Local Area Information
Holmfirth centre is 2 miles away and has a plentiful variety of gift shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes and supermarkets. Throughout the year if holds many different Festivals including, a Folk Festival, Beer Festival, Music Festival, Gala's and a Food and Drink Festival. It boasts an excellent music venue, The Picturedrome, where you can see many bands and artistes such as Shawaddywaddy, Joan Armatrading, Billy Ocean, Roy Wood, Belinda Carlisle and The South to name a few as well as popular tribute acts.
Whilst in Hepworth take a look at the cottages in Barracks Fold, the most Northerly point the Great Plague reached in 1666. In an effort to save the village the residents split the village into two parts at Barracks Fold. Those that were infected remained, isolated from the world, in one half. Thirteen of the residents died from the disease, which was a considerable percentage of the population in such a small village and thirteen trees were planted to remember them. The trees still stand today, by the local football pitch. The end of the plague in Hepworth is still commemorated on the last Monday in June every year with Hepworth Feast.
Holmfirth is well known for the filming of the longest running comedy series 'Last of the Summer Wine' from 1972-2010. It is possible to visit Nora Batty's house, Sid's Cafe and take a vintage bus tour of other filming locations which also includes Hepworth.
It is home to Bamforth's, the creator of silent films and lantern slide shows from 1870 giving it the reputation of being the 'British Hollywood'. They also produced famous 'Cheeky Seaside Postcards'.
1852 brought a disaster to Holmfirth when Bilberry Dam burst it's banks sending 86 million gallons of water cascading down the Holme Valley. 81 people lost their lives. There are flood height markers in various places in Holmfirth as well as information boards about the interesting history of Holmfirth.
The scenery in and around Hepworth and Holmfirth is beautiful. Great for walking, the Pennine Way crosses over Holme Moss and the Kirklees Way runs through the woodland at the bottom of the field in front of Old Hay Barn. The Transpennine trail is on the doorstep and perfect for cycling on with the kids.