Wakefield

Properties and events in Wakefield

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Caphouse Machine Rally

Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4RH
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us for the return of our popular machine rally, to embrace the art of engineering and the mechanics of mining. See vintage vehicles and mining machinery, with demonstrations and activities across site.

Catapult Challenge

Pontefract Castle, Castle Chain, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 1QH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Drop in to this hands on activity, making and testing model catapults. Experiment with angles and designs to create the best catapults. Take aim and fire at our mini castle walls!

Chronicles of Culture Launch

Pontefract Castle,, Castle Chain,, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 1QH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join us for live performances of short stories written by young people as part of Wakefield Literature Festival. The original pieces of historic fiction are based on places in Wakefield district- including Pontefract Castle!

Friarwood Valley Gardens Pinhole Camera

Friarwood Valley Gardens, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 1PL
In person
Pre-booking not required

The giant pin-hole camera will be operational in the former summer house/aviary, giving the chance to see live images of the gardens, projected through the pin-hole. Volunteer guides will also be on hand to outline the history of the 'Valley Gardens'

Gissing Centre

2-4 Thompson's Yard, Westgate, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1XH
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Gissing Centre is a small museum celebrating local writers, based in the childhood home of George Gissing (1857-1903) the late-Victorian novelist. The Centre invites visitors into a Victorian house in the heart of Wakefield.

Making a Medieval Herb Garden    Ages 16+

Pontefract Castle, Castle Chain, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 1QH
In person
Pre-booking required

Ever wanted to create a garden inspired by history? Find out how you can grow your own medieval herb garden in this informative talk.

Pontefract Castle Explorer Tour

Pontefract Castle, Castle Chain, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 1QH
In person
Pre-booking required

Discover the intriguing history of Pontefract Castle on a friendly and informative tour of the castle. This tour is free for Heritage Open Days!

Quaker businesses in Pontefract

Pontefract Quaker Burial Ground, Harropwell Lane, 50 Larks Hill, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 1QY
In person
Pre-booking not required

Quakers have been in Pontefract since the 17th century, and they contributed a great deal to the economy of Pontefract via a range of businesses.

St Giles, Church of England

24 Market Place, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 1AT
In person
Pre-booking not required

Guides available , giving tours and aspects of the history of the church. A visit to the bell ringing chamber (open 1000-1300), the bell chamber is not accessible. Refreshments will be available in the café.

St Helen's Church Hemsworth

Station Road, Hemsworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF9 4HN
In person
Pre-booking not required

A drop in session to view the historic parish church of Hemsworth.

St John the Baptist Wakefield

Wentworth Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 2QU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Free entry to Grade II listed Georgian Church Building. Guided tours of Crypt and Bell/Clock Tower. Archive display material exhibition. Refreshments available.

St Peter the Apostle Church, Kirkthorpe

St Peter the Apostle Church, Kirkthorpe Lane, Kirkthorpe, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5SZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

St Peter the Apostle is a Grade II listed medieval building and grounds situated in a semi-rural area 3 miles from the ancient city of Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Many interesting features, including a 6 bell tower, church hall, upper and lower churchyards.

Talk: Lives and times of eminent prisoners at Pontefract Castle   Ages 16+

Pontefract Castle, Castle Chain, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 1QH
In person
Pre-booking required

Discover the fascinating stories of people held prisoner at Pontefract Castle over the centuries. A history talk for adults (16+)

Tour: Sandal Castle - 500 Years of History

Sandal Castle, Manygates Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 7DS
In person
Pre-booking required

Discover the history and development of the great Yorkist castle at Sandal. Find out about history where it took place on this informative guided tour.

Trinity Church, Ossett - Church and Tower Open Day

Church Street, Ossett, West Yorkshire, WF5 9DW
In person
Pre-booking not required

Situated on plateau, 300ft above sea level Tower rises to 226ft - one of tallest in Yorkshire Wonderful architecture & stained glass windows Last Supper Reredos Bell ringing room Clock Room 16 bells Tower parapet Breath taking panoramic views

Wakefield Cathedral - Tower Tour

Northgate, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1HG
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Climb the 170 steps up Wakefield Cathedral tower for magnificent views of the city and surrounding countryside! Find out about our fourteen bells from our fantastic bell ringers.