Washburn Heritage Centre

Washburn Heritage Centre

The Washburn Heritage Centre  


  • is a stunning extension to Fewston Church.

  • serves as a meeting/refreshment venue with fully accessible facilities for church services and events.

  • is a 'hidden gem' run by volunteers to celebrate the heritage of the wonderful Washburn Valley.

  • features frequently changing exhibitions about the heritage of the Valley, and runs an extensive programme of events including walks, workshops, talks, suppers and courses.

  • is open to the public for coffee, lunches and teas at the weekends (Sunday only in winter) and is renowned for its homemade fare, especially the cakes.

  • opened for use in February 2011 and has had over 50,000 visitors since then.

  • is fully accessible.

  • is available for hire for birthday parties, office away-days etc.


The Washburn Heritage Centre was developed by Fewston with Blubberhouses Parochial Church Council at Fewston Church to preserve and promote the unique heritage of the Washburn Valley. Building on the central role which the church has always played in the community, it benefits both local people and the many visitors to the area.

Read the 2016 Annual Report

The official opening was on 23rd June 2011 and was a splendid occasion, attended by many local people, representatives of the organisations who supported the Centre's development, and those who had designed and built it. Gary Verity, the then Chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire and Humber Committee, gave an excellent address, and the ribbons across the entrance to the Centre were cut by 5 very special guests who have cherished the Washburn Valley over their lifetimes. They were Shelagh Harrison, Mary Houseman, Walker Barrett, Keith Liddle and Owen Wood, each of whom was presented with a small gift by the Mayor of Harrogate.