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July 22 - September 3

Beach @ Pit : A Summer of Fun! From Saturday 22nd July - Sunday 3rd September Join us at the Museum as we commemorate seaside holidays of yesteryear with a giant sandpit throughout the Summer holidays. Visit us this Summer & travel 140m underground with a miner as your guide on one of our unique

Kitchen Capers

July 24 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until 1 Sep 2017

Wakefield museum 9am to 5pm Drop in throughout the summer to cook up a treat in our 1950's child sized kitchen.

Jo Jingles summer sessions at Farmer Copleys

July 24 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
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One event on 2 Aug 2017 at 10:30am

One event on 10 Aug 2017 at 10:30am

One event on 18 Aug 2017 at 10:30am

One event on 22 Aug 2017 at 10:30am

Cycling Holiday Fun, Nostell Priory

July 26 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Wednesday 26th July Cycle Skills Course Practise your cycling skills Open to all ages. If your feel like a challenge, why not have a go on the cycle skills course. Use your own bike or borrow one of ours. Cycling information Leaflets and advice Wakefield District Cycle Forum members will be manning a stall with

Active Wednesday

July 26 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, repeating until 30 Aug 2017

26 July, 11am – 3pm Pick up a summer of sport challenge card and see how many stamps you can collect. Get stuck into a game of volleyball and badminton on the vista and visit the Wakefield District Cycle Forum for cycling tips, a chance to test your bike skills as well as handy cycling

nostell priory

Collections Thursday

July 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Thursday, repeating until 31 Aug 2017

27 July, 1 – 4pm Nostell’s mansion is crammed full of handcrafted treasures, from Chippendale chairs to a 300-year-old clock that still ticks! Every Thursday, follow in the footsteps of famous craftspeople and roll up your sleeves to make your very own masterpieces. As you explore the house, keep your eyes peeled for your favourite

Sketchbook Friday

July 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Friday, repeating until 1 Sep 2017

28 July, 1 – 4pm Join the Friday masterclassfor #minimakers at Nostell this summer. Over the six week holiday, you’ll be able create your own sketchbook of mini artworks. Each week we’ll be trying out different skills, from perfecting the art of profile portraits (we might need some models, mums, dads, grandmas and grandads!) to

Clarence Park Festival @ Clarence Park Bandstand, Wakefield.

July 29 @ 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on 1 Jan 1970 at 12:00pm

Wakefield Music Collective presents Clarence Park Festival. This is the 26th year of the biggest free Festival in Yorkshire. Showcasing local, national and sometimes international talent over the last weekend in July. An eclectic mix of genres, indie, rock, dance, punk, pop and folk with DJs from Wakefield College playing sets between bands. A large

Make Yourself at Home: A studio space for families

July 30 @ 11:00 am - September 9 @ 4:00 pm

Drop in 30.07.2017 - 05.09.2017 / 11:00–16:00 Drop by to our welcoming family studio situated in YSP Learning anytime between 11.00am–4.00pm. Last entry at 3:30pm. Create, make, explore and connect with ideas from our exhibitions. As a family you can make a collage, test out your drawing skills and have a go at making your own

Mucky Monday

July 31 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

31 July, 11am – 3pm Big bug hotel rebuild Muck in on this hands-on day to rebuild the bug hotel for Nostell’s creepy crawlies and fill in numbers 31 and 36 in your 50 things scrapbook. From centipedes and beetles to lady birds, butterflies and solitary bees, there are plenty of creatures that have been

50 Things Tuesday

August 1 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

1 August, 11am – 3pm Brilliant butterflies and geocaching Get started on number 31 and 38 of your 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ today; hunt for bugs and bring up a butterfly. You can also have a go at number 49 today. Did you know butterflies not only love brightly coloured flowers,

Animal Escapades

August 2

02.08.17 / Various Times Meet Monkey, Rabbit, Ox and friends and participate in an animal escapade with storyteller Oksana Tyminska. Have your animal voices ready to squawk and squeak, and join us as we hoppity skip, wriggle and roll near the Zodiac Heads by Ai Weiwei in Lower Park.   Aimed at children under six

National Playday

August 2 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wednesday 2 August. 11am-4pm. FREE Join us for a exciting day of making, creating and play to celebrate National Playday. Playday is the national day for play in the UK, traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August. As well as a celebration of children's right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the

Insect Adventures at Wakefield Museum

August 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Head over to Wakefield Museum this Summer and discover some fun and fascinating facts about insects and try your hand at making your very own 'moving creepy crawly'. Thu 3 Aug 2017 10:00 to 14:00

Donkey Rides

August 4 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

11am to 3pm Donkey rides at Anglers Country Park £2.50

The ARTcart

August 5 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on 25 Aug 2017 at 11:00am

05.08.17 & 25.08.17 / 11:00–16:00 Roll up Roll up the ARTcart is popping up again. Bring your friends and family and take part in some art making, art thinking, and art playing. This ARTcart is inspired by Bob & Roberta Smith and will be situated in the open air at Learning Centre. 

