Bridge

Justine And Tony

Benidorm meets Shameless! A One act stage sitcom

Ticket Price: £5

Age Suitability: 12+

Tickets are available from Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Office, Market Street, Hebden Bridge


Dance Your Way Through the Fringe






7.30pm – 9.30pm, Hebden Bridge Town Hall Studio

Learn to Stroll

A fabulously easy dance to wonderful vintage music. A bit like line dancing but without the cowboy hats!  

Suitable for all abilities. 

Tickets: FREE

Age Suitability: All


10am – 3pm, Hebden Bridge Town Hall Studio

FREE Dance Lab Co Workshops

Aged 12 -16? Then this is your chance to get experience in the arts of Jazz ans Street Dance with 2 full days of workshops. Keep fit while developing new skills, while improving your self discipline and focus.



7.30pm – 9pm, Hebden Bridge Town Hall Studio

Bellydance Workshop with Amanda Craine

A shimmy-tastic time, not to be missed!

Suitable for all abilities. Beginners welcome

Tickets: £4

Age Suitability: 16+


10.30am – 3.30pm, Hebden Bridge Town Hall Studio

Absolute Beginners Dance Workshops – Your Chance To Dance!

An opportunity to try your hand (and feet!) at something new, in the safety of a room full of beginners. Fully qualified and insured dance instructor, Lizzy Goodman (AIDTA, AUKA) is here to make you feel comfortable as you try something new in these fun and friendly classes.

10:30 – 11.15: Beginners Street Dance (Age 5-10 years)

11:30 – 12:15: Beginners Street Dance (Age 10-16 years)

12:30 – 13:15: Beginners Ballroom (All ages/family. No partner necessary.)

13:30 – 14:15: Zumba Fitness – Ditch the workout and join the party! (Adults 14+)

14:30 – 15:30: Burlesque Taster Class with Lady Wildflower (Age 16+)

Tickets: Street Dance, Ballroom and Zumba – £3 per session; Burlesque £5

Tickets for all of this year’s Fringe Workshops are available from the Arts Festival Box Office, Albert Street, Hebden Bridge

Get To Know Your Fringe Participants – Seeing Poetry

We have asked some of the very talented folks who are staging events, happenings and shows to tell us a little more about themselves and their work.

Here, the ladies behind Seeing Poetry share a little about where their work comes from:

All poetry is the art of seeing. Described by Carol Ann Duffy as “probably the best, most electrifying new young reader on the circuit”, Clare Shaw’s poetry is located in a poetic tradition of bearing witness to that which goes unsaid. Clare uses acute observation to ground her poetry in the reality of lived experience … in her hands, language is concrete; each poem, a landscape in its own right.

Seeing Poetry: A Collaboration between Poet Clare Shaw and Illustrator Louise Crosby

Louise’s meticulous, striking interpretations of Clare’s poetry offer not just another way of reading these poems, but a whole new landscape in themselves. Just as the poet works with space, geometry and rhythm to sculpt the poem, so Lou uses ‘comic’ forms to parallel the poetic structure through the use of choice of image, layout and flow.

Following the sell-out success of their previous Festival offering “Poetry, Prints and Chips”, Lou and Clare – hosted by Hebden’s Organic House – are delighted to present another visual, literary and literal feast, as the latest output of their lively collaboration is served up with complementary cake and cuppa.  

What previous audiences have said about the work:

“fantastic artwork”

“fabulous poetry ”

“fascinating to listen to details of the artistic collaboration”

“very entertaining as well as thought-provoking”

“as a complete philistine in terms of poetry I think you have turned my head!”.

Sunday 8 July, 7pm – 9pm
Organic House Cafe
Tickets: £6.50 from Festival Box Office or Organic House

Burlesque in Abundance! Full line-up announced for Frou Frou at the Fringe

Frou Frou Club FRINGE SPECIAL, The Town Hall, Friday 6 July

Line Up Announced

A Bevvy of local Burlesque beauties:

Lady Wildflower – Full of Sass with bags of Class

Heidi Bang Tidy – The Benny Hill (with boobs!) of Burlesque

Crystal Tips – Tapping Tornado

Liberty Belle – Hebden Honey

Poly Tickle – Cheeky L’il Minx

Kinky Krayola – Sultry Siren

PLUS special guest performers:

Stunning Duo – The Star Bazaar

Beatiful Bombshell – Starla Bright

Superbly talented – Atheria Hart

Hilarious Puppetry – Puppetual Motion

and earth-shattering vocals from Kiki De Ville


Get Involved – Fringe Assistant Internships

We’d really like to engage some Young People in this year’s Fringe (30 June – 8 July) and can offer some Work Experience/ Unpaid Internships to young people aged between 16 and 21 who are interested in persuing a career in the Arts.

