From open air concerts in the courtyard of Piece Hall to amateur dramatics in the home of the Halifax Thespians, there’s a wide range of entertainment options for you to choose from in Halifax. Take a look at some of our favourites, perhaps catch one of the town’s sports teams, or pop into an acoustic night. After all, Halifax is the birthplace of Ed Sheeran; you may just witness the world’s next superstar.
Entertainment in Halifax
If you want to see a show during your stay in one of our Halifax hotels, then take a look at what’s on at the Victoria Theatre. It dates back to the turn of the 20th century and seats just over 1,500 people. Over the years it's welcomed everyone from The Beatles, to Jackson 5, and The Human League. The theatre’s programme dips into all kinds of different shows. However, the annual pantomime is always one of the highlights, and absolutely not to be missed if it’s on while you’re here in Halifax.
It’s also well worth seeing what’s on at the Square Chapel Arts Centre, which you’ll find next to Piece Hall – one of the must-visit activities in Halifax. Square Chapel attracts more than 40,000 visitors a year thanks to its wonderfully diverse programme of theatre, film, talks, comedy, live music and family shows. The café-bar is also great if you want to grab a drink, while the restaurant’s menu changes every six weeks, to varying degrees of deliciousness; it’s worth a try, but if you’re looking for a more reliable recommendation in terms of restaurants then check out our page dedicated to our favourite places to eat in Halifax.
Lastly, if you like your theatre on a smaller scale, then the Halifax Playhouse on King Cross Street is a 260-seat Georgian theatre owned and operated by the Halifax Thespians, an amateur theatre group that have been putting on fun, affordable shows since 1927.
Sport in Halifax
If you’re here looking for some sporting action then your best bet would be one of Halifax Town and Halifax RLFC.
Halifax Town are a semi-professional football team playing in the fifth division of the Football League. They’re nicknamed The Shaymen, and their home stadium is called The Shay, which you can find in Calderdale, barely more than a mile from our Halifax South hotel.
Halifax RLFC are the town’s professional rugby league team. They were one of the original 22 clubs that founded the North Rugby Football Union in 1895. In terms of home stadium, they share The Shay with The Shaymen. Over the course of its long history, the club has won the RLF Championship four times and the Challenge Cup five times.
To round off your entertainment options, if you’re looking for somewhere to see a gig during your stay in Halifax, then you’re in luck. Some of our favourite pubs, which we mention on our page dedicated to Halifax nightlife, offer regular gigs ranging from rock and roll to funk and soul. On top of that, it’s also worth checking to see if anything is scheduled to take place in the stunning courtyard at Piece Hall, which is where the largest live music concerts will take place in Halifax.
The Blind Pig in Sowerby is a couple of miles west of the town centre but definitely worth a mention. It’s a speakeasy bar that’s earned its reputation as one of the best places for live music thanks to its regular gig offerings and legendary monthly jam session. Last but not least, The Lantern is a relatively new addition to Halifax but is quickly making a name for putting on great gigs of every genre. You can find the intimate 150-capacity venue on Alexandra Street.