Free Time

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You can join in our ordinary family activities such as gardening, cooking, walking and visiting friends and family. On days when you have a lot of free time we encourage you to explore the local area or take day trips independently. We will help you plan your trips and provide any information you might need. Alternatively if you wish to relax in the house, that is also fine. If you wish to stay close to home some nearby activities are:

Slaithwaite Leisure Centre: A 5-minute walk from our house, it is usually about £20 to get daytime and weekend membership for one month (or about £30 for anytime membership). This gives you access to a gym, a pool and various exercise classes including Les Mills classes.

Titanic Spa: A luxury spa resort with pool, saunas, steam rooms, heat and ice rooms, and various treatments.

Afternoon tea: This popular British tradition can be experienced at various cafes and tearooms. There are six branches of the famous Betty’s Cafe Tea Rooms in Yorkshire.

Photo by Karina Jermalovics

Photo by Karina Jermalovics


Westwyns Riding School: Take a horse riding lesson or go for a ride in the local countryside. Beginners welcome. (We may also be able to arrange a ride on a friend’s horse. Please let us know in advance if you would like to go horse-riding so we can try and arrange a free ride for you.)


Standedge Canal Tunnel: Britain’s longest canal tunnel. Take a guided tour on a boat through this historic tunnel.


Manor Heath Park, Halifax: Halifax is a nearby town and has a lovely park with walled garden and tropical butterfly house.


Piece Hall, Halifax: This unique and historical building has recently re-opened and contains various cafes and shops. Halifax can be reached by train.

Painting lessons: Take a painting lesson with a local artist. £35 for one hour tuition.

Hebden Bridge: A town that can be reached by train famous for its cafe culture and arty residents.



Huddersfield Leisure Centre: Swimming pool, splash pool, gym, climbing centre.


Local craft beer: Try some of the local pubs sampling locally brewed craft beer.


Visit a local cafe such as The Homemade Bakery or Lock 22, and antique and craft shops.