Holme has become a sporting centre with keen cyclists passing through the picturesque village every few minutes on their way to the iconic Holme Moss ahead of Le Tour.
But the latest unusual arrival has also turned the village into a cultural and creative hub.
The sheep have been turfed out of their prime position in the field at the junction of Woodhead Road and Field Head Lane, and in their place is a yurt.
This 25ft tent-like structure is more frequently seen in the steppes of Central Asia where it provides a home for the nomadic population.
But from now until next Tuesday, the Yorkshire Yurt will be showcasing some of Huddersfield’s creative talent from both young and old.
The cultural yurt is the brainchild of Thongsbridge textile artist Sue Clay - and when she failed to secure funding for the project, friends and contacts rallied round to make it happen.
The tent exterior is adorned with felt birds, sheep, faces and hands created by some of the 10 local village primary schools she has worked with over the past few months. Inside there are five-metre felt wall hangings with scenes from Le Tour route and fantastical, colourful birds painstakingly made by members of the International Feltmakers Association.
Mary Walker of Holmfirth Writers’ Group has organised a packed programme of events starting at 10am every day, including writing, storytelling, sculpture,poetry and theatre.
For visitors who tire of culture, there’s a bar, a daily afternoon barbecue and live bands in the field at night.
But none of this would have been possible without a concerted effort from willing helpers. Farmer John Chilton passed up the opportunity to cash in on a small fortune and loaned his field at Upper Lydgate Farm for free, Yorkshire Yurts donated a brand new tent for the occasion and Cathy Turnbull and Christine Wright are giving up days of their time.
Sue said: “Everybody has been incredibly supportive and got together to make this happen. We have been through a difficult time with the recession but now everybody is just buzzing with Le Tour. It has brought everybody together.
“The yurt is in an ideal spot, the weather is set fair and we have something to celebrate. It will never come again, so let’s make the most of it.”
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