Calverley Old Hall activities and events

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project at Calverley Old Hall will become a catalyst for engagement work with the local and wider community.

Our overarching theme is Crafting Cultures - using traditional craft skills, including building crafts, textiles and food, to connect communities, cultures and heritage. Through these activities we will:

  • Explore and discover the history and context of Calverley Old Hall through research, learning and creative activities that engage with a wide range of people and explore cross-cultural links and influences.
  • Return this ancient manor to prominence and popularity, setting Calverley Old Hall within a regional and national context.
  • Provide accredited training and meaningful work experience opportunities that encourages long term involvement in our heritage and improves life chances for people.
  • Present a programme of events and open days that inspire a range of audiences, and encourage its future use as a venue for small creative events, meetings, and workshops.

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Over the coming months, we will hold activities and training sessions both on-site and online, as this fascinating project develops. All the events will be advertised via our website, email newsletter, social media platforms, posters and other local networks. To sign up to our newsletter, please email us. Follow our Engagement projects across Landmark Trust including Calverley Old Hall, on social media here: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

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Work Experience Placements at Calverley Old Hall

Are you looking to gain some work experience on an active restoration project? Do you want to find out more about traditional craft skills? Would you like to develop skills to help prepare you for your future career? 

We are offering one-week long work experience opportunities for those aged 18 and above. You will work with Dobson Construction Ltd, our main contractors, on the active site at Calverley Old Hall. These placements will involve a hands-on range of activities and provide an overview of working on a heritage restoration project, with a focus on either joinery or stone masonry. 

Find out more and apply

Traditional weaving workshops

Are you interested in learning the traditional craft skill of weaving? We are running a series of workshops in October and November working in collaboration with weaving artist Agnis Smallwood, to design and produce a final woven textile artwork inspired by Calverley Old Hall.

The final piece will be displayed in our community space in the building once the restoration project is complete.

Find out more and get involved

Calverley Christmas wreath-making workshop

It’s almost that time of year again, the dark nights are drawing in and we are starting to feel festive! Working in collaboration with a local florist, we are offering you the chance to learn how to make a festive Christmas wreath, in the beautiful surroundings of Calverley Old Hall.   

Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund we are able to offer the workshop at the subsidised cost of £10 per person. The workshop will take place on Saturday 26 November from 10.30am - 1.00pm, allowing plenty of time for people to admire your wreath in time for Christmas.  

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Past events

Working with Lime Masterclass

On Thursday 17 November 2022 we ran a Working with Lime Masterclass. The tutor, Kevin Woods, has over 30 years experience working on historic buildings, and has obtained heritage skills gold accreditation. The course was a Lime masterclass and included preparation, pointing, galletting, lime mortar mixing, placement of mortar and aftercare. Participants worked on the active site of Calverley Old Hall, so this was a unique opportunity to contribute towards the restoration of this amazing building whilst learning new skills to help them in their own work. 

Calverley Old Hall September Open Day

On Saturday 24 September 2022 we hosted our first Open Day since the restoration project began. We ran bookable hard hat tours of the current restoration site throughout the day, led by Landmark’s historian, Caroline Stanford. We were also joined by historical re-enactors, Frei Compagnie, who showed visitors historic food, weapons, and armour, and performed re-enactments in the garden. Live music on site was provided by Leeds Waits, which helped create a fantastic atmosphere for all.

Keep an eye out on this webpage for future Open Days throughout and after the restoration of Calverley Old Hall.

Local resident hard hat tours

On Friday 23 September 2022 we opened the site to our neighbours by running hard hat tours of Calverley Old Hall. It was a chance for our closest neighbours to visit the building site to see what is happening behind the Heras fencing they walk and drive past each day. Tours were led by Project Manager, Linda Lockett, with support from Hannah Thompson, Project Engagement Officer, and staff from our main contractors Dobson Construction Ltd.

If you are a local resident of Calverley and the surrounding villages, and would like to be invited to our local resident events, please contact to sign up to our project mailing list.

Sector-based Work Academy Programme

Our first major activity to complement the capital works taking place at Calverley Old Hall is our Sector-based Work Academy Programme, a Department of Work and Pensions initiative to help people re-train or develop their skills ready for paid work.
Running for six weeks in June and July 2022.

Find out what's been happening