We invite you to join us for a special & fascinating weekend.
After the successful Gentleman Jack TV series of a true story set in Halifax, we will be visiting Halifax, Halifax Minster and Shibden Hall, the home of Ann Lister. Tracing her hometown and the history surrounding it. Firstly we will visit world famous Piece Hall which used to be the centre of England’s woollen trade in the 15th century, originally selling cloth and trading through this unique Grade 1 Georgian masterpiece. It was built as a place where hand weavers could sell their pieces of cloth, hence the name ‘ Piece Hall’.
It has now been fully restored and houses shops, restaurants and art galleries. We will have a special guided tour of this building which is the only one left in the world. It has been fully restored and is a magnificent sight to the eye. There may be a market on in the middle of the hall on the Saturday.
In the afternoon we will visit 14th century Shibden Hall which is a mile away from Halifax town centre. Steeped in history, inside the building takes your breath away.
It was home to Ann Lister (Gentleman Jack fame) She was an English landowner and a prolific diarist. Throughout her life she kept daily diaries where she chronicled details of her life, including her lesbian relationships, her financial concerns, her industrial activities and her work improving Shibden Hall. Her private affairs were written in secret code & were deciphered in the 1920’s by her uncle. They were then hidden behind a wall to hide the true Ann Lister and so not to shame the family. You will not be disappointed with Shibden Hall.
Sunday we travel by car to Haworth, home town of the famous Bronte Sisters. Charlotte, Anne & Emily wrote most of their work, including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, at the Parsonage where they lived with their parents.
We will tour the parsonage, which is now a museum maintained by the Bronte Society. The Bronte Society was formed in tribute to the women whose books are still read and loved around the world. It has been established for 125 years.
A visit to St Michael & All Angels Church where they worshipped; their father was vicar there and see more of the unique parts of Haworth.
Haworth is an undisputed Literary Mecca, attracting visitors from all around the world. With its historic cobbled main street (where the Tour de France cycled through) iconic parsonage and rolling moors.
The village is picturesque, exudes vintage charm and you feel as though you’ve stepped back into another era.
We will stop for tea & lunch and depart around 2.30 – 3.00pm
Friday we will dine at the Caygill Rooms, a private room in the Piece Hall. Dress is smart but casual.
Saturday, we will have lunch and dinner there.
Saturday day is casual dress.
Saturday evening is Formal Dress BUT as an option you can DRESS AS ‘GENTLEMAN JACK’
YOU’RE OWN INTERPRETATION OF HER! THE FLOOR IS OPEN TO YOUR IMAGINATION! PRIZES FOR THE BEST DRESSED GENTLEMAN JACK!
Please note:- costings of this event will be available in the next couple of weeks. Please book the hotel in the meantime The Premier Inn as above.
Contact Liz Walmsley for any enquiries:- email@example.com