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10 Reasons to Live in Wakefield

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10 Reasons to Live in Wakefield

21st June 2015

If you’re thinking about buying a property in Wakefield, Manning Stainton can help. Wakefield has something for everyone and we’ve compiled this list to show you some of the great places you can enjoy when you move.

1. Experience the UK's Leading Open-Air Gallery

Winner of the ArtFund Museum of the Year Award 2014, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a stunning, outdoor art gallery showcasing work from both British and international artists.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park by Neil Theasby

Combining the very best of art and nature, you can take a serene stroll around the park and see at least 60 works of arts on display across the 500 acre estate, completely for free. After you’ve finished outside you can take a look around some of the indoor galleries before retiring to the café for some refreshments. As it’s a charity, all funds go towards supporting the park and keeping access free to everybody.

Why not get away from the bustle of the city and enjoy art in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside?

Photo credit: © Copyright Neil Theasby

2. Visit the Modern and Contemporary Hepworth Art Gallery

Featuring work from Wakefield’s art collections, exhibitions by contemporary artists and the brilliant works of Barbara Hepworth, this purpose built exhibition space features 1,600 square metres of culture.

The Hepworth Wakefield by Stephen Bowler

The building, expertly designed by David Chipperfield, was completed in January 2010. It appears to rise majestically out of the River Calder and even sources the majority of its heating and cooling from the river’s flow.

Featuring talks, tours, interactive workshops and even family friendly events such as a ‘Baby Rave’, everyone in your family will enjoy a unique experience at The Hepworth.

Photo credit: © Copyright Stephen Bowler

3. Experience the Sensual, Latin Flair of Cuba in Wakefield's Qubana

Situated in the heart of Wakefield, step inside Qubana to experience the juxtaposition of locally sourced ingredients used to perfectly re-create the Latin flair of Cuba with the hearty, honest flavours of Spain.

Qubana Wakefield

The menu has a wide variety of choice, from tapas catering to all preferences, including vegetarian and fish, generous helpings of grilled Yorkshire steak and classic dishes such as enchiladas and jambalaya.

With a selection of classic cocktails and drinks, from mojitos to sangria, as well as the house’s own cocktail creations, Qubana is the perfect night out any day of the week. The first Wednesday of every month even features a live tribute act! If you move to Wakefield, there’s no doubt you’ll be a regular here.

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4. Visit the Medieval Remains of Sandal Castle

A short drive from the city of Wakefield, the ruined, medieval Sandal Castle sits proudly atop a motte, overlooking the Calder Valley.

Built in the early 12th century, the castle survived an attack by Thomas Earl of Lancaster in 1317 and suffered no damage in the Battle of Wakefield in 1460 where the Duke of York was mortally wounded.

Since then, the castle has undergone various renovations and repairs until 1646 when it was stripped of its defences and left to become overgrown. Various excavations have revealed hidden treasures and many can be found in the visitor centre.

Admission is free; why not take a romantic stroll to the top of the motte and admire the Yorkshire countryside? Even dogs are welcome!

Sandal Castle by Dave Pickersgill

Photo Credit: © Copyright Dave Pickersgill

5. Treat the Kids to a Day of Play at Happy Days Play Centre

Happy Days Play Centre is Wakefield’s new indoor soft play centre. Fun for children of all ages, Happy Days features multi-tiered soft play equipment for children up to aged 8, as well as a dedicated sensory area for non-walkers.Happy Days Wakefield

Your kids will be sure to find something they love out of the bright and colourful twin lane, galaxy wavy slide, the magical ball juggler, the swinging ball run and more! Happy Days takes group bookings and throws catered children’s parties, ensuring your child has a special day.

The Play Centre also accommodates adults in a comfortable friendly environment where you can relax and enjoy some food and drinks.

After all the excitement of moving, why not bring the kids down to Happy Days Play Centre to celebrate?

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6. Catch a Show at Theatre Royal

Wakefield Theatre Royal by Tim Green

The Theatre Royal first opened its doors 120 years ago and has been entertaining its customers ever since.

With a variety of different shows available, there is always something for everyone to watch at the Theatre. The extravagant décor adds to the pleasure of your visit, transporting you back to Victorian times.

The Theatre Royal sits in the heart of Wakefield cultural quarter, perfect for you to grab a bite to eat before the show!

When you move to Wakefield, this should definitely be on the to-do list!

Photo Credit: © Copyright Tim Green

7. Appreciate the Beauty of Wakefield Cathedral

Wakefield Cathedral has been around since 1086, although it owes its current late medieval look to a restoration in Victorian times (between 1858 – 1874). The cathedral is still a serving parish church that opens its doors to everyone, whether that be to enjoy the building or to worship God.

The cathedral has many vast halls and beautiful stained glass windows. As well as the highest spire in Yorkshire, standing at 247 feet (75m) tall – a good selling point if we ever need it!

There’s more to the cathedral than meets the eye however, it holds many events and shows for all to enjoy.

Wakefield Cathedral

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8. Get the Adrenaline Rushing at F1 Indoor Karting

Do you think you could take on the most challenging indoor karting track in the country? F1 Indoor Karting has been open over 10 years, constantly updating its track to make it a fast and exciting karting experience for all.F1 Indoor Karting Wakefield

Plus, they have a junior race school for the little ones to get started with, something to keep them distracted for a couple of hours!

F1 also cater for large groups too, so you can take your friends and show them how it’s done after you’ve had a few practice runs.

We’ll be heading there for a team day out soon!
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9. Are You Up for the Challenge at Smokehouse?

Situated right in hustle and bustle of Wakefield town centre, Smokehouse is a real BBQ joint. It offers a variety of choices, from classic burgers to BBQ ribs (as you would expect).

Smokehouse Wakefield

However, the highlight on the menu has to be the ‘Pizza Burger’ or the Burger Challenges. The challenges involve either having to devour 40 ounces of meaty burger patties or attempting the ‘Animal Kingdom’ – an insane stack of meat including 3 cheeseburgers, 3 chicken breasts, 12 ounces of pulled pork and 12 ounces of beef brisket.

With all meats locally sourced, Smokehouse are also doing their bit for Yorkshire farmers.

If you like meat, Smokehouse has to be the place to be – they do offer a ‘Herbivore’ menu for those not into eating meat!

Photo Credit: Smokehouse on Facebook

10. Let Your Senses Discover a New World at Malagor

Malagor in Wakefield

The Malagor restaurant is named after the Thai fruit – papaya. So yes, you guessed it, they serve outstanding fine Thai cuisine. Malagor is owned and run by a traditional Thai family, so the restaurant is centred on family and food!

Malagor pride themselves on serving delicious food without typical additives such as MSG but with fresh, healthy ingredients from the family’s recipe book.

When you move to Wakefield you can go to Malagor and be transported to the serene surroundings of Thailand. And get a bite to eat while you