Castle Carr Fountain to ‘Play Again’

Castle Carr, Booth, will turn on its fountain - reaching over 100ft in the annual event organised by Rotary of Halifax
Castle Carr, Booth, will turn on its fountain - reaching over 100ft in the annual event organised by Rotary of Halifax

The magnificent Castle Carr Fountain, Booth, will rise again in the annual opening of the grounds.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Halifax, and with permission granted by Yorkshire Water and the land owner, it is again hoped the fountain will reach a height of over 100 feet. Last year’s event and fundraiser was watched by some 500 persons on a bright, warm summer’s day as the picture taken last year clearly shows.

This famous local landmark designed and built in the 1870’s comprises an ornamental water garden situated between two reservoirs. The garden consists of a main circular pool in the middle of which sits a single jet fountain. It attains a height that is only second in England, to that at Chatsworth House!

“The format is similar to that of the last three years”, Says Sherri Highley-Hammond, Rotary’s organiser this year.

“A picturesque walk, 2.5 miles each way will commence from the Cat I’th Well Inn at 12.00pm prompt. The estate will be open from noon until 3pm. Suitable footwear should be worn as parts of the walk are wet and muddy and uneven and last year a number of walkers finished up with wet feet,” said Sherry.

The fountain will play from 2pm until the reservoir is empty ( just over 15 minutes). We understand that for those who have ‘strollers’, that some access will be available from the estates top entrance.( twenty minutes each way).

Free car parking will be available at the pubs and local fields.

Afterwards there are three hostelries offering refreshments. The Cat I’th Well is having a Hog Roast with live musical entertainment; The Delver is putting on a Family Barbeque day; and finally The Crossroads offers a traditional Sunday Roast and other pub food.

Tickets costing £5 each can be purchased from the aforementioned pubs, Woodlesford Newsagents near Mount Tabor and Harveys of Halifax ( 3rd Floor Customer Services). For families a ticket enabling entry for two adults and up to three children are available for £15. Children under 5 have free entry.

Tickets can also be bought on the day.

Last year the Rotary Club of Halifax was able to donate some £2,500 to local charities and other good causes and they would be delighted should you wish to join them again this year.