Welland Festival

Welland takes place in Elland with the aim of helping people to live well for longer by providing creative, inspirational, and inclusive activities that celebrate and bring together our community.

We’ve enjoyed two years of Welland so far, with all sorts of amazing practitioners, artists, support services, and local people coming together to provide new opportunities.

Each year we try something new, with a focus on empowering our local community to come together and enjoy experiences that enrich their lives.



Welland 2020 will now be taking place in the Autumn.

We were planning for the summer, and about to announce the details, but in order to keep everyone safe we will now be working towards a date in the Autumn (exact date TBC). However, we will be continuing to support the community as much as possible – read on for more info…


Every Tuesday at 10am – join us for an online version of ‘Brews & Grooves’ – a fun and informal dance class for people over 55 followed by a ‘virtual coffee’ to chat and stay connected. Classes are offered on a donation basis.

10am – dance session

10.45am – coffee morning (open to all ages and completely free)

Email us to join.


We’re sharing videos, tips, and ideas on activities to do from home to stay well and keep connected. Just click here for more info. 

Stay tuned and stay safe x

I’m Sam McCormick, Festival Director, and I’m a professional Dance Artist, specialising in dance for health. I started Welland in response to conversations I’d had with local residents and small business owners in Elland through my work – many commented on a lack of opportunities in Elland and people were keen to get involved in new ideas. My hope is that Welland will become a recognised event on the Calderdale calendar, enhancing community spirit in Elland, bringing in visitors, and helping people live happy and healthy lives.

Welland is run through my social enterprise Curious Motion – a dance and arts organisation that creates belonging, wellbeing, pride, and kindness in communities in Calderdale. Alongside Curious Motion, I am Head of Dance for Flamingo Chicks, an inclusive charity that provides opportunities for disabled children to enjoy dance alongside their friends, and I deliver classes and projects for organisations such as English National Ballet and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds.