image for Exhibition item typePlaymakers On Tour: Horbury Sports Specialists at Wakefield Museum

Exhibition, Sat 2 Feb 2019 - Fri 25 Sep 2020, free entry

Playmakers On Tour

Playmakers On Tour


Wakefield Castles & Museums Team


Wakefield One,
Burton Street,

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 2 Feb - Fri 25 Sep Playmakers On Tour: Horbury Sports Specialists
Sat 6 Jul - Sat 4 Jul Gateway to Eternity
Mon 14 Oct - Sat 4 Jul Knitting On The Nile
Sat 9 Nov - Fri 1 May Empowering Heritage
Sat 29 Feb Family Fun
Tue 3 Mar Crafty Crocs


Wakefield Museum is taking the Playmakers collection on tour to a venue near you.

Playmakers tells the fascinating story of how a saddlers apprentice from Horbury created one of the world’s leading sports brands. For nearly 100 years the factory in Horbury near Wakefield, firstly as William Sykes Ltd, and later under the Slazenger and Dunlop names, created a wide range of beautifully crafted sporting goods used in World Cups, FA Cups, Ashes tests, Challenge Cups and Wimbledon finals.

Four beautifully crafted sports objects are now on display in:

Featherstone Sports Complex - 1966 World Cup Football
Normanton Leisure - 1930s boxing gloves
Sun Lane Leisure - 1920s tennis racket
Horbury Library - 1960 Challenge Cup match ball won by Wakefield trinity against Hull

Plus a display of many more sporting goods in Wakefield Museum

So the next time you go for a swim or sweat it out in the gym give yourselves five minutes to reflect on the brilliant crafts people of Horbury who made the equipment that made the sporting legends.

Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 2 Feb 2019 - Fri 25 Sep 2020


Free entry

Also see



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Map reference: SE 330209  Lat: 53.68351 Long: -1.50182

By Road:
Follow signs for Wakefield City Centre. Located behind Wakefield's County Hall.

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Wakefield Westgate Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Wakefield Bus Station


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups