Out & About in Holmfirth
A travellers guide to Yorkshire
In addition to this page there are a range of leaflets and brochures available at the reception desk
Due to its relatively small size, The Picturedrome is the ideal place to enjoy live musical entertainment due to the close proximity to the artists. With a venue capacity of around 650, you can see why music-lovers flock here.
The Picturedrome is full of history, and it shows. It has a built in stage, a sizeable dance floor and a state-of-the-art sound system. The stage is well lit with spot lights creating a perfect atmosphere.
Dating from 1913, this historic venue has hosted some of the biggest names in music and live entertainment.
In 2014 The Picturedrome came second place in NME's 'Britain's Best Small Venue" competition.
To see full event listings, book tickets and see venue details visit The Picturedrome's website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last of the Summer Wine Tour
Last of the Summer Wine Tour
Last of the Summer Wine is the longest running British comedy series in history. Despite the show ending in 2010, Holmfirth will always be synonymous with the show after hosting it since 1973. There is plenty of memorabilia and history of the show around the Holme Valley and the Summer Wine Tour Bus is a great way to hop from village to village and take in all the sights and sounds.
The tour is a 10 mile journey around the film locations used in the filming of the world record breaking BBC comedy "The Last Of The Summer Wine". It incorporates some of the most beautiful scenery found in the foothills of the Yorkshire Pennines, costing £8 per person and departing just across the road from the hotel.
With 7 acres of vineyard and unrivaled panoramic views of the Holme Valley, Holmfirth Vineyard is a perfect destination for a unique day out. Make the most of your visit and join them on one of their twice daily tours where they will inform the novice and expert alike on the history of the vineyard, what they grow and how they manage it.
They will introduce you to their carefully selected modern varieties of both red and white grapes, all of which have been planted by hand. These have all been carefully selected due to them having been specially developed to thrive in cooler, more temperate climates. As a result of their development, the vines are disease resistant and ripen mid to late October.
The grapes are processed on site in Holmfirth Vineyard’s new purpose built winery, which you will be shown around during the tour. Here you will learn about the wine making process and get to taste three wines from their range. They also have a number of unique packages available should you wish to follow your tour with lunch or afternoon tea in their restaurant.
Sid’s Cafe is the famous cafe from the longest running TV comedy, the BBC series The Last of the Summer Wine. It sits just across the road from the hotel and boasts lots of memorabilia from the series and quaint Yorkshire charm. Their facilities include seating for 26 people inside and for 8 outside at the front of the cafe in the churchyard with a customer toilet located on the ground floor. They also have a lovely tea garden at the back of the building with three picnic benches and a table providing seating for 24, perfect during the summer months. Children, walkers and cyclists are very welcome - muddy boots are OK! They are happy to provide child sized portions of most items on their menu and can also supply a high chair on request. They’re open Monday to Sunday, 10:00am - 16:30pm and offer hot and cold drinks, freshly prepared sandwiches, toasties, homemade soup, jacket potatoes, toasted tea cakes, scones and homemade cakes to enjoy inside or takeaway.
One of the hidden gems of Holmfirth is the indoor market, home to the General Market on Thursdays, the Food & Craft market on Saturdays and to a monthly Farmer’s Market. It is located opposite the library on Huddersfield Road, with a pay and display car park adjacent with another behind the library itself.
- Thursday General Market, 9am to 4.30pm
- Saturday Craft and Food Market, 9am to 4.30pm
- Holmfirth Farmers Market - held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, 9am to 2pm.
To find out more about the Market Days, their opening times and what’s on in the area Kirklees Council website or call 01484 223730.
The scenery across Holmfirth and the Holme Valley is exquisite all year round. From snow capped moors, to wildlife filled woodlands, the area is perfect for nature lovers and walkers alike to take a stroll or have a family picnic.
Here’s some of the routes and walks we recommend:
1) Holme Moss Viewpoint (Pictured)
Famed during the 2014 Grand Departe of the Tour de France, Holme Moss boasts an amazing viewpoint with views stretching as far as York and Scarborough.
2) Digley Reservoir
A beautiful 1.2 mile walk around the picturesque reservoir which has woodland trails, rocky routes and fields. It's perfect for a family walk and even a picnic
3) Holmebridge and Holme Walk
Explore the Pennines, Peak district hills and quaint villages on this 5 mile walk passing through Digley, Ramsden and Yateholme Reservoirs. Download the map of this route here.
Kirklees Light Railway
Kirklees Light Railway
Approximately 25 minutes from Holmfirth is the Kirklees Light Railway, a miniature railway that travels between the quiet villages of Clayton West and Shelley through the beautiful South Pennine foothills. Here you can take a journey on one of the miniature engines run at the venue, comprising of four steam locomotives and two diesel engines.
The Kirklees Light Railway offers many facilities to its many visitors including a tea room at its Shelley terminus which serves a selection of seasonal refreshments and also includes an outdoor play area and picnic tables, a further outdoor play area at the main Clayton West station along with a café which serves hot and cold food and beverages and a shop selling a large array of locomotive toys, souvenirs and memorabilia. The Kirklees Light Railway is open all year round and also runs a number of special events.
Cycling Routes - Le Tour
Cycling Routes - Le Tour
The Grand Departe of the Tour de France was held in Yorkshire in 2014 and it has made a big impact on the area. You can scarcely turn a corner in Holmfirth without seeing bunting, big yellow bicycles and even notes written on the tarmac. The world watched in awe at our beautiful countryside, quaint villages and iconic scenery as the world's most watched event rolled through our little town. If you need a little reminder, watch the video below:
High Hoyland to Holmbridge
A rural section through undulating farmland before reaching the landscape of the Holme Valley. Excellent long-distance views on a clear day towards the Pennines.
Holmbridge to Scammonden
Two steep climbs but the effort is worthwhile for the spectacular Pennine views. Bonus picnic site at Digley Reservoir, and car parking at Digley and Scammonden.
Just over 6 miles away from Holmfirth is the town of Huddersfield. The town is most famous for being the birthplace of former Prime Minister Harold Wilson and also the birthplace of rugby league. The town still boasts a successful team, the Huddersfield Giants, who play in the Super League as well as a successful football team, Huddersfield Town FC.
Along with its large university and iconic Georgian architecture, you won’t regret making the short journey to the town centre. There is also ample shopping opportunities located in Huddersfield with the Kingsgate and Packhorse shopping centres in close proximity to each other as well as a number of other shopping arcades, pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs. For something a little more educational, the town hall and library free to enter to take in the history of the town. Regular buses run from just outside the hotel which take approximately 30 minutes to reach the town centre.