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Washburn Heritage Centre

Fewston Church


Harrogate HG3 1SU

01943 880794


Find the Centre on foot when you walk round Swinsty Reservoir, or by car or bicycle.

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The Washburn Heritage Centre is a place in which the rich history, natural resources and community of the Washburn Valley can be celebrated in a variety of events, exhibitions and activities, and which can also be hired for your own use.

The building is a modern extension to the 17th Century Fewston Church, built in 2010 by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, local residents and other funders.  Sitting partly in the hillside the Centre is sympathetic to the adjacent historic church of St Michael & St Lawrence and to its wooded situation overlooking Swinsty Reservoir at Fewston in the Washburn Valley.  The light, inviting space and sheltered outside seating area have won many compliments from our visitors.

A friendly welcome will be given to you by our Heritage Wardens at weekends, when the exhibition and tearoom at the Centre are open to the public.  There is a permanent exhibition in the Church itself about the history of the Washburn Valley, the Church and other key points of local interest.  Next door in the Heritage Centre a regular exhibition, changing every three months or so, focuses on different aspects of local heritage.

Washburn Society supports the Centre and arranges our programme of events.  Centre programme

Weekend Opening Hours

1st April to 31st October

Saturdays and Sundays

11am - 4.30pm

1st November to 31st March


11am - 4pm

Open Bank Holidays but not Christmas Day, Boxing Day or Good Friday

If you wish to hire the centre, please click on the link above or email centre@washburnvalley.org for further information.