Brass for ALL at Tolson, Kirklees

Brass band music takes centre stage in the next Music in the Garden concert at Tolson Museum.

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Emley Brass Band will play a programme of popular music in the second of three concerts being held in the Heritage Memorial Garden, behind the museum in Ravensknowle Park on Wakefield Road.

When will the concert take place?

The concert will be from 2pm to 4pm, on Sunday 10 June 2018 and is free to attend. There are some seats in the garden but people are asked to bring their own if possible. Refreshments will be available before the start and during the interval.

Organises of the event

‘Music in the Garden’ has been organised by the Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle and the final concert in the series will be performed by the New Orleans Wiggle band on Sunday, 8 July 2018.

More information

For further information, contact the museum by calling 01484 223240, or contact Ann Denham, chair of the Friends on 01484 425708

Refurbishment Works at Tolson Museum 

Tolson Museum, on Wakefield Road, Huddersfield, is undergoing refurbishment to its reception and entrance hall.

The entrance hall will be transformed with works to create a new shop, reception and refreshment offer.

To allow these works to take place, the museum will be closed temporarily from Sunday 17 September reopening to the public on Saturday 21 October.

Reason behind the work

Councillor Graham Turner, Cabinet member for Corporate Services said:

“Tolson Museum will reopen in time for the October half term holiday with a new shop and pop-up cafe. The old reception desk and shop had been in place for many years and we look forward to creating a better welcome for our visitors, which will look great, offer up to date facilities, great coffee and enable us to generate more income in challenging times”

Councillor Turner continued, “In the longer term, the council will be considering future options for a new Huddersfield Museum and Art Gallery. Decisions on the future of the current building are a long way down the line,  as it takes many years from assessing options for major investment schemes to actually opening the doors.”

He added, “In the meantime these improvements at Tolson Museum will really make a difference. They will enable us to run the museum  more effectively and ensure that visitors have a quality experience.

“The work being carried out at Tolson takes a ‘pop up’ approach, which pilots an improved retail offer and utilises units and equipment which would be interchangeable with other museum sites in the future.

“These improvements are being funded by Arts Council England.  We are keen to ensure the best use of this funding which is about developing the future sustainability of the Museum service. We are extremely grateful to the Arts Council for supporting Kirklees Museums and Galleries in the current very challenging financial times for local Councils.”



Summer activities at Tolson rock!

On Wednesdays in August,  Tolson Museum will be running fun family activities to go alongside their new exhibition: Mines, Minerals and Monsters.  If you are looking for something to keep the kids entertained why not join in –  Each activity costs £1 per child

Wednesday 2 August: Rocks and Trails
11am to 1pm  and 2pm to 4pm

595f5d1b-01e8-4b2c-8b8f-2a8dc0a864a8Find out about the rock cycle with a fun chocolate rock sorting activity and follow the rock trail.  Have a look at exciting rocks under the microscope with the Huddersfield Geology group.

Wednesday 9 August:  Sparkle with Minerals and Ores
11am to 1pm  and 2pm to 4pm


Add a little sparkle to your day with a minerals and ores craft session using stick on gems, tin and graphite.  The Huddersfield Geology Group will be putting geology under the microscope so you examine rocks up close.

Wednesday 16 August: Wacky Plants
11am to 1pm  and 2pm to 4pm


Have a go at making fun plant fossils by pressing plants and making life scale prehistoric plants.

Wednesday 23 August: Under the Sea with Marine Fossils
11am to 1pm  and 2pm to 4pm


Make a marine fossil, paint a fish and add to the giant shark collage.

Looking for Easter activities?

From egg hunts to craft sessions there is plenty to keep your little bunnies hopping this Easter at Kirklees Museums. 

Egg Hunting at Oakwell

Families can visit Oakwell Hall and Country Park over the Easter weekend  Saturday 15 April – Monday 17 April,  from 12 noon to 5pm for a Easter Egg hunt around the walled garden.  To take part pick up a competition form from the visitor centre (50p) and return it once you’ve found all the clues.  Correct entries win a mini egg and a 2 for 1 voucher for entry into Oakwell Hall. 

