Your Visit To The Hippodrome
We hope that if you are visiting us you will have a wonderful experience. All our performances are staffed entirely by volunteers who give their time freely to keep the Hippodrome alive and well for your enjoyment and entertainment. We look forward to welcoming you through our doors. Hopefully you will find the information below a useful guide.
On The Day
Please refer to your ticket for details on opening times. For most performances, the main doors will open 30 minutes before the show start time. Our Props Room bar is usually open 60 minutes before the show start time and is the perfect place to meet before the show. Our bars and kiosks serve a selection of drinks, refreshments and confectionary. We try to stock local produce where we can, including a range of beers brewed right here in Todmorden.
Please note that all bars and kiosks will be closed during the performance.
How To Find Us
By Public Transport
The Hippodrome Theatre is situated in the centre of Todmorden, on the main A649 road. Todmorden Railway station is just 5 minutes walk away with excellent connections to Manchester, Leeds and onward to the rest of the UK. For information on train routes and times please visit the National Rail website. A number of local bus services stop close to the theatre including services from Halifax, Burnley and Rochdale. For information on bus routes and times, please visit the First website.
The Theatre is approximately 35 minutes drive from Halifax, 25 minutes from Rochdale, 25 minutes from Burnley and 30 minutes from junction 21 of the M62. There are a number of car parks close to the Theatre, including a number of free parking bays on the road directly outside. The town centre car parks are all pay and display but free after 6pm. The nearest and largest of these car parks is situation at Bramsche Square. For a full list of council car parks in Todmorden please visit the Calderdale website here
Please note that the large car park opposite the theatre, outside the Calderdale NHS building, is privately owned and for some ridiculous reason parking is prohibited outside of surgery hours.
Accessibility at the Hippodrome
Providing Access for All is an essential part of what we do, and our mission as a theatre. We want to welcome all theatre-goers and hope to provide a more extensive range of services as part of future fundraising efforts. For patrons with disabilities concessions are available.
For any patrons with mobility issues we recommend sitting in the stalls as there is level access from the main entrance with no steps. The circle is approached by two staircases and each row of seats in the circle is stepped.
There are 4 wheelchair spaces in the Main House and 2 for Foyer Productions. There is a ramp giving wheelchair access to the main entrance of the theatre and there is an accessible toilet in the Foyer. There is level access from the main entrance to the Foyer and again from the Foyer into the Stalls. Please be aware that there is no wheelchair access to the Circle.
Hearing Assistance Systems
A radio-based hearing aid system is available in the stalls area of the Main House.
Audio Description, Signed and Captioned Performances
Guide dogs are welcome, and we can provide a 'dogsitting service' but we would need to know about this in advance; water bowls are available. We recommend booking seats on the front row of the Stalls or isle seats on the right hand side of the Stalls if you wish to keep your guide dog with you during the performance. Unfortunately, we cannot currently provide audio described, signed or captioned performances although we hope to be able to do this in the future.