Spotlight On Ossett

Ossett is a friendly and welcoming historic market town in the west of the Wakefield district. Known for its thriving textile industry as part of the Heavy Woollen District, as well as being the hometown to a certain pineapple-pushing band called Black Lace, Ossett provides visitors and residents a true community experience that is enhanced by the area’s long standing heritage and new independent businesses alike.

With a number of brilliant pubs (the town is home to Ossett Brewery after all!), restaurants and shops, as well as some great things to do, we’ve rounded up the best that Ossett has to offer in the first of our Spotlight guides. Keep reading to find out more.

Things To Do

So what is there to do in Ossett? There’s Ossett Brewery’s Taproom and Shop, where the team hosts regular brewery tours (and you get the opportunity to sample the freshest beer), A Touch of Craft, who run a plethora of craft workshops for adults and children, and Low Laithes Golf Club if you fancy playing a round. Those who want to challenge themselves will want to sign up for possibly one of the quirkiest events the Wakefield district has to offer: the World Coal Carrying Championships in Gawthorpe.

Want more outdoor options? Head to Green Park or Illingworth Park for a breath of fresh air, and give the kids the opportunity to go on a dinosaur safari with the free Love Exploring app. Or if you want something a bit more structure, why not try one of the below circular walks to see more of the town:

Places To Eat

As the hometown of Ossett Brewery, you can bet there are some fantastic pubs in Ossett, including the brewery’s own Brewers Pride and The Vic. But it’s not all about the beer, there’s a great selection of places to eat, including Nikoz Greek & Mediterranean Restaurant and Malagor Fine Thai Cuisine.

For those who are after a more traditionally English dish, you can’t go wrong with lunch at The Mews Hotel or fish and chips from Queens Drive Fisheries.

Places to Eat & Drink in Ossett


There’s plenty of choice when it comes to getting your retail therapy fix in Ossett. Specialist drink shop Bier Huis stocks a fantastic selection of beers, gins, ciders and more, and of course there’s always the shop at Ossett Brewery. If you have a passion for fashion (or a lady in your life that does) then you’ll want to take a trip to Style By Eleven, Capretti or The Style Society.

Ossett is a market town of course, so we can’t miss out Ossett Market! The outdoor market in the town centre has been a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike for decades. Both Tuesday and Friday markets are busy, with close to 40 permanent traders and a good mix of casual ones spread across both days. As for the range of goods available; let’s just say you’ll never need to visit the middle aisle of a certain supermarket ever again!

Ossett Market
The outdoor markets in Ossett town centre have been a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike for decades. Both Tuesday and Friday markets are busy,...

Getting Here

So now you’re desperate to visit Ossett – how do you get there?

Ossett is close to the M1 and drivers from the North or South need to exit at junction 40. If you’re coming from the Dewsbury side in the West, take Wakefield Road/A638 and leave the roundabout at the Chancery Road roundabout.

Council run car parks can be found here. There are electric vehicle charging points at the Ventnor Way (Broadhead’s Yard) car park, WF5 8NT and on Kingsway, WF5 8DA.

If you’d rather take the bus, Ossett is well served by Arriva and has its own bus station. Buses run around the town and regularly to Wakefield, Dewsbury, Leeds and Batley.

Stay A While

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