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7 things you should know about Holmfirth

PUBLISHED: 00:00 02 July 2015 | UPDATED: 15:25 26 April 2017



Joan Russell Photography

Worldwide fame hasn’t changed this down-to-earth town

National reputation

Art events and arts festivals are among the highlights on the town’s cultural calendar. Holmfirth Artweek has a national reputation. Most of the exhibitors are local and people come from across the country to view and buy the work on show.

Royal artist

Portrait and landscape painter and illustrator Trevor Stubley, who once painted the Queen, worked in Holmfirth for many years until his death in 2010. A former Artweek director, he was instrumental in a scheme to turn the top floor of the Civic Hall into a gallery, which now bears his name.

Sailing life

Huddersfield Sailing Club was launched in 1958 and attracts enthusiasts to Boshaw Whams, a 15-acre stretch of water above Holmfirth. There are about 70 boats registered at the club, which has between 150 and 200 members.

During the season races are held on Saturdays and Sundays and Wednesday evenings in the summer.

Moved on

The BBC television series Last of the Summer Wine filmed in Holmfirth for many years brought the town worldwide fame. It was undoubtedly good for the tourist trade but with the BBC cameras gone the town has moved on. It still has much to entice visitors, particularly through its strong arts and recreation tradition.

Musical Mecca

You could be forgiven for thinking The Picture Drome in Holmfirth is all about the latest films, it is but it is also one of the most exciting music venues in the North attracting acts such as Fun Loving Criminals.

Fine Food

There have been some great reviews for the Toad and Tatie pub and dining room in Holmfirth 01484 689635 There’s a comprehensive tapas menu.

Country Pubs

The Nook otherwise known as the Rose and Crown is a ‘locals’ local’ with its well stocked bar and traditional pub food 01484 682373


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