For 100 years, Horbury was a centre of high tech, high quality sports manufacturing.

This talk reveals how a saddler’s apprentice founded the business that would become possibly the largest sports equipment factory in the world. Discover the craftsmanship of William Sykes Ltd and the innovative science and technology of Dunlop Slazenger. See iconic products used at the World Cup and Wimbledon and hear the stories of the local people who made them.

The ​talk will take place in ​the Learning ​Zone, which is located inside the main Wakefield Library space on the Upper Ground Floor of the Wakefield One building.

This is part of Our Year – Wakefield District 2024.

Venue opening hours

Monday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday : 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Thursday : 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Friday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday : 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday : Closed

    Access facilities

  • Accessible Toilet
  • Assistance Dogs Welcome
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Guide Dogs Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Venue Details

Find us at

Burton Street, Wakefield, WF1 2UP