Recommended Routes

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A celebration of art, drink and food

Route recommended by Carmel Harrison, Carmel Harrison PR


I’ve always loved art, particularly modern art, and to have access to so much variety, regularly and so close to work as I do in Wakefield city centre is a dream come true.  Even better when there’s a drink and nibble involved.

Lazy by nature I love to amble out of our city centre offices in Margaret Street, behind Wakefield College and head to the Theatre Royal.  One of the UK’s oldest theatres, it smells of vaudeville. The building is a great combination of heritage and the new with their Centre For Creativity being built to encourage more young people to get involved in the arts. In March the Theatre Royal has a series of landscapes by Jan Parsons on display in their café.  An opportunity to be swept away from the city without going anywhere.

A musical interlude at Brews, Bites and Books will make a welcome change between locations and is as much art to me as the visual.  This café serves delicious cakes and warm drinks and goes out of its way to be family friendly.  As a mum, despite him being 18 now, that really appeals.  Get them young is my motto because then you keep them for life.  I can’t wait to see and hear Wakefield College School of Popular Music and their Acoustic Performances.

I love art in the ordinary and in Bairstow Square there is a stunning piece worth taking a detour to see outside the old town hall.   If it’s warm enough and you’re early you can even sit and relax a while.  


Along Westgate in central Wakefield is one of my favourite places to have a drink.  Wakefield Beer Exchange is a relative newcomer but has really embraced the artistic vibrancy that the city offers no matter what your taste in culture or beer. Regularly changing cask ales (I love anything with grapefruit) manager Dave Owens and his team go all out to invite in artists across the spectrum from performers, such as poets and musicians, through to painters and photographers to ensure that the walls and the space is never empty. March sees them welcome local artist Jennawennabobenna who will be exhibiting a range of work guaranteed to lift the last of the winter gloom and get us ready for spring and summer seriously.  Part of their Art & Ale series, it will be followed by collaborative music event, Hang the DJ.

Having worked up a hunger we’ll head over to Jose’s, our little piece of Spain in Wakey on Cross Street. If they don’t have an official Artwalk installation there’ll definitely be colour and some delicious food!


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More visual art than you can shake a stick at!


The Hepworth Wakefield extends it’s opening hours to 7pm on Artwalk night, making it the perfect place to start your visual arts adventure! This month you’ll be able to explore their major new exhibtion Solid Light Works from artist Anthony McCall after hours. They will also play host to a performance of spoken word poems inspired by Barbara Hepworth’s work, performed by The Unrulys (tickets are free but make sure to book!).

From The Hepworth, why not wander up to Neon Workshops on George Street and explore their new experimental exhibition, The Young Alchemist by Jonathan Lang? 

If you’re hungry for more great art, from here you can’t go wrong with a visit to Drury Lane, which boasts not one but two Artwalk venues in the form of Theatre Royal Wakefield and The Art House. You’ll find an exhibition of vibrant landscapes on display in the cafe at the Theatre Royal from painter Jan Parsons. Meanwhile, The Art House plays host to a veritable feast of arts activity, including an exhibition from current artist in residence Simona Brinkmann, an immersive installation from artist Ellie Collins, the unveiling of Jason Wilsher-Mills DDA banner (fresh from its tour to Tate Exchange) and one-night only pop ups from Edgeland Arts and Dream Time Creative

You’ll need a serious sit down once you’ve soaked up some of the best that the Artwalk has to offer, so why not finish your night off with a walk up Westgate to take in a drink or two at Wakefield Beer Exchange (another Artwalk venue) or stop off at one of the amazing restaurants in the city centre; Supper Club, Qubana and Rustico are all close by to name just a few.