AN EXCITING and varied line-up of performances, classic film, classical music concerts and half-term holiday workshops for children and families is coming up at the newly re-opened Skipton Town Hall.

Horror fans will also be able to enjoy a double-bill of Hitchcock classics ‘Psycho’ and ‘The Birds’ for Halloween in the beautifully restored concert hall with its fabulous ceiling, as well as modern classics, ‘Get Out’ and ‘Us’.

Cinema goers will be able to enjoy refreshments from ‘The Hub’ theatre bar, and suitably spooky costumes are encouraged, to get everyone in the mood.

As part of October’s ‘Black History Month’, the town hall is also showing the films 'Daughters of the Dust', and 'Do the Right Thing'.

The Mighty Boosh meets The Devil Wears Prada in a ‘choose your own adventure comedy’ coming up on October 28.

Fashion Spies includes deception and divas, catwalk crooks and with the audience invited to bust the case wide open.

Aimed at children of at least eight years old, the ‘own adventure comedy’ is created by award winning Quick Duck Theatre.

Running from now until the end of October, Memories of Inhabited Space is an exhibition by Cononley artist, Barbara Greene.

Described as an ‘exhibition for the curious’, Barbara uses contemporary artworks, prints, cyanotypes, artist books and 3D installations to give new insights into our local history.

She explores some of the mix of arts and sciences, events and discoveries, which influenced the growth and development of 400 years of life along the Aire valley.

A Shakespeare workshop in the town hall’s rehearsal room on October 27 will be led by Julia O’Keeffe of Paper Zoo Theatre Company.

Using active rehearsal room techniques, of the sort used in rehearsal for productions, participants will find out how to unpick Shakespeare’s language, discover the road maps that he leaves modern day audiences, and find the quickest way to get to the essence of the story and the character.

Julia will use three of Shakespeare’s most famous and contrasting pieces and the skills people will learn will help them discover from the inside out and talk about the texts with the knowledge and skill of an actor. The workshop is aimed at teenagers and adults over 14 years old.

On October 14, people are invited to join the Craven Old Wheels Society for a free specialist talk exploring the history of the car club established in 1975. Long standing and well respected member, Stuart James, has been delivering an annual slide show to members for more than 30 years.

With a focus on the society’s events over the years and a selection of venues used in the Craven area, Stuart will also discuss various other modes of transport such as horse drawn, buses, trams, bicycles and trains.

In November, a two day workshop in batik painting, including afternoon tea, will give people an introduction into the fine art.

Artists use gutta, a liquid resistance, to create the line work which is then filled in with very pigmented paint. The results are an eye catching mix of metallic lines and bold colours.

There is a likeness to glass painting and it is ideal for those who enjoy illustration, crafts or watercolour painting. It is also accessible to those who have never tried any art techniques before and are eager to learn.

Those taking part in the course will have the opportunity to create their own unique designs in addition to looking at the history of the artistic medium, exploring styles from around the world.

Closer to Christmas, there will be the world-famous Brighouse and Rastrick Brass for a festive concert. Tickets are likely to be snapped up quickly, and concert goers will receive a complimentary glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate.

Also in December, History Wardrobe presents the fabulous 50s - two cheery char ladies plan a Christmas party, complete with glamour goddess outfits and nostalgia galore.

For all the details about what is going on at the town hall, including ticket prices and booking, go to: www.skiptontownhall.co.uk