Summer music, and more, on the bandstand

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGreenhead Park bandstand will be alive with the sound of music this summer with a great programme of free events for everyone to enjoy.

The season kicks off with sounds of brass from Golcar Training Band on Sunday 19 June, 2pm to 3.30pm.  There will be a collection in aid of the Friends of Greenhead Park.

Youngsters from Stagecoach Theatre Arts take centre stage on Saturday 25 June with their summer open air production.  They’ll be wowing the audience with a rip-roaring Broadway themed medley, along with cops and robbers, glamorous show girls and nasty villians.  Performances are at 2.15pm, 2.45pm & 3.15pm and everyone is welcome to come and watch free of charge.

Next up is the Kirklees Youth Brass Band who will entertain visitors to the park on Saturday 2 July from 2pm to 4pm.  A collection for the Kirklees Music School Gift of Music Fund will help support talented youngsters whose families are unable to afford regular music tuition.

If you enjoy a summer Sunday afternoon in the park, look out for more brass band concerts on Sundays in August. There’s Golcar Band on August 7, Huddersfield Youth Brass Ensemble & Huddersfield and Ripponden Brass on August 14 and last, but not least, Slaithwaite Band on August 21 – all from 2pm to 4pm. Collections at these events will support the work of the Friends of Greenhead Park.

As well hosting musical performances, the bandstand will be a venue for scenes from Romeo and Juliet as part of Huddersfield Thespians’ forthcoming production of Shakespeare in the Park marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Shakespeare in the Park runs from 7-10 July, 6.30pm-9.45pm including a half hour interval.  It’s sure to be a popular event, so make sure to get your free tickets from the box office at the Lawrence Batley Theatre soon!

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Getting together with Friends

With parks facing big budget cuts,  having an active Friends group is more important than ever.  The Friends of Greenhead Park will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Saturday 5 March at 2pm in the Greenhead Park Community Room and we hope that people who love our beautiful park will come along to support us.

Following reports on what’s been happening in the past year and elections for the committee for 2016,  there will be time for questions and discussion on anything to do with the park.  After the meeting, everyone is invited for tea, cakes and a chat in the Pavilion by the bowling greens.

Click on the links for more information about us and how to join the Friends of Greenhead Park.


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Treats for mum at The Park

The Park cafe in the conservatory are offering two tempting ways to spoil your mum on Mother’s Day, Sunday 6 March.

First off, there’s a special all-you-can-eat breakfast from 9.30am to 12noon with an unlimited choice of full English and continental breakfast goodies – and a glass of Prosecco for Mum!

Later on, you can enjoy a Vintage Afternoon Tea from 2pm to 4pm with a delicious selection of sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones, plus a glass of Prosecco to toast your mum.

The breakfast costs £9.95 per person and tea (pre-booking recommended) is £12.95. Call in at The Park, ring  01484 221515 or e-mail for more details or to book.

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We wish you a merry Christmas

The Friends of Greenhead Park wish all park users a very happy festive season and best wishes for the New Year.

Some regular activities in the park will be having a short Christmas break:

    * Friends of Greenhead Park drop-in in the Pavilion will be closed on Wednesdays 23 & 30 December – back again as usual on Wednesday 6 January 2016

      * There will be no Nordic Walking session on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. It will start up again on Friday 8 January 2016 – and from this date there will be no charge for hire of poles

        * The Park cafe in the conservatory will be closed from 2pm on Christmas Eve, reopening on Saturday 2 January 2016

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          Find the perfect present at the Conservatory Christmas Fair

          Call in at the Christmas Fair in the Conservatory on Sunday 6 December for a great range of gifts, Christmas goods and cards. Delicious festive food will be served between 12noon and 3pm – and you can treat yourself to a warming mulled wine and a mince pie any time throughout the day.

          There’ll be Christmas crafts and other fun for children, and Santa will be visiting too. The Friends of Greenhead Park will be there with a stall and we’d love to see you.

