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Things to do in Huddersfield

Johnny James, Managing Editor

Surrounded by the stunning Yorkshire countryside, the market town of Huddersfield is steeped in history, from its award-winning Victorian architecture to its ancient Castle Hill monument. But alongside that rich heritage, there’s a new Huddersfield – a hotbed of culture and independent business.

Home to the UK’s largest international festival of contemporary music, an award-winning literature festival, and a Grade II listed theatre, Huddersfield more than holds its own when it comes to arts and culture. It also has a great independent shopping scene, with the architectural gem that is Byram Arcade housing a plethora of local retailers and businesses, all with their own distinctive character.

There are also plenty of options for dining and drinking, from truly authentic Thai cuisine to one of the UK’s coolest breweries to an adventurous, fine dining brunch restaurant. And if you’re looking to make your visit to Huddersfield a longer one, then places to stay include a Georgian manor house and the UK’s first Eco-Spa.

Huddersfield’s past and present have a lot to offer, and with a £100million regeneration project just around the corner, the future, too, looks bright for this understimated Yorkshire town.

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Classical Music 18–22 November 2021,

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2021

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival presents five days of groundbreaking contemporary music, performances, talks and workshops from an international community of creative thinkers.

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Hardeep Sahota: Bhangra Lexicon – Online

The world’s first ‘visual dictionary’ of movements found within Bhangra, compiled by World Bhangra Day founder, Hardeep Sahota.

Festivals 21 November 2021 4:00 pm, from £5

Chaya Czernowin: HIDDEN at hcmf//

For Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Arditti Quartet performs Composer in Residence Chaya Czernowin’s HIDDEN.

Festivals 19 November 2021 7:00 pm, from £5

Ensemble Musikfabrik at hcmf//

Cologne’s Ensemble Musikfabrik return to hcmf// to perform Composer in Residence Chaya Czernowin’s The Fabrication of Light.

Festivals 19 November 2021 1:00 pm, from £5

Dillon 1 – Red Note Ensemble at hcmf//

Leading Scottish ensemble Red Note performs James Dillon’s immense new work, Emblemata: Carnaval, at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Festivals 18 November 2021 7:00 pm, from £5

Explore Ensemble: Systema Naturae at hcmf//

Opening Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival , Explore Ensemble present a monumental cycle of four pieces by Italian composers.

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