Discover the district on your doorstep

28/07/2020, PR-9491

​Wakefield Council is launching its Doorstep Discoveries initiative, highlighting fun activities and ideas for families this summer.

​Unfortunately due to the impact of Covid-19, the Council can't hold its popular seaside events this year; instead it's come up with a summer guide packed with activities and ideas to have fun close to home and across the district.


With the coronavirus pandemic affecting so many aspects of people's lives, including how they can spend their leisure time, the Council is encouraging people to explore their local area including parks and green spaces, and attractions which have, or are due to reopen, as well as having a go at a wide range of different activities that can be done at home.


The Council has created a Doorstep Discoveries newspaper, beautifully illustrated and, packed with ideas, which is being delivered to homes this week (from  27 July) and is also available to download from the Experience Wakefield website.


Residents are encouraged to share their activities using the hashtag #doorstepdiscoveries on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


 Cllr Jacquie Speight, (pictured) Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council, said: "The pandemic has had an impact on all our lives, for some of us in small ways and for others in ways that are life-changing.  For many of us it may not be possible to do the things we'd normally expect to do this summer, but it's a time when we can cherish small things, like exploring what we can on our doorsteps.


"We live in a fantastic district and there's plenty to do, such as walking and cycling in our country parks, as well nearby walks, and activities such as reading, drawing and quizzes that can be done if you're staying in your home."


The Doorstep Discoveries newspaper also highlights ideas such as taking part in a treasure hunt, holding a 'beach' party, exploring nature at home, and ways to be creative as well as ideas on how to relax.


A number of the district's attractions are beginning to plan to safely reopen this summer, in line with Government advice, with social distancing measures in places. To find out the latest information on visitor attractions and things to see and do this summer please visit:


To download a copy of the newspaper visit