Park information

Greenhead Park is a great place to visit, especially now it has been restored to its former glory. Below is some information about what’s available and when, which we hope will be useful for vistors.

Opening hours

The park opens daily at 7am.

Closing times are seasonal:  January & February 6pm; March & April 8pm; May, June July & August 10pm; November & December 6pm

Play areas

Play tower in the new play area

There are two children’s play areas with equipment for children of all ages. An exciting new playground, near the Cafe in the Park and sports courts, was created during the restoration of the park and includes a zip wire, playtower, swings and more… There’s a fenced area for younger children with smaller equipment and a sand play area, and a special area set aside for imaginative play such as building dens with natural materials.

New for 2013 is a climbing wall – why not come down and have a go!

There’s more equipment in a second playarea between the lake and the war memorial. This was originally intended to be temporary until the new playground was ready, but has proved so popular that it has been kept for the time being.

Both play areas have picnic tables for families to enjoy.

Paddling pool

Fun in the paddling pool during celebrations for the park's restoration

The paddling pool has provided summer fun for children since the 1930′s and is still a big attraction on sunny days.

The pool is normally open from late May to September, depending on the weather. The water is treated daily to keep it clean and leaves, debris and litter are also removed on a daily basis by Parks staff.

Please note that children using the paddling pool must be under adult supervision at all times.

Miniature railway

Run by volunteers from the Huddersfield Society of Model Engineers, the current miniature railway opened in Greenhead Park in August 2000. Live steam locomotives run along the 1/3 mile track, starting and finishing at the station behind the Refreshment Rooms building.  There is wheelchair access and a special accessible carriage is available on request.

Enjoying a ride on the miniature railway

The railway operates at weekends (starting in March) and Bank holidays from 1.30pm to 4pm – weather permitting – and on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in the school summer holidays. There are extra themed rides at Easter, Halloween and Christmas. See our events listings for more details of special events.

Tickets: £1.30 a ride, family (up to 5 people) £3.50

Children’s rides

A variety of children’s rides are operated by the Hamer family near the railway and playground every weekend and daily during the school summer holidays (weather permitting). This family run business has been operating rides in Greenhead Park since 1946 and has now passed down to the third generation!

Ornamental lake

Ornamental lake and bandstand

The largest of the park’s five original lakes was filled in in the 1950′s but was reinstated as part of the recent restoration. The restored lake has been designed to attract wildlife, and more marginal planting with native species is planned in 2014.

As soon as the lake was filled, a pair of mallard ducks arrived and a brood of ducklings soon followed! The lake is now home to wildlife of all kinds and surveys have identified a wide variety of species both in and on the water. Feeding the ducks is a popular activity but over-feeding with bread does bring problems, especially in the summer, and too much bread is not good for the local wildlife (apart from the rats!).

Bandstand

The restored bandstand is a great venue for music of all kinds including brass bands, jazz bands and choirs. Check our events listings for details of what’s on. The council and the Friends of Greenhead Park are keen to encourage more groups to perform on the bandstand and help keep the park’s musical heritage alive – a new information leaflet has more details of how to put on an event.

Heritage information boards

A series of 10 information boards tells visitors about the history of the Park and its main features. A leaflet showing the locations of the boards is available at both Park cafes or you can go to our Park history page and download it.

Conservatory

Colourful display in the conservatory

The conservatory was added to the park in 1930 to provide ‘beautiful foliage and flowering plants’ for all to enjoy as well as educating school children in the story of ‘economic’ plants such as tea, coffee, pineapple and tobacco. There was even a banana plant that was much admired! Although no longer suitable for tropical plants, the recently restored conservatory is still an attractive addition to the park with its flowered-bordered pond and brightly coloured exotic plants. The light and airy space is heated by eco-friendly underfloor heating powered by a ground-source heat pump.

The conservatory is open to visitors when The Park cafe is open (see below) and is also used for exhibitions and special events.

Food and Drink

Visitors to Greenhead Park have a choice of two excellent eateries both with disabled access and toilets.

