Sculpture & the Arts
Celebrate the area’s art heritage with a visit to The Hepworth Wakefield. The stunning building, designed by David Chipperfield, is a work of art on its own and that’s before you step inside to discover world class sculpture. Head 10 minutes out of the city and you’ll find Yorkshire Sculpture Park is just as impressive. Prepare to be wowed as you explore art scattered across the picturesque Yorkshire landscape.
Theatre Royal Wakefield is one of the smallest remaining auditoriums designed by world-renowned architect Frank Matcham and is located in the heart of Wakefield City Centre. The new Centre for Creativity is a major extension to the venue and offers a flexible café/bar space and studio theatre. Theatre Royal Wakefield has a programme which is engaging and accessible to all members of our local community, and which maintains our reputation as a leading producing and receiving house.
History & Heritage
Delve deep into the heritage of the area with a journey 140m underground and discover life as a miner at the National Coal Mining Museum for England. Fancy something a little more elegant? Make sure you visit National Trust Nostell to explore an 18th century mansion set amid 300 acres of gardens, lakeside paths and parkland. Have you ever wondered what it was like to live and work in a medieval castle? Head over to Pontefract Castle to find out!
Nature & the Outdoors
Head outside and explore the stunning Yorkshire countryside packed with fun activities for visitors of all ages and abilities. Get your walking boots on and explore the lakeside paths and woodland trails around Newmillerdam Country Park. Those of you who prefer exploring on two wheels won’t be disappointed. Whether you’re a dedicated mountain biker or you prefer to freewheel along the open road, you’ll find an abundance of scenic places to visit.
Looking for adrenaline fuelled thrills? Feel the wind in your hair as you try your hand at sailing, kayaking or windsurfing on the open lake at Pugneys Country Park.
Nature lovers can look out for the elusive Kingfisher at RSPB Fairburn Ings or spot the variety of birdlife at Anglers Country Park. Anglers is also home to the Room on the Broom Adventure Trail, based on the popular children’s story by Julia Donaldson, little visitors can follow the clues around the lake to find the witch and some the friends she picks up along her journey on the infamous broomstick!
Fancy a festival? Wakefield’s got lots to choose from. Celebrate the area’s favourite pink vegetable at the Festival of Food, Drink & Rhubarb, rock out with up and coming bands at the Long Division Music Festival, celebrate reading, writing and poetry at Wakefield Lit Fest and grab your bucket and spade for Seaside in the City.
Don’t just try something new, try something unique!
Watch a performance in the solicitors, listen to live music in the library, join in with crafts in the chapel and see an artist at work in the studios as you explore the city on Artwalk night.
Meet a miner 140m underground, learn how to bend neon light, observe the night’s sky and sleep out in the wilderness - just a few ideas of how you can truly experience Wakefield.