Oakwell Hall Country Park

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

Website

Website

www.kirklees.gov.uk/museums

E-mail

oakwell.hall@kirklees.gov.uk

Telephone

01924 326240

Fax

01924 326249

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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 equestrian arena and an adventure playground.

Then explore the 'Discover Oakwell' exhibition. This unique, interactive display, just off the courtyard, introduces children (and grown-ups, too) to the ecology of a country park.

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

Mon - Fri 11.00-17.00
Sat - Sun 12.00-17.00

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

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.

Music of the Waites

  • 17 May 2014 7:30-9pm

Join us for a delightful evening of period music at Oakwell Hall. The performance will feature a range of Renaissance instruments, including those still in use today such as the recorder, fiddle and harp, together with rarer instruments such as the hurdy-gurdy and English and Flemish bagpipes.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets £10. Please phone 01924 326246 to book.

Website

http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/museums

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.

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.

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.

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