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


Hedgerow Heaven at Stirley Sunday – 5th July 2015

Stirley mini hedgerowStirley Sunday
Sunday 5th July 2015

from 10am to 1pm
Stirley Community Farm, off Hall Bower Lane, Huddersfield, HD4 6RP

Stirley Farm will be hosting ‘Hedgerow Heaven’ to celebrate wildlife and wild food in the hedgerows on our 240 acre farm. Take the kids on a hedgerow safari, make a mini hedgerow to take home, harvest elderflowers for cordial and enjoy home grown produce from the garden. We’ve a good weather forecast and the heady scent from the elderflowers isn’t to be missed!

Free entry. Small charge for activities and lunch.

Organised by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

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:

Bee Happy – beekeeping and wellbeing course

bee on borage flowerDo you know…

* How fast a bee can fly?

* How much honey a typical hive produces a year?

* Why the bee population is under serious threat?

If you are interested in bees and want to learn more about keeping bees and protecting our wildlife then get in touch with The Great Outdoors project on 01484 539531 and book your place on the next Bee Happy course!

But be quick the courses can be quite buzzzzzzzzy!

The next Bee Happy introduction to bee keeping course is a 6 week course running from Monday 17th November 2014 to Monday 22nd December 2014 from 1pm till 3pm in the Support to Recovery offices in Huddersfield.

The course is a fun and lighthearted introduction to ecotherapy, so participants will not only learn some basic facts about bees but you will also learn about why bees are so important to our eco-system and how important it is that we look after our environment whilst also supporting our own wellbeing.

After the course you will be invited to join the beekeeping project which Support to Recovery are running in partnership with the Huddersfield Bee Keepers Association at the Taylor Hill campus in Newsome.

If you would like any more information please contact:

Louisa Nardini (Project Support Worker – The Great Outdoors)

Tel: 01484 539531
Mobile: 07760 785362

Support to Recovery
Revenue Chambers
1st Floor
St Peter’s Street

Are open spaces in Kirklees important to you?

flowers on an allotmentDo you value local open spaces such as allotments, parks, wildlife sites, community orchards and other green spaces?

Kirklees Council are running a survey to find out how often people use open spaces, how important you think they are and whether you’re interested in helping to look after our open spaces.

Make sure you share your views.

Our council are facing huge financial challenges and the results of this survey will help to determine policies about our local open spaces. If you value open spaces, please get involved.


Please fill in this short questionnaire to give your views about open spaces in the area where you live. Anyone who uses open spaces in Kirklees is welcome to take part.

Open Space survey


Stirley Farm Open Day – Sunday 19th October 2014

Stall at Stirley Farm open day
Stirley Community Farm Open Day

Sunday 19th October 2014
11am to 3pm

Join us for this very popular annual open day. 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 Stirley vegetable garden, including jams and chutney – and see our veg beds.

Stalls and activities on the day include:

  • Local food producers
  • Highland games
  • Hog roast
  • Treboom Brewery selling their ‘Myricale’ brew, which raises money to support the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
  • Veg from the farm available to eat
  • Children’s craft activities
  • Local band to entertain!

The open day is a drop in event and free of charge.


Directions to Stirley Farm

The Stirley Farm Open Day 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.

Bat Walk – 25th September 2014


Photo credit: Kelly Colgan Azar for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Bat Walk at Upper Park Wood
Thursday 25th September, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Meet at Stirley Farm, off Hall Bower Lane, Huddersfield HD4 6TU

An evening wander through Upper Park Wood on the lookout for bat species.

Pack wellies and a torch!

Event charge: £5 for non-members, £3 for members.

Booking and pre-payment essential. Please phone 01904 659570 to book.

Organised by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Stirley Open Sunday – 7th Septebmer 2014

Stirley farm staff and volunteersStirley Open Sunday
Sunday 7th September
From 10am to 3pm
Stirley Community Farm,
off Hall Bower Lane

This September at Stirley Community Farm promises to be a memorable one, with progress on the farm renovations racing ahead and the first ever Beef Boxes on sale. Why not take a stroll up to the farm for this first in a series of family-friendly events?

This is a special Open Sunday at Stirley when the farm will be open for longer, and Growing Newsome will be special guests with our amazing seasonal preserves. There will also be a chance to taste the first Stirley Beef.


jam stallJoin us for family activities, a home-grown lunch, farm tours, delicious local produce on sale and a chance to sign up for your own Stirley Beef Box.

The event is free to browse, with donations welcome for activities and food (£1 to £5).

Organised by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.


Beautiful Barn Owls

barn owl

Photo by: Elliott Neep –

Stirley Community Farm will be launching a new appeal for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at our March event. The numbers of barn owls have fallen dramatically in recent years. Much of this is due to loss of habitat for voles and shrews, farm building renovations and harsh winters.

Join us at the Seed Swap & Potato Day on Saturday 1st March 2014 with activities and games to discover how the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust manage the meadows at Stirley Farm, to provide an ideal hunting ground for barn owls.

Come and find out how you can help the survival of one of our favourite birds.

Autumn Gathering – Saturday 12th October 2013

Join us for a day of events to celebrate & share local foodbasket of vegetables, fruit and flowers

Saturday 12th October

Autumn Fair
10am to 1pm at
Newsome Scout Hall
Newsome Road South
Huddersfield HD4 6JJ

Make a bird feeder with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust or paint a stone plant marker.

Jam, chutney & pickles on sale – made in Newsome from local produce.

Autumn planting vegetables for you to take home – garlic, onions and winter salads.

Guess the weight of the pumpkin – win a prize.

Cake stall – home made cakes to buy or taste.

Reading Circle book stall (with all sorts of books).

Recipes for you to take home – or bring a recipe to share.

Produce swap – please bring along your home grown fruit or veg.

Plant protection fleece on sale, by the metre.

Information about local activities, training and volunteering.

Tea, coffee and home made cakes available.

Plant pot and jam jar amnesty – please bring along your spare pots and jars.


Souper Soups:
served from 12 noon to 1pm

Enjoy a choice of seasonal soups for lunch at the Scout Hall, made with local vegetables and served with fresh bread from the Handmade Bakery in Slaithwaite, followed by a hot pudding made with local fruit.


Stirley Farm harvesting:
1pm to 3pm

Join a guided walk from Newsome Scout Hall to the Stirley Farm veg garden, where you will find the ingredients to make your own delicious soup.

blue tit on branch
How you can help:

  • Display a poster:
    Autumn Gathering 2013 poster (pdf)
  • Bring something along for the cake stall.
  • Bring along all the kids in your family or bring a friend.
  • Please get in touch if you’d like to come along and help out on the day.


Organised by Growing Newsome and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.


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