Dewsbury is a market town in the West Yorkshire region located to the South of Leeds and in close proximity to Batley, Mirfield, Heckmondwike and Liversedge. It is well known for its popular indoor and outdoor Markets as well as its array of popular Restaurants and Takeaways.
Dewsbury is a popular commuter Town due to its close proximity to Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and Wakefield. Dewsbury is currently subject to a Dewsbury Blueprint which is a 10 year plan with an aim to restore the Heritage of the Town and build on recent Investments that have taken place. The Vision is to increase Business, leisure, Shopping as well as develop the Vibrancy of the Town by introducing high quality living Accommodation in the Town Centre. More information on the Dewsbury Blueprint is available on www.kirklees.gov.uk
For shoppers, the White Rose Shopping Centre which includes the majority of High Street brands such as Zara, River Island, Top Shop and Marks and Spencer is only a short drive from the Town. Next and Matalan are in the Town centre and Coffees are available on the go from Starbucks and Costa as well as Independent Coffee Shops such as Cloggs Café.
For those looking to renovate the Town is home to Redbrick Mill which is one of the leading destinations in the North for Interiors with leading names in furniture such as Made, BoConcept, Heal’s and Natuzzi. Everything is under one roof and there are some quirky gift shops, independent art galleries and some diverse cultured cafes to relax and enjoy good food.
A quick round of Golf is accessible at Hanging Heaton Golf Club and Dewsbury District Golf Club.
Dewsbury is home to some famous faces such famous faces which include Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt (inventor of the clinical Thermometer), Betty Boothroyd (Speaker of the House of Commons), Alistair Brownlee (Olympic winning triathlete), Wallace Hartley (Bandmaster on RMS Titanic) and Mick Sullivan (Rugby League World Cup winner) to name but a few.
What is there to do for families?
Birstall Retail Park
From fashion to furniture you can find everything in Birstall Retail Park and all your favourite brands such as Argos, Boots, Next, DFS, Dreams, M&S, Mamas and Papas, River Island, Oak Furniture Land, Smyths Toys are located within the Retail Park. There are also plenty of Food Outlets such as Nandos, McDonalds, Zizzi, Frankie and Benny’s, Bella Italia, TGI Fridays. To top the evening off you can enjoy a movie at the Showcase Cinema De Lux.
Parks and Walks
Oakwell Hall Country Park has everything for everybody. The grounds are very well kept with plenty of different walks which are popular for people for all ages and suitable for cyclists, runners and dog walkers. There are also nature trail activities for kids and a play area as well as a Café.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park which is an open air Art Gallery is also popular with families.
In addition to this there are plenty of Cycle routes and nature activities at Dewsbury Country Park and Caulms Wood Park as well as the Spen Valley Greenway.
Another good day out is The National Coal Mining Museum which gives visitors the chance to go down England’s last deep coalmine, talk to some former coal miners, explore the galleries, play in the adventure playground and even meet some Pit Ponies.
Farm Shops and Spas
Children and Adults alike love an afternoon at Charlottes Ice Cream Parlour. Home to the finest real Jersey Cream and sorbets which you can even take home. There are also attractions such as a Swan Lake Ride, Buggy Rides, Charlottes Express, Adventure Playground and you can also play a round of crazy golf. You can also meet the family which consist of Wallabies, Emus, Alpacas, Jersey Cows, Donkeys and rare birds.
If you are looking for some relaxation time then there are plenty of treatments available at Gomersal Park Hotel or Potting Shed Spa.
What is the schooling like?
Dewsbury has access to some good Schools from Primary through to Sixth Form. Field Lane Junior and Infant School and Crowlees Junior and Infant School is two of the primary Schools that have an Outstanding Ofsted rating. In terms of Secondary Schools Batley Girls High School and Heckmondwike Grammar School have an excellent Record and are agon have an outstanding Ofsted Rating.
We also have good access to Higher Education facilities such as the University of Huddersfield and the University Of Leeds which are both excellent Universities and are within easy access of the Town. The New Springfield Sixth Form Centre is part of the Dewsbury Learning Quarter which has moved into the Town Centre. This is a State of the Art Facility that is proving popular with Students.
Nightlife in Dewsbury
Dewsbury has a wide choice of evening entertainment. There are a number of Bars including the Fox and Hounds, The Cellar Bar. The Woodman Inn, The Union Rooms Wetherspoons Batley and the famous West Riding Refreshment Rooms situated at Dewsbury Train Station.
In terms of Food there is no shortage of options from a American style Burgers to a nice Italian and below are the most popular:
Burgers – If you fancy a Burger there are a variety of options including Chicken Stop, Chickanos, Emojies, PFC and Frankies and Mr T’s who have had the pleasure of the Former World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder as a Diner.
Italian – The most popular Italian is Zucchinis Restaurant which serves high quality Italian Food and their “honours” board include Tom Jones, The Bee Gees, Tina Turner, Louis Armstrong, Shirley Bassey and Sir Cliff Richard. Another popular Italian Restaurant is Robertos which is a family friendly restaurant serving authentic Italian dishes in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
Indians – There are an array of traditional restaurants in the Town. The most popular ones are Lalas Restaurant which is very contemporary with great food and staff, Oasis Restaurant which again with great food and popular takeaway service. For those that want to try a different experience should try The Tawa House who specialise in sharing platters.
Dewsbury is a popular commuter Town due to its close proximity to Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and Wakefield. The Town has great Transport links, the Town is within a few minutes from Junction 40 of the M1 and also has great links to the M62 (Junction 28) providing easy access to Leeds and Manchester.
Dewsbury Train Station is managed by TransPennine Express and provides direct trains to Huddersfield (9 minutes), Leeds (14 minutes), York (40 minutes), Newcastle (1h 42 minutes), Manchester (53 minutes) and Manchester Airport (1h 16minutes).