Kirklees Venues and Events open as part of national heritage festival

Heritage open days

Kirklees Heritage open days

59 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 10 – 19 September.

What will the events look like this year?

After significant reductions in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, this year sees an extensive and varied Kirklees programme. Alongside old favourites, there are over 20 new entries, many of them celebrating this year’s national theme, Edible England.  Some events are also part of the Huddersfield High Street Heritage Action Zone cultural programme, centred on St George’s Square.

The selection of venues offers an insight into many places that are not always open to the public.  Sites include John Greenwood, Dewsbury’s oldest shop and now an intimate local history museum, High Flatts Quaker Meeting House, several Anglican churches, a look behind the scenes at town halls, the Lawrence Batley Theatre, the Platform 1 project at Huddersfield station, and even a Holmfirth Graveyard Walk.

The ‘Edible’ theme provides an opportunity to discover both some special food delights plus a taste of gardens and allotments. Cleckheaton Library reveals a local heritage involving Midget Gems and the original Fentiman’s botanical brews, while the Colne and Holme Valleys offer smallholding and landscaping projects to explore.

Huddersfield events include sound and colour featuring Carnival costumes and dancers, walks that explore Irish heritage and textiles, a talk about the celebrated Huddersfield architect, WH Crossland and an open day at his very first building. A festival hub on the Piazza, hosted by West Yorkshire Archive Service, will offer exhibitions and information on five of the 10 days.

Do I need to book in advance?

All venues and events are free, although this year more than usual must be booked. For details of the venues and events in the Kirklees area and beyond go to the national Heritage open days website and search ‘Kirklees’. The Kirklees HOD brochure will be available from information points across the district from the end of August.

On behalf of the dedicated voluntary organisers, Kirklees Heritage Open Days committee co-ordinator, David Griffiths said;

“We are all very excited about the opportunity to open our doors once again to the many people who enjoy visiting our buildings and taking part in a variety of walks, talks and activities. This year’s festival, especially with its ‘Edible’ theme provides one of our most varied selections ever and something for all to enjoy.”

Please note that all events will be managed in accordance with any Covid restrictions in force at the time.