Stirley Farm Food Festival – 4th September 2016

Stirley Food Festival 2016

Stirley Farm Food Festival
Sunday 4th September 2016
11am to 7pm

Join us for this very popular annual food festival. It’s a day of food, fun and celebration on our local wildlife-friendly farm.

There will be games, crafts, stalls and more to keep all the family entertained. Come see how the farm is developing and taste some delicious home grown food.

You can pick up some locally grown goodies from the Growing Newsome stall, including jams and other preserves made from fruit and vegetables grown in Newsome and donated by local volunteers and friends.


Stalls and activities on the day include:

jam stall

  • Local food and crafts
  • Beer and cider tent
  • Cocktails and live music
  • Stalls from local producers
  • Veg from the farm available to eat
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Crafts local to the area
  • Fun activities for children
  • Music and beer in the marquee until 7pm

The festival is a drop in event and admission is free. There are charges for some activities and for food and drink.

Stirley Food Festival 2016 poster (PDF)

Cows in a field on a sunny day

Venue location

Stirley Community Farm
off Hall Bower Lane
Berry Brow

Grid reference

Organised by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust


Plant Stall at the June Fair – Sunday 26th June 2016

Growing Newsome market stallJune Fair
Sunday 26th June
From 9.30am to 3pm
Huddersfield Open Market Brook Street, Huddersfield HD1 1RX

We’re having a plant stall at the Rotary Club’s June Fair on Sunday 26th June.

We’ll have a selection of vegetable plants, including some unusual crops, plus salads, herbs, perennials and a few other goodies. Please drop by to show your support.

Our stall is part of the annual June Fair, which is organised by the Rotary Club of Huddersfield Pennine. The event features around 100 stalls, all from community organisations or charities, so there’s lots of good causes to support on the day. Stalls usually include food, household goods, books, toys, bric-a-brac, games and plenty more. There’s music and activities too.

Also look out for Jean’s book stall next door to us. We hope to see you there.

Allotment Volunteers Open Day – Sunday 12th June 2016

Growing Newsome Community Allotment

Allotment Volunteers Open Day
Sunday 12th June 2016
From 10am to 12 noon

Growing Newsome Community Allotment
entrance between 67 & 69 Ashenhurst Avenue, Newsome, Huddersfield HD4 6PX

Can you spare an hour or two? We’re looking for new volunteers to join us at our community allotment. From sitting down sowing some seeds in our potting shed to doing some digging or helping with DIY tasks, there’s something to suit everyone. It’s a great way to learn and to meet people, or just to spend some quiet time outdoors.

If you’re interested in helping out, please come along to our Sunday morning gathering to celebrate Volunteers Week 2016. You can have a look around, join in some practical allotment activities to give it a try, ask questions, and meet other local growers.

Refreshments are provided and we have space under cover in case it rains.

For more information contact Diane at

Find out more about our Community Allotment

Print our poster:
Allotment Volunteers Open Day poster (PDF)

Volunteers Week 2016


Big Plant Swap – Saturday 21st May 2016

Edible plants and flowers

Big Plant Swap

Saturday 21st May 2016
10am to 1pm

Free admission – all weclome

Newsome Scout Hall, Newsome Road South, Huddersfield HD4 6JJ

swapping plantsTake your pick from hundreds of plants – great for growers, super for sharers.

You can choose from:

Wildlife-friendly flowers

You’re very welcome to bring along plants, seedlings, cuttings or seeds to swap – but you don’t need to bring something to be able to take something (you can make a donation to Growing Newsome in exchange for your plants).


Lots more to enjoy…

Seed Swap – lots of vegetable seeds to swap or buy.

Children’s activities – crafts and seed planting.

Compost Special – come and find out all about home composting.

Local produce on sale.

Plant some seeds to grow on your windowsill.

Reading Circle book stall with all sorts of books.

Good quality enviromesh on sale to protect your plants.

Tea, coffee and home made cakes.

Tool amnesty – share any unwanted garden tools that you have.

Information about growing and sharing food in Newsome.

plant swap lunchLocal food lunch:
served 12 noon to 1pm

Enjoy a healthy lunch at Newsome Scout Hall – with recipes for you to take home. We’ll be serving a selection of tasty salads (including warm salads) from our Spring salad bar, plus a fruit pudding.

We ask for a small donation to cover the costs of making your lunch.

Print our poster for your venue – or share with a friend:

Big Plant Swap poster 2016 (PDF)

What happens at the Plant Swap?
Here’s a short film about Growing Newsome’s Plant Swap, made by Alistair I Macdonald at Curlew Films for Plant it Grow it Eat it.

You can see more food growing films on the Food Kirklees web site:
10 short films about food growing in Kirklees

Christmas Craft Market – 28th November 2015

Christmas jam stall

Berry Brow Christmas Craft Market
Saturday 28th November 2015
From 10am to 2pm

Newsome South Methodist Church, Birch Road, Berry Brow HD4 7LP

Looking for some homegrown gifts for Christmas? Come along to our stall at the Christmas Craft Market in Berry Brow to choose from 20 different types of preserve, all made with fruit or vegetables grown in Newsome. Our seasonal treats include Christmas gift boxes, plus lots of individual jams, fruit jellies, pickles and chutney. We’ll also have some little stocking fillers and a selection of good quality books from our friends at the Reading Circle.

The craft market features many stalls with handmade or unique gifts. Stalls include: jewellery, confectionery, children’s gifts, books, handmade cards and gifts for pets. Refreshments are available.

There’s a small entry fee, in support of Berry Brow Carnival.

We hope to see you there.

