About Us


Calderdale is a metropolitan district, situated in the South Pennines between Greater Manchester, and Leeds and Bradford. Within England, it is one of the larger districts by area, but one of the smallest by population, covering the towns of Brighouse, Elland, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden. The district covers 140 square miles, or 36,392 hectares, the population of Calderdale is 211,400 (Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Vision 2024

Our vision for Calderdale in 2024 is for a place where you can realise your potential whoever you are, whether your voice has been heard or unheard in the past. We aspire to be a place where talent and enterprise can thrive. A place defined by our innate kindness and resilience, and by how our people care for each other, can recover from setbacks and are full of hope. Calderdale will stand out, be known, and be distinctive. We want Calderdale to be a great place to visit, but most importantly, a place to live a larger life.


Culture is delivered across Calderdale by a combination of council cultural services comprising museums, theatres, libraries and cultural development, alongside independent cultural and heritage organisations, independent freelancers, creative businesses and tourism partners.