Return of the Shibden Spooktacular


The Shibden Spooktacular is returning on Thursday 26 October 2017 5:30pm – 9pm. Enjoy a FANGtastic event of fun, frights & fireworks!

All children (and adults) are encouraged to come to Shibden Spooktacular in fancy dress. Whether you want to be a spooky skeleton or a dapper Dracula, pretty princess or wicked witch, put on your best costume and head on down for a fang-tastic night.

Be sure to get down early for our ghoulish fancy dress competition being held by the stage area at 6.25pm. There will be prizes for the best dressed children.

This year, there will be a choice of fairground rides located by the cafe, for the kids to go on and keep them entertained.

Let ghouls and ghosts guide you around the Shibden estate on one of 2 Spooky Walks. As you make your way through the creepy decorations, see if you can spot our witches, goblins and maybe the odd vampire or two.

There will be two separate walks around Shibden Park, both of which will start from beside the lake. The first spooky walk will depart at 6.45pm and is ideal for our younger guests. The second spooky walk will set off immediately after the firework display has finished.

Please note that due to several steps and uneven ground along the route, this part of the evening is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Explore the spooky happenings of Shibden with a ride on the popular Ghost Train of Shibden Hall. Running all evening (except during the fireworks).

There will be several food vendors available on the night serving everything from Hot Dogs to Soup, Coffee and Donuts to name but a few. Be sure to bring your appetite!

Tickets are only available on the day, at the entrance to the park. There are no advance sales.

Adults: £5 Adults
Children: £3
Family: £15 (Up to 2 Adults and 3 Children)

Get to the event using the FREE Park and Ride from Eureka.
**There is no charge for parking your car, or using the bus**

The first bus leaves at 5:15pm from the Eureka car park but there will be a frequent shuttle service. The last bus is expected to leave Shibden Park at 9:15pm when the event finishes.



RSPCA Big Walkies at Shibden Park

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch are hosting their third Big Walkies – a sponsored dog walk for both 2 legged and 4 legged supporters to help raise funds for their local RSPCA Centre.

The 3k walk will take place in the beautiful grounds of Shibden Park, Halifax on Sunday 24 September at 11am. All sponsorship raised will go towards providing care, training and rehabilitation to the current – and future – animals looking for their forever homes in Calderdale and Kirklees.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome and there’s even more to experience on the day with fun stalls and games for the whole family and their pooches to enjoy.

This year Fay Gibbons (RSPCA Events Coordinator) will be taking on the role of lead walker along with one of the centre’s lucky pooches! Fay said “I can’t wait for the return of the Big Walkies to Shibden Park this year. We always have such fun with the local community and it’s an event that really helps us raise awareness of the amazing animal welfare work our branch does and gives us the opportunity to raise vital funds to support this work too.”

It really is a beautiful, scenic walk and it’s great to see so many excited pooches flock to Shibden Park for the best walk ever! I couldn’t help but get involved with the walk myself and I hope this will give us the opportunity to show off some of our current doggy residents looking for their forever homes. We hope to see lots of people and pooches there but if you can’t make it and still want to support us, you can donate through our justgiving page too.”

To register please visit It’s only £5 and once you’ve signed up, you will receive a Big Walkies Participant Pack and Big Walkies wristband. All sponsorship raised will go directly to the local RSPCA Halifax and Huddersfield Centre, which is a self funded branch of the National RSPCA responsible for raising their own funds within the local area.

For more information or any enquiries please contact Fay on 07399 587618 or

Ward Forum Grant Used to Install Play Train at Shibden Park

The Friends of Shibden Park have now completed the play train project which is proving to be a great success with visitors to the park both young and old, the group were successful in securing a £500 Northowram and Shelf ward forum grant, which was used for the carved seats and perimeter fencing.

After mending the footbridge the Friends of Shibden Park moved onto creating the play train next to the Mereside cafe and this was unveiled by the Mayor of Calderdale in July.

Vote for your favourite Calderdale park!

Seven parks in Calderdale are in the running for the Green Flag People’s Choice Award.

To help your favourite Calderdale park to make the UK’s top 10, simply cast your vote by visiting, select your country/region on the interactive map to find your park and click the ‘vote for this park’ button.

You can vote anytime from 1-30 September 2017. All the UK’s 1,797 award winning Green Flag Award parks are eligible and voting is simple.

Simply use the map to find to your favourite park and click the vote button. It’s really that simple. Once you’ve voted, don’t forget to encourage others to get involved too.

Friends of Roils Head – General Meeting minutes

The minutes from the Friends of Roils Head Group general meeting held on Saturday 22 July 2017 at Grace Baptist Church are now available to view online.

Click here to view the minutes from the meeting

Discussions included a possible extension to the children’s play area, the Local Plan and future priorities such as the Local Nature Reserve.

The next meeting will be held after the consultation period for The Local Plan has closed (September or early October).

Friends of Beechwood Park minutes of last meeting – 1st August

Read the minutes of the last Friends of Beechwood Park meeting held at St Andrews Church on Tuesday 1 August 2017.

The minutes include park issues and residents feedback as well as funding news and feedback from the Beechwood Big Picnic.

Read the latest minutes online here