Events and things to do in Wakefield, Castleford, Pontefract & more.

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...

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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

Breakfast with Father Christmas

Breakfast with Father Christmas

National Trust Nostell
CAST

CAST

Unity Works
Nostalgia at Nostell

Christmas Nostalgia

National Trust Nostell
Meet Father Christmas

Meet Father Christmas

National Trust Nostell
Meet Santa

Meet Santa

Ridings Shopping Centre
Messy Christmas

Messy Christmas

Wakefield Cathedral
Music for Christmas

Music for Christmas

Wakefield Cathedral
Park Run

Parkrun

National Trust Nostell
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
Yorkshire Crafts, Gifts & Produce Experience

Yorkshire Crafts, Gifts & Produce Experience

National Coal Mining Museum for England
Christmas Fayre

Christmas Fayre

Horbury Academy
Christmas Market

Christmas Market

Ridings Shopping Centre
Coalshed Poets

Coalshed Poets

National Coal Mining Museum for England
Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas

Ackworth School
Crafty Christmas Decorations

Crafty Christmas Decorations

The Hepworth Wakefield
Festive Wreath Making

Festive Wreath Making

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Create your own Christmas wreath

Christmas Wreath Making

National Coal Mining Museum for England
Crafty Crocs

Crafty Crocs

Wakefield Museum
Lunchtime Concerts

Lunchtime Concerts

Wakefield Cathedral
Open Night

Open Night

Rosse Observatory
Baby Rave

Baby Rave

The Hepworth Wakefield