Being based in West Yorkshire, our head office is surrounded by former mills that have been converted into art galleries, apartments…and eco spas.

As the 8th and 9th September were Heritage Open Days, we thought we’d visit a historic building that’s practically on our doorstep: Sunny Bank Mills, an art, design and culture space housed in a 3,000 sq ft cloth warehouse in Farsley. The guided tour was interesting and informative. Did you know that a ‘skep’ is a ‘skip’ without a lid? Or that the phrase ‘on tenterhooks’ is derived from mill life? A tenter is a wooden frame used to hang woollen or linen cloth to prevent it from shrinking as it dries – tenterhooks are (unsuprisngly) the hooks on the tenter used to hold the cloth in place.

If you’re unaware, Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s an amazing opportunity to see hidden places and gain new experiences of old buildings.

We’ve included a few of our favourite photos of Sunny Bank Mills below. Happy reading!

Sunny Bank Mills



Tall mill building

1912 Mill has been converted into modern offices

Derelict mill room with old furniture and wooden flooring

Fortunately the floor was reinforced!

Plaster cast feet by artist Eva Mileusnic, celebrating the cultural diversity of Leeds

Plaster cast feet by artist Eva Mileusnic, celebrating the cultural diversity of Leeds.

Weave Thread Stitch Make

A project exploring weave and stitch, led by Agnis Smallwood. Artworks were created by members of the Farsley, Rodley, Calverley, Bramley, Pudsey community aged 55 and above.

Orange weaved fabric on a wooden frame

Orange weaved fabric on a wooden frame

Clocking Off Exhibition

Artworks inspired by the iconic mill spaces.

Large white canvas with black chalk in the shape of a river

Forms Assembled in the Light

The KPP Prize for Art Architecture and Design is on display throughout September and October.

Artwork of a blue origami shape

Colorful paper artwork of ladders and doors

3 canvases with blue and red abstract paintings

Canvas with the word idea in a 3d font

Canvas featuring a painting of a white building

We hope you feel as inspired by these photos and exhibitions as we do. And if you’re ever in West Yorkshire, we highly recommend visiting Sunny Bank Mills.