Christmas Craft Market 2015 (pdf)


Growing Newsome 2015 preserves for sale

jam stallWe have a selection of preserves available now, all freshly made this Summer and Autumn from fruit and vegetables grown in Newsome…


Apple & Blackberry jam, Blackcurrant jam, Strawberry jam, Strawberry & Lime jam, Gooseberry & Elderflower jam, Cinnamon & Raisin Apple conserve, Rhubarb & Ginger jam, Blackberry & Apple jam.


Apple & Blackberry jelly, Blackcurrant jelly, Redcurrant jelly, Mixed Currant jelly, Hedgerow jelly, Bramble jelly.

Chutney and pickles

Apple Chutney, Beetroot & Elderberry chutney, Sweet Pickled Beetroot.

Our preserves are £2.40 (1Ib jar) or £2.20 (12oz jar).
Our chutney is £3 per 1lb jar.
Gift boxes from £4.

We also have some of our produce available in 8oz jars for £1.80 each.

This year’s specials
Gift boxes available – any two 8 oz jars boxed with gift tag and ribbon. Choose from:

  • Strawberry, Loganberry and Lime jam
  • Red Gooseberry and Elderflower jam
  • Redcurrant, Mixed Currant or Blackcurrant jelly
  • Apple chutney
  • Cinnamon and Raisin Apple conserve

A bit of fun for the Corrie fans… 8oz jars of “Rovers Redcurrant jelly” – made with redcurrants picked by Simon Gregson (Steve from Coronation Street).

Delivery or collection

You can pick up your preserves from us in Newsome or in Huddersfield Town Centre – or we may be able to drop them off for you if you’re nearby. Please email to make an order.

or visit our stall

Stirley Farm Food Festival – Saturday 19th September 2015

Stall at Stirley Farm open day
Stirley Farm Food Festival 

Saturday 19th September 2015
11am to 7pm

Join us for this very popular annual food festival. There will be games, crafts, stalls and more to keep all the family entertained. Come see how the farm is developing and taste some delicious home grown food.

You can pick up some locally grown goodies from the Growing Newsome stall in the Cr8 Barn, including jams and other preserves made from fruit and vegetables grown in Newsome and donated by our fabulous volunteers and friends.

Stalls and activities on the day include:

  • Local food producers
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Stirley Beef Barbeque and salad bar
  • ‘Offally Good Grub’ stall where you can sample the more exotic cuts of beef
  • Veg from the farm available to eat
  • Fun activities for children
  • Barbeque, music and beer in the marquee until 7pm

The festival is a drop in event and admission is free. There are charges for some activities and for food and drink.


Directions to Stirley Farm

The Stirley Farm Food Festival will be in and around the farmyard, near the junction of Lady House Lane and Hall Bower Lane.

By Car:
There are no car parking facilities on site so we would recommend visitors wishing to drive to the event park at Castle Hill and walk down to the event. Follow signs to the event on the day.

By Public Transport:
The nearest train station is Berry Brow. The farm is a 10 minute walk from the station via public footpath. Follow signs to the event on the day.
Plan your journey

By Foot:
Stirley Farm is accessible via public footpaths by a number of routes. Signs will be in place on the day to direct visitors to the event.

Planet Festival – Saturday 5th September 2015

Planet Festival

Planet Festival
Saturday 5th September 2015
From 1pm to 4pm
In Greenhead Park, Huddersfield

Come and support the Planet Festival in Greenhead Park. Huddersfield Friends of the Earth have organised a fun-packed afternoon with lots to see, hear, learn and enjoy. There will be over 20 stalls, including Growing Newsome, plus music, short films, dance, children’s activities and a speakers corner. Have a look at the Planet Festival Programme (PDF) for more details.

Visit our Growing Newsome stall:

  • Find out how to get involved with community food growing in Newsome
  • Pick up tips on eco-friendly food growing
  • Choose from our freshly made seasonal preserves – all home grown and home made, with fruit and vegetables donated by our volunteers and friends
  • Hear about our volunteering opportunities

Planet Festival mapYou’ll find us in the field below the model railway from 1pm to 4pm.

Also look out for opportunities to support climate campaigns through petitions and local activism.

Check out the Planet Festival Programme (PDF) for details of where to find all the activities on the day.


Here’s why Huddersfield Friends of the Earth have organised this fantastic festival:

Now more than ever we need to stand up for the climate. For nearly 30 years we have been told we have to decrease carbon emissions to limit global temperature increases to under 20C. This has not happened and we are now on track to global temperature increases of 40C + by the end of the century, causing more and more extreme weather events such as flooding, storms, sea level rise, droughts, food shortages.

Find out more on the Huddersfield Friends of the Earth blog


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Open Farm Sunday – 7th June 2015

A special event organised by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Stirley Farm herd


National Open Farm Sunday
Sunday 7th June 2015
from 10am to 3pm
Stirley Community Farm, off Hall Bower Lane, Huddersfield HD4 6RP

Join the team at Stirley Community Farm to discover how the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust are transforming 240 acres of grazing land to become a haven for wildlife, a vibrant education centre and a Gateway site for access to the countryside.

  • Meet our herd of Beef Shorthorn cattle
  • Sign up for our Beef Boxes
  • Pick your own summer salads in our veg garden and orchard
  • Taste our delicious home grown food
  • Join a guided tour of the Farm
  • Discover ways to help wildlife in your own gardens
  • Games and activities for children
  • Growing Together in the veg garden with Growing Newsome

We have some really unusual and fun events and workshops. We are always open the first Sunday of each month and we also have half term and holiday events, Saturday events and weekday pre-school age groups. Rain is no problem as we have lots of warm indoor space too! Members and non-members are welcome. The site is free to enter and park. Tours of the garden and beef farm are also free. There is often home produced food to buy on the Stirley Sundays.

We have accessible toilets & buildings and much of the main part of the site is level. However, if you have a particular requirement please contact us.

Tel: 01904 659570 or email:

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