Information and contact details for regular arts and entertainment venues

BOOT AND SHOE

Long established music venue, recently changed ownership after more than 25 years. Live bands every weekend night plus weekday cabaret nights, acoustic nights, open mic sessions, music quizzes and more.

Wakefield Road, Ackworth WF7 7DF

01977 610218

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BULL & FAIRHOUSE

Real ale and live music venue, now back to its historic name after many years as O'Donoghue's and, previously, Friar Tuck's. Mainly rock and blues bands on weekend evenings, plus occasional acoustic gigs and Sunday afternoon music.

George Street, Wakefield WF1 1DL

01924 367702

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CASTLEFORD FORUM MUSEUM

Opened as part of the town's library refurbishment in 2013, it has permanent displays of the town's Roman, industrial and sporting history, as well as the Fryston Chariot, the remains of a chariot in which an Iron Age chieftain was buried.

Carlton Street, Castleford WF10 1BB

01977 722084

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CASTLEFORD PHOENIX THEATRE

Fully-equipped theatre within the campus of Airedale Academy, hosting professional productions, local groups and schools performances. Seating for up to 300 people, full box office service and technical support.

Crewe Road, Castleford WF10 3JU

Box office 01977 664566

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HENRY BOON'S

Traditional city centre alehouse also hosting regular live music, open mic nights and other arts events and performances.

Westgate, Wakefield WF2 9SR

01924 378126

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KIRKHAMGATE VILLAGE HALL

This small village hall has, in recent years, hosted bands such as The Drifters, Limehouse Lizzy, Spirit of Smokie and Eric Faulkner's Bay City Rollers, plus John Parr and a host of tribute and covers bands.

Brandy Carr Road, Kirkhamgate WF2 0RS

Bookings 01924 373419

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LOTHERTON HALL

Georgian country house, former home of the Gascoigne family, now a museum, art gallery and bird garden. Permanent displays, regularly-changing exhibitions and one-off special events throughout the year.

Collier Lane, Aberford LS25 3EB

0113 378 2959

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NATIONAL COAL MINING MUSEUM

England's national muesum of the mining industry, located at the former Caphouse Colliery. Features underground tours, regularly-changing exhibitions, one-off events and an archive of mining records and related materials.

New Road (A642), Overton WF4 4RH

01924 848806

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NOSTELL PRIORY

Stately home of the Winn family, now in the care of the National Trust with much Chippendale furniture. Main part of house and grounds open daily, plus regular special events indoors and out, exhibitions and activities.

Doncaster Road, Wragby WF4 1QE

01924 863892

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ODD THINGS SHOP AND MARQUEE CAFE

Established 2013, holds live events including music and talks in summer; shop selling plants, books and vintage; marquee cafe with home made cakes and hot/cold drinks. Profits to Yorkshire Live Music Project bursary for young professional classical musicians.

59 Oakenshaw Lane, Walton WF2 6NJ

01924 255666

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PLAYERS BAR

A small venue at forefront of Wakefield live music scene in the 1990s, the former Players Snooker Club recently reopened as a live music venue once again. Gigs, open mic nights and other live events.

King Street, Wakefield WF1 2SQ

01924 372951

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PONTEFRACT MUSEUM

The art nouveau-style building housing the museum is an attraction in itself and contains displays relating to Pontefract Castle, the town's liquorice and mining industries, Knottingley glass and the Ackworth Hoard.

Salter Row, Pontefract WF8 1BA

01977 722740

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ST AUSTIN'S THEATRE

Situated within the parish centre attached to St Austin's Catholic Church, this is a fully-equipped Victorian-style theatre with professional-standard light and sound system. The audience facilities, which include a balcony, were recently refurbished. Home of St Austin's Players.

Wentworth Terrace, Wakefield WF1 3QN

01924 372080

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SNOOTY FOX

Small live music venue with professional-standard sound, lighting and recording facilities. Regular calling point on tours by up-and-coming rock bands from the UK and beyond.

Brunswick Street, Wakefield WF1 4PW

01924 782929

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THE AMBIENCE

Music and function venue featuring regular gigs and Northern Soul nights. Formerly Pontefract Ex-Servicemen's Club.

Sessions House Yard, Pontefract WF8 1BN

01977 792598

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THE ART HOUSE

The Art House mainly provides studios, support and exhibition space for artists, with particular emphasis on catering for those with disabilities, but also stages public exhibitions and a range of art-related events and workshops.

Drury Lane, Wakefield WF1 2TE

01924 312000

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THEATRE ROYAL WAKEFIELD

Opened in 1894, one of Britain's best examples of a small theatre by renowned architect Frank Matcham. Hosts touring shows, its own productions and local groups. Also the base of the John Godber Company and premieres many productions by the Upton-born playwright.

Drury Lane, Wakefield WF1 2TE

Box office 01924 211311

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THE HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD

Opened in 2011, regularly hosting exhibitions by world-class artists. 1,600sq m of purpose-built space plus more in The Calder, an adjoining converted textile mill. Home of the Hepworth Family Gift, a unique collection of Barbara Hepworth's work and studio artefacts.

Gallery Walk, Wakefield WF1 5AW

01924 247360

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THE HOP

Live music and real ale venue opened in 2008 as a partnership between Ossett Brewery and Mike Heaton of rock band Embrace. Features bands most Friday and Saturday nights plus frequent other gigs. Concept has now spread to Leeds, Sheffield, York and Saltaire.

Bank Street, Wakefield WF1 1EH

01924 367111

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THE LION

Legendary bikers' pub has live music, mainly classic rock covers bands, every Friday, Saturday and most Sunday nights, plus regular one-off fundraising gigs including the annual Lionfest on August Bank Holiday weekend.

Aire Street, Castleford WF10 1JJ

01977 554665

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UNITY WORKS

The much-loved Unity Hall reopened in 2012 as a multi-purpose arts and entertainment venue with an 800-capacity major hall and a smaller room, the minor hall, offering flexible options for live music, performances and events. Run by the co-operative Unity Works.

Westgate, Wakefield WF1 1EP (WF1 1ED satnav for car park)

01924 831114

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WAKEFIELD MUSEUM

Highlights of of the museum, situated within the Wakefield One building, include the story of pioneering naturalist Charles Waterton, period rooms and all aspects of the city's industrial and social history.

Burton Street, Wakefield WF1 2DD

01924 305356

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WAREHOUSE 23

Biggest live music venue in the district with standing capacity for 1,000 people. Hosts major touring bands as well as regular gigs by local bands and musicians, club nights and more.

Smyth Street, Wakefield WF1 1ED

01924 724523

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WESTGATE STUDIOS

Located in the heart of Wakefield's emerging cultural quarter, close by the Theatre Royal and Unity Hall, these studios provide affordable accommodation for artists of all kinds, including an exhibition space. Various classes and events are also held.

Westgate, Wakefield WF1 1BW

07821 683815

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YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK

Five hundred acres of parkland, plus purpose-built and historic indoor spaces, showcasing permanent and visiting collections of work by the world's leading sculptors and other artists. Won Museum of the Year award in 2014.

West Bretton WF4 4LG

01924 832631

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