As well as the regular weekly activities, there’s a variety of other events and attractions which vary from month to month. Events are free (unless otherwise specified) and all are welcome to join in. Outdoor events are weather permitting.
Sunday 1 July
11am Huddersfield Race for Life – one of a series of women-only events raising money for Cancer Research UK – returns to its roots in Greenhead Park this year. You can walk, jog or run the 5k course which is suitable for all abilities. Registration is £14.99 (£10 for children aged 6 to 15). Under 6s (both girls and boys) can join in free with no need to register.
Tuesday 3 July
7pm Friends of Greenhead Park committee meeting in the Greenhead Park pavilion.
Wednesday 4 July
12.30pm – 1.30pm Friends of Greenhead Park History Hour talk – A Royal Route Retraced. In July 1912, Huddersfield was visited for the first time by the reigning monarch, George V, and Queen Mary. Greenhead Park was a key stop on their route and the crowds flocked in to catch a glimpse of the Royal couple. An illustrated talk by local historian, David Griffiths, retraces their steps and explains the background to the Royal Tour of the North. History Hour sessions are held in the Greenhead Park Community Room (in the cafe building by the tennis courts). Free – no need to book.
Saturday 7 July
10.30am – 4pm Croquet Fun Day on the lower bowling green organised by Huddersfield Croquet Club. Anyone can come along and have a go for free – all you need are flat soled shoes; the Club will provide all the equipment, helping hands and simple instructions on how to play. Croquet is a game for all ages and abilities – you can have fun and gentle exercise, but it’s also good for those “competitive types” as well! For more information about Huddersfield Croquet Club, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call Rena Souten on 07799 895350 or visit their Facebook page.
Sunday 8 July
2pm More Sounds of Summer on the Greenhead Park bandstand with Greenhead College Big Band. Limited seating is available but you are welcome to bring your own folding chairs or rugs. Free – a collection will go towards the band’s expenses.
Saturday 21 July
11am – 10.30pm Wannasee Festival is back for its third year in Greenhead Park – with live tributes to bands including Coldplay, U2, Bon Jovi, Duran Duran, David Bowie and more. The Wannasee Festival website has full details of the line ups and other event details. You can buy tickets on line or at Huddersfield Library.
Sunday 22 July
2pm Come down to the Greenhead Park bandstand for a free concert featuring Musica Colne Valley Big Band and Musica Youth Strings. Limited seating is available and you are welcome to bring your own folding chairs or rugs. There will be a collection in aid of the Friends of Greenhead Park.
Thursday 26 July
11am – 3pm Flame 2018 offers everyone the chance to come together and try inclusive sport and physical activities for themselves. With the emphasis on ‘inclusive’ there will be something for all ages, abilities and interests, including cycling, wheelchair rugby league and basketball, tennis, adapted bikes, football, cricket and petanque. There will also be a stage with live dance and musical performances and a Fun Run for all. There’s no need to book in advance. Event-goers registering at the desk on the day will receive a Flame wristband which gives them access to try everything for free.
Saturday 28 July
12.30pm – 1.30pm Start of a six week tennis course for children aged 8 to 11. The course costs £25 including a racquet, balls and personalised T-shirt. Go to Tennis For Kids for more details and to book a place on the course.
Tuesday 31 July
11am-12noon Have a go at orienteering with East Pennine Orienteering Club who will be offering coaching for children and a chance to try out the Park’s permanent course. Meet near the playground by the railway. Cost: £2 per child for map. No need to book. Contact Viv – email@example.com or 07906 500541 – for further details.
EPOC also invite everyone to take part in their summer challenge: to use as many different permanent orienteering courses as possible before September 10. When you’ve completed one, post a photo on their Facebook page to prove you’ve been there! Prizes for club members. Other permanent courses are listed on the East Pennine Orienteering Club and British Orienteering websites.