Independent boutiques, antiques, markets and specialist produce that you won’t find on the high street. To whet your appetite…
For literary lovers, Daisy Lane Book Shop is a must. Zebra is great for original gifts and locally made jewellery. Holmfirth Fair Trade Shop offers unusual ethnically sourced products. Browse Holmfirth general market on Thursdays, and explore the craft and food market on Saturdays. You can’t get more unique than The Carding Shed, Hepworth, with its classic car display, automobile, vintage clothes shop, antiques store, local hand-made gifts and the amazing Oil Can Café.
The outlet Springfield Mills has a range of independent shops, as do the village centres in Denby Dale, Kirkbuton and Clayton West.
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.
The Art Market is run by the a small team of artists, Victoria Robinson, Brendan Hesmondhalgh and Emily Stubbs from Holmfirth. Each event is unique, featuring 100 artists and designer makers showing over the two weekends, selling beautiful textiles, sculpture, homewares, jewellery, paintings, art, photography & more, direct to the public.
For upcoming arts, cultural and creative events visit creativekirklees.com.
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.