The Ultimate Guide to the Brighouse 1940s Weekend

The Brighouse 1940s Weekend is a yearly celebration of the significant era, packed will of things to do across a weekend in June. This year’s event takes place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June 2017, and as always, is held in the Brighouse town centre. If you’ve never visited before, here is your guide and why you should visit.

Where is Brighouse?

Good question! First things first, Brighouse is here. A town in the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale, West Yorkshire, and just off junction 25 of the M62 motorway. That’s also 4 miles east of Halifax and down the road from Huddersfield.

Turns out, it’s really nice. Full of independent shops to peruse and plenty to see and do.

For fact fans, the name ‘Brighouse’ (or “Bridge House”) originates from a building close to the bridge over the River Calder, which cuts through the middle of the town.

The Brighouse 1940s Weekend takes place on the town centre streets. Simply navigate to Brighouse and you can’t miss it.

Brighouse 1940s Weekend Sunny

Great, so what is there to actually do at the Brighouse 1940s Weekend?

How long have you got? There are quite literally too many things to list here, but here are a few highlights to whet your appetite:

  • The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be sending a WW2 fighter plane across the skies of Brighouse during the weekend, currently scheduled for around 3.30pm on the Saturday.
  • There is free live music, in a 1940s style. Moustaches, flowery dresses and hats will be included too.
  • Speaking of moustaches and dresses, the teams working at the Brighouse best businesses will be all dressed in authentic 1940s attire, but you can also join in by dressing up too!
  • A market, with over 50 food and craft stalls. Be it vintage clothes or a bite to eat. Plus, there will be a fanfare for children to enjoy.
  • 1940s vehicles on display, from a life-size Spitfire, to Willys Jeeps and even a real, working, WW2 tank.
  • Dancing. Lots of dancing to the live music, but also in the Saturday evening in the Brighouse Bethel Street Car Park until 9 pm with DJ Dapper Dan.
  • Sir Winston Churchill will be making an appearance.
  • There are Real Ale and Pimms bars. Need we say more!

Sounds great, where do I sign up?

You don’t need to sign up, silly. Just arrive.

Ah, I see, but how much is it to visit the Brighouse 1940s Weekend?

It’s free. No cost. Nada. Zilch. Simply visit Brighouse and have fun. A great family event.

Brighouse 1940s Weekend Dancing

Amazing. Is there a car park in Brighouse?

There are many. During the 1940s Weekend, things do get busy and the town centre streets are closed — as that is where the event is being held — but fear not, it’s easy.

There is a map of the closed streets and also a map of the car parks for the event.

Better yet, there is a park-and-ride service. £10 for all day parking and return travel on a vintage bus. How cool is that? That’s on Armitage Road near M62 junction 25 and it will be signposted on the weekend.

Change of plans, I’m coming by bus. Or maybe a train. Possible by bicycle. Will that work?

No worries, both are ideal ways to travel. There are a number bus services that run into Brighouse Bus Station which is right in the centre of Brighouse, all coming to and from Huddersfield, Halifax, Bradford, Elland and more.

As for trains, the Brighouse train station is a 5-minute walk from the town centre. Winner. There are direct trains to and from Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool and York on the Transpennine route. Grand Central run a direct service to and from London too.

Finally, National Cycle Route 66 runs through Brighouse too, if you fancy some exercise.

Brighouse 1940s Weekend Celebration

Right, sounds perfect, I’ll see you there then. Remind me, when is it and what time is it on?

Saturday 3rd June and Sunday 4th June, starting at 10 am each day. The Saturday ends at 4 pm, but there is evening entertainment until 9 pm, while Sunday ends with the Grande Finale at 4 pm. You won’t want to miss it!

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For any detailed questions, please contact the official event organisers. not read our The Top Seven Things to do at the Brighouse 1940s Weekend

Why not read: The Top Seven Things to do at the Brighouse 1940s Weekend.

Steven Lord

The owner and founder of the Harrison Gallery in Brighouse, Steven is also a passionate supporter of the Calderdale town, having been brought up and run a family business for over 40 years in the area. is an independent website aimed at showcasing the amazing community events in Brighouse.

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