Experience Wakefield At Home

Experience Wakefield At Home

We may not be recommending you 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 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.

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Join Long Division Festival on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June for some specially made shows, presented by director Dean Freeman and featuring brand new sessions, interviews, masterclasses, discussions, special films and full gigs.

They will be streamed across a variety of social media channels, including Facebook and YouTube and be completely free to enjoy.

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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'll be posting a new letter - and a new location - on Facebook or Twitter. So follow us on there, or check back here regularly and see if your favourite places make the list.

Check out the live webcam from the nest box (located on top of Wakefield Cathedral!) to see the two resident peregrine falcons take care of their four recently hatched babies. 

The nestbox is in use until around July when the youngsters will begin to fledge. If you're of a sensitive disposition, try and time watching when it's not feeding time! 

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.

While Nostell is sadly closed at this time you can still 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.

Join Castleford Heritage Trust and the talented artists, artisans and crafters taking part in Queen's Mill's Castleford Virtual Creative Festival from 11-24 May.

Taking part on their Facebook page, the trust will be sharing work and projects from a range of artists including ceramicists, painters and knitters!

If you aren't already follow YSP on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and sign up to their monthly newsletter for all the latest updates and opportunities.

On Thursdays, the Curatorial Team are sharing their personal highlights using #ThrowbackThursday and on Saturdays they're posting content to inspire families and young people to get together with #YSPFamily.

Need something creative to entertain the whole family? How about getting inolved with #THWcreates.

Get your creative juices running as a family with art challenges from The Hepworth Wakefield. There’s a different challenge every fortnight and the best entries will be added to an online gallery.

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.

Download the free colouring sheets, and keep the kids (and adults!) entertained.

Simply click HERE to download the PDF sheets to print, or click HERE and HERE for the JPEG versions (these can be inserted into Paint for digital colouring in) and enjoy!

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 National Trust Nostell | National Coal Mining MuseumRSPB Fairburn Ings Wakefield Museums & Castles | The Wonkey Donkey Sanctuary | Yorkshire Sculpture Park