7 things you should know about Brighouse
PUBLISHED: 15:53 03 July 2015 | UPDATED: 15:59 08 September 2017
A town where people like to get together
Brighouse came to life when the Calder and Hebble Navigation was built which led to the development of the West Yorkshire town’s textile industry. A walk along the towpath from the town centre will reveal some of the waterfront redevelopments that run the course of the canal.
Award-winning Wellholme Park has the same elite ranking as Hyde Park in London, Hampstead Heath and Cheltenham Spa Gardens, say experts. The park has among other things, a children’s play area, a skate park, tennis courts, bowling green, well tended flower beds and playing fields.
Brighouse Theatre Productions was set up in 2005 with the merger of the Brighouse Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society and Brighouse Light Opera Society. Members love live theatre, with particular emphasis on musical theatre. A once derelict building in Commercial Street, Brighouse, is now the Brighouse Arts Centre which offers space to all kinds of performing arts from acting to dance.
Best of brass
Brighouse is well known for the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band brighouseandrastrickbrassband.com It was formed more than 125 years ago with the help of public donations. They are noted for winning the first Brass Band World Championships as well as spending six weeks in the UK top 40 charts for their recording of The Floral Dance. Their 400-plus prizes and awards also include being the first Yorkshire band to win the All England Masters Brass Band Championships.
The Harrison Lord Art Gallery is considered the best in the North of England for seeing and buying contemporary original artwork and crafts. 01484 722462 www.harrisonlord.co.uk
The Meze Turkish and Greek Restaurant has two Mediterranean cooking styles from a team of chefs preparing meals from scratch using local produce whenever possible. 01484 722778 www.mezerestaurant.co.uk
Somewhere to stay
Waterfront Lodge Hotel is in a Grade II listed building on the banks of the Calder Hebble Navigation and has its own café bar with tasty Italian bites. 01484 715566 www.waterfrontlodge.co.uk