From free face painting at The Ridings and crafts at Wakefield Cathedral, to story time at Wakefield Library and rock music with Wakefield Music Collective at The Hop, this year’s Rhubarb Festival has a whole host of Fringe activity to enjoy!

RHUBARB FEST @ The Ridings Shopping Centre

Specialist & Craft Fayre

Fri 17th- Sun 19th: 10am – 4pm

Cooking demo by Karen Wright (Great British Bake Off)

Selected times on Fri 17th

FREE face painting

Sun 19th: 11am – 3pm

Rhubarb Radio broadcasting live

Find them on the middle mall near M&S

Live music

Listen to live music from Brandon Fletcher

Antiques and Collectible Fayre 

Sat 18th & Sun 19th


RHUBARB FEST @ Wakefield Cathedral

Join Wakefield Cathedral for free drop-in crafts and activities. Take the Rhubarb Quest to find the rhubarb in Wakefield Cathedral.

Fri 17th at 10am – 3pm



Free Activities

In the Terrace Studio there will be free activities for all ages including, making your own rhubarb brooch and activity sheets.

Fri 17th & Sat 18th

Mini Printmaking Workshop

Join The Art House for an informal rhubarb printing workshop!

A member of the team will be leading a fun and creative printing session where you can get use a range of colourful paints to create your own rhubarb artwork.

FREE, but booking is recommended.

Book your place here.

Friday 17th

Learn about Rhubarb

Meet Gardener in residence, Hannah Whitfield, to learn about the process of growing and planting, alternative planting, and the different uses for rhubarb. Hannah will be at the front of the building at the urban orchard.

Sat 18th: 10am-11am & 2pm-3pm


RHUBARBFEST @ The Hepworth

Rhubarb Supper Club

A fine dining experience to celebrate the start of the forced rhubarb season.

Four course rhubarb-inspired tasting menu – £35 per person / Members £31.50 per person

A drinks pairing will be available on the evening for an additional price.

Book online at hepworthwakefield.org/cafe

Fri 17th: 7pm – late


RHUBARB FEST @ Wakefield Library


Food themed children storytime and sing-a-longs. (Aimed at children under 5.)

Fri 17th: 10am

Autor talk by Bella Gonshorovitz 

Author talk with Bella on her book Grow, Cook, Dye, Wear. Free event – booking essential. Find out more here.

Sat 18th: 10am


RHUBARBFEST @ Wakefield Museum

A hands-on workshop for families to make rhubarb crumbles to bake at home, and design eye-catching packaging for the your new rhubarb business. Booking essential – find out more here.

Fri 17th: 10am-12pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm


RHUBARBFEST @ Rainbow Playrooms

Join Rainbow Playrooms for learning through play with a theme that celebrates our city as we ‘go down to the farm’! Children will learn through farm-based role play, dressing up, story and song. With rhubarb treats and drinks for everyone too it’s fun for the whole family.

£5 – For children aged 0 – 4 years. Bluelight, NHS, Childminders and Foster carers receive 20% off admission. Free admission for Max card holders.

Mon 13th-Sat 18th: 9am-3pm



Wakefield Music Collective presents RHUBARB ROCKS featuring GUNLAW rock band.

Venue: The HOP, Bank Street, Wakefield.

Sat 18th: 9pm – 11pm

West Yorkshire based band playing modern rock covers to audiences throughout the UK & Europe. Mega popular on the biker scene and rock festivals nationally. If you want to rock out on a Saturday night this band is a must see.

Find out more about the music programme at the Rhu-Bar here.


The Rhubarb Festival takes place in Wakefield City Centre from 17-19 Feb 2023 – find out more at expwake.co/RhubarbFest