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Known locally as 'Little Hollywood', Holmfirth is the renowned location of the TV classic Last of the Summer Wine. But there's another reason thousands of visitors flock every year. Sitting in the heart of the breathtaking Holme Valley, this picture-postcard town is popular with walkers and wildlife lovers alike. Search for accommodation in Holmfirth. Search for attractions in Holmfirth.
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Holmfirth Fabulous views across the valley.
Holmfirth Wonderful shops and cobbled streets
Holmfirth once had its own resident tiger.
Bill Owen, the actor who played Compo in TV comedy Last of the Summer Wine loved Holmfirth so much that he asked to be buried in the local church.
The best-known saucy seaside postcards were created by a publishing company called Bamforth's, based in Holmfirth.
This captivating little village oozes creativity - celebrating everything about it that's unique through an exciting festival program including Arts and Music, Film, Food and Drink, and the not-to-be-missed Duck Race (yes, seriously!). A number of nationally recognised artists and sculptors live and work in the Valley including Ashley Jackson, Trevor Stubley, Mick Kirkby-Geddes and Brendan Hesmondhalgh.
Tantalizing local-made treats await your taste buds at every corner. Handmade luxury chocolates at Tilley's, a pot of Holmfirth tea, Longley's ice cream, a glass (ok, a bottle) of wine at Holmfirth Vineyard, and a sumptuous evening meal at The Butchers Arms in Hepworth (run by TV chef Timothy Bilton). For that final taste explosion try The Nook's Fiery Red Ale.
Don't those cobbled lanes and the gentle rolling hills look familiar? There's a simple explanation: Holmfirth provided the setting for the TV comedy Last of the Summer Wine. Hop aboard the vintage tour bus which takes you up the little hilltop roads above the valley to some of the stunning Pennine locations used in filming the series. And there is the Summerwine exhibition, lovingly put together with the aid of Bill Owen, the actor who played Compo.
Be sure to pop in to the Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre when you visit for plenty of ideas, hints and tips on events and things that are happeinng during your trip.
Either way, stretch out and enjoy the plethora of walking routes around the Holme Valley. Digley Reservoir is a local beauty spot with wonderful views; and the Holme Valley Riverside Way weaves alongside the River Holme from Magdale to Holme. Cyclists stamina is tested to the hilt at Holme Moss - whose length and difficulty make it a frequent inclusion in UK cycle races including the Tour of Britain.
Although the show came to an end after 39 years on our television screens, the innocence of Last of the Summer Wine and its loveable characters remains dear to our hearts. Reminisce over tea and cake at Sids café outside the church, watch old episodes and giggle over pieces of original set at the Summer Wine Exhibition. Download some a leaflet telling you all about "Summer Wine Country".
Becky and Ian Sheveling spent three months planting 7000 vines on a lush hillside in Holmbridge to create the first of the summer wine at Holmfirth Vineyard. A brand new visitor centre opened in June 2011, and wine tasting courses are held regularly.
It's a night to remember a The Picturedrome; one of the best gigging venues around. Live concerts are hosted in this funky old cinema nearly every weekend from old favorites like Shakin Stevens, The Wonderstuff and Nik Kershaw; plus unique modern artists such as blues songstress Sandi Thom and Katie Tunstall.
... agiant slice of homemade cake, mouthwatering chocolates, gooey cheese, Holmfirth Vineyard Solaris White, enormous sandwiches, Coopers coffee, award-winning sausages, Strawberry Blond beer.....need we go on? Take your pick of local treats in Holmfirth and the surrounding Holme Valley - crammed with cafés, coffee houses, quirky restaurants, pubs serving real Yorkshire ale and tempting delicatessens.
There's a Farmers Market on the third Sunday every month; and Honley's Mustard and Punch, The Butchers Arms in Hepworth and the Lemmon Tree Trattoria in Honley come highly recommended for evening meals.
Why not also try the Huntsman Inn, which is nested high above Saddleworth Moor just outside Holmfirth village, West Yorkshire. Its location is truly breathtaking, surrounded by the rolling Pennines and just minutes from the Manchester border.
Soak up the Last of The Summer Wine atmosphere in Sid's Café or the Wrinkled Stocking Tea Rooms in Holmfirth where you'll find memorabilia from the much-loved sit-com, and then grab a luxury ice cream cone from Longley's Ice Cream and Coffee Shop before heading off to explore the town's other delights. Stop off at The Old Bridge Bakery where every imaginable cake and pastry is made on site along with a selection of mouth watering speciality breads.
Treat the kids to a visit to Vanilla Bean coffee shop and ice cream parlour where they can chose from artisan award-winning ice cream made with local farm milk. For dinner, take them to family-friendly Poppa Piccolinos in Holmfirth and, if this bustling Italian is not too busy, ask if the children can make their own pizza or ice cream.
Kids can make their own ceramic keepsake at the Potters Den, Holmfirth, while you enjoy a coffee and cake. For more hands-on fun, book a half day Family Baking Day (children aged 4-16) at the award winning, community supported Handmade Bakery, Slaithwaite. If you're staying a little longer, book a three day summer workshop with local textile artist, Sue Clay at her studio in Holmfirth for children aged 7-13. Every Friday during term time the kids can get messy with paint and crafts at North Light Gallery, Armitage Bridge.
