Baildon Town Council

Serving the people of Baildon

Welcome to Baildon

Clerk: Adrian Naylor
2 Northgate, Baildon, Shipley
West Yorkshire BD17 6JX

"To inform and educate visitors about the history and environment of the surrounding area"

Bracken Hall Countryside Centre is open to the public every Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm, plus other special events (e.g. Wild Wednesdays, 2-4pm, during most school holidays - please check here)

Advanced notice: rescheduled Dog Friendly/Friendly Dog Day will be 12-4pm, Sunday 2nd October - please spread the word!

What's On In October?

Thursdays: Baildon Men's Shed (run by HALE). Want to revisit your woodworking? Fancy meeting some new people? Or maybe you'd just like a cuppa at Bracken Hall. 10am-12pm

Sun Oct 2nd: Dog-Friendly/Friendly Dog Day. Current programme is:

  • Bracken Hall Countryside Centre 12-4pm: Knine & Kitties (rehoming charity); Guide Dogs; Groomer; Trainer; art for all; dog food; dogs & the countryside; etc.
  • Brackenhall Green 12-4pm: Dogs Trust info; introductory loose lead walking and recall training sessions (for dogs and owners!) repeated throughout the afternoon. Register for sessions at Dogs Trust stall
  • Bracken Hall Countryside Centre 2pm: Dog Show, various fun categories. Free for your pooch to enter the show!
  • Shipley Glen, etc. 12-4pm: self-guided dog walk quiz trail (no dog required!). Quiz sheet available from BHCC. Goes via Olde Glen Tearooms (dog friendly!)

Sun Oct 9th: final round of British National Bike Trials Championships, 10.30am to 4pm. Shipley Glen will host some of the best riders of all ages in the UK. Come & watch, find out how to get involved & maybe chat with one of your heroes!

Sat Oct 15th: Baildon Moor Archaeology Walk – Gavin Edwards will take us to lots of fascinating places. 10am start from Bingley Road car park opposite track to Dobrudden Farm. Back by 12.30. Wear stout footwear & bring clothing appropriate for the forecast

Sat Oct 22nd: Apple Day, 12-4pm. Apples to buy, taste, drink & lots of advice & ideas & activities. BHCC crumble! Hopefully fruit trees available to buy

Wednesday Oct 26th: Wild Wednesday. Family friendly fun including seasonal activities, crafting, art, etc. 2-4pm

Fri Oct 28th: Bat Talk & Walk. Ian Butterfield of West Yorkshire Bat Group/YorGreen CiC will introduce you to the bats of the UK and beyond. We'll then head down into Shipley Glen with ultrasonic bat detectors to see which species are on the wing. Please wear stout footwear, warm clothes and waterproof if appropriate, and bring a torch. 7pm

View from the wildlife garden showing part of the new pergola, the glass 'wall' of the new HUB, and the pre-existing Classroom (left)

The glass wall now forms the main entrance to the Centre. The pergola will play many roles including habitat for climbing plants, a place to sit, and, by use of screens suspended between the uprights, an excellent spot to view the wildlife in the garden

The Countryside Centre engages with many different aspects of the countryside, seeking inspiration from the surrounding countryside. We have a trail of carved rocks in our Wildlife Garden - can you find them all??

Access to BHCC and how can you help!

The Centre endeavours to open every Saturday and Sunday, midday to 4pm, except for Christmas Day. For the most part, the Centre is staffed and activities and events are led by volunteers. Could that be you? Why not pay us a visit or contact the Manager to discuss how you could get involved.

Please watch this space for further updates

School Educational visits and other bookings at Bracken Hall

The Centre has a proud tradition of educational visits, and continues to offer tailored sessions for any age group. The Centre is also available to hire for private and third-party groups, for activities and events in keeping with its countryside location and ethos. Hire rates are very reasonable (£50/day; £30/half-day; £15/hour) as are charges for our approved educational provider if required. Please contact the Manager for further details.

Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, Glen Road, Baildon, BD17 5EA

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