          For further details contact Mandie or Wendy on 01484 221515 or e-mail

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          Carols & Christmas Songs in the Conservatory

          Gledholt Male Voice Choir

          The Friends of Greenhead Park and Gledholt Male Voice Choir have got together to put on a free concert of carols and Christmas songs in the attractive surroundings of the Greenhead Park Conservatory.  The concert is on Saturday 5 December from 4pm to 5pm and everyone is welcome to come along and get in the Christmas mood.

          Mince pies & mulled wine will be on sale to raise funds for the Friends and there will be a collection in aid of the Choir.

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          Christmas treats at The Park

          Treat yourself to a delicious Christmas lunch at The Park café – available on Thursdays 3 & 10 December and Fridays 4 & 11 December.  The Christmas menu will be served from 12.30pm to 1.30pm and costs £11.95 for two courses or £14.95 for three courses, including tea or coffee.  Advance booking is essential (£5 deposit per person). For more information call 01484 221515 or e-mail

          Please note that there will be no café menu available on these dates.

          Other Christmas treats in store at The Park are a Festive Party Night on Friday 11 December (booking required) and Breakfast with Santa on Sunday 20 & Monday 21 December. After all the excitement, The Park will be closed for a few days – from 2pm on Christmas Eve, reopening on Saturday 2 January 2016.

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          New way to get orientated in the park

          Greenhead Park now has a permanent course, designed by East Pennine Orienteering Club, to give you the chance to try a non-competitive or leisure form of this popular activity.  Orienteering is an exciting outdoor sport that exercises both the mind and the body.  The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time.  It doesn’t matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace.

          The new course in  Greenhead Park has four options to choose from – two short courses (A & B) which can be completed by wheelchair users or people with buggies, scooters etc; one medium length (C); and one which takes in all the controls (D).

          The downloadable map includes guidance on how to complete the course, and you can find out more about orienteering on the East Pennine Orienteering Club website.  EPOC also run occasional coaching sessions in Greenhead Park for anyone who’d like to have a go at orienteering or improve their skills and there are Xplorer sessions specially for children too.  Look out for details in our monthly events listings.

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          Come on down and have a bowl!

          Greenhead Park’s bowling greens opened in June 1927, and the Bowling Club formed that year has been going ever since, so there’s a long tradition of bowling in the park.

          Anyone is welcome to bowl on the greens when they are not in use for matches.  There is almost always at least one green free for public use, even when the Club is playing at home.

          If you don’t have your own, you can borrow bowls from the Friends of Greenhead Park on Wednesdays from 1.30pm to 2.30pm – and other times by arrangement. Contact us for more details.

          Greenhead Park Bowling Club currently plays in the Huddersfield & District Veterans League on Monday and Tuesday afternoons, and holds club competitions on Thursdays too.   New members of all ages are always welcome – contact Geoff on 07445 994791 or Richard on 07813 738162 for more details.

          Everyone wants to see the greens well-used, and individuals or groups who would like to bowl regularly in the park, especially in the evening or at weekends, are particularly welcome.

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          Huddersfield’s best address

          From Tudor times until the early 20th century, one of Huddersfield’s grandest houses stood where Greenhead College is today.  A century after its demolition it is largely forgotten, but the imprint of its extensive grounds lives on in the great open space of Greenhead Park.  It was home to some of the town’s most prominent citizens, always at the centre of local affairs and sometimes linked to great events of national and even international history.  The English and American civil wars, the Jacobite rebellion of 1745, revolutionary stirrings in the early 19th century, slavery and anti-slavery all come into its remarkable story.

          Now you can read all about four centuries of life at Greenhead Hall in a new Friends of Greenhead Park publication by local historian, David Griffiths.  David is a member of the Friends and author of our popular history of the park, Secured for the Town, published four years ago to celebrate the park’s restoration.

          Huddersfield’s Best Address costs just £4 from The Park cafe (adjoining the conservatory) and local bookshops.  You can also buy it direct from the Friends at our Wednesday drop-in session and at Friends’ meetings and events.  It’s available by post too – at £4.95 including P&P – from Friends of Greenhead Park, c/o Refreshment Rooms, Greenhead Park, Huddersfield HD1 4HS.

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