Wakefield is an historic city of intriguing diversity. Take in heritage sights such as Wakefield Cathedral and Nostell Priory or visit The Hepworth Wakefield on the Waterfront and nearby Chantry Chapel. If it is green space you are after, Anglers Country Park and Haw Park Wood are hidden gems and the frankly wonderful Yorkshire Sculpture Park just a short distance away. With so much on offer, it's the perfect base for a weekend break in Yorkshire.
Welcome to Wakefield
Wakefield is at the forefront of exhibiting modern Sculpture in Britain today, unsurprising as the area is the birthplace of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, both major influences on Modern British Art. The Hepworth Wakefield, one of the largest gallery's outside London, showcases international artists alongside Wakefield's extensive collection of contemporary art. The gallery offers a changing programme of exhibitions and events along with permanent displays of major works and plasters by Barbara Hepworth, who was born less than a mile from the gallery. A short drive from The Hepworth Wakefield is Yorkshire Sculpture Park, a unique outdoor gallery where visitors can discover sculpture and natural installations in the landscape from both established and upcoming international artists. The park also boasts two cafes, underground galleries, lakeside walks and a chapel that with its own exhibition programme.
Introducing Hepworth Wakefield
The Hepworth Wakefield is Yorkshire's inspiring new art gallery, celebrating the area's unique artistic legacy and exploring the work of major contemporary artists. Firmly puting Yorkshire on the map as the sculptural hub of the UK if not Europe, The Hepworth brings together work from Wakefield's art collection, exhibitions by contemporary artists and rarely seen works by Barbara Hepworth.
Wakefield rhubarb, you'd be a fool to miss it!
Wakefield's famous forced rhubarb has recently joined the hallowed ranks of protected foods, including Champagne and Parma Ham. Pretty impressive for a sour stalk! The vegetable's popularity is celebrated annually at the Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb, where you can sample tasty local produce and watch talented local chefs at work. Don't forget to stock up with a visit to the Rhubarb Triangle before you leave - a famous 9-square-mile (23 km2) triangle where the tastiest authentic produce is grown and sold. Delicious!
Perhaps one of the most well loved attractions in Yorkshire, Yorkshire Sculpture Park covers 500 acres of rolling countryside, graced by superb sculptures from the likes of Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and other renowned artists. Arrive armed with a picnic and explore the rambling and impressively well designed park in the morning, then bed down next to your favourite sculpture and enjoy your picnic lunch in style. The indoor gallery and gift shop are also well worth a visit, offering good value prints and crafts from some of the UK's best loved artists.
If you're looking for outdoor attractions, the Wakefield district boasts some of the most beautiful parkland and woodland in West Yorkshire. In fact, Anglers Country Park and Haw Park Wood both hold prestigious Green Flag Awards for their clean, open spaces. Across the region, you can explore over 350 miles of footpaths and bridleways, including parts of the challenging Trans Pennine Trail and two National Cycle Routes suitable for the whole family.