The Honley Feast was traditionally the last one to occur in the district, taking place on the first Sunday after 19 September, and was widely known for the copious amounts of roast beef and pickled cabbage consumed each year.
In common with some of the other local feasts, it began on a Sunday and ran through to the middle of the week.
This feast is remarkable, and embraces a circuit of nearly eight miles. Beef, pickled cabbage, and ale, are the staple provisions of each household; and on the evening of the first day of the feast, Huddersfield, Lockwood, and all the adjoining hamlets, are in a state of commotion. Carriages rattle along the streets, filled with merry men and women, who scent the good things afar off, and hasten to enjoy them. The roads are fairly blocked up, and darkened with the long lines of foot-passengers, drawn by the same attraction. The feast lasts for a full week; and the usual quantity of sins are committed there, to the satisfaction of all concerned.
In December 1874, the Huddersfield Chronicle noted that spirit of the Honley Feast had "even been transplanted to America by enthusiastic emigrants, who are desirous of preserving the traditions of their forefathers." Indeed, the posthumously published letters of local emigrant Edwin Bottomley made reference to him celebrating Honley Feast in Wisconsin in 1847.
As many visitors walked to the feast from Huddersfield, the road through Lockwood and Berry Brew to Honley would be lined with stalls and booths. By the 1870s, the outdoor entertainments began to increasingly move to Lockwood and, by 1879, Huddersfield Corporation had begun signposting the event as "Lockwood Feast".
By 1918, the Huddersfield Examiner reported that "there is no fair at Lockwood, and in other directions no signs of the event observable" and "Honley Feast as it was known ten or a dozen years ago may now be described as a thing of the past."
based on contemporary newspaper articles