On our Last Tango in Halifax location tour we will follow in the footsteps of the popular Bafta winning drama Last Tango in Halifax. The TV series written by Sally Wainwright and starring Derek Jacobi as Alan and Anne Reid as Celia was filmed at various locations in the north of England some over the border in Lancashire but many in beautiful Calderdale.
Last Tango in Halifax showcases many magnificent panoramas.
Sally Wainwright always said she wanted to portray that the north as not what you think. “It’s not all flat caps and cobbles; there is affluence, too. One thing we’ve pulled off really well with Last Tango is writing a drama about middle-class people. And the setting is very important. I think the audience loves the picturesque and sometimes
bleak backgrounds. They’re very appropriate for the characters”.
Our day tour will include visits to:
We’ll pop into the Upstairs Downstairs Café in Halifax where Alan met his son for the first time. We’ll spend some time exploring Halifax itself with its unique industrial heritage and impressive historic Minster.
An elegant, ivy-clad, Grade II Jacobean manor on the edge of Brontë country which features in a number of episodes in series two. It was the venue for Caroline and Kate’s romantic weekend break, Celia’s hen party and scenes from Alan and Celia’s wedding. “It’s a beautiful old hotel. The architecture is very characteristic of the area. It has these mullioned windows and the sandstone that buildings of this period were made of.”
This makes a great stop for lunch or refreshments.
After Alan and Celia leave the hospital in the first episode of series two following his heart scare, they go up to Ladstone Rock. We’ll visit this huge slab of rock overlooking this amazing view of the whole of Yorkshire on Norland moor in Calder Valley. Alan and Celia talk about their past and about seizing the day up here. Legend has it that witches were thrown from this rock in the Middle Ages. Today it’s a more peaceful, but dramatic, setting.
The pretty town with its riverside café’s and canal side parks and independent shops is a real treasure. The town’s car parks, cafes and streets have featured in many episodes of last Tango in Halifax.
Our tours are driver guided in a luxury 4x4 vehicle and cost approximately £520 for the day for up to 4 people including entrance fees. Should you have a larger group please call us as we can arrange coach tours and smaller luxury minibuses too.