The long established Cafe in the Park, in the newly refurbished Refreshment Rooms building by the tennis courts, is open from 10am to 3pm in winter and 10am to 4pm in summer for hot and cold food and drinks, ice creams and lollies. Outdoor seating is available on the verandah overlooking the tennis courts. For more details telephone 01484 223176 or e-mail greenheadparkcafe@live.co.uk.

In August 2011, a new establishment, The Park, opened for business in newly built premises behind the Conservatory. Customers can choose to sit in the new building or the conservatory itself, and there’s outdoor seating available too. The Park is open from 10am to 4pm in winter and 10am to 5pm in summer and offers a good selection of locally sourced food and drink. Last hot food orders are currently being taken up to 3.30pm, with drinks and cakes served until 4.45pm and available on a take out  basis up to 5pm.

The Park is also able to cater for evening functions. E-mail mandie.bedford@kirklees.gov.uk or telephone 01484 223456 for more details.

There’s a  Pay and Display car park (including disabled parking spaces) behind The Park which costs £1 per hour for up to 3 hours – customers of The Park get one hour’s parking refunded.

Community Room

The restored Refreshment Rooms building offers an inside space for community events and activities, which can also be booked for private functions. The Friends of Greenhead Park hold open meetings and our popular History Hour sessions there – see our events listings for details of these and other events in the Community Room.

For more information about hiring the Community Room, call in at the Cafe or e-mail robert.whittaker@kirklees.gov.uk.

Greenhead Park Pavilion

Official opening of the new pavilion in October 2012

A recent addition to the park facilities is the attractive modern pavilion by the bowling greens. This provides a much-needed base for the Greenhead Park Bowling Club and the Friends of Greenhead Park.

Thanks to support from the Kirklees Environment Grant Scheme, the pavilion is topped by an attractive and environmentally-friendly sedum roof which we hope will also encourage others to consider installing this form of roofing. Our record of Changes in the Park includes some pictures of the construction of the pavilion and installation of the green roof.

The building is used by the Bowling Club for a social/games session on Tuesdays out of season as well as providing the facilities for matches during the bowling season. The Friends use the pavilion for our weekly drop-in session on Wednesday afternoons and for smaller meetings and events. We are open to ideas for other uses – contact us to find out more.

Public toilets

New accessible toilet facilities

As well as the facilities available to customers of the two cafes, there are public toilets situated at the opposite end of the Refreshment Rooms building to the Cafe in the Park. These include a wheelchair accessible toilet and baby changing facilities. Unfortunately, the council is not currently able to keep the toilets open all the time the park is open, and in winter they can only be guaranteed to be open from 9am to 3pm.  During the summer, the toilets should be open from 9am until 6.45pm.

Sports courts

The Park has 9 tennis courts and 2 Multi-Use Games Areas for public use. At present use of the sports courts is free and usually on a first come, first served basis.  The courts are occasionally booked for coaching sessions.

Bowling greens

Having a go at bowling in the park

There are two bowling greens which are used by the Greenhead Park Bowling Club for matches and practice. There is usually at least one green available for public use during the bowling season, and the Friends of Greenhead Park and Bowling Club are keen to encourage people who haven’t tried bowling before to have a go.

For more information about bowling in the park, you can contact the Bowling Club on 07766 520706 or 0744 5994791.

Petanque

A sunny Sunday afternoon on the pentanque terrain

Completed in autumn 2013 is another sports facility – for those who like bowling with a French twist. Petanque – or boules – has proved popular in Firth Park, Heckmondwike and Honley, and the new Greenhead Park terrain is already attracting people of all ages. There are plans to start a Huddersfield Petanque Club soon -  check out the Huddersfield Petanque blog for the latest news on this.

Trim Trail

Opened in summer 2013 is a Trim Trail for fitness fans of all ages who’d like a workout in the fresh air rather than the gym. You’ll find a variety of equipment at four points around the outer edge of the main events field including stride jumps, ladder and abs bench.

Skatepark

The Greenhead Park skatepark is a great attraction for young people who want to hone their skateboarding skills. The site welcomes BMX bikers and rollerbladers as well as skateboarders, and there’s free and open access during park opening hours.