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Children's Activity Event, Wed 2 Aug 2017, free entry

National Playday 2017

National Playday 2017


The Hepworth Wakefield

01924 247360


Gallery Walk,

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Fri 21 - Tue 25 Jul Summer Art Club for 6 - 11 Year Olds


Join the Hepworth Wakefield for a exciting day of making, creating and play to celebrate National Playday.

Playday is the national day for play in the UK, traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August. As well as a celebration of children's right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives. Playday is coordinated by Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland.

BUILDING PLAY (Gallery Garden)

Transform the outside space into a creative playground. Create a den, climb soft structures and take part in creative messy play.


Test out the new play sculpture made by artist Natalie Finnemore. This has been made for children by children at Sandal Castle and Natalie invites you to get active with art including sculpture building activities throughout the day.

After this, the sculpture goes back to the Portobello community for the summer as part of Soul Portobello Thursdays.

PRINTED PATTERNS (Learning Studios)

Design and print your own repeat pattern inspired by the forms, shapes, and lines in the awe-inspiring sculptures of The Hepworth Family Gift. Make yourself a roller printing tool and create a colourful printed artwork to take home.

ART POD (Galleries)

Visit the Art Pods in the galleries and make something inspired by your favourite pieces of art.


Borrow an Explore & draw bag to discover the artworks in the gallery with your family.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic siteRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled access

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 2 Aug 2017 11:00 to 16:00
Suitable for families with children aged 2-12yrs.
No booking required, just turn up and play!

PS. Remember to dress for the weather; we will be running activity in all but exceptional conditions.


Free entry



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Map reference: SE 336200  Lat: 53.67584 Long: -1.49140

By Public Transport:

The gallery is conveniently located 1 mile from Wakefield Westgate station and 0.3 miles from Kirkgate Station.

Wakefield Free City Bus stops close to the gallery. For more information please visit

By car
Please see the Hepworth Wakefield website for all the latest information on travelling to the gallery by car. The Pay and Display car park is located on Thornes Lane.

The gallery is fully accessible, please visit the website or contact us for a full access guide.

To arrange your group or coach party visit call us or email to find out more about special packages for your group.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access