We plan to be able to offer a small team of Fringe Assistants the chance to gain experience in some/all of the following:

  • Event Management
  • Box Office
  • Stage Management
  • Artiste Liaison
  • Arts Admin
  • Event Stewarding
  • Marketing/Press Office

Our Fringe Co Ordinator, Heidi Waddington, has over 14 Years’ Arts Management experience and has worked with young volunteers before. She is committed to giving Young People the chance to get hands-on, behind the scenes at this year’s Fringe. This is NOT about us getting free labour for the Fringe, this is about offering young people a genuine opportunity to get some really valuable experience, a good reference and some great stuff to go on their CV.

We can offer internships starting on 16 June when the Festival Office opens, right through until 8 July, so a nice meaty length of time in which Fringe Assistants can really gain some great experience.

If you are (or you know of) a reliable young person who has a passion for the arts and would benefit from working with us on this year’s Fringe, please email: Young People should include a little bit of information about themselves and why they would like to be a Fringe Assistant and give details of their availability between 16 June and 8 July.

“CREATIVE IN TENTS” … anything can happen in the next half hour.”

An invitation to local creatives from Nutclough Housing Cooperative.

“This is a call out to creatives offering you all an opportunity to do something different.

We are offering the Nutclough Tavern Studio space and Gardens for a beyond the fringe event during the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.

The plan is to have several small tents in the garden on 30th june and 1st July also on 7th & 8th July.

The co-operative will provide refreshment and support during and before the event.

The Studio Space will be available both weekends and in between, 29th June to 8th July.

Open to ideas. Come and have a look.

Would you like to experiment with a small captive audience? Face to face poetry perhaps in a two person tent.

We don’t intend to charge the public and expect the artists to provide their own magic hats for donations.

Performances could be limited to last 15 – 20 minutes with no limit to the number of performances.

There will also be spaces for workshops and these could be pre-booked with the artist/creative/s.

We have a proud history working with and supporting outsider art but that wouldn’t exclude us welcoming artists and performers with a bit more experience. So even if you have a rather larger event planned these weekends come and have the chance to get so close you can smell the punters.

Contact Fern at Nutclough Tavern, to make sure I’m about e mail me on or text me on 07786 987 371 or drop in to Soup Dragon 12-3 Fridays at Holme Street.”

Not the Usual!

The star of ITV’s Down the Lane has shocked fans by deciding to quit the hit show. Brian ‘Cuddles’ McClair (53) has played the role of lovable layabout Ted Roberts for the last thirty years but after an alleged bust up with the shows director Graham Coksop (29) he’s finally hung up his mac and has vowed never to return.

‘To be honest with you I was so bored of the same tired scripts- nothing ever happened. I was desperate to inject a bit of energy into Ted’s character but apparently it wasn’t what he (Coksop) was looking for’.

Ted’s departure has left the show’s loyal fans devestated. Jonny Butler (69) a retired chimney sweep from Castleford, West Yorkshire said ‘I don’t know what I’ll do of an evening now Ted’s gone. I’ll really miss his catch-phrase ‘aye the usual’. Life isn’t worth living without it!’

McClair is reported to be auditioning for a role in the up and coming sketch show ‘Welcome to the Land of Nod’.

Coksop, however, remained unperturbed by the loss of Ted. ‘Sure, he brought something to the show but Down the Lane will continue perfectly well without him (Cuddles) flouncing around the set like some enormous fondant fancy’.

It’s expected that tonight’s episode, which features barmaid Cynthia Tittlebug shooting her co-worker Claudia Buggletit in the face over a disagreement about crisps, will break the show’s record audience of 2.5 million.

Land of Nod – Hilarious Comedy Sketch Show.

Friday 6 July B@r Place @ 7.30pm

Tickets £5 on Sale 16 June from Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Shop

Facebook Event HERE