Wakefield Express Column

If, like me, you think the summer isn’t complete without spending some time at the seaside, you’ll be glad to hear there’s no need to leave Wakefield. Next weekend the seaside is coming to us. On Saturday between 10am and 4pm the cathedral precinct will be taken over with sandcastles, donkey rides and puppet shows in the centre of the city.

That got me thinking about the holidays – it doesn’t seem two minutes since Christmas, yet somehow we are already two weeks into the summer holiday. Parents, carers and grandparents round here are trying to think of new ways to keep the kids occupied for four more weeks.

So at the start of the summer, I’ve put together an email newsletter with details of lots of summer activities across Wakefield. As this year is the Summer of Culture there’s loads going on and, most importantly, it doesn’t have to break the bank. These are just a few of the great events planned.

This summer, Wakefield museum has organised activity days – like next Tuesday, when 5-12 year olds can try their hand at sculpting models of food! All summer, the museum has an exhibition of 50 very special objects which each tell a story about a part of our district.

Every Tuesday is Go Wild day in the beautiful grounds at Nostell Priory. Free wild activities include pond dipping and scavenger hunts in the fresh air. Or for a day out a bit further afield, the National Coal Mining Museum at Caphouse Colliery has a great free underground tour. All summer there are activity days based on a weekly theme – next week is all about green fingers and explores the tradition of miners’ allotments.

And as usual, all our local libraries are taking part in the summer reading challenge. This year’s challenge has a space theme, and young readers can earn stickers and certificates by following the mission to set up the first library in space. If jetting into space is a step too far, ‘hedgehugs’ day at Outwood Library on Monday will feature rescued hedgehogs and teach children and adults alike about caring for rescued animals.

You can find more information about things to do right across the district on the Experience Wakefield website.

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Posted August 6th, 2010 by Ed's team