Oakwell Hall Country Park

A view of Oakwell Hall through the laburnum tree.
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This beautiful Elizabethan manor house has delighted visitors for centuries. Visiting in the 19th Century, Charlotte Brontë featured it as 'Fieldhead' - the home of the heroine in 'Shirley'. Built in 1583, the hall is now set out as it would have been in tht 1690s, when it was the home of the Batt family. A mixture of authentic and reproduction furnishings provide a real insight into late 17th century life.

The Batts were members of the gentry and staunch Royalists. Visitors today can easily imagine themselves in post Civil War England when faced with the imposing Great Hall with its gallery, the elegant Painted Chamber and the beautifully panelled parlour: "this parlour was lined with oak; fine, dark, glossy panels compassed the walls. Very handsome, reader, these shining brown panels are, very mellow in colouring and tasteful in effect."

Set in beautiful countryside where you can stroll around the delightful period garden or check out the inhabitants of the wildlife access garden. Pause for refreshments in the Oak Tree Café and treat yourself to a present from the well-stocked shop.

Visit often and watch the seasons change in the country park - 100 acres of the original estate for you to explore. As well as waymarked nature trails and numerous picnic areas, there's an accessible playground.

Look out for the events programme. From period candlelight evenings to lively family activities, there's plenty to bring Oakwell to life!

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Tue - Thur 11.00-17.00
Sat - Sun 12.00-17.00

Admission charges

Admission to Oakwell Hall (annual ticket including entry to Red House)
Adult: £2.50 (£6.00)
Child: £1.00 (£2.50)
Family: £6.00 (£14.50)

Additional info

We regret that all parts of our museum sites are not yet fully accessible. Fire regulations mean that there are also restrictions on the use of prams and pushchairs indoors. Please contact the museum for further details and any other access information that will help you to plan your visit.

Collection details

Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
A painting of Chalotte Bronte

Inspiring the Brontës

  • 28 May — 25 September 2016

An exhibition of work by members of the Dewsbury Photographic Group that showcases the buildings and landscapes that inspired and feature in the classic works of the Brontë sisters, as well as their legacy in our built environment today.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • Any age
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

‘Odd One Out’ – Half Term Trail

  • 28 May — 5 June 2016

Fun quiz in the Hall spotting objects in the rooms that are the ‘odd one out’.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Admission to Oakwell Hall: Adult £2.50, child £1 and families £6

Classic Car Rally

  • 12 June 2016 11am-4:30pm

Organised by the Yorkshire Rover Club, this event on the front lawn of the Hall features classic cars of all makes and models. Plus the Artisan Emporium showcasing local crafts and produce in the Visitor Centre.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
A photo of a character from Midsummer Night's Dream wearing a flower coronet.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • 22 June 2016 7:30-10:30pm

In this the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare death, Chapterhouse Theatre Company stage his classic play in the gardens of our Elizabethan Hall. Please bring your own seating but no tables. The gardens will be open for viewing and picnics from 6pm. Refreshments will be available during the interval.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£14 per adult, £12 for senior citizens, £10 for children and students, family tickets £42.

Aerial photo of Oakwell showing the Hall and the walled gardens

Introduction to Digital Photography

  • 25 June 2016 9:45am-4:30pm

A one day course for complete beginners which will give an introduction to digital photography.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£20 per person

Musicians playing in a party tent behind the Visitor Centre at Oakwell Hall

Junior Music Festival

  • 3 July 2016 1-4:30pm

Performances on the Hall rear lawn featuring the best of our local junior brass, choral, jazz and big bands. Organised by the Friends of Oakwell Hall. Plus the Artisan Emporium showcasing local crafts and produce in the Visitor Centre.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age
Aerial view of Oakwell Hall and the gardens.

Digital SLR Photography for Beginners

  • 9 July 2016 9:45am-4:30pm

This course is aimed at beginners with a little experience and will help them learn more about how to make use of the different settings on their camera.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£20 per person

Aerial photo of Oakwell Hall showing the Hall and the walled gardens

Community Archaeology Study Day

  • 16 July 2016 9:30am-4pm

A study day organised by South Leeds Archaeology with speakers and groups engaged in finding out about the archaeological past in Yorkshire. For further information contact Mike Turpin on 0113 264 3045 or southleedsarchaeology@turpsoft.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£10 per person

Summer Quizzes

  • 16 July — 4 September 2016

Have a go at our Brontë themed quizzes in the garden and Hall. Small prize for all correct entries.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

