Holmfirth in Summerwine Country
Historic market town Holmfirth is the main centre within the stunning Holme Valley. You’re just on the edge of both the Peak District National Park and the Yorkshire Pennines here in this walking hotspot. Fondly remembered as the town appearing in the celebrated tv series ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ which ran for over 30 years, Holmfirth’s weavers’ cottages, striking surrounding moorland and historic mills will be a familiar sight to lovers of Summer Wine country. The textile industry was once strong in the Holme Valley with many of the weavers playing leading roles in the Chartist uprisings of the mid-19th century.
Today Holmfirth has a picture-postcard village feel centred around the main Victoria Square. A centre for festivals and events, including a summer folk and arts festival and an autumn music festival, Holmfirth and nearby Honley serve as perfect walking bases for pushing out into the surrounding Holme Valley. A choice of walking paths branch out from Holmfirth and Honley taking in smaller historic settlements in the Holme Valley area like Hepworth and Holme. Holmfirth boasts a fine selection of tearooms and country pubs serving up Yorkshire real ales and fine homemade food. A superb selection of arts and craft studios also feature in this Pennine Yorkshire town.
Last of the Summer Wine TV Series in Holmfirth
For all you ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ fans out there, Holmfirth will be a matter of pilgrimage! The village offers tours of particular film locations relating to the series, branching out from either the famous ‘Sid’s Cafe’ or what was Compo’s home in the series situated next door to the cafe with Last of the Summer Wine Exhibition.
Holmfirth pays due tribute to the TV series ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ which was filmed in the town and around the Holme Valley for over 30 years. Fans of the series continue to flock to Holmfirth from around the world. Summer Wine Bus tours are available (webguide right) with informative commentary. Tours take in spots like the White Horse Inn in the village of Jackson Bridge just two miles from Holmfirth, known as the Summer Wine Pub – its exterior was used in the series. Why not book a stay in Nora Batty’s Cottage in Holmfirth!
Holmfirth Arts, Festivals and Events
The little independent Picturedrome Cinema in Holmfirth has stacks to offer. A mix of arthouse and mainstream cinema, plus an atmospheric bar and cafe inside. Visit the town during one of its great arts festivals including the annual 11 day Holmfirth Arts Festival every summer packed with comedy, art, literature, theatre and fun family activities.