STAFF at Standedge Visitor Centre, at Marsden, are raring to go as the attraction prepares to open its doors for the new 2008 season.
Pioneering new ventures are planned this year kicking off with a chocoholic’s dream, a workshop explaining the history of chocolate and demonstrations on how it’s made into our favourite treats.
In May there’s a display of birds of prey from Sion Hill Falconry Centre, including an opportunity to view and handle some of the birds such as Pickles the Kestrel and Kyla, the white tailed eagle.
The Blue Cross and Kirklees Dog Wardens will be putting on an ‘alternative’ dog show and sponsored walk on Sunday June 1 and a one-day art decorative canal art course is on the agenda in July.
Then it goes arts mad with Arts Fest week in August, designed to showcase the best in local art from paintings and photography, to sculpture and dance. The week’s highlight is a return of the tremendously popular Ashley Jackson Painting Day.
Other highlights include a fixture in the event calendar, Marsden Jazz Festival, as well as the season closing Standedge Spook Night which sees the return of ghosthunter David Vee, who will be investigating paranormal activity around the site – not one for the faint hearted!
The 30 minute guided trips on a glass roofed boat into the tunnel continue on Tuesdays-Sundays and Bank Holidays with free admittance to the Standedge Visitor Centre.
Further information about the boat trips and the full event calendar, including booking advice, is available by visiting www.standedge.co.uk, or call 01484-844298 (lines open from Saturday March 15), or by emailing email@example.com. Leaflets with further details will shortly be available from tourist information centres and other outlets across Yorkshire and Lancashire.