Summer Fun in Wakefield

There's loads to do in the Wakefield district this summer!

By Abilene Strong, Experience Wakefield

The beginning of the summer holidays might have you quaking in your boots, but you needn’t worry! The Wakefield district is a place full of adventure and there are some fantastic activities and events to keep the whole family amused. And entertaining the little ones needn’t break the bank, these activities are free or low-cost. So breathe a sigh of relief and grab the sun cream, it’s summertime!

The Hepworth Wakefield

Enjoy a day out at The Hepworth Wakefield this summer and get creative as a family. Explore the galleries, take part in drop-in workshops and cool off in the garden. Save the date for National Play Day on 3 August for even more family activities, including outdoor weaving inspired by the current Sheila Hicks exhibition.

πŸ“ Wakefield, WF1 5AW
βŒ› Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
πŸ’° Exhibition entry is Β£12 / Β£10 / FREE for Members, Wakefield District residents and under 18s
Click here to find out more.


Grab a selfie with Spiderman, meet the Cosmainiacs, win prizes fit for a superhero and catch Thor and his big hammer back on the big screen! It’s all happening at Xscape this Superhero Summer!

πŸ“ Castleford, WF10 4TA
βŒ› Xscape is open daily, 6am – 10pm
🎞 Catch Thor: Love & Thunder from 7 July and DC League of Super-Pets from 29 July at Cineworld
🦸 Join cosplay maniacs The Cosmaniacs on 23 and 24 July
🦸 See life-size superhero statues on display 29 July – 4 August, 11am – 11pm
Click here to find out more.

Summer S’cool

It’s time to get creative! summer s’cool is a a summer of activity for children and young people in the Wakefield district. Expect music, visual arts, digital design and a whole load of fun! In art s’cool you could be learning photography, ceramics and textiles, and in music s’cool learning how to make music on iPads, song writing and how to DJ!

πŸ“ Castleford, Havercroft & Ryhill, Knottingley, Lupset, Pontefract and Wakefield City Centre
βŒ› Various dates and times from 25 July – 26 August
πŸ’° Free
Click here to find out more.

West Yorkshire History Centre

Be inspired by the current exhibitions and collections at the West Yorkshire History Centre and have a go at some make and take crafts! Make a codebreaker wheel, explore old handwriting, stitch a mini notebook and more.

πŸ“ Wakefield, WF1 1JG
βŒ› Thursday 4, Thursday 18 August & Thursday 1 September, 10am – 12pm or 1pm – 3pm
πŸ’° Free (booking required)
Click here to find out more.

Summer Fun Planner

Find something free or low cost to do every day of the summer holidays

Download your copy here

National Coal Mining Museum

Delve into a summer of fun at the National Coal Mining Museum! As well as their ever-popular beach, the museum will have stamp trails, living history performances and stimulating creative workshops. Who fancies making some fizzing bath bombs?

πŸ“ Wakefield, WF4 4RH
βŒ› Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm (some activities
πŸ’° Free (the Caphouse Creators activity is Β£5 per child)
Click here to find out more.

National Trust Nostell

Get active as a family this summer at Nostell, Wakefield. Come out and play on the vista in front of the house every Thursday and Friday of the Summer Holidays, between 11am and 3pm. Get your hearts pumping, your muscles moving and challenge family and friends with football, sports races, throwing challenges, balancing games and more.

πŸ“ Wakefield, WF4 1QE
βŒ› Thursdays and Fridays until 2 September, 11am – 3pm
πŸ’° From Β£3.75 per child, Β£7.50 per adult. Entry is free for National Trust members
Click here to find out more.

Pontefract Castle

Celebrate summer at Pontefract Castle as the team bring the past to life! Each week in August, families will be able to explore a different theme through creative crafts, fun outdoor activities and engaging role play sessions.

πŸ“ Pontefract, WF8 1QH
βŒ› Monday – Saturday, 10am – 3pm
πŸ’° Free
Click here to find out more.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Roger Hiorns temporarily transforms the familiar YSP landscape with clouds of foam in this interactive artwork as part of YSP‘s Summer of Love. At certain times of day, a compressor will generate vast clusters of bubbles that will blow across the park allowing people to interact with it – and take some pretty great photos!

πŸ“ Wakefield, WF4 4LG
βŒ› Daily until 4 September, 10am – 6pm
πŸ’° Β£6 per adult, under 18s free
Click here to find out more.

A Grand Day Out

A grand day out wakefield

Come experience A Grand Day Out, Wakefield’s summer festival on tour! Expect full days of FREE family fun including giant inflatables, live music and workshops such as monster mask making and traditional sports day activities.

πŸ“… 06-07 August, 10am – 4pm | Wakefield City Centre
πŸ“… 13-14 August, 10am – 4pm | Minsthorpe Recreation Ground, South Elmsall
πŸ“… 20-21 August, 10am – 4pm | Knottingley Amphitheatre
πŸ“… 20-21 August, 10am – 4pm | Castleford Town Centre
πŸ“… 26-27 August, 10am – 4pm | Purston Park, Featherstone
πŸ“… 28-29 August, 10am – 4pm | Ossett Town Centre
πŸ’° Free
Click here to find out more.

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