Things to do here
Get the kids to leave iPads and other electronic devices at home and let them roam free! There is a small play area for the little ones by the shop and our bigger play area is in the bottom field. Of course plenty of space for young ones to jump on their bikes and explore, kick a ball around or head to the woods for den building, nature trails and hide and seek. Collect a nature trail booklet from the shop or reception so that the kids don't miss out!
We also have Have-a-Go Archery sessions for adults and children running on the park! Geoff is a qualified instructor and will be running 30-40 minute sessions on Saturdays including fun shoots with balloons for the kids with a chance to win a trophy! We hope to run competitions on Sunday mornings (depending on numbers) with a chance to win a holiday voucher! Our first sessions will run Easter weekend and we run them every Saturday throughout the spring/summer season and into autumn if the weather permits (depending on numbers). Adults £7, children £5.
Nature Safari will be visiting twice over the spring/summer of 2017. On Sunday 28th May, 9.30-11.30am they will be running a Magical Woodlands session whereby children will do a range of woodland activities including getting creative with natural objects making musical intruments (log drum kits, grass kazoos, leaf shakers), masks, fairy wands, mud faces followed by cooking marshmallows on the fire pit. Then on Sunday 20th August 2017, 9.30 - 11.30pm they will be running a Den Building and Campfires session with a den building competition followed by cooking kebabs, marshmallows and hot chocolate on the fire pit! Sessions are suitable for 6-11 year olds and cost £7 per child. Parents are welcome to join in but aren't needed to supervise. Booking in advance strongly recommended.
Crafty Devilz will be back again on Saturday 6th August 2017 helping us perfect our circus skills! Learn how to spin plates, juggle, blow giant bubbles along with many other tricks. A free event for park guests.
Join fairandfunky for their SCRAPtastic workshops on Sunday 30 July and Sunday 13th August 2017, both sessions run from 9.30 to 10.30am!Children of any age can get creative with the outdoors, nature and environment in mind and transform everyday scrap into birdfeeders, animal masks, bee and butterfly mobiles, animal yoghurt pot puppets! £4 per child, Booking in advance essential.
Dogs are very welcome and the surrounding woodland is ideal for walking, however we do strictly ask that they are kept on a lead on the park at all times. With or without a dog the woods are just a starting point for lots more walks from the park (although a dog may come in handy to pull you up the hills here!) If you prefer shorter walks with a pub at the end, Brockholes village with The Rock Inn serving food is an 8 minute stroll away down the lane or along the riverside through the woods. Or The Travellers Rest is an extra 5 minutes walk on from The Rock Inn and serves good food. The village also has a post office, store and take away. For ideas about walking routes, we have plenty of information in the shop. You could even bring your GPS for geo-caching – there are a couple waiting to be discovered around the park. A great way to encourage the kids to get out walking!
If you’re into angling there is plenty of fishing to be done here with our small lake taking centre stage and the River Holme running around the park. Whatever you decide to do here on the park be sure to save your bread crusts for the ducks, our friendly campsite pets!
Things to do in the area
We are just a mile from Holmfirth where we are spoilt for choice when it comes to individual shops, cafés, restaurants and galleries. This beautiful small town is famous for the BBC series Last of the Summer Wine which was filmed on the caravan park several times during its heyday in the 1990s. There is always plenty going, visit Holmfirth Events to find out what our vibrant town has to offer. The Picturedrome in the centre of Holmfirth has well known and famous bands performing regularly. Why not stay an extra night and make it a weekend break?
With so much for all ages to see and do in the area, no one will be bored! Within 30 minutes drive are Eureka! (The National Children’s Museum,) Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Cannon Hall and Farm, Kirklees Light Railway, The National Mining Museum, Wentworth Castle, Hepworth Gallery (voted in the top 50 galleries of the world by The Times) and more.
For the adventurous this is a paradise for walkers, horse riders and cyclists. Along with an abundance of beautiful countryside, we are lucky to be close to several reservoirs each of them enjoying stunning views. National Trust’s Marsden Moor Estate, designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest is just a 20 minute drive away. If you prefer to explore the surrounding area at a faster pace, there are several canal towpaths, ideal for cycling, in Marsden, Slaithwaite, Milnsbridge and Golcar or join part of National Cycle Route 68 between Holmfirth and Marsden. For a real challenge head up Holme Moss, 525m above sea level with breathtaking views, part of The Tour de France route for 2014. Can you beat 6 minutes 30 seconds set by local cycling legend Brian Robinson who was the first Briton to complete the Tour de France?
After all the physical exertion, be sure to reward yourself with a pint of local ale at one of the award winning pubs or breweries in the area or if coffee and cake is more your ‘cup of tea’, we are spoilt for choice for cafés among the rural villages in the area. Not only does The Cider Press, a fantastic café and shop just a 30 minute scenic walk from the park, produce delicious cider and apple juice, its cake is out of this world! Or if you enjoy a craft beer, a visit to Summer Wine Brewery Taps enables you to sample their fantastic beers in the brewery itself and it's only a 25 minute walk away. If you see yourself as a bit of a ‘foodie’, make sure you visit our fantastic farm shops and cafés in the Valley. Start with a wedge of the best of Yorkshire cheese like ‘Barncliffe Brie’ and homemade bread from Thorncliffe Farm Shop then finish off with tasty award winning Yummy Yorkshire Ice Cream (while in Yorkshire go for their Yorkshire Pudding, gravy and cranberry sauce flavour!) at Delph House Farm. And if you’re still peckish pick your own summer fruits at Bentley Grange. Don’t forget Holme Valley is also home to Longley Farm and you can sample their delicious produce at the Longley Farm Cafe in Holmfirth. You can even go wine tasting at Holmfirth Vineyard and enjoy food sourced from some of Yorkshire’s finest producers.