Take a leisurely stroll through Holmfirth and Upperthong to appreciate the beauty of the Holme Valley, and for stunning views of Castle Hill.
Follow in the footsteps of famous watercolour artist Ashley Jackson, find hidden gems in the beautiful landscape around Holmfirth and compare Ashley's interpretation with your own.
This well established annual festival sees eleven days of music, art, comedy, theatre and literature. With a great programme of children's events such as interactive plays, story-telling workshops and sculpture making, the whole family can get involved.
Moorland sheep, fast flowing streams and rivers, weavers' cottages and impressive mills bear testimony to the ongoing tradition of producing some of the world's finest woollen yarns and cloths in Holmfirth. Today, local firms still supply material to some of the top names in the fashion world.
From the centre of Holmfirth narrow alleys of ‘ginnels' climb steeply to weavers' hamlets, their cottages recognisable by long rows of mullioned windows designed to let in the maximum amount of light. Street names such as ‘Rattle Row' evoke the clatter of handlooms. ‘Wuzzing holes' are still visible on Bunkers Hill, where the wet wool was spun (or ‘wuzzed') in baskets suspended from these holes.
Follow Holmfirth's Blue Plaque Trail to explore the oldest building in Holmfirth Th'owd Towser - once a mortuary, ambulance station, fire station, church and gaol (although not all at once); The Nook - one of the village's oldest pubs, and now an award winning micro brewery; and Druids Hall - built for the Ancient Order of Druids Friendly Society in 1846.
Tip your hat to the world's longest running sit-com Last of the Summer Wine, filmed in and around Holmfirth for 39 years. Enjoy a delicious cream tea at Sid's Café before jumping on a charabanc for the Summer Wine Magic bus tour. Visit Compo's house, home to the Last of the Summer Wine exhibition and the Wrinkled Stocking Tea Room and pop next door to stand on the famous stone steps of Nora Batty's House, now a self-catering holiday cottage available all year round. Have lunch or book an overnight stay in Clegg's favourite pub The White Horse in nearby Jackson Bridge and see Compo actor Bill Owen's final resting place at St John's Church, Upperthong.
Long before the TV cameras, Holmfirth played an important part in the birth of cinema with some of the first moving pictures created by film pioneers The Bamforth's in the early 1900. The remains of their film studio still stand on Station Road. Locals marvelled at these early films at Holmfirth's Picturedrome cinema which opened in 1913; now rejuvenated as a top northern music venue with its lively Box Office bar
Discover independent boutiques and specialist stores stocking locally made products you won't find on the high street. Here's a selection to whet your appetite. For literary lovers, lose track of time in Daisy Lane Book Shop, Holmfirth, a quality second hand bookshop in one of Holmfirth's most historic buildings. Find original gifts and locally made jewellery at Zebra Jewellery, Honley; choose your perfect piece handmade by their local onsite goldsmith, or commission a bespoke design. Visit the Silver Dream Studio, Holmfirth for more unique, hand-crafted contemporary jewellery made onsite by local silversmith Jacqui Laithwaite-Rawes. Discover a beautiful collection of locally renovated furniture and handmade pieces at Lost and Found, Holmfirth.
Lick your lips at The Chocolate Box, Holmfirth. With over 150 jars of favourite sweets and a packed chocolate counter, you are sure to find something to indulge your sweet tooth. Also make time for the award-winning Holmfirth Fair Trade Shop, Holmfirth, offers unusual, ethically sourced products for you, your home and garden from local and international suppliers.
Imagine Toys is jam-packed full of traditional exciting toys. Daisy Lane Books specialises in second hand books with a great local section. Kayes Ironmongers can supply you with anything from a packet of seeds to a fancy china teapot. Hebe stock a vast range of ultra modern kitchen ware. The Fair Traders Co-operative is a treasure trove of fairly trade and ethical goods from around the world and Holmfirth.
Held twice each year that special treat or unique present are waiting to be found at Holmfirth Art Markets where selected artists and designer-makers sell all sorts of amazing artwork.
But, if you can't wait for the next one, hire a classic car and travel round the Holme Valley in style to explore galleries and studios. Booth House Gallery brims with sculpture and ceramics made by Jim Robison; there's a constantly changing display of paintings, ceramics, sculpture and original prints at Lupton Square Gallery. Fascinating artwork is dotted in and amongst quirky reclaimed furniture at the Holme Valley Warehouse, and the North Light Gallery showcases work from both international and local artists in a bright, airy gallery space.
A Walk with Ashley
Follow in the footsteps of famous watercolour artist Ashley Jackson, find hidden gems in the beautiful landscape around Holmfirth and compare Ashley’s interpretation with your own.
A Fine Grape...
Be sure to visit Holmfirth Vineyard to discover the way of the vine on a tour of the vineyard
Holmfirth Arts Festival
Sixteen days of music, art, theatre, comedy, literature and workshops take place all over the beautiful Holme Valley.
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