If you’re running out of ideas to keep the kids (and adults) amused this summer, we’ve got a weekend guide to things to do in Huddersfield.
From fun doggy days out to beautiful flower shows, art exhibitions to concerts in scenic settings, there’s bound to be something that takes your fancy this weekend.
And shopaholics will love the two markets on offer in Huddersfield on Sunday — or if you fancy something more sporty, why not take on a challenging Huddersfield Skyride or head to Holmfirth Badminton’s open day?
There’s lots happening across Huddersfield this weekend, from sporting fun and games to family days out to lively nights out — take a look and see what you fancy.
Here are eleven fun things to do around town this weekend:
Saturday, August 13.
Bark in the Park
Ravensknowle Park, Dalton, 11.30am-5pm, free
Head to Ravensknowle Park, Dalton, for a doggie fun day running 11.30am-5pm. Organised by Huddersfield Fun4Paws, there will be races where owners can compete with their furry friends — including an egg and spoon race and eleven-legged race (a three legged race for two dogs!). Admission is free.
Kirklees Summer Show — Flower, vegetable and handicraft show
Greenhead Park, Saturday and Sunday, free
The show is back in Greenhead Park for the full weekend, 12.30pm-5pm on Saturday and 11am-4.30pm on Sunday. There will be amazing flower displays, vegetables and crafts as well as stalls and activities for all the family. Awards will be given in a ceremony at 4pm on Sunday. Admission is free.
A Victorian Miscellany
Huddersfield Art Gallery, 10am-4pm, free
Huddersfield Art Gallery is showing a stunning collection of paintings from the Kirklees collection under the title A Victorian Miscellany. Including portraits of Huddersfield’s former residents, genre scenes, landscapes and historical works, every painting tells a story. There are works by well-known period artists such as George Frederick Watts, Edmund Blair Leighton and William Orpen as well as those by lesser-known local artists, who captured rustic scenes and portrait sitters (among them architect Joseph Kaye, the man responsible for many of Huddersfield’s finest buildings).
King and Queen Tribute Show — Elvis Presley and Freddie Mercury
Huntsman Inn, Holmfirth, 7pm, £26.95
Two rock and pop icons for the price of one at the Huntsman Inn, which is offering a three-court meal, live entertainment and late night disco for £26.95 per person. Booking and a £10 deposit per person required — call the Inn on 01484 850205.
Professor Fonque and the All Stars
Holmfirth Picturedrome, 8.30pm
Professor Fonque and the All Stars are bringing soul and funk to the Holmfirth Picturedrome box office bar on Saturday night. The eight-piece band play a ,mix of 60s and 70s funk, including James Brown, Otis Redding and Kool and the Gang.
Sunday, August 14.
Skyride — The Mast and Castle 32-miler
Meet at Leeds Road Sports Complex, 10am, free but booking essential
If you’re feeling energetic, take on the challenging Mast and Castle route with Skyride at 10am. The ride begins at Leeds Road Sports Complex and lasts around four hours, covering 32-miles and taking in both Castle Hill and Emley Moor Mast! To book your place visit goskyride.com/Search/Details?eventid=76280.
Music in the Park
Greenhead Park, 2pm-4pm, free
Huddersfield Youth Brass Ensemble and Huddersfield & Ripponden Brass can be heard at a free event in Greenhead Park from 2pm until 4pm. It is one of the Music in the Park summer concerts on the bandstand. There is limited seating but would-be audience members are welcome to bring fold-up chairs or rugs. The last concert is on Sunday, August 21, when Slaithwaite Band will take to the bandstand at 2pm.
Huddersfield Open Market, 10am-3pm
Upmarket Sunday is back this weekend, with arts, crafts, food and children’s entertainment. Take a look at the video above for a taste of what’s in store, and look out for the children’s creative workshops held as part of the market. Shop for antiques, arts and crafts, vintage fashions and sample Yorkshire food and drink from local producers. The market runs 10am-3pm.
Huddersfield Alternative Youth Market
New Street, Huddersfield, 11am-4pm
Head to New Street in the town centre from 11am-4pm to see stallholders and performers aged 13-29 show off their talent. Young entrepreneurs will be trading while performers entertain shoppers.
Charity Fun Day at Wilton Park
Wilton Park, Batley, 10am-5pm, free
A family fun day has been organised to raise money for the Children’s Heart Fund at Leeds General Infirmary. There will be an inflatable slide, bouncy castle, rides and face painting as well as special appearances from Spiderman, Iron Man and the Ninja Turtles! Entry and parking is free.
Badminton open day
Huddersfield Leisure Centre, 10am-1pm, free
Holmfirth Badminton is hosting a free session to introduce people to badminton — and encourage amateur players to get back in the game. Visitors can meet coaches from the league, play a few matches and get expert advice from a Badminton England Coach. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org