Map Reading for Beginners at Anglers Country Park

August 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Sun 6 Aug 2017 10:00 to 15:30 If you are new to walking, or always follow a book, spend a day learning how to use an Ordnance Survey map to find your way around.

Mucky Monday

August 7 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

7 August, 11am – 3pm Mud kitchen Cook up some marvellous mixtures and splodge in your 50 things scrapbook for number 13; make a mud pie! We’ll be using all sorts of mucky ingredients to create some gruesome concoctions. With sticky mud, slimy soil, sticks and leaves on the menu and plenty of jugs, shakers

Summer of Fun – Family Day

August 7 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

7 August at 13:00–16:00 Come and join our us for our ... SUMMER OF FUN DAY 3 Legged Race Sack Race Egg ‘n’ Spoon Race Relay Race Wellie Wanging Tug ‘o’ War and much, much more . . .

50 Things Tuesdays

August 8 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

8 August, 11am – 3pm Wild art The gardens are your art studio for today for you to create your own wild art masterpieces. Forage for your favourite colours and shapes in the gardens to make a natural artwork. You could craft your creation in your 50 things scrapbook and complete number 18. We’d love

Seaside in wakefield

August 12 - August 13

Get your flips flops ready and sharpen up your sand castle making skills as the seaside makes an exciting return to Wakefield and Castleford this August. Our seaside events are entertaining days out for the whole family. There's something for everyone at this year's events.

Mucky Monday

August 14 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

14 August, 11am – 3pm Muddy printing play Head to the playground to make some muddy art and fill in number 24 in your 50 things scrapbook. Today we’ll be squishing and squelching through mud to make mini masterpieces with our hands and feet. It's a great chance to take your shoes and socks off

Imaginary Animal Adventures at Wakefield Museum

August 15 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Tue 15 Aug 2017 10:00 to 14:00 Head over to Wakefield Museum this Summer and take inspiration from the invented animals that are on display in the museum and try your hand at making your own fantastic fictional beasts!

50 Things Tuesday

August 15 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

15 August, 11am – 3pm Nature’s music There are so many musical instruments in the big outdoors – you’ve just got to know where to find them. Have you ever blown a grass trumpet? Now’s your chance (and you can fill in number 25 of your scrapbook of 50 things to do before you’re 11

Bat Walk at Newmillerdam Country Park & Boathouse

August 20 @ 8:15 pm - 9:45 pm

Sun 20 Aug 2017 20:15 to 21:45 Celebrate European Bat weekend next weekend by joining the ranger to listen to these fascinating creatures. Please bring a torch and bat detectors provided. Meet in the main car park.

Mucky Monday

August 21 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

21 August, 11am – 3pm Waterplay Head to the adventure playground for nautical water play.Imagine you’re an explorer about to set sail at sea…but you need a boat! Build your own minirafts to have a go at number 43 in your scrapbook. We’ll have plenty of jugs, water wheels, beaters and stirrers to help you

50 Things Tuesday

August 22 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

22 August, 11am 3pm Campfire cooking and geocaching Learn all about woodland ways and fill in number 47 from your list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ and head out on a digital treasure hunt to fill in number 49. Set out on an outdoor adventure to learn all about cooking on

Woodland Pirates at Haw Park Wood

August 23 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Wed 23 Aug 2017 10:00 to 13:00 Starting from the visitor centre at Anglers Country Park, purchase your map and then go and explore the home of the fierce woodland pirates in Haw Park Wood, where there will be fun and games for all the family.

Night-time nature walk

August 25 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Join our nature expert on a walk through the gardens at dusk to spot the wildlife that comes out at night. From frogs to owls and maybe some of Nostell's abundant bat population, you'll need to keep your eyes and ears alert as we adventure through the woodland and along lakeside paths. No catering included

Mucky Monday

August 28 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

28 August, 11am – 3pm Dens and boggarts If you go down to the woods today…you’re sure to find some boggarts! Craft your own creative creatures from woodland treasures and build a den to hide in. In Joiner’s Wood you’ll find sticks and branches of all shapes and sizes to build a dazzling den. Look

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