Say ‘Hello’ to the Heritage Open Days

Join us for the National Heritage Festival. Sixteen locations will be opening their doors or offering events as part of Kirklees-wide involvement in the National Heritage Open Days Festival, which this year will run for ten consecutive days, from 11 – 20 September 2020.

What’s happening at the Heritage Open Days

Despite a significant reduction from last year’s record 68 sites and events, this year’s selection still offers a fantastic insight into places not always open to the public.  Venues include John Greenwood, Dewsbury’s oldest shop and now intimate local history museum, High Flatts Quaker Meeting House, Roebuck Memorial Homes, Huddersfield and several Anglican churches. There’s a unique scavenger hunt around Dewsbury’s Crow Nest Park and hidden nature trail at Oakwell Hall Country Park, both celebrating this year’s national theme – Hidden Nature. Plus, for the first time, two virtual tours; Birkby Heritage Trail, Huddersfield and St. Bartholomew’s Church, Marsden, which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home.

How do I book?

All venues and events are FREE, although, a small number must be booked.  You can find out more information and book through the links below.

The events will all be run in line with national COVID-19 guidance, with social distancing and the use of face coverings where required.

Event Details

Colne Valley Museum

Cliffe Ash, Golcar, Huddersfield

St John the Evangelist Church
Church Street, Golcar

  • Saturday 19 September: 10am – 3pm

St. James Church
2 Meal Hill, Slaithwaite

  • Saturday 12 September: 10am – 3pm

St. Bartholomew’s Church, Marsden, Online Tour
Virtual Tour

High Flatts Quaker Meeting House
Firth Lane, High Flatts

  • Thursday 17 September: 10am-5pm
  • Friday 18 September: 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 19 September: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday 20 September: 12pm-5pm

Oakwell Hall Hidden Nature Trail
Nova Lane, Birstall, Batley

  • Saturday 12 September: 12pm-4pm
  • Sunday 13 September: 12pm-4pm
  • Saturday 19 September: 12pm-4pm
  • Sunday 20 September: 12pm-4pm

Crow Nest Park Scavenger Hunt
Heckmondwike Road, Dewsbury

  • Saturday 12 September: 2:30pm
  • Sunday 13 September: 11.30am
  • Thursday 17 September: 10am
  • Saturday 19 September: 11.30am
  • Sunday 20 September: 3:30pm

John Greenwood Clothing & Jewellery
3 Church Street, Dewsbury

  • Saturday 12 September: 10am – 3pm
  • Wednesday 16 September: 10am – 3pm

Pre-booking required, call: 01924 461198 or email:

Dewsbury Beeline Heritage Trail
Dewsbury Minster, Vicarage Road, Dewsbury

  • Guided Trail: Saturday 12 September: 10:30am & 1pm

Pre-booking required, email:, call: 01484 221000 and ask for John Lambe.

Walking Through Time
Dewsbury Market, Cloth Hall Street, Dewsbury

  • Saturday 12 September: 10.30am – 12.30om & 1pm – 3pm

Huddersfield Parish Church
Byram Street, Huddersfield

  • Monday 14 September: 3pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday 15 September: 3pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday 16 September: 3pm to 4pm
  • Thursday 17 September: 3pm to 4pm
  • Friday 18 September: 3pm to 4pm
  • Saturday 19 September: 3pm to 4pm

Pre-booking required. Call 01484 427964


Roebuck Memorial Homes (Grounds & Chapel Only)
509 Wakefield Road, Huddersfield

  • Saturday 12 September: 10.30am – 1pm

St. John the Evangelist Church
75 St. Johns Road, Birkby, Huddersfield

  • Friday 11 September: 10.30am -3:15pm
  • Saturday 12 September: 10am – 1:30pm
  • Friday 18 September: 10.30am-2pm
  • Saturday 19 September: 10.30am – 2pm

Birkby, Huddersfield Virtual Trail Online Tour

  • Virtual Tour: Thursday 17 September: 1:30pm

Whitechapel Church
Whitechapel Road, Cleckheaton

  • Saturday 12 September: 10am– 4pm
  • Sunday 13 September: 10am – 4pm

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