Experience Wakefield

home to sculpture, food and adventure

Wakefield’s picturesque landscapes have inspired great artist and sculptors throughout history so it’s no surprise that renowned sculptors Dame Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore were both born here. Celebrate this art heritage with a visit to The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Both are proud to be multi-award winners and home to world-class artwork from artists across the globe.

Embrace Wakefield’s history with an authentic miner’s journey, 140m underground at the National Coal Mining Museum for England, head to National Trust Nostell and experience the grandeur of an impressive 18th century mansion and experience the fascinating conservation works of the medieval Pontefract Castle.

Looking for adrenaline fuelled adventure? Wakefield’s got that covered too! Feel the thrill of windsurfing across the lake at Pugneys Country Park, jump to new heights at Gravity Trampoline Park and experience the excitement of skiing down the real snow slope at Snozone. Slow the pace with a relaxing stroll through historic woodlands and along picturesque lakeside paths – wherever you are in Wakefield, you’re never far from the scenic Yorkshire countryside.

Experience something unique! Celebrate the famous Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb with a weekend packed full of live cookery demonstrations, street food, family workshops and more at the Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb held every February. Then, in July, delight your taste buds at the sweetest festival of the year, Pontefract Liquorice Festival celebrating the town’s historic link with the flavoursome plant.

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