Rhubarb Festival Fringe

Fringe Activity

The Rhubarb Festival has a proud history of being a proper community event, something the whole city - nay, the whole  district! - can get involved with. 

And this year is no different, with plenty of events and activities taking place at different places and times before and during the festival. 

Read on for a complete listing. 

Rhubarb Festival Fringe
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

In homage to the Rhubarb Festival's famous Food and Drink market, The Very Hungry Caterpillar munches his way through a variety of delicious food at library storytimes this week.
Visit your local library for stories, rhymes and crafts.

Sessions take place at:

Airedale Library
Monday 17 February 10am
Wednesday 19 February 9.30am

Castleford Library
Friday 21 February 10.30am

Featherstone Library
Thursday 20 February 10am

Hemsworth Library
Monday 17 February 9.30am
Friday 21 February 10am

Horbury Library
Thursday 20 February 10am
Friday 21 February 2.15pm

Normanton Library
Friday 21 February 10.15am

Ossett Library
Friday 21 February 10.30am

Pontefract Library
Monday 17 February 10am
Wednesady 19 February 10am

Sandal Library
Wednesday 19 February 10am

South Elmsall
Saturday 15 February, 10.30am
Monday 17 February, 9.30am
Thursday 20 February, 9.30am
Friday 21 February, 9.30am

Stanley Library
Monday 17 February 11.30am

Wakefield Library
Tuesday 18 February 1.30pm
Friday 21 February 10am

 

Rhubarb: Juniper Foodwise

Fun and healthy family cookery sessions with Bev Juniper of Juniper Foodwise.

Suitable for young people 5-14 and their grownups.

Sessions take place at: 

Airedale Library
Monday 17 February 10.30am-12noon
Phone 01977 724040 to book a place.

Castleford Library
Thursday 20 February 10am-11.30am
Phone 01977 722085 to book a place.

Featherstone Library
Thursday 20 February 2.30pm-4pm  
Phone 01977 722745 to book a place.

Hemsworth Library
Friday 21 February 11am-12.30pm  
Phone 01977 722270 to book a place.

Horbury Library
Saturday 15 February, 10am-11.30am
Phone 01924 303060 to book a place.

Normanton Library
Monday 17 February 2.30pm-4pm
Phone 01924 302525 to book a place.

Ossett Library
Tuesday 18 February 10am-11.30am
Phone 01924 303040 to book a place.

Pontefract LibraryWednesday 19 February 2.30pm–4pm
Phone 01977 727692 to book a place.

Sandal Library
Wednesday 19 February 10am-11.30am
Phone 01924 303355 to book a place.

South Elmsall Library
Tuesday 18 February 2.30pm-4pm
Phone 01977 723220 to book a place.

Stanley Library
Friday 21 February 3pm-4.30pm
Phone 01924 303130 to book a place.

Wakefield Library
Saturday 15 February 2pm-3.30pm
This is a relaxed pace session suitable for families with children with learning difficulties.
Phone 01924 305376 to book a place.

Juniper Foodwise
The Case of the Disappearing Rhubarb

The Case of the Disappearing Rhubarb

15 February
Three performances from 10am-3pm.

Pontefract Library

The Case of the Disappearing Rhubarb is a Story Trails show created especially for the Rhubarb Festival. 

This story performance for families is inspired by Wakefield’s long history of rhubarb growing, weaving the tale into a new kind of folklore.

Writing Rhubarb

Try your hand at writing, tell your story or share your memories with the help of Feathertone-born writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton.

Sessions take place at:

Pontefract Library
17 February, 10am-12noon
Phone 01977 727692 to book a place.

Sandal Library
18 February 2pm-4pm
Phone 01924 303355 to book a place.

Stanley Library
18 February 10am-12noon
Phone 01924 303130 to book a place.

Wakefield Library
17 February 2pm-4pm
Phone 01924 305376 to book a place.

Writing Rhubarb
Rum & Reason

Rum & Reason

Tuesday 18 February
7pm

Festive Fusion

The Black Horse Poets and Festive Fusion restaurant join forces to bring you a night of poetry with a rhubarb twist!

Enjoy a selection of lovely rhubarb themed cocktails and drinks while you listen to various open mic acts, then sit back and lose yourself listening to the words of featured poets (all with a rhubarb theme).

What's more, there's music and, to round off the evening, a raffle where you could win a few (rhubarb-related) prizes and help raise funds for the RSPCA Leeds and Wakefield branch.

February's Featured Artist is William Thirsk-Gaskill - a local poet with a thrilling novella, Escape Kit. His work was also adapted by BBC Radio 4 as an audio drama, which aired in November 2019.

Wolf!

Wednesday 19 February
Two performances: 11am and 1pm

Airedale Library

Wolf! is a play for young children by Kitchen Zoo.
Beneath the moon, under the snowy mountains, amongst a flock of sheep, Jack is bored. Bord of watching sheep, bored of counting sheep, but most importantly, bored of SHEEP! Join us for a wintry adventure and find out what happens when Jack cries WOLF!
With origianl music and puppetry, for under fives and their families.

Wolf!
The Body on the Train

Frances Brody: The Body on the Train

22 February
11am-12noon

Wakefield Library

Meet novelist Frances Brody, author of the Kate Shackleton murder mysteries, talking about her latest book The Body on the Train, a high-suspense tale of death in the Rhubarb Triangle.

1929, London. In the darkness before dawn, a London railway porter discovers a man's body as he unloads a special goods train from Yorkshire, all means of identification stripped away. Hitting a dead end, Scotland Yard call on indomitable Yorkshire sleuth Kate Shackleton.

Now Serving Presents: Rhubarb-Rhubarb-Rhu-bar

Saturday 22 February
12 noon - 5pm

The Ridings Shopping Centre

Now Serving has teamed up with local craft gin makers Waterton’s Reserve and local beer boffins Nailmaker Brewing Co to give you a craft ale and cocktail experience at The Ridings' tree bar.

Inspired by the magic of the Rhubarb Triangle, they'll be creating some amazing concoctions with very local ingredients.
So expect rhubarb gin, rhubarb beer, rhubarb pork pies, and rhubarb cocktails!

The day features a special guest talk from the owner of Waterton's Reserve on how his rhubarb gin is made, as well as some brilliant recipes to try at home.

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