Festival Of The Earth

Welcome to the Festival of the Earth, an exciting collection of events, activities, workshops and more taking place across the district, brought to you by Wakefield Council.

July to October 2021

If you like your art and culture, from incredible installations to inviting exhibitions, there’s certainly something for you to enjoy! Check out Gaia by Luke Jerram at the Cathedral from 20 – 30 August, a stunning 7-metre replica of Earth that allows you to see our planet floating in three dimensions ; and don’t miss Dandelions & Double Yellows, an exhibition celebrating self-seeded, often overlooked plants that bring colour and softness to our streets! The former Market Hall will host Ithaca: Fire and Ice, a dramatic sound and light installation that lets you experience the changes happening to the earth’s climate.

Festival of the Earth events


A stunning 7-metre replica of Earth, by artist Luke Jerram, featuring detailed NASA imagery, each centimetre of the internally-lit sculpture represents 18 kilometres of Earth’s surface...

Ithaca: Fire and Ice

Join us at Wakefield's Former Market Hall for a 2 week immersive sound and light installation enabling visitors to experience the dramatic changes already happening to Earth’s climate ...

Earth Rising

Wakefield's Cathedral Precinct will be host to various performance acts, shows and workshops across the three day weekend launch event for Festival of the Earth.

Friday: Seaside...

Dandelions & Double Yellows

An exhibition of paintings that celebrate self-seeded, often overlooked plants that bring colour and softness to our streets, support wildlife and contribute to bio-diversity.


The festival will also be a chance to return to some of our favourite venues… Head over to the Art House for an eco-themed creative workshop, activity and exhibition-fuelled open day or explore the Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s exciting new partnership with The Oak Project, a programme of activities using art and nature-connectedness to address the climate emergency. The Hepworth Wakefield’s Greening the City project will bring together young people and artists to create a sound installation commissioned for the Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life exhibition. The festival is also an opportunity to re-engage with live performances with the return of Long Division Festival, as well as a programme of climate change-themed rehearsed readings and engagement activities at Theatre Royal Wakefield.

Dandelions & Double Yellows

For those who prefer to indulge in a bit of (sustainable!) retail therapy, the festival will be a chance to discover some delicious local produce and independent makers at a programme of Speciality Markets. The district’s libraries also have an exciting programme for children and young adults including the Summer Reading Challenge and Seaside on Tour, a series of interactive performances taking place in August. Put August 20-22 firmly in the diary for an exciting weekend celebration in Wakefield City Centre featuring table-top sand sculpture workshops, pavement chalk illustrations, street entertainers and Plastic Ocean, an interactive outdoor performance featuring an 18-metre inflatable whale!

Finally, budding scientists can enjoy 15 days of free bookable science and recycling workshops in association with Renewi at the Former Market Hall from August 21 to September 4.

Act now and act together!

Wakefield Council has declared a climate emergency and aims to have Net Zero carbon emissions by 2030.

As a district we need to commit to recycling more, using less plastic, and much more. The council will support other organisations and residents in reaching this goal as close to this time frame as possible.

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Nature Reserves To Explore

Brockadale Nature Reserve

Brockadale is in the valley of the River Went as it flows through a craggy, steep-sided gorge formed after the last ice-age when glacial melt-water burst through the magnesian limeston...

Stanley Marsh Nature Reserve

Get closer to nature at Stanley Marsh Nature Reserve.

Woodland, marshland and ponds make up this quiet nature reserve, making it ideal for wildlife and nature lovers alike. Take...

Anglers Country Park

Located 4 miles south-east of Wakefield, Anglers Country Park is a perfect place to explore for nature lovers, walkers, dog walkers, cyclists, picnickers - and not forgetting those lit...

Walton Colliery Nature Park

Whether it’s a thrilling bike ride, adventurous horse ride or a relaxing stroll you’re after you’ll find Walton Colliery Nature Park the perfect place to be.

Follow the Trans Pe...