After buying your ticket, you walk up the famous steps and then through a rather familiar looking door, into “Compo’s” house. Here you will find not only his disreputable sleeping garments hanging up, but fascinating props from the show including Compo’s Submarine (upperiscope!) and a rather large inflatable lady!
The main display room is a real treasure trove of Summer Wine memories, appealing not only to dedicated Summer Wine fans but just about anyone, and all age groups.
There is a video featuring famous clips from the series (lookout for that submarine and inflatable doll!) plus some hilarious out-takes – where things did not work out exactly as planned – introduced by Bill Owen.
There is an incredible range of photographs and display information capturing the many characters and situations from the show – and even the world famous matchbox which used to scare the more-sensitive cast-members with one quick glimpse of the contents. We never did find out for sure what Compo kept in his matchbox – but the guesses keep coming in.
The new extension is a treasure trove for Summer Wine buffs. Displays include a “Who’s Who” of over 60 Summer Wine characters, a “Timeline “of events from 1972 to 2010, a full list of all the episodes and a “Big Summer Wine Map” showing lots of local locations used in the programmes.
The series ended in 2010 following 295 episodes broadcast over 37 years. The show continues to be aired everyday on satellite TV around the world with young and old enjoying the gentle and everlasting humour.
The tour finishes in the Gift Shop, stocked with unique and interesting souvenirs from the show and the town of Holmfirth, including postcards, toffees and fudge, maps, mugs and much more.