Things to Do in Brighouse

things to do in Brighouse

Brighouse is an upcoming tourist destination with a number of unique things to do. You can find that perfect souvenir at a local independent shop or reinvent your artistic aesthetic at a new gallery.

This is a long circular walk around Brighouse that will take you through a mix of urban and residential walking as well as the canal towpath for a bit near the end.

Free boat ride on the Brighouse Canal

When it comes to things to do in Brighouse, the options are endless. Whether you want to delve into history at one of the many museums, find that perfect souvenir at a local boutique or reinvent your artistic aesthetic at your new favorite gallery, you’re sure to have a great time.

For those looking to get out in the fresh air, you’ll love the chance to take a free boat ride on the Brighouse Canal. This unique attraction is a wonderful way to see the town and its surrounding scenery, with views over the River Calder that are truly breathtaking.

RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) is an awe-inspiring collection of historic aircraft that fly at events across the UK. The BBMF aims to keep these priceless artefacts in airworthy condition, commemorate World War II and inspire future generations. You can see the BBMF’s aircraft, including a Lancaster and Spitfires, at air shows, high-profile British State occasions, such as Trooping the Colour, and at other locations around the country.

The Brighouse 1940s Weekend is a great place to see these iconic machines up close. There are plenty of them on display and the reenactors in their vintage outfits make for a dazzling sight.

There are also plenty of independent shops in the town, which are a wonderful way to get to know the area on a more personal level. From finding the perfect souvenir to reinventing your entire artistic aesthetic, there’s something for everyone here. You can also visit Smith Art Gallery and Wellholme Park for more cultural options.

Take a walk through Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve

Brighouse has a huge array of child-friendly activities to choose from including local dance, drama and music classes. There are also plenty of outdoor pursuits like go karting and bowling available. If you prefer something a little more tranquil, why not try one of the many arts and crafts groups?

Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve is a stunning mix of woodland, wetlands and meadows. Previously a quarry, landfill site and ash tip for the old Elland power station, it is now home to a variety of animals and plants. It is a great place for wildlife-watching throughout the year but the autumn in particular is a spectacular season to visit.

There is free onsite parking and a visitor centre, along with baby changing facilities. It is run by the Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group, a dedicated volunteer group who are passionate about this important site.

Check out the independent shops in Brighouse

Brighouse has a number of independent shops in the town centre, with something for everyone. They are a great way to see Brighouse in an alternative way, as the shop owners are very proud of their town and will always go the extra mile to help you find what you are looking for.

One of the best is The Office, a cosy local eatery serving fresh quality food at reasonable prices. At Christmas they have a special menu with the perfect dishes to get you into the festive spirit!

The Brighouse 40s Weekend is a must visit event for anyone visiting the area, it is held on the first weekend in June and is packed with activities. Whether you are dressed in 1940s attire or not it is great to see so many people in period outfits, bringing a lot of character and fun to the day. The street stalls are full of local produce, reenactors and much more.

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