About Us

The Woodlands Conference Centre is proud to be working in conjunction with Ponderosa Rural Crafts Centre, Ponderosa Therapeutic Farm and the Lakeside restaurant in helping people with mixed abilities from all sections of the community. Helping to provide employment for people with learning and pysical disabilites and to help create an economic bridge between communities to provide sustainable futures.

Woodlands and Lakeside Conference Centre

The Suites can accommodate a range of layout styles including theatre, conference, training and meeting layouts. Both suites have the use of the latest technology and sound systems.

To find out more about the facilities at Woodlands, or to make a booking please view the pages within this website.


Ponderosa Business Park

Ponderosa Business Park is an exciting urban rural fringe development which, it is hoped, will become one of the key elements in the regeneration of Heckmondwike and the Spen Valley area.

Ponderosa Business Park is set to become a popular location for small and medium sized businesses. The Business Park is designed to be utilised by people from all sections of the community with the aim of creating a place where people of all abilities can work alongside one another, creating an economic bridge between communities.

Click here for further information on Ponderosa Business Park


Ponderosa Rural Therapeutic Centre and Rural Crafts

Rural Crafts Day Centre

The Ponderosa Rural Therapeutic Centre was opened in 1991, when 6 students with 6 plants and sixty pounds from Ravensthorpe Social Educational Centre began sowing seeds donated by Beardsworths Garden Centre. Over 40 people have since benefited from working in the greenhouses.

The Rare Breeds Farm has become a favourite with the local community through its work with the less able. People with limited communication skills, little farming knowledge and low self-esteem have become adept and valued workers showing increased confidence and improved social skills. Some of who are now part of the wider Ponderosa team, working in the joiners shop, caring for the animals, even lambing sheep!

For more details please call 01924 404154

Ponderosa Farm

Ponderosa Farm is set in 40 acres of picturesque countryside, yet only two minutes drive from Heckmondwike town centre and only ten minutes from all major motorways.

We have a large selection of rare breed animals and reptiles, nature trails, outdoor play areas, coffee shops, ice cream parlour, picnic areas, gift shop and much more.

Click here for further information on Ponderosa Rural Therapeutic Centre and Rare Breeds Farm.


Lakeside Restaurant

Lakeside Restaurant is already proving to be a big hit in the area with its beautiful Lakeside views and twinkling lights the Lakeside really is the perfect place for all your private functions.

We also provide excellent quality meals during the day and weekend evenings and our extremely populare Sunday carvery is a hit.

Click here for further information on the Lakeside Restaurant.


Woodlands Conference Centre

Ponderosa Business Park

Ponderosa Rural Theraputic Centre & Rural Crafts

Lakeside Restaurant


Situated in a centralised location, Woodlands Conference Centre is an ideal venue for all types of corporate conferences and events. Accessible via all main transport links, the Centre can be easily reached by delegates and organisers with minimal fuss.


Woodlands Conference Centre is fully equipped with an extensive range of all the latest amenities required to host your conference. From a licensed bar, to restaurant quality food, Woodlands Conference Centre really does have everything you could possibly need.

Now Open! And Accepting Bookings. Woodlands Conference Centre — Conference Venue West Yorkshire