Raising a glass to the Tour

Any riders and spectators looking for a watering hole when the Tour De Yorkshire comes through the Calder Valley will find the perfect event laid on in Hebden Bridge!

The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge, is holding another Beer and Cider Festival on May 1, 2 and 3, with the Sunday coinciding with stage 3 of Tour de Yorkshire coming through Hebden Bridge after the riders have made their way down from Cragg Vale and through Mytholmroyd.

“Our Beer and Cider Festival is unique by celebrating our very local breweries by only serving beer from Little Valley Brewery, Bridestones and Slightly Foxed”, explains Amy Leader, director of The Town Hall. We’re extremely pleased that all three want to work with us again this year and with Tour de Yorkshire travelling through Hebden Bridge on the Sunday we can offer the cycle race visitors a mighty fine selection of local brews.”

“We didn’t want to leave out the cider lovers, so the Real Cider Company, a distributor based in Hebden Bridge, will be here with their choice selection of cider and perry.

“Representatives from the breweries and Real Cider Company will be on hand for tasting and share their knowledge and experience.”

The Town Hall Beer and Cider Festival starts on the evening of Friday, May 1, with a trade night, which CAMRA members are invited to.

The festival is then open to the public on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, with pies and peas in the café and a barbeque in the riverside courtyard if the weather is up to it.

Entry is free.

l Community groups in Calderdale with ideas for events to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire can apply for funding to make them happen.

The council has created a £10,000 fund to support small local events linked to the Tour de Yorkshire, to help get communities involved and boost visitor numbers.

The deadline for funding applications is Monday, March 2, 2015, with organisations notified in mid-March. Due to the short timescale the council will particularly welcome applications for small grants of around £500. It is looking for events and festivals that involve the whole community, do not currently receive funding from Calderdale Council and do not charge entry or sell tickets.

To apply for funding email grants@calderdale.gov.uk or call Steve Martin on 01422 392317.