Wander the creative, bohemian streets of Hebden Bridge, and you can feel the influence of the writers and artists who flocked to the village around the 70s and 80s. From artisan shops and inspiring galleries to organic pavement cafés and charming picture houses, the village is justifiably proud of its artistic identity.
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is held every summer, bringing the best national and international artists and performers to the area for a celebration of comedy, music, dance, literature and visual arts. Aside from this, the village is a thriving hub of creativity all year round, brimming with independent book and craft shops, and charming little galleries including Artsmill which shows work from both international and local artists in a bright, airy gallery space. Or, if jewellery and knickknacks are more your bag, visit the Heart Gallery to peruse bespoke jewellery pieces, textiles and stationery – the perfect place to pick up a souvenir.This handsome little village is awash with creativity – from the artists and musicians hard at work in their studios to the Arts and Music Festival held every year. The town also has a number of famous literary ‘residents’, including Sylvia Plath whose grave can be found on a medieval settlement in the hills above the town, and former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes whose birthplace can be found in the nearby village of Mytholmroyd.