Wakefield's buzzing cultural scene boosted by major regeneration schemes

PUBLISHED: 19:37 11 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:04 20 February 2013

Wakefield Cathedral is undergoing a major refurbishment in time for its125th anniversary next year

Wakefield Cathedral is undergoing a major refurbishment in time for its125th anniversary next year

Wakefield's buzzing cultural scene has been boosted by major regeneration schemes<br/>and a plan to renovate the city's iconic cathedral. Tony Greenway reports. Photographs by Kirsty Thompson

How to get there: Wakefield is nine miles southeast of Leeds in West Yorkshire, just off the M1 at junction 40. It sits at the centre of a busy transport hub for both buses and trains. To check bus and train times, call MetroLine on 0113 245 7676 or visit wymetro.com


Where to park: There are more than 1,500 off-street and 600 on-street council-controlled parking spaces in the city centre. For a downloadable map of all the citys car parks, visit wakefield.gov.uk


What to do:
Art is a big attraction in the Wakefield area. Visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (ysp.co.uk) off junction 38 of the M1 to see giant works of art in a beautiful open air setting. Its free entry, although parking charges apply. The National Coal Mining Museum (ncm.org.uk) is also free and a great day out for young and old. The Hepworth Wakefield (hepworthwakefield.org) is free, too, and features works by Barbara Hepworth, works from Wakefields art collection and exhibitions by contemporary artists. Until November, new collection exhibitions will focus on post-war painting and sculpture, with work by Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Graham Sutherland, Eduardo Paolozzi and Reg Butler.


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