Wakefield is bidding to be named UK City of Culture 2025. Wakefield is so many stories to experience and it’s time to share them with the world. With world-renowned cultural assets in Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Wakefield but with heritage ties to rhubarb, mining and rugby, we hope that through Wakefield’s bid we can bring even more awareness to modern British culture and the transformational impact it can have.
Being named UK City of Culture 2025 will really put Wakefield on the map and bring with a wealth of investment and interest to benefit everyone who lives, works or visits the whole Wakefield district.
Backed by partners from across the Wakefield district, our bid has a vision to connect the power of culture to deliver long-term economic, social and creative legacies for Wakefield district and beyond.
Wakefield is the home of sculpture, being the birthplace of Henry Moore and Dame Barbara Hepworth, alive today through The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. But Wakefield doesn’t stop there.
Wakefield also boasts the National Coal Mining Museum for England, Theatre Royal Wakefield and the Art House, providing time, space and support for artists, makers and creative businesses. The proud home of two Super League rugby teams, history filled castles and the site of the world’s first nature reserve as well as the host to the uniquely quirky annual festivals celebrating liquorice and rhubarb.
Wakefield is fast becoming known as a place where innovative digital industries thrive. Production Park, a community of studios, businesses and educational facilities for the live events industry, has already made Wakefield it’s home and Tileyard North, a globally recognised creative community, will soon be expanding into Wakefield as part of a regeneration project with over 135,000sqft of space for creative industry leaders.
UK City of Culture status has been transformational for previous host cities, securing investment and providing a springboard for place making and growth. Join us on this exciting journey and back the bid #wakefield2025