Experience Wakefield At Home

Experience Wakefield At Home

You might not be able to come and visit Wakefield in person right now, but that doesn't mean that there isn't plenty to experience from your own home. 

We've rounded up some of the exciting things you can see and do from home that will inspire and entertain you in these uncertain times. Once things are a bit more back to normal, we'd love to see you, and hopefully this page will have added loads of places to visit and things to do to your bucket lists.

Stay safe.

Family

Being at home got us thinking about all the amazing places we're planning to visit when lockdown ends. We realised that there's just so much in the district to celebrate that we decided to make our very own alphabet to help us shout about it!

Every week, we posted a new letter - and a new location - on Facebook or Twitter, and now the alphabet has reached the end we've rounded them all up here!

Hollywood comes to Wakefield! Discover the district on the silver screen.

We've rounded up some of the best TV shows and films (and bread adverts!) that have been filmed in the area - see if you can spot the locations while you watch.

Don't forget the popcorn!

The doors to the National Coal Mining Museum may be closed but they're busy behind the scenes to finding new ways to bring the museum to you. Whether you want See the museum, Learn about the mining industry and their communities or Do some activities to pass the time- they've got you!

Keep checking back as the Virtual Museum is updated several times a week.

The Art House have been making films with artists in residence and other members of our creative community for the last three years. The films are gentle, informative and a soothing balm for anyone struggling without a regular face to face culture fix!

Watch and subscribe to their YouTube channel HERE.

Nostell's 18th century dolls' house is the only one you can see still in its original family home. An intricately crafted masterpiece with a unique connection to its life-sized surroundings, this is a grand mansion in perfect miniature.

Peer through the windows and discover the detail of this miniature masterpiece online HERE.

Explore treasures from the Wakefield Museums and Castles' collection and find out their fascinating stories. Take a peek behind the scenes of exciting projects and dip into the resources created for you to enjoy at home or at school.

Join them on social media where there are lots more creative activities to get involved with and inspirational tales to hear.

Enjoy the painting and sketches of local artist Geoff Leathley brought to you by Wakefield Museums & Castles.

Most recently on display at Pontefract Museum, the works in this exhibition are of Pontefract and Castleford and were painted between June 2017 and June 2018. Featuring paintings of Pontefract Castle, churches, canals and Queen's Mill in Castleford.

There are loads of ways you can enjoy nature - even in lockdown. The RSPB have got a whole host of activities you can take part in whether you have a garden or not.

And if it's a rainy day, why not try one of their exciting online games? Can you match the baby animals to their parents?

From diaries, letters and emails, to advertising campaigns and home school activities - all sorts of things will become the archival record of the future, but only if you help collect them and keep them safe.

West Yorkshire Archive Service want to hear your story and talk to you about the records that will help future generations understand what you lived through.

Donate

This is a difficult time for a lot of venues and attractions as they rely on visitors to keep going. If you can, please consider making a donation to help them continue their work.

The Art House | The Hepworth Wakefield Theatre Royal Wakefield | Long Division FestivalNational Trust Nostell | National Coal Mining Museum RSPB Fairburn Ings Wakefield Museums & Castles | The Wonkey Donkey Sanctuary | Yorkshire Sculpture Park