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Did you know Wakefield is famous for its rhubarb? Every year the city throws a Festival of Food, Drink & Rhubarb to celebrate its favourite pink vegetable, including visits from celebrity chefs and lots of rhubarb-themed goodies on sale.
Founded just over 40 years ago by a schoolteacher, Yorkshire Sculpture Park has grown to become the internationally recognised home of works by some of the world's finest artists. Stroll through almost 500 acres of parkland and get close enough to touch genuine pieces of modern art that will inspire with their scale and breadth of ideas. There are also temporary exhibitions to enjoy as you take in the fresh air and fresh thinking.
Wakefield was once a major mining centre and you can experience its underground past with a visit to the National Coal Mining Museum. Journey 140 metres beneath the Earth to experience the extraordinary conditions faced by the mine’s workers. Educate yourself on the history of coal mining then get the dust out of your lungs with a pleasant walk along the site’s nature trail.
Pontefract Castle was one of the most important sites in Medieval England. Discover its scandalous history of murdered kings and cunning queens, or take a trip to the dungeons to find out what happened to those who got the blame. It's a thrilling day out for anyone at all interested in history. Time your visit right and you can even enjoy a prom in the castle's grounds.
Finish your day with a trip to the magnificent Wakefield Cathedral in the heart of the city. Built around 1,000 years ago, it lifts the soul with its spirituality, impressive carvings and stunning stained glass windows.
Hidden Wakefield Westgate
Adrenaline-seekers will be thrilled to find that the Wakefield district has a secret wonderland for family-friendly fun and blood-pumping activities. Xscape Yorkshire is home to indoor ski slopes, laser tag, climbing walls, trampoline parks, VR arcades, laser mazes and even escape rooms. Complete with a food court to fuel up after a day’s worth of adventure, it’s the perfect place for active families and fun-loving friends.
Wakefield is a treasure trove for all your favourite high street brands. Head to The Ridings Shopping Centre for unique stores and the best bargains. Or pop along to Trinity Walk for your fashion fix and fill up at the food court.
Food & craft markets
The Wakefield district is blessed with not just one but eight markets. For homemade baking, crafts and artisanal produce, browse the stalls at the Wakefield food, arts and crafts market outside Wakefield Cathedral. You might even catch some street entertainment while you shop.