Top 16 Things To Do In Wakefield This Half-Term

There's lots of fun for kids and families across the Wakefield district this half-term!

Eleanor Taylor

1. Make Words Count with WordFest

WordFest ends on 31 May, but there’s still loads to do in the final few days! That includes an action-packed steampunk performance and workshop, taking a trip to the moon, handling fascinating animals, taking part in science experiments and lots more!
Explore the whole programme here.

When: until 31 May, at various locations
How Much: Free
How to Book: dependent on the event, please check the event you want to attend

2. Encounter a Fearsome Dragon at Trinity Walk!

Yes, you heard that right, there’ll be a walkabout dragon – along with queens from Game of Thrones and Frozen – plus stilt walkers, face painters and throne photo ops so you can be Queen (or King) for the day at Trinity Walk‘s Queens & The Dragon event.

When: 3-4 June
How Much: Free
How to Book: No booking required, just drop in

This is part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in Wakefield. For more, click here.

3. Walk with Dinosaurs at Xscape

Rawrsome Half Term

Maybe dragons aren’t your thing – never fear, because at Xscape you can encounter dinosaurs! Meet fearsome prehistoric beasts and take part in competitions (and net some great savings) at Your Rawrsome Xscape. And to keep the dino-theme going, why not have a game at Volcano Falls Adventure Golf?

When: 1-2 June, 12pm-4pm
How Much: Free
How to Book: No booking required, just drop in

4. Step Back in Time at the National Coal Mining Museum

There’s a whole week of amazing activities at The National Coal Mining Museum! Make sock puppet ponies, step back in time and hear Peggy’s memories of the Coronation, take part in vintage games at the beach, enjoy the museum’s Vintage Vehicles including busses, lorries and a fire engine, and lots more at May Half Term @ Pit.

When: 28 May-5 June, 10am-5pm
How Much: Mostly free – Caphouse Creator session £5 per child, Peggy Captures the Coronation £2 per child
How to Book: No booking required, just drop in

This is part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in Wakefield. For more, click here.

5. Explore Stencils at  Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park invites families to this workshop, Stencilling With Nature, inspired by their David Nash exhibition. Experiment with the same pastels that David Nash uses to create your own print to take home to remind you of the beauty of nature.

Suitable for children aged 7+

When: 1 June, 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm
How Much: £4 (please note, adults will need a ticket to YSP)
How to Book: Please book through Eventbrite.

6. Get Creative At Wakefield Cathedral

Visit Wakefield Cathedral on Monday 30 May and get stuck in to some brilliant Jubilee-themed creative family workshops, learn about the history of the cathedral, and explore some of the cathedral’s extraordinary fabric as part of their Platinum Jubilee Family Attractions event.

When: 30 May, 10am-3pm
How Much: Free
How to Book: No booking required, just drop in

This is part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in Wakefield. For more, click here.

7. Try Felt Making at The Hepworth

Try out family drop-in feltmaking at The Hepworth Wakefield, inspired by their Sheila Hicks: Off Grid exhibition. Take an activity pack into the galleries and go on a colour hunt to explore Sheila Hicks’ artworks. Create a layered texture drawing, then take your drawing back to the learning studios to make your own colourful felted fabric artwork to take home.

When: 27 May and 3 June, 11am-4pm
How Much: Free with an exhibition ticket (tickets free to Wakefield residents)
How to Book: No booking required, just drop in

8. Attend A Street Party At The Ridings

The Ridings Shopping Centre (in partnership with AgeUK) is having a Jubilee party from 2-5 June! There’ll be a street party on 2 June with free food, face painting for the little ones, a colouring area, pop-up speciality fayre and more – plus a special gift for those who attend the street party.

When: 2-5 June (street party on 2 June only), 9am-5.30pm
How Much: Free
How to Book: No booking required, just drop in

This is part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in Wakefield. For more, click here.

9. All Aboard Pugneys Light Railway!

Who loves mini trains? Everyone, that’s who! Pugneys Light Railway is firing up the engines all week during half term. Keep your school holiday on track and take a scenic ride around the lake and back again.

When: 30 May-1 June, 11am-4pm and 2 June-5 June, 11am-5pm
How Much: £2 per ticket (each trip is a return journey)
How to Book: No booking required, just drop in

10. Have a Right Royal Party in Wakefield

Jubilee celebration flag bunting

Get the flags out for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration in Wakefield’s Coronation Gardens! There’ll be craft workshops for all the family, Queen’s Guard entertainers, 1950s-style live music, a giant Union Jack globe and a fabulous speciality market.

When: 4 June, 10am-4pm
How Much: Free
How to Book: No booking required, just drop in

This is part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in Wakefield. For more, click here.

11. Enjoy a BIG day out at Funtopia!

Funtopia is a fun-packed event which is specifically designed for under 10s. The action-packed event is filled with high energy Inflatables, Sumo Suits, Nerf Wars, Driving School, an Under 5s Area, Crafty Corner, Role Play Areas, Circus Skills, Fun Workshops and lots more!

When: 4 June, 11am-5pm
How Much: Under 90cm free, over 90cm £10, adults £2.50
How to Book: No booking required, just drop in

12. Make A Crown at Forever After

Join the crafty creatives of Forever After Collective in their fun Children’s Jubilee Crown Craft workshop to make a crown fit for a princess (or a prince). Decorate and assemble the foam crown, and then bring it to the Pontefract Jubilee Celebrations on 4 June for the crown judging!

All materials and refreshment will be provided.

When: 1 June, 11am-12pm
How Much: £5 per child
How to Book: Book through the Forever After website.

This is part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in Wakefield. For more, click here.

13. Learn Block Printing At The Art House

The Art House holds regular Saturday Art Club workshops for children aged 7-11. The half term Art Club sees artist Ranya Abdulateef teach youngsters block printing to make their own cards and wrapping paper.
Half-term will also be the last chance to catch Mohammad Barrangi’s Dreamland, a landmark exhibition featuring Barrangi’s large murals and his first-ever sculptural works.

When: 28 May, 10.30am-12pm and 1pm-2.30pm
How Much: £15 per child
How to Book: Book through The Art House Website.

14. Attend a Beacon-Lighting at Pontefract Castle

What better backdrop for a royal event than a mighty castle? Pontefract Castle is holding a special Queen’s Jubilee Celebration with 1940s live music, free arts and crafts, bubble workshops, flag dancers, stilt walkers and more. Then in the evening, the Castle’s beacon will be lit as part of the national beacon-lighting programme, followed by a fireworks display.

When: 2 June, 2pm-10pm
How Much: Free
How to Book: No booking required, just drop in

This is part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in Wakefield. For more, click here.

15. Write Like A Roman At Castleford Museum

Pay a visit to Castleford Musem and take a step back in time to discover the town’s heritage at their Roman Writing event. Get a closer look at some amazing objects from Roman Castleford, explore Roman writings, and experiment with different materials to write your own messages.

There is also a Roman Day for SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) families, with more sensory activities, more focus on independent learning, a lower light level and with a sensory tent and ear defenders available upon request.

When: 30 May and 4 June, 10am-3pm; SEND Roman Day 31 May, 10am-3pm
How Much: Free
How to Book: No booking required, just drop in

16. Enjoy A Magic Show In Pontefract

Pontefract’s Jubilee Market has lots of fun for families. Heading up the fun will be Tricksy Tom, a family magic show. Plus live music, competitions, a Craft Fair and a fabulous selection of vintage and classic vehicles.

When: 4 June
How Much: Free
How to Book: No booking required, just drop in

This is part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in Wakefield. For more, click here.