Places

Spark young imaginations

Visit the Colne Valley Museum to experience first hand life as a weaver in the early 1850s, or take a ride on a family friendly guided boat trip into the Standedge Tunnel on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.  Huddersfield Observatory is open to the public on clear nights between October and late march for a special view of meteor showers, planets and the moon. The Magic Box, Marsden is crammed with traditional toys.

Get outside

Run off some energy at Slaithwaite Spa Park or Marsden Park. Stock up with cheese, meat and pies at the Two Valleys Deli, then head up to Blackmoorfoot Reservoir, easily accessible for wheelchairs and buggies.

Festivals and events

From traditional folklore to contemporary jazz, the Colne Valley is home to an eclectic programme of events, many of which date back hundreds of years making them well worth a visit - Imbolc Fire Festival, Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival and Marsden Cuckoo Day to mention a few.

Celebrate Spring and sunshine at the Marsden Cuckoo Festival in April. There’s a colourful procession, a craft fair, a maypole and Morris dancing, street entertainment, duck races, storytelling, and lots more free events. You’ll find delicious local produce, quirky independent shops, and a great atmosphere. And, once you’ve had your fill of the happy bustle in the village, take a walk on the Marsden Moor estate to find remains of a Roman road and packhorse trails, the Standedge Canal Tunnel and Visitor centre, plus other reminders of the area’s industrial past.