Sport, leisure and tourism
The district boasts several nationally recognised cultural and leisure facilities including the National Coal Mining Museum for England and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and is birthplace to two giants of modern sculpture; Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.
An award winning gallery opened in 2011 on the city's Waterfront, the Hepworth, to house original works by Barbara Hepworth as well as significant works by other artists.
The city centre is vibrant with cafés, restaurants, bars and an exciting nightlife enhancing its cosmopolitan feel. A multi-million pound regeneration project has seen a significant transformation of the city's retail core at the northern gateway into the city.
Trinity Walk, shopping centre opened in Wakefield in 2011 to complement the well-established Ridings Centre.
Europe's largest shopping village, the Junction 32 Outlet Village at Castleford, offers a wide selection of shops including many designer names. Adjoining Junction 32 is the Xscape development, housing one of the largest indoor real snow ski slopes in Europe.
The complex, incorporating an ice climbing wall, multiplex cinema, bowling alley, shops and restaurants under one roof, attracts visitors from all over the country.
The city and surrounding areas are a stronghold of sport including; rugby league where Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats share a long tradition with teams like Featherstone Rovers; and horse racing - the longest continuous flat circular course can be found at Pontefract.
There is an abundance of walking and cycle paths throughout the district with country parks, nature trails, waterways and lakes. Pugneys Country Park is a haven for sailing enthusiasts and canoeists and is within a mile of the city centre.
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