Greenhead Park

Greenhead Park opened in September 1884 and is now over 130 years old. The park has always been popular with local people, both young and old and the features and events within the park have attracted people from miles around.

It is the perfect place to unwind, relax and enjoy the wonderful environment and landscape. It's a fantastic place to spend time with friends, enjoy the changing of the seasons, play on the swings, or grab a cuppa in one of the two cafés.

Where to find the park

Situated only half a mile from Huddersfield town centre, the park is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the shops, offices and stresses and strains of urban life.

  • Greenhead Park
  • Address Trinity Street, Huddersfield, HD1 4DT

Opening times

The park is open daily from 7am and closes at:

  • January and February: 6pm
  • March and April: 8pm
  • May, June, July and August: 10pm
  • September and October: 8pm
  • November and December: 6pm

Activities and facilities

There are lots of activities that take place in the park every week - from the 5k Parkrun and Nordic walking to exercises for new mums and drama classes for pre-school kids - and there's a wide variety of one-off events too.

Activities

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Book a tennis court at Greenhead Park

Reserve a tennis course at Greenhead Park, or book a recreation or park ground.

Register and book a tennis course online

Select a court and date that you would like to reserve

Clock Booking takes around 10 minutes

Book online

After you've applied

You will recieve confirmation by email for your booking and will need to bring a copy of your booking email, as this is a self policing system.

Your court will be booked for 60 minutes on your day of choice.

Features and facilities

Skate park

The Greenhead Park skatepark is a great attraction for young people who want to hone their skateboarding skills. The site welcomes BMX bikers and rollerbladers as well as skateboarders, and there’s free and open access during park opening hours.

Bowling greens

There are two bowling greens which are used by the Greenhead Park Bowling Club for matches and practice. There is usually at least one green available for public use during the bowling season, and the Friends of Greenhead Park and Bowling Club are keen to encourage people who haven't tried bowling before to have a go.

  • Bowling Club
  • Phone 07766 520706
    Phone 0744 5994791
Refreshment rooms and public toilets

The park's refreshment rooms pavilion, near the tennis courts, was built in the 1920's, and has now been fully refurbished, featuring the popular café, public toilets and the addition of a community room for hire by schools and groups.

The community room within the café is also bookable with a charge of £15 for a morning or afternoon sessions.

It is open between 10 and 3pm in the winter, and 10 until 5 in the summer.

Miniature steam railway and childrens rides

Miniature steam railway

Run by volunteers from the Huddersfield Society of Model Engineers, the current miniature railway opened in Greenhead Park in August 2000. Live steam locomotives run along the 1/3 mile track, starting and finishing at the station behind the Refreshment Rooms building. There is wheelchair access and a special accessible carriage is available on request.

The railway operates at weekends (starting in March) and Bank holidays from 1.30pm to 4pm - weather permitting - and on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in the school summer holidays. There are extra themed rides at Easter, Halloween and Christmas.

Childrens rides

A variety of children's rides are operated by the Hamer family near the railway and playground every weekend and daily during the school summer holidays (weather permitting). This family run business has been operating rides in Greenhead Park since 1946 and has now passed down to the third generation.

Play areas

There are two children's play areas with equipment for children of all ages.

A playground, near the Cafe in the Park and sports courts, was created during the restoration of the park and includes a zip wire, playtower, swings, climbing wall and more. There's a fenced area for younger children with smaller equipment and a sand play area, and a special area set aside for imaginative play such as building dens with natural materials.

A second play area is also available, providing fantastic new play equipment and natural play features right in the middle of the park.

Both play areas have picnic tables for families to enjoy.

Paddling pool and ornamental lake

Paddling pool

The paddling pool has provided summer fun for children since the 1930's and is still a big attraction on sunny days. The pool is normally open from late May to September, depending on the weather. The water is treated daily to keep it clean and leaves, debris and litter are also removed on a daily basis.

Ornamental lake

The largest of the park's five lakes has been reconstructed and is proving to be a very popular spot, for wildlife and human visitors alike.

Bandstand

This restored timber design with chinoiserie detail dates from the 1890s and will be a key feature for musical events.

Italian gardens

The Italian Gardens are the part of the park which is the more tranquil, relaxing area - with all the flower beds, focused around the recently refurbished fountain.

Conservatory and café

This building was added to the park in the late 1920's, has been fully reglazed and joins on to a new two-storey building which provides a wonderful restaurant and event space for the park.

Opening times

  • Monday to Friday: 10am till 4pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, Bank and school holidays: 9am till 4pm

Contact

Sport pavilion

Working with the Friends of Greenhead Park and the Greenhead Park Veterans' Bowls Club the council funded the construction of a new sports pavilion in the park, close to the bowling greens. Opened in October 2012, this will be a base for the Friends and Bowls Club to support more activities and events in the park.

Pentaque terrain

Greenhead Park's petanque terrain, was opened in October 2013 with growing interest in the sport across the country. Petanque is very similar to boules, where a ball is lofted into the air, with the winner getting closest to the jack.

Cost

Club membership costs £12 a year

Who can join

Newcomers and visitors are welcome. We have spares to lend you and you can try for free.

Days

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday 1pm on the terrain by the Marsh gates

Tennis and multi sports courts

The Greenhead Park public tennis court site has 9 hard courts snd 2 Multi-Use Games Areas which are free to access throughout the year! There is currently no booking system at the site so you can just turn up and play. As we approach the tennis season we will be implementing a free online court reservation system so you can get a court in advance.

The park courts also have weekly adult coaching sessions run by qualified licensed LTA coaches. New players of any age or standard are always welcome and no previous playing experience is necessary. Please go to tennis coaching section for more information on the coaching programm

Tennis coaching

Greenhead Park currently runs a weekly junior adult programme delivered by Helen Myles, a fully trained and qualified to LTA standards. Our aim is to provide opportunities for all ages and abilities to learn and play tennis in friendly and enjoyable environment.

All sessions run in the coaching programme runs throughout the summer on a pay and play basis. Adult sessions cost £4 for 1 hour and £6 for 1 hour 30mins.

Helen also runs Tennis Tuesdays for women of an improver and intermediate standard. You can hit the ball over the net and in the court and can have a short rally.

Each week's session focuses on a different area of the game and you will improve your ability with a mixture of skills training from professional coaches and match play with other women at your level. We provide the courts, rackets and coaches - you get the fun and can be competitive as you want, without feeling under pressure.