50p for sheet plus admission to Oakwell Hall: Adult £2.50, child £1 and families £6

Aerial photo of Oakwell showing the Hall and the gardens

Advanced Digital SLR Photography

  • 23 July 2016 9:45am-4:30pm

This is advanced SLR photography and will show participants different techniques and how to get the best pictures.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£20 per person

Bushcraft Mondays

  • 25 July 2016 10am-12pm
  • 1 — 2 August 2016 10am-12pm
  • 8 August 2016 10am-12pm
  • 15 August 2016 10am-12pm

Learn some bushcraft skills with the Kirklees Adventurous Activity Team. Children must be 8 and over.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£10 per child

Bush Babies

  • 26 July 2016 10-11:30am
  • 2 August 2016 10-11:30am
  • 9 August 2016 10-11:30am
  • 16 August 2016 10-11:30am
  • 23 August 2016 10-11:30am

Fun environmental themed activities for the under 5s including storytelling, crafts and games. Children must be accompanied.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£3 per child, including juice drink.

Explore the World with Kirklees Museums

  • 27 July 2016 10am-12pm
  • 3 August 2016 10am-12pm
  • 10 August 2016 10am-12pm
  • 17 August 2016 10am-12pm
  • 24 August 2016 10am-12pm

In the late 17th century members of the Batt family, who lived at Oakwell Hall, sailed to the USA. Join us for activities on the theme of America with different things to try each week.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Admission to Oakwell Hall: Adult £2.50, child £1 and families £6

A photo of longsword dancers performing in the courtyard at Oakwell Hall.

Yorkshire Day

  • 31 July 2016 11am-4pm

Come along and celebrate all things great about Yorkshire. There will be a food court with a range of hot food stalls, local produce and crafts for sale. You can also watch live music and demonstrations with children’s activities too. Tickets will be available in the courtyard with activities taking place in and around Oakwell Barn.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

£2 adults and £1 children with free parking. Free entry for annual ticket holders and Friends of Oakwell Hall.

An image of a girl with the Yorkshire Moors in the background

The Railway Children

  • 16 August 2016 7:30-10pm

Chapterhouse Theatre Company returns to Oakwell for a performance of this classic story in the beautiful outdoor setting of the walled gardens. Please bring your own seating but no tables please. The period gardens will be open for viewing and picnics from 6pm.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

£14 per adult, £12 for senior citizens, £10 for children and students, family tickets £42.

Photo of the front of Oakwell Hall looking through a yellow flowering laburnum.

Heritage Open Weekend

  • 10 — 11 September 2016 12-5pm

Enjoy free entry into Oakwell Hall over this national weekend celebrating Britain’s rich and diverse heritage. Sunday will also feature traditional craft activities with the Friends of Oakwell Hall plus the Artisan Emporium in the Visitor Centre. Make an afternoon of it and visit Red House too!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Fun Dog Show

  • 25 September 2016 11am-4pm

Annual Event organised by the Yorkshire Rose Dog Rescue, a local charity committed to rescuing and re-homing unwanted dogs. For more information call Valerie on 01274-605142 or see www.yorkshirerosedogrescue.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free for spectators, charges for entering classes

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Nature Club

http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/events/eventdetails.asp?evDtID=56484&evID=8821

Discover our wildlife-rich country park with a programme of activities aimed at children 12 years and under. All our Nature Club events are free.

How to obtain

Oakwell Hall Country Park's Nature Club is free but does ask for a voluntary donation on the day to cover running costs. Booking is essential. Contact Eric Brown on 01924 326240.

Young Rangers

If you are between aged 8-14 years and want to try something a bit challenging, while helping the Oakwell Hall Country Park grounds and wildlife at the same time, this could be for you. Join Park Rangers to carry out practical conservation work while you learn new skills and make new friends. Tools and training are provided.

How to obtain

Advance booking is essential and parents or carers must sign a consent form. Contact Patrick Crowley, Ranger on patrick.crowley@kirklees.gov.uk or 01924 326240 for more details.

Oakwell Hall Country Park
Oakwell Hall and Country Park
Nova Lane
Birstall
Batley
West Yorkshire
WF17 9LG
England

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Website

Website

www.kirklees.gov.uk/museums

E-mail

oakwell.hall@kirklees.gov.uk

Telephone

01924 324761

Fax

01924 326249

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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