The summer holidays are almost here - time for some family fun!

Huddersfield and its surrounding areas have a wealth of attractions for exciting days out, from picnics in the town's beautiful parks, educational jaunts around its museums or a spot of retail therapy.

Our guide can help you make the most of the holidays - and there's even a couple of suggestions for days when mum and dad want to enjoy some time on their own.

Here's 10 of the best local attractions - you'll never get the school holiday boredom blues again!

 

1) Greenhead Park

This award-winning park is the perfect venue for a picnic on a sunny day. Shoot hoops in the basket ball court, play a set or two in the tennis courts, let the little ones loose in the play area, explore the conservatory and ornamental gardens or head to the skate park for an active day out. A miniature railway also operates in the summer - alongside the live music, sports and other activities Greenhead Park has to offer.

Click here for the latest events planned at the park.

2) Castle Hill

One of Huddersfield's most popular attractions, Castle Hill stands more than 900 feet above sea level and offers spectacular views. The site, a scheduled ancient monument, also features Victoria Tower , which is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, noon-4.30pm, from May 3 to July 19, then every day from July 19 to August 31.

Admission to the tower costs £1.75 for adults, 50p for children and £3.50 for families (two adults, two children). Kirklees Passport holders go free.

 

3) Shibden Park, Halifax

From boating on the Mere to riding the model railway or exploring the historic Shibden Hall , this Halifax park has plenty to keep the family busy when the weather is fine. The park has a cafe as well as an adventure playground, with rowing boats and paddleboats available for hire for use on the park's lake.

Shibden Estate is one of the county's most important heritage sites, and the medieval, timber framed, Grade II listed hall was a family home for 600 years. The Wilderness Garden offers a tranquil retreat for visitors, while the fruit garden boasts heritage fruit trees, planted to reflect the varieties that were grown at Shibden more than 200 years ago.

There's also the Aisled Barn and Folk Museum for a little taste of history, which house carriages and horse drawn vehicles and local artifacts respectively.

Click here for opening times and parking fees.

4) Beaumont Park            

The second of Huddersfield's listed, Green Flag Award-winning parks, Beaumont is the town's oldest and features two play areas, woodland walks, viewing areas and a pond, waterfall, and fountain. Perfect for a picnic or a woodland walk on a sunny day, Beaumont Park continues to attract visitors from Huddersfield and beyond.

The park is in Crosland Moor , Huddersfield.

5) Standedge Canal Tunnel          

Fancy a boat ride through the longest canal tunnel in Britain? Of course you do! Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways at Standedge Canal Tunnel and Visitor Centre, near Marsden , and explore the tunnel that runs through the heart of the Pennine countryside.

The Watersedge Cafe is on hand for a bite to eat, and kids can run wild in the centre's playground and wildlife garden. Entry into the tunnel is free, but a charge applies for the boat trip. 

6) John Smith's Stadium tour            

A must-do for all proud Huddersfield Town Football Club fans, guides tours of the John Smith's Stadium are available on most days by appointment and can cater for groups of 10 people or more. Take a peek at the Huddersfield Town and Huddersfield Giants dressing rooms, stroll through the tunnel and take a seat in the pitch side dug-out to get a view of the stadium only usually enjoyed by managers and players.

The tour also visits the Directors VIP seating and the boardroom, full of Town and Giants memorabilia.
For more information on stadium tours, or to book, click here .

7) Holmfirth Vineyard            

If you're planning a child free afternoon, this next attraction is one for the adults.

Holmfirth was the setting for popular BBC sitcom Last of the Summer wine - so it's no surprise it has its own vineyard!

Twice daily tours of the seven-acre Homfirth Vineyard offer a fascinating insight into the wine making process and spectacular views of the Home Valley. Find out more about its hand planted grape varieties and enjoy a wine tasting before enjoying lunch or afternoon tea in the vineyard restaurant.

Tours cost £6.99 per person and must be pre-booked - click here for more information.

8) The Pure North Cider Press

And here's another destination for some child-free fun.

If you prefer a nice cold pint of cider to a glass of wine, Holmfirth also offers the chance to explore the Pure North Cider orchard and watch its traditional press in action. Based in Deanhouse, Netherthong , its rural setting is popular with dog walkers and its café serves hot meals and snacks made using the ciders produced on site. There's also the opportunity to stock up on Pure North's ciders, juices and vinegars as well as locally produced chutneys, pickles, oils, honey, cheeses and fresh bread.

The cider press is open Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-4pm, Friday to Sunday 10am-6pm and also opens on Bank Holiday Mondays. Click here for more information.

9) Huddersfield's markets

You can find everything from fashion to household goods, antiques to street food at Huddersfield's markets.

Huddersfield Open Market , based in the town's Victorian Quarter, boasts a food court amid its wide variety of stalls. The general market is held on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays 9am-4pm, with second hand markets on Tuesdays, 9am-3.30pm and Saturdays 9am-4pm. On Bank Holiday Mondays the part-open market also sees a car boot sale take place alongside the regular stalls, with places just £10 each. And on the second Sunday of each month, antiques, arts and crafts, vintage fashion and street food is on offer at Upmarket Sundays, alongside live music and street entertainment, 10am-4pm.

Queensgate Market is open six days a week and offers more than 100 shops, with teeth whitening services, beauty salons, tattoo parlours and hairdressers nestled in among the traditional market stalls. Shoppers can pick up fresh meat and fish, fruit and veg and baked goods as well as carpets, bedding, cushions, haberdashery, books and more. The indoor market, in Princess Alexandria Walk, also features a Demonstration Zone, with cookery demos, children's crafts and other free events, as well as a free play area to keep little ones amused.

Queensgate Market is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5.30pm, and Saturdays 8.30am-5.30pm.

Outside of the town centre, Holmfirth offers three traditional markets, offering fresh produce, handmade crafts and household goods.

Its general market, held Thursdays 9am-4.30pm, features fresh fruit and veg, locally sourced meats, cheese, breads and cakes, plants and household essentials. Then every Saturday, 9am-4.30pm, fresh food is accompanied by handmade crafts including basketry, jewellery, cards and stationary at its Craft and Food Market. Stalls also offer glassware, photography, soaps, paintings and sculptures.

The popular Holmfirth Farmers Market is held on the first and third Sunday of each month, 9am-2pm. One of the oldest in the country, local farmers man the stalls to showcase their finest produce.

For more information about markets in Huddersfield and across Kirklees, click here .

10) Kirklees Light Railway

All aboard the Kirklees Light Railway for a scenic journey through the south Pennine foothills!

The railway features five little steam engines - Hawk, Owl, Fox, Badger and Jay - and is popular with young and old alke. The track runs from Clayton West to Shelley and visitors can ride all day for the cost of one fare.

The Shelley terminus offers a tea room and outdoor play area and picnic spot, with more fun to be had at Clayton West's play area after the return journey. A souvenir shop and café serving hot and cold food whenever the railway is open can also be found at the Shelley station.

Adult fares cost £7 (concessions £6), children aged 3-16 years pay £5 and children under three go free. A family ticket, for two adults and two children, can be snapped up for £22. Click here for the railway timetable.

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