Summer is here — a time for ice creams, picnics in the park, beer gardens, agricultural shows and more.
Our little corner of Yorkshire is packed with stunning scenery, things to do and fabulous days out — as well as a host of summer events.
We've created the Huddersfield summer bucket list — how many of our suggestions can you tick off?
Take inspiration from the list below and plan your best summer ever.
Visit an agricultural show
The area still has four large agricultural shows – a big draw for families who want a day out in the open air but with attractions and catering. If you miss Honley Show on Saturday, June 11, then make a date with Emley Show on August 6, Mirfield on August 21 or Penistone on September 10.
Dress up 1940s style
The annual Brighouse 1940s Weekend, which takes place June 4 and 5, is an occasion to celebrate vintage fashion and music and has a truly celebratory feel. Ride on a vintage bus, bake 40’s bread, see Winston Churchill and King George VI and learn to dance the Lindy Hop. Most importantly of all, don’t forget to get dressed up – everyone else will be. Can’t make it? Then Meltham Memories 1940s Weekend on July 2 and 3 also offers the chance to bask in nostalgia.
Join a fun run
Thinking about investing in a pair of training shoes? Deliberate no more. Sign up for the Race for Life along Leeds Road on Sunday, July 10. The 5K race is more about having fun and raising cash for Cancer Research UK than being the first home. But it’s a good one for novice runners to start with. Visit raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org for details of how to join in.
If you catch the running bug then there’s always the Barnsley Hospice Cannon Hall Run on Sunday, September 4 – a 10k run around the hills of High Hoyland and Cawthorne, starting and ending at the farm. Visit barnsleyhospice.org/events
Enjoy a picnic in Huddersfield's beautiful parks
They say food tastes better al fresco — so why not pack up a basket and head to Beaumont Park, Greenhead Park or Ravensknowle Park for a family lunch. If you want to head further afield, check out our guide to pretty picnic spots across West Yorkshire.
Feeling left out because you're stuck in the office? Take a look at these places to enjoy lunch al fresco in Huddersfield town centre .
Journey along the Real Ale Trail
As featured on the BBC’s Oz and James Drink to Britain, The Transpennine Real Ale Trail (www.realaletrail.net) transports drinkers to a selection of Yorkshire and Lancashire’s best real ale pubs - using the rail network. So leave the car at home and start at the King’s Head in Huddersfield, moving on to Slaithwaite and Marsden. Finish at the Station Buffet in Stalybridge – or double back to the Cellar Bar in Batley. All pubs are within easy reach of their appropriate stations. One for the long, light days of June.
Get on yer bike
Cycle the Huddersfield Narrow Canal Towpath. We live in a novice cyclist’s nightmare of rolling hills and steep valleys. That’s why cycling on a canal towpath can be the perfect way to gain two-wheeler experience and build up stamina. It’s possible to cycle between Huddersfield and Marsden along the Narrow Canal towpath, finishing up at Tunnel End for an ice cream and a trip on a canal boat. The entire canal, which reaches to Ashton-under-Lyne, is 20 miles long but the Huddersfield section is only about a third of the total length.
Learn to drive a steam locomotive
Kirklees Light Railway at Clayton West runs driver experience courses – from £60 for one hour – the perfect gift for a grown-up rail enthusiast. However, if you’d rather just ride on a steam train then there are special themed weekends for families throughout the summer. The next one is Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, and should appeal to Gruffalo fans. Trains will operate between 10am and 3pm, with tickets from £9 to £11. Book on www.kirkleeslightrailway.com
Watch sheepdogs at work
Harden Moss Sheepdog Trials offers a unique opportunity to see some of the country’s smartest dogs working in spectacular countryside. Taking Place from June 16 to 19, off Greenfield Road, the event features more than 140 dogs and is now more than a century old. It has an enduring attraction for those who admire the skills of both dogs and shepherds.
Eat proper Yorkshire grub at the Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival
Huddersfield’s popular Food and Drink Festival, from August 4 to 7 this year, promises to showcase fine local foods - up to 90% of those who take part are Yorkshire businesses. Now in its 16th year, the festival will have 90 stalls and 25 cookery demonstrations. Last year it attracted around 100,000 people, so gear up for crowds.
Buy some original art
Holmfirth Arts Festival, from June 17 to 26, and Holmfirth Art Week, from July 3 to 9, both offer the chance to snap up something hand-crafted or painted, often by a local artist.
Enjoy a rooftop cocktail
Treat yourself to a tipple on the rooftop terrace at Revolution in Cross Church Street, soak up a few rays and take in the view. The bar also offers cocktail masterclasses, if you fancy learning the magic behind your mojito!
Climb Castle Hill
This historic and iconic hill, once home to Iron Age people, is a centre for walkers. Nordic Walking sessions take place twice a month - with the free loan of walking poles - and the next are on June 9 and 23 from 10.30am. There are also special themed walks on a seasonal basis. Walking the Summer Sun on Friday, July 22, from 1.30pm until 4.30pm will be accompanied by the Castle Hill Ranger. Book a free place on a walk by calling 07968 426312.
Show your pride on Yorkshire Day
August 1 is Yorkshire Day, a chance to celebrate God's Own Country and bask in your own great Yorkshire-ness. This year Halifax has been chosen as the host town for the celebrations, so there'll be plenty going on in and around the town centre. Are you planning a Yorkshire Day celebration? Email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Go on a ghost trail
Huddersfield’s circular Ghost Trail is a 10-site walk around the town centre that takes in a number of historic buildings – from Huddersfield Railway Station, where the spirit of a 19th century porter, who fell onto the tracks, is said to roam, to the Lawrence Batley Theatre, formerly a chapel with a crypt, from which 84 bodies were removed in the 1970s. Created by Rebecca Legg, who developed ghost trails in her native Canada, the trail has its own leaflet (part of the Discover Huddersfield series) – pick one up from the Kirklees information point in the central library.
Shoot the breeze in a beer garden
Huddersfield has some lovely beer gardens for sunny afternoons — from town centre hideaways to gardens overlooking the river or nestled near the Pennine hills. Here's our round up of brilliant beer gardens for sunny days in Huddersfield .
Watch music legends at Wannasee Festival
The Wannasee Festival in Greenhead Park on Saturday, July 16, has live tribute acts bringing the music of everyone from Michael Jackson and Abba to Queen and Bon Jovi to Huddersfield. The affordable way to see many of the world’s iconic bands. Tickets are free for children, £8 for teenagers and £15 for adults. Visit www.wannaseefestival.com For folk fans, the Under the Stars Festival at Cannon Hall Farm in Cawthorne has a brilliant line-up for July 22 to 24, with the Barnsley songbird Kate Rusby herself headlining on July 23. This is also a family-friendly festival. Visit underthestarsfest.co.uk
All scream for ice cream
Treat the kids to an ice cream made in Huddersfield from locally-sourced milk. Dixons, the 50-year-old purveyors of all things ice, use natural ingredients from Holmfirth-based Longley Farm dairy products to make ice cream that has kept generations of customers happy. It recently enlarged its premises on Leeds Road to cope with demand.
Stretch your legs on Marsden Moor
This area of outstanding natural beauty is the site of guided walks throughout the year. This summer there are several themed walks – ranging from a summer solstice ramble for four miles on Tuesday, June 21, at 8pm, to a Ranger Walk of nine miles on Saturday, August 27, from 10am. Some walks cover rough terrain while others are not suitable for dog owners. All are free but places need to be booked on 01484 847016. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/marsdenmoor for details.
Drink summer wine in the Holme Valley
The seven-acre Holmfirth Vineyard in Woodhouse Lane grows red and white grapes selected for a cooler climate and processes them in a purpose-built winery. Tours and tasting sessions are available, as well as themed events. The venue has a restaurant, shop and accommodation. Tours and tasting take place daily but need to be booked. Visit www.holmfirthvineyard.com