Rhubarb Festival

Following the recent announcement from the government on COVID-19, all planned Council events are cancelled across the district until further notice.

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17 - 23 February 2020


Rhubarb Festival announces venue changes

The heated Yurt, which will host the festival's ever-popular Rhu-Bar, will be moved to land behind former Market Hall, and will be accessed through the building.

All performances and events will remain the same.

The Vegan Market and Craft Market will also be moved to outside Debenhams in Trinity Walk, where it is hoped the roof and building will protect them from the wind.

Deliciously Yorkshire, whose stall will host a variety of local traders, will be moved into the Ridings Shopping Centre.

The main festival will still take place in the Cathedral Precinct, with food and drink chalets lining the street, while the Chef's Demo Marquee will stay in its usual spot on the Bullring.

For further updates over the weekend, follow the @RhubarbFestival on Twitter.

If you don’t know what the Rhubarb Festival is, then where the ‘eck have you been? It’s Wakefield’s love-letter to the divisive vegetable, the first date in the Merry City’s festival calendar, and it starts the year off with a bang.

In 2020 it’s a festival of Miracle-Gro proportions, running for a whole week from Monday 17 February until Sunday 23 February (the traditional food and drink market runs 21-23 February), and truly taking over the city centre. 

Like an enormous rhubarb crumble, Rhubarb Festival 2020 has plenty to get your teeth into. So get your pink on, and get set to eat, drink… and be merry.

Rhubarb Festival 2020 Digital Challenge 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for individuals and organisations working and / or living in the district to showcase their creativity by responding to the arrival of Wakefield’s connection to forced rhubarb.

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Coach Visits

The coach drop off point for the Festival is by the Calder and Hops in the City Centre and free parking for coaches is available at Thornes Park campus.

Coach parking map

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More news, updates and information will be shared as more festivities and entertainment are confirmed. 

To stay up to date: 

- sign up for our e-newsletters 

- follow the Rhubarb Festival Facebook and Twitter accounts 

- visit the Experience Wakefield website

Contact us

Festivals and events
01924 305 751