This year we have also offered a series of smaller events and workshops across Elland, helping to connect and engage with the community, local businesses, and schools – increasing access to wellbeing activities for all.


Welland 2019 officially launches on Wednesday 29th May!

Join us for a free drink, get a copy of the programme, and find out more about what’s in store for 2019.

6pm – 7pm at Song Bird Cafe, 1 Victoria Road, Elland. HX5 0AB

Tickets are FREE – register here.

Welland Business Networking – coming up on Thursday 23rd May   

A networking event with a twist! This event is not just about doing business, it’s about helping to enrich local lives by focusing on health and wellbeing for the benefit of everyone in and around Elland. Join us for a free breakfast to network, explore ways to enhance wellbeing for your own organisation, and learn ways to develop you Corporate Social Responsibility for the benefit of your business and the wider community.

Thursday 23rd May, 8am-10am, at ABS, Newcombe Mill, Rosemount Estates, Elland. HX5 0EE.

The morning will consist of:

– General networking, breakfast, and time to chat with others.

– A mini ‘Team Well’ workplace wellbeing session – exploring simple movement and stress management strategies for happy and healthy workplaces through our unique workplace programme. No experience needed and can be done in your usual work outfit (approx 15 minutes).

– Informal discussion around workplace wellbeing and the wider influences of this on businesses and communities – including time for attendees to talk about their own business.

Information and discussion around Corporate Social Responsibility – ways to benefit your business by supporting local charitable aims and projects.

This is a free event but places must be registered in advance – get your ticket here

Schools workshops

A series of residencies with professional arts organisations in primary schools in Elland.

Local charity, Chol Theatre, provided dance and drama workshops for St Patrick’s Primary School. Workshops explored Chol’s unique ‘Imaginary Communities‘ arts education programme, where the children have been able to explore fictional stories and worlds through movement and dance.

Calderdale-born dance company, Northern Rascals, ran a range of workshops for children at Old Earth School as part of their upcoming new production ‘Sunny Side’. Northern Rascals will be performing an excerpt of ‘Sunny Side’ at the festival and will also be running a workshop then too – check out the programme here.

‘Cap Stories’ Guided Walks

with Welland Associate Artist Alice Bradshaw

Alice is creating a brand new community art installation, which will be unveiled at Welland on the 8th June, using bottle caps and stories of Elland! In preparation for this, join us for an exploration around Elland, litter picking and sharing stories – stories of the past and imagined stories of the future.

Dates: Friday 19th April, Saturday 27th April, Saturday 11th May, Sunday 19th May

Time: 10.30 – 11.30am

Meeting point: The Bandstand on Southgate

FREE and open to all!

More info here:

‘Spark’ Meetings

We received lots of great ideas and suggestions for the 2019 festival through our ‘Spark’ Meetings earlier this year – a chance for the community to let us know what they’d like to see at Welland. With thanks to Elland Craft & Tap for hosting us!