Welland began as a micro-festival in 2018, and is continually evolving to provide opportunities for Elland’s community to come together, be creative, and express themselves. It encourages local people to explore and try new things that not only benefit their individual wellbeing but also strengthen community spirit.

About Welland

Welland’s Story

Welland began in 2018 in response to conversations with local residents and small business owners in the community – many commented on a lack of opportunities available in the town, and the need for new, positive activity that helps to strengthen community spirit and improve wellbeing.

So, in June 2018 we piloted a one day micro-festival, bringing together local wellbeing practitioners, artists, and organisations to provide a range of new activities the community could get involved in for free!

It was a huge success, and so in 2019 we extended the main event to a full weekend, and also ran a series of individual opportunities, including community walks, a workplace wellbeing networking event, and a series of ‘spark meetings‘ where the community could give us their ideas. We received lots of positive feedback from local people, and many of them were keen to access activities on a regular basis.

2020 changed how we work in so many ways but we kept Welland going and it continues to develop.

Elland is a Yorkshire market town with a fascinating heritage – it celebrated it’s 700th birthday in 2017! Elland was recorded as Elant in the Domesday Book. The town’s name is derived from the Old English meaning ‘land by the water, river or land partly or wholly surrounded by water’ (wikipedia).

Excitingly, there’s lots of development planned for Elland over the next decade, including a new train station and redevelopment of the town centre.

You can find out more about Elland on Visit Calderdale.

A group of volunteers from Welland. They are standing smiling at the camera and there are pop up Welland banners on each side of the image.

Welland 2020


A little box of happiness delivered straight to the homes of isolated adults in Elland. Created specifically for isolated and vulnerable residents in and around Elland, including refugees and those seeking asylum and older people, our boxes consisted of beautiful and creative products and resources that promote, joy, connection, and creativity.

Our summer ‘Well and Happy’ and winter ‘Well and Merry’ boxes have been a huge success and we hope to offer more of these in the future. If you’d like to support us to do this you can do so here.

The outside of our Well and Happy Boxes, wrapped in multi=colour paper ribbon. The boxes are white and purple - the purple is a watercolour splash shape.
Photo shows a 'Well and Merry' wellbeing box from above - the box is white with a pale blue and silver winter design on the top, including trees, a reindeer, and snowflakes. Text on the box reads: Hello. Here's a special gift of winter warmth and merriment for you! We hope you enjoy it. With love, Sam and the team at Curious Motion x

Supporting the resilience and wellbeing of children in Elland through dance and creativity. Created in response to the pandemic to support teachers and schools in providing opportunities for their pupils to connect back with each other, express themselves, and learn in a way that is fun and inspiring.

Each virtual sessions is created specifically for a key stage, and there’s sessions for early years all the way up to key stage 4!

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We danced and moved online throughout 2020 too!

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A group of dancers on Zoom - some are pointing at the camera, and some have their arms out to the sides. They are all smiling.

Welland 2019


Welland 2019 saw a vibrant mix of workshops, activities, and performances for people of all ages to get moving, and explore ways to live happier, more connected lives.

An incredible 1178 people participated in our activities and we collaborated with 54 practitioners, artists, and organisations.

We also coincided with Global Wellness Day and took part in Children’s Art Week, enabling us to bring new, diverse, and exciting opportunities to our community.

Huge thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund, Calderdale Council, and the amazing local businesses and organisations who helped fund Welland 2019.

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Welland 2018


Our one-day pilot event where we brought together practitioners, support services, and artists in and around Elland to explore what wellness means for our community.

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“Receiving a Well and Happy box was a wonderful surprise – it’s a reminder that someone is thinking of you, which has really lifted my spirits. I’ve loved exploring the activities and enjoying the treats too!”

Jane, Participant

“This has been such a wonderful experience for me. It was my first time volunteering and I really enjoyed giving my time to an event that had the interests of the community at its heart.”

Barbara, Volunteer

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