The Hatchling

Witness an incredible free outdoor theatrical performance this August bank holiday weekend (23 – 25 August 2024) as part of Our Year – Wakefield District 2024.

The Hatchling is created by the award-winning creative team at Trigger, working with experts in puppetry, kites and immersive theatre. With a wingspan of over 20 metres, The Hatchling is the world’s largest human operated puppet to fly!

Hatching from an egg at Wakefield Cathedral, the dragon will build herself a nest and explore the city centre on Friday and Saturday with a series of events prepared especially for her majestic visit. The weekend will culminate with a breath-taking finale, as The Hatchling takes flight over Pugneys Country Park on Sunday evening following an afternoon of festival fun at the park.

With over 20 community groups and 300 participants from across the Wakefield district taking part, expect a few surprises along the way as sports clubs, choirs, craft groups, dancers, performers, young people and more welcome The Hatchling to Wakefield.

Keep an eye on this page as more information on accessibility, park & ride coming soon…

The Hatchling

A dragon is coming to Wakefield....

The Hatchling in flight.