Top 9 Things to Do In Wakefield In 2022

New Year, New Experiences!

ELEANOR TAYLOR, EXPERIENCE WAKEFIELD

New year, new experiences! There’s loads going on throughout the district this coming year, so take a look at our top 9 things to do in Wakefield in 2022.

1. TAKE A WALK ON THE ART SIDE

Kick-start your year with ArtWalk Wakefield! It’s back on 26 January 2022, and (as always) will feature some fascinating artworks in quirky locations. Check the ArtWalk website for more details coming soon.
And if looking at art isn’t enough, then why not start making it? The Art House has a HUGE (and we really mean that!) programme of workshops in 2022 – you’re bound to find something to get your creative juices flowing.

2. PAINT THE TOWN PINK!

The Rhubarb Festival returns! Celebrate everyone’s favourite pink vegetable in style in February. With a whole new programme of chef demos curated by Yorkshire Food Guide and a gin experience showcasing mouth-watering rhubarb cocktails, there will be something to everyone’s taste. Browse the now-legendary food and drink stalls, and take a Rhubarb Trail around the city, showcasing restaurants and bars that will offer rhubarb-themed food and drink throughout the weekend.

3. GO OFF GRID

…Not literally! Off Grid is the title of a new exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield, celebrating the works of Sheila Hicks. Drawing together over 70 pieces from international public and private collections, this major exhibition will explore the many facets of Hicks’ ground-breaking work – from her intimate Minimes, small woven drawings she creates on a hand-held frame, to large-scale installations that fill gallery spaces with vibrant colour. Other up-coming highlights at The Hepworth include exhibitions of the works of Hannah Starkey and Jadé Fadojutimi.

4. LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE

Let there be light – of the neon kind! Neon Workshops are running a series of workshops throughout 2022, including two-hour taster sessions on what neon is, what it can be and how to make it, “Neon Sundays”, four hours of demos and exercises with glass, fire, high voltage and noble gas, or even one-on-one tuition sessions offering a more intensive training experience – and of course, whatever the length of workshop, you get to take home your creations at the end of it!

5. MAKE SOME NOISE

Are you ready to rock? You’d better be, because Long Division Festival is back in 2022, and will once again feature the best emerging grassroots artists alongside legends of Indie and DIY. With previous headliners including The Cribs, We Are Scientists, Billy Bragg, British Sea Power, The Fall, Asian Dub Foundation, Field Music, The Wedding Present, Peter Hook & The Light, Ash, and Gang Of Four, it’s sure to be a show-stopper!

6. EXPERIENCE A SUMMER OF LOVE

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is giving us all some love this summer, with their exhibition, Robert Indiana: Sculpture 1958-2018, and associated series of events and projects, titled The Summer of Love. Celebrating human relationships, understanding and love between people, as well as sparking moments of pure, joyful connection, the programme will investigate the complexities of love and community: how we relate to one another and ourselves, and how we can represent love in a way that is inclusive of and compassionate to everyone.

7. INDULGE YOUR SWEET TOOTH…

Pontefract Liquorice Festival market

…with Pontefract Liquorice Festival! Celebrating Pontefract’s historic link with the sweet treat, Pontefract Liquorice Festival is a firm family favourite with something for everyone to enjoy.
Dancers, musicians and street entertainers will be delighting the crowds throughout the day, while sweet lovers can enjoy a tempting array of liquorice food and drink while browsing around food, craft and gift stalls at the colourful street market.

8. IT’S BEHIND YOU!

Or rather, it’s ahead of you! What are we talking about? Theatre Royal Wakefield‘s panto, of course! In 2022, go on an adventure to find your fortune with Dick Whittington. Tickets are on sale now (so get ahead of the curve and book early).
There’s also loads more happening a bit earlier in the year. History lovers will enjoy I, Elizabeth, and uncover the (hilarious) truth behind Bram Stoker’s infamous Count with Dracula: The Bloody Truth.

9. TAKE A SNEAK PEEK…

We may not have details yet, but believe us when we tell you to keep an eye out for some of the stuff coming up next year.
Make words count with the return of Word Fest, celebrate in style for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and then get set for something incredible with Wakefield’s summer festival (we can’t reveal anything yet, but believe us when we say it’s going to be show-stopping – it’s got a lot to live up to, including the Festival of the Moon and the Festival of the Earth, and it’s going to be even bigger and better than those…).
Oh, and let’s go full-circle to next year’s festive season: look out for the extravaganza that is Light Up 2022!

Phew… that’s a lot. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait. We’ll see you there!