Summer holidays all planned out

24/07/2018, PR8851

summer holiday activities

Wakefield Council is taking the stress out of the school holidays by launching a fun-packed summer planner full of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

The planner is available to download from the Council’s Experience Wakefield website and shows events for every day of the school holidays, making it easier for parents and carers to keep the children entertained throughout the summer holidays.

The Council is holding various events at its parks, leisure centres, museums, libraries and castles. There’s also events from other fantastic places to visit in the district including The Hepworth Wakefield, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and National Trust Nostell. The planner makes it easy for families to see what’s-on and take part in the many activities on offer.

Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport

Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “Keeping the kids entertained throughout the summer can be a challenge. We hope we’ve made it a little bit easier for families to see what’s happening across the district - in our parks, leisure centres, libraries and castles - so they can plan in lots of fun and exciting things to do. All the events and activities are free so download it today and start planning.”

The planner can be downloaded from  Highlights include:

• Information about the Mischief Makers summer reading challenge taking place in Wakefield Libraries.
• Yorkshire Day activities at Pontefract Castle on Monday 1 August, 11am-4pm.
• Seaside in the City on 11 and 12 August, with the biggest beach yet in Wakefield city centre.
• Seaside in Castleford on Saturday 18 August, 10am-4pm. Celebrate the British seaside with Punch and Judy, donkey rides and the beach.
• Marvellous Magic sessions at Pontefract Castle, 11am-3pm, throughout the week of 20 August.
• Top Hats and Golden tickets family workshop at Wakefield Museum on 23 August, 10am-2pm, where children can create chocolate factory props and post for a picture as part of the Quentin Blake portrait exhibition of Roald Dahl characters.

To download the summer holiday planner highlighting the range of free activities taking place across the district please visit

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