Experience Wakefield

We’re proud to be home to award winning art galleries and the birthplace of renowned sculptors Dame Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.

Step back in time and explore our heritage - a visit down’t coal pit is a must! Take in the splendour of an 18th century National Trust mansion and discover the stories of our people at Castleford, Pontefract and Wakefield museums.

Fancy a festival? We’ve got lots to choose from. Celebrate our favourite pink vegetable at the Festival of Food, Drink & Rhubarb, delight your sweet tooth at the Pontefract Liquorice Festival, rock out with up and coming bands at the Long Division Music Festival and grab your bucket and spade for Seaside in the City.

Don't just try something new, try something unique! Create your own neon sculptures, journey into the dungeons of a medieval castle, have a sleepover at a nature reserve and lots more.

Those are just a few ideas of how to experience Wakefield and you’ll find all the information you need to know right here. Now it’s over to you, time to start planning...

What's On

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The snow may not be falling just yet but the festive season is quickly approaching.

Start the countdown to Christmas with yuletide activities, events and workshops taking place across our district.

Get your list ready and pay a visit to the man in red. From his magical grotto 140m underground to the sweetest liquorice grotto you've ever seen!

Click here to start planning your festive family fun

What's On This Week

Big Country

Big Country

Warehouse 23
Breakfast with Father Christmas

Breakfast with Father Christmas

National Trust Nostell
Nostalgia at Nostell

Christmas Nostalgia

National Trust Nostell
Christmas Wishes Family Workshop

Christmas Wishes Family Workshop

National Coal Mining Museum for England
Wreath making

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

National Trust Nostell
Easy Cycle Ride

Easy Cycle Ride

Queen's Mill
Elf Yourself Day

Elf Yourself Day

Ridings Shopping Centre
Focus on Nature

Focus on Nature

RSPB Fairburn Ings
Meet Father Christmas

Meet Father Christmas

National Trust Nostell
Parkland Walk with a Teatime treat

Parkland Walk with a Teatime Treat

National Trust Nostell
Pugneys Reindeer Trail

Pugneys Reindeer Trail

Pugneys Watersport Centre & Country Park
Santa Undergound

Santa Underground

National Coal Mining Museum for England
Santa's Grotto at Trinity Walk

Santa's Grotto

Trinity Walk
Sunrise across YSP

Sunrise in the Sunscape

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
The Sounds of Christmas

The Sounds of Christmas

Wakefield Cathedral
Catch the Turkey

Catch the Turkey!

Pugneys Watersport Centre & Country Park
Christmas Brass

Christmas Brass

Theatre Royal Wakefield
Christmas Carol Concert

Christmas Carol Concert

Clarence Park Bandstand
Christmas Market

Christmas Market

Ridings Shopping Centre
Crafty Christmas Decorations

Crafty Christmas Decorations

The Hepworth Wakefield
Santa Cycle

Santa Cycle

Pugneys Watersport Centre & Country Park
Mindfulness and Art

Still Looking: Mindfulness and Art

Yorkshire Sculpture Park