The Hatchling

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

  • Fri 23 – Sat 24 August: Wakefield City Centre
  • Sun 25 August: Pugneys Country Park

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 explores 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 festivities.

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, performers and more welcome The Hatchling to Wakefield.

Please note: There will be no parking onsite at Pugneys on Sunday. Please use the free shuttle bus from Wakefield, Hemsworth & Pontefract. Find more travel information below.

The Hatchling

Event Days

Fringe Activity

A dragon is coming to Wakefield....

The Hatchling in flight.