Things to do at Bagshaw

There are also opportunities to get creative at Bagshaw Museum.

On Sunday 9 April,  anyone can get involved with the BBC Get Creative Weekend and make their own wind chimes.  The ideas is to scavenge raw materials in the park and bring them to the museum to make a musical masterpiece.

Then, on Easter Saturday 15 April,  from 12pm until 4pm there will be a colourful Easter egg trail around the museum and grounds with the chance to win a chocolate prize.  Both activities are free.

Easter activities at Tolson

Between Saturday 8 April and Sunday 23 April Tolson Museum is inviting families to their free Easter Egg hunt around the museum. Participants who solve the puzzle will win a small chocolate prize from 12noon-5pm.

Tolson Museum is also hosting  Fair and Funky family SCRAPtastic sessions on Thursday 13 April from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.  The sessions have an Easter theme and cost £3.50 per child.

Have fun at Huddersfield Art Gallery

Huddersfield Art gallery is also hosting a Family Art Day on Thursday 13 April from 1pm – 3pm. They are encouraging people to drop in and be creative. The sessions are £1 per child, and there is no need to book.

Opening hours over the Easter holidays

Even when an activity isn’t taking place,  Museums are a fun place to visit during the holidays,  the museums will be open over the Easter holidays as follows:

Oakwell Hall

Oakwell Hall  and Visitor Centre

Open Easter Saturday (15 April), Easter Sunday (16 April) and Easter Monday (17 April) from 12noon – 5pm.

Closed Good Friday (14 April).

During the rest of the holidays (10 – 21 April) the Hall and visitor centre will be open Tuesday to Thursday 11am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 5pm. The visitor centre is also open Friday 11am to 5pm.

Oakwell Countryside Centre

Open Easter Saturday (15 April) and Easter Sunday (16 April) from 11am – 3pm.

Closed Good Friday (14 April) and Easter Monday (17 April).

The countryside centre will also be open 11am to 3pm on the weekends of 8 and 9 April and 22 and 23 April.

Bagshaw Museum

Open Easter Saturday (15 April),  Easter Sunday (16 April) and Easter Monday (17 April)  12noon – 5pm.

Closed Good Friday (14 April).

During the rest of the holidays (10 – 21 April)  Bagshaw will also be open from Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm; and on Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 5pm.

Tolson Museum

open Good Friday (14 April) , Easter Saturday (15 April) and Easter Sun (16 April) 12noon – 5pm.

Closed Easter Monday (17 April).

During the rest of the holidays (10 – 21 April), Tolson museum will open Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 5pm.

Huddersfield Art Gallery

Open Easter Saturday 10am – 4pm.

Closed Good Friday (14 April), Easter Sunday (16 April) and Easter Monday (17 April).

During the rest of the holidays (10 – 21 April) the Art Gallery will also be open on Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm, and Saturday 10am – 4pm.

Victoria Tower, Castle Hill

8 April to 23 April (open every day) 12noon to 4.30pm

Admission costs: £1.90 for adults, 55p for children and £3.75 for families (2 adults and 2 children). Free for Kirklees Passport holders.


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The Great Tolson Bake Off 2017

Are your cakes good enough to get the nod of approval from Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood?

Huddersfield’s very own version of the baking duo – Stephen and Tracy Jackson of the T & Cake cafe in Almondbury will decide who is the town’s star baker.

On Saturday, 8 April, Stephen and Tracy will judge the entries in Tolson Museum’s very own ‘Great Bake-Off’.

What do I need to bake?

The competition takes its theme from the museum’s transport gallery with its cars, tractors, coaches and bicycles. Entrants have to create a cake celebrating some form of transport.There are three classes:

  • adults – a cake for a special occasion
  • under 12s – any shaped cake
  • under 8s – a round cake or cakes

How to enter

There is a charge of £3 per entry.

Cakes can be brought to the museum in Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Road, Huddersfield, from 2pm on Saturday 8 April 2017. All entries must be in place by 3.30pm for judging at 4pm.

More information

This event is being organised by the Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle.

For further information contact the museum on 01484 223240, or Ann Denham, chair of the Friends, tel: 01484 425708, email:



Victorian Christmas Fair – Tolson

Father Christmas welcomes you to Tolson Museum in Huddersfield on Sunday, 20 November.


Santa Claus or Father Christmas

The museum in Ravensknowle Park is hosting its annual Victorian Christmas Fair from 11am to 4pm.

There will be a range of stalls selling Christmas crafts and tasty treats.

The friends group will also be serving refreshments.

Get your kids Christmas list in early with a visit to see santa in his grotto.

Entry is free to the both the museum and the Christmas fair. There will be a small charge to visit Father Christmas.

For further information contact the museum, tel: 01484 223240, or Ann Denham, chair of the Friends, tel: 01484 425708, email:



Battle of the Somme Centenary Commemorations

Kirklees is remembering those who fell on the Somme battlefield with a weekend of commemorative events at Tolson Memorial Museum in Huddersfield, which was given to the town in memory of Robert Tolson, who died that first day of the Somme, his brother James who died in action in 1918, and all those from the Huddersfield area who fought and died in the First World War.

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Remembering the Somme memorial service

Commemorations start on Friday 1 July with a memorial service in the Heritage Memorial Garden at the rear of the museum in Ravensknowle Park, on Wakefield Road. This Civic event, to which everyone is welcome, will be attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Kirklees and officiated by the Bishop of Huddersfield.  It starts at 2pm so join the Royal British Legion, army veterans and local schoolchildren in this special tribute to those who died.

Battle of the Somme film screening

Later on Friday 1 July there will be a showing in Tolson Museum of the film ‘The Battle of the Somme’ (PG) which was filmed and screened in cinemas in 1916. It was the first ever feature length documentary about war and this powerful and emotional film presents real-life footage from the first few weeks of the ‘Big Push’. In the year of its release around 20 million people watched it – many hoping to see the image of a loved one or friend captured on film.  It starts at 7.30pm (doors open 7pm) and is FREE to attend but places must be booked.

Special event – The first world war 100 years on

On Sunday 3 July families can get involved in the commemoration weekend with a special event, ‘The First World War 100 Years On’.  Costumed characters will bring the First World War era to life, there will be artefacts to handle, costumes to try on and children will have lots to make and do.  In addition visitors are invited to bring along their photographs and objects from the time to share with experts.  There will also be tours of the museum’s First World War exhibition.  This FREE event runs from 1pm to 4pm.

There will refreshments by the Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle at all the events.

The Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Jim Dodds said:‘Even though I have served 35 years in the Army and been on active service, it is impossible to envisage the horrors that met those brave men as they went over the top during the Great War.  Both my grandfathers served during World War I, only one survived and the other was killed just six weeks before Armistice. We cannot allow any generation to forget the sacrifices that have been made on our behalf throughout history. World War I was the war to end all wars – unfortunately it did not and there is not a day goes by without a British soldier putting their life on the line so that we may live in peace’.

Museums and Galleries event brochure

For further information or to book places at the film showing, contact Tolson Memorial Museum, tel: 01484 223240 or email





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The great Tolson bake-off

If you know your way around a bundt tin, can whisk up an Italian Meringue or make marvelous macarons, then the Tolson bake-off could be perfect for you.

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The Friends of Tolson Museum are holding a competition for bakers of all ages to find the best Easter-themed cakes, buns and biscuits.

Amateur bakers can get a taste of the excitement of ‘bake-off’ at Tolson Museum on Easter Saturday, 26 March 2016.

There are three categories:

Adults:  Must bake a slicing cake

Under-12s: Can choose between baking a cake or cupcakes

Under-8s:  Can bake either cupcakes or biscuits.

It costs £2.50 to enter and each entry must include a written list of ingredients and the method used to create the cake, buns or biscuits.

All entries need to be brought to the museum between 2pm and 3.30pm on 26 March 2016. Judging will take place at 4pm and the judges are Stephen and Tracy Jackson from T&Cake, in Almondbury.

More information about the Tolson bake-off

For further information contact Tolson Museum, tel: 01484 223240, or Ann Denham,  Chair of the Friends group, tel: 07803 159506, email:

Information is also available on the Friends’ website,