Holmfirth is a beautiful little town in the Holme Valley, just a stone’s throw away from Saddleworth over t’hill in Yorkshire. Most famous as the setting of the long-running BBC comedy TV series Last of the Summer Wine, Holmfirth welcomes thousands of visitors every year who come to take tea at Sids Cafe or have their photo taken by the famous steps where Nora Batty used to batter poor old Compo about the head with a broom. But there is a lot more to Holmfirth than the octogenarian antics of Compo, Cleggy, Foggy and Co.
Holmfirth is where celebrated landscape artist Ashley Jackson has his gallery, it’s well worth a nosey around, and if he isn’t out in the moors with his easel, he’s an interesting chap to have a chat with. The moorland landscape around Holmfirth is one of the major draws to the area and offers excellent walking opportunities in beautiful countryside. Some of the popular walks are listed here.
Every July Holmfirth hosts an Art Week, which is one the largest open art exhibitions in the UK with more than 2000 works of art on display from over 400 exhibitors including local artists and internationally acclaimed artists. More details can be found here. The exhibition has been running since 1966 and as many as 10,000 people descend on Holmfirth from all over the country.
There is even a vineyard in Holmfirth! You can take a guided tour of the Sheveling WineEstate, and tours are run every day at 10:30 & 15:00 all year round (though not on Christmas or Boxing day) and cost £10 per person. For more information and to book, click here.
Holmfirth is a 30-minute drive from Uppermill, head through Greenfield and then take the A635. Known locally as the Isle of Skye this is a stunning road to travel along across the moors when the weather is fine, but this road is often closed by snow in the height of winter.
More information about what is going on in Holmfirth can be found at the official Holmfirth website