Welcome to The Sanctuary Meeting Place

The Sanctuary Meeting Place


Arriving to Westwood

We operate a self-check-in policy at the centre. Your reservation is in the Sanctuary Meeting Place (SMP) which will be open and ready for you from 10:00 – 16:00. It is situated via the main entrance door (green door to the right hand- side of the church building), first door on the left and along the corridor on the left. You will find the key inside for use during your visit.

We have approximately 10 parking spaces which can be found either directly outside or down New Lane which  runs directly below the centre. Please park within the marked bays ensuring wheels are not over the edge. Please DO NOT park in the turning circle at the end of the drive.  Please DO NOT park on Westwood Edge Road at any time as this is reserved for residents only. Where possible please could families / groups arrange to car share / use public transport due to limited parking at the centre. 


Contacting Us

The Westwood team is formed of two families who live and volunteer on site and share life together. We host the space for our guests to come retreat and enjoy the stillness and peace to recharge and refresh. 

The volunteer wardens will be contactable by telephone via the main contact liaison during your stay. The on-duty warden mobile telephone is 07399 359480. . As this telephone is always monitored, please use this number to contact the wardens during your stay rather than the doorbell at the main entrance or the office telephone number. Please text for non-urgent queries or telephone in case of an emergency. Please be mindful that we are a team of volunteers with other responsibilities and therefore limited time.

Please note this mobile telephone number is strictly for guests whilst staying with us. For bookings or other queries outside of dates of stays the best way to contact us is via email info@westwood-centre.org.uk

Helpful Tips & Rules

Here are some helpful tips and things to be mindful of during your visit:


"What's the Wi-Fi password?"... probably our most asked question - we understand, you don't want to fully disconnect from the outside world. There is Wi-Fi available, and the connection is usually stable, but because of our rural location and Westwood's old thick stone walls, we cannot guarantee stability at all times. We kindly ask that you do not turn the wi-fi disc off at the plug at any time during your stay as the discs are triangulated throughout the centre.

Wi-Fi - BTB-5KCGJR Password - westwoodwireless85

Getting Here

Whether you're arriving by car, train, bus or bicycle, Westwood is fairly easy to get to once you know how!

Once you’re here there are many beautiful local walks around the area to explore around Bolster Moor. We are also only approximately 20 minutes’ drive to the lovely village of Holmfirth (Last of the summer wine country) and the Peak District.

Before Depature

We hope you have a wonderful visit, before you depart, here are some things to keep in mind:

We hope the above information has been helpful and that you have a wonderful time together at Westwood.

Keep scrolling for more information on things to do, see and eat during your trip to Westwood.

Food / Eating / Drinks

There are no kitchen facilities in the SMP but guests are welcome to bring their own packed lunch or visit one of the lovely places to eat listed above. We will also set up a ‘drinks station’ in the room so you have access to be able to make hot drinks (we provide tea, coffee and sugar) and also cold water. There is a bathroom to use in the main entrance lobby whilst you are visiting the meeting room.

Our little honesty shop (main entrance first door on left at the bottom of the steps) is selling a few items including the local infamous ‘Darkwoods’ filter coffee. Please note that we DO NOT sell milk.

There is a large farm shop within walking distance of the centre where you can buy fresh produce and has a large café. Please see link below for more details including opening times etc. If walking to the farm shop, you will see a dirt track opposite the driveway of the centre on the opposite side of the road. follow this until you get to the main road (Simon Green Road) and turn left. Turn left again at the next junction, then left again at Little Hoppers Day Nursery and you will see the farm shop on the left.

We overlook the village of Slaithwaite (or pronounced ‘Slawit’ by the locals!) which is a few minutes’ drive away from the centre. It can be walked to but there are no pathways on the main country road and is rather a steep hill coming back so most guests prefer to drive or order a taxi. It is a lovely, interesting village with a wide variety of shops, supermarket (Aldi & Co-op), cafes, restaurants, takeaways, pubs, chemist, post office, bank and cash machine etc.

There is also a canal that runs through ‘Slawit’ which many of our guests like to enjoy a stroll along. Please see the links below for further information about some of the recommended places to visit / eat.

Our Favourite Places to Eat

Please note, for most up-to-date opening days and times, it's best to check directly on their website.

farm shop cafe

Bolster Moor Farm Shop & Cafe

Within close walking distance, the farm shop offers a variety of fresh produce, groceries and ready meals. The cafe is open every day for breakfast and lunch, or a cheeky coffee and cake. Open daily.


The Handmade Bakery & Cafe

Situated in Slaithwaite by the canal, the bakery offers amazing sourdough bread, locally roasted coffee, pastries, breakfast and lunch. Open Tues - Sun.

Golcar Lily

The Golcar Lily

Our most local pub - it's within walking distance and is open for lunch and dinner. They offer a variety of dishes, including Sunday lunch. They also have a well stocked bar. Vegan pizzas available. Open Tues - Sun.

farm shop cafe

The Little Bridge

A cosy cafe / wine bar on the canal in Slaithwaite. Great for lunch or an evening drink.


Om Is Where The Heart Is

Brunch House, Neighbourhood Bar & Yoga Studio located in Slaithwaite, the Heart of the Colne Valley.


Northern Sole Café

"Classic street food with a Northern Sole" Located in Slaithwaite along the towpath.


Rumpus Burger

An Artisan Burger Restaurant in the heart of Slaithwaite.


Acorn and Pip

A 'child friendly' cafe with an all day, vegetarian café menu and kids menu.


Wild Café

A cafe with healthy and delicious food and drink using mostly plant based ingredients.


Anello Pizzeria

Down the hill from us in Slaithwaite, Anello is a pizzeria serving wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and seasonal small plates. Open for lunch / dinner, walk-ins available although booking is recommended.

The Scape House Inn

The Scape House Inn

Another great nearby pub, Scape House Inn serve tasty classic pub meals and have a well stocked bar. 5 minutes away by car or a 20 minute walk from Westwood, but trust us, it's worth it.


Destination Indian Restaurant

Destination serve arguably the best Indian food in the valley. Situated in Slaithwaite (it's the place to be!) again, but it's worth the trip down the hill for tasty Indian food (with vegan options).

We look forward to hosting you - Nicola, Jonny & Hanna (Westwood Wardens)

Contact Us

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Maps & Directions

Are you wondering how to get here?


Answers to some common questions.


If you want to discuss your booking, please email the office or call us during office hours.

Contact us by Email

Email us: info@westwood-centre.org.uk, emails are responded to during office hours.

Contact us by Phone

You can call us on 01484 845042. Our office hours are 10:00-13:00 Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.

Visit us in person (Groups)

We understand some group leaders might like to come see the centre before booking their group retreat. You are very welcome to come visit and have a tour of Westwood, but we please ask you contact the office to officially book your visit. Unfortunately, unarranged visits are not possible.

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