HISTORIC Beaumont Park was the perfect spot for a crowd-pulling heritage day.
The spectacular hillside park, opened in 1883, welcomed hundreds of people for one of a number of heritage open days taking place at historic sites across the country.
Time-honoured attractions included a Punch and Judy show, steam engines, donkey rides, vintage cars and entertainment from Lindley Band.
There were also displays from groups including the RAF, Kirkwood Hospice, Kirklees Badger Protection Group and Friends of Beaumont Park
Mark Sellers, of Longwood, attended the event with son Jack, four.
He said: “It’s great to see so many people come out to make the most of a fantastic local park.
“There was something for everyone, and a real sense of community.”
Sharon Pegg, of Lockwood, said she only discovered the park last year, after moving to the area three years ago.
She added: “It’s a hidden treasure. You just wouldn’t think you’d find somewhere like this on your doorstep. I love it here.”
More than 130 historic sites around West Yorkshire are opening to the public between September 6 and 9 for heritage days.
It was part of an annual national event organised by English Heritage, the Civic Trust and locally with Kirklees Museums and Galleries.
In Kirklees, heritage days were held at Grade II-listed Dewsbury Minster, Red House museum, Gomersal, and Oakwell Hall, Birstall.
Huddersfield sites included St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church at New North Road, which is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, Greenhead Park and the university.
Former jail Owd Towser, in Holmfirth, and Colne Valley Museum also featured.
The event at Beaumont Park was organised by Friends of Beaumont Park, which has about 500 members.
They have worked hard to restore the park to its former glory.
Recent improvements included a big clearing operation and work to restore the pond and cascade feature.
Chairman Michael Rayner said: “Our long-term aim is the restoration of the park, but in the short term we just want it to be used more and I think we have been very successful on that score.”
For more information visit the group’s website at www.fobp.co.uk.