Guides

On this page, we bring together the best local voices to create curated experiences across the Wakefield district. 

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Our latest guides

Enjoy West Yorkshire: 48-hour highlight Itinerary

This two-day itinerary will help you take full advantage of your time exploring West Yorkshire.

Go back to the 80s in the Wakefield district

Want to take a trip down memory lane, or see what it felt like to live in this vibrant decade? We’ve got the perfect ‘back to the 80s’ experience.

Ey-up! Top six things to do to celebrate Yorkshire

Yorkshire is called God’s Own County for a reason and we’ve rounded up our top six experiences which will give you a taste of what it means to be a true Yorkshire lad or lass.

Art & Sculpture

Wakefield’s reputation as a city of sculpture is headline news. We’re renowned for remarkable artists and have two award-winning galleries.

Art & Sculpture

Creative Wakefield – A World of Good and Travel Posters

Wakefield Museums & Castles’ summer 2021 exhibitions highlight the spirit of local folk.

Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life

To mark The Hepworth Wakefield’s ten year anniversary, the gallery is hosting the largest ever exhibition of Barbara Hepworth’s work.

Festival Of The Earth

Welcome to the Festival of the Earth, an exciting collection of events, activities, workshops and more taking place from 10 July to 31 October across the district.

The Women Who Shaped Wakefield in Five Historic Hotspots

Discover more about the women who helped shape the direction of the district by perusing five spots within easy reach of the city centre.

Museums & Heritage

Heritage Open Days

Every September the Heritage Open Days take place across England offering a unique opportunity to visit hidden places and try out new experiences, and this year Wakefield district has ...

The Wheels of Fortunes: Remembering the Coal Industry

Coal has been mined in Wakefield since time immemorial. Find out more about the places that were shaped by coal mining.

The Women Who Shaped Wakefield in Five Historic Hotspots

Discover more about the women who helped shape the direction of the district by perusing five spots within easy reach of the city centre.

Capturing the Crown

In a 30-minute walk from the Chantry Chapel to Sandal Castle, retrace the historic events that ended in the Battle of Wakefield – a brutal power struggle for the crown of England...

Music, Theatre & Film

72 Hours in the Wakefield District

Extend your trip and experience everything the Wakefield district has to offer!

24 Hours in The Merrie City

There’s so much to do in Wakefield that it’s not easy to see it all in a day! So to help you make the most of our wonderful city, here’s a handy itinerary.

Theatre Royal Wakefield

If you were born and/or raised in Wakefield, then Theatre Royal Wakefield is sure to be a familiar sight.

Public Service Broadcasting playing at Wakefield Festival of the Moon

Wakefield’s Top Music Venues

Your guide to some of Wakefield’s top music spots and some of the hidden gems you may not have heard about yet…

Nature & Outdoor

Walking the Wakefield Way

Undulating countryside, charming historical villages and industrial heritage… What better way to explore the Wakefield district than on foot!

Wakefield City Safari: Birds, Bees and Beasties

Take a stroll through Wakefield and discover the animals that have called Wakefield home – including some mythical ones!

10 Free Family Summer Days Out in Wakefield

There is something for the whole family to do and enjoy in the district – from going underground at England’s last deep coal mine or enjoying the world’s first nature reserve.

5 Buggy Walks in Wakefield

There is lots on offer for families, including families with pushchairs, all across the Wakefield district. Start planning your next trip to the great outdoors!

Sport & Adventure

Sporting Activities You Can Enjoy Across Wakefield District

If you want to unleash your inner Joe Wicks, then there are plenty of opportunities to take up a sporting activity across Wakefield.

Walking the Wakefield Way

Undulating countryside, charming historical villages and industrial heritage… What better way to explore the Wakefield district than on foot!

How to Enjoy Rainy Day Fun in the Wakefield District

Full disclosure: it is not always beautifully sunny with azure blue skies in the Wakefield district. With this in mind, it is always good to bear a few rainy day activities in mind!

Essential Castleford

Romans, Burberry and the rugby Super League – Castleford is a market town full of intrigue.

Family Friendly

Summer in Wakefield

There’s loads going on across the Wakefield district this summer holiday for kids (and big kids) to enjoy.

How to Enjoy Rainy Day Fun in the Wakefield District

Full disclosure: it is not always beautifully sunny with azure blue skies in the Wakefield district. With this in mind, it is always good to bear a few rainy day activities in mind!

10 Free Family Summer Days Out in Wakefield

There is something for the whole family to do and enjoy in the district – from going underground at England’s last deep coal mine or enjoying the world’s first nature reserve.

5 Buggy Walks in Wakefield

There is lots on offer for families, including families with pushchairs, all across the Wakefield district. Start planning your next trip to the great outdoors!

Food & Drink

Five reasons why Wakefield’s food scene is set to be the next big thing

While Wakefield is famed for liquorice, rhubarb and real ale, we’ve also got a fantastic up-and-coming food and drink scene.

Best Restaurants In Wakefield City Centre

After a long day of exploring and taking in the sights, there’s nothing better than a mouth-watering meal with friends and family!

Real Ale and Craft Beer in the Merrie City

Wakefield’s reputation as the “Merrie City” can be traced back to the Middle Ages. Today the thirst for good times can still be thoroughly quenched Wakefield.

Brilliant Breakfast Spots in Wakefield

There are plenty of places in the Wakefield district where you can get your fix of a delicious breakfast, a freshly ground coffee and that all-important chat with friends!

Shopping

Essential Pontefract

Nestled in the heart of West Yorkshire, Pontefract is a charming market town and a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered.

Great Independent Farm Shops in Wakefield

The Wakefield district has much to offer to the ethical consumer, with thriving farm shops delivering fresh local produce, both in store and online.

Wakefield’s Independent Retail

From clothing to candles, and boutiques to barbershops, there’s a wealth of independent retail to be found in Wakefield.

Essential Castleford

Romans, Burberry and the rugby Super League – Castleford is a market town full of intrigue.

Where to Stay

24 Hour Itinerary: Outdoor Explorers

With so many award-winning country parks to choose from in the district, it’s hard to know where to start, so we’ve pulled together an itinerary to help.

24 Hour Itinerary: Family Fun Day Out

If you’re looking for a fun day out with your family this summer, the Wakefield district has got everything you might need.

24 Hour Itinerary: Cultural Day Out

Enjoy a jam-packed day out featuring award-winning art and sculpture, medieval history and of course, amazing food!

Indulge in a weekend away at one of Wakefield’s luxury hotels and spas

We all deserve a bit of a treat sometimes and if you’re looking for that special place for you and your loved ones, then look no further!

Itineraries

Enjoy West Yorkshire: 48-hour highlight Itinerary

This two-day itinerary will help you take full advantage of your time exploring West Yorkshire.

24 Hour Itinerary: Outdoor Explorers

With so many award-winning country parks to choose from in the district, it’s hard to know where to start, so we’ve pulled together an itinerary to help.

24 Hour Itinerary: Family Fun Day Out

If you’re looking for a fun day out with your family this summer, the Wakefield district has got everything you might need.

24 Hour Itinerary: Cultural Day Out

Enjoy a jam-packed day out featuring award-winning art and sculpture, medieval history and of course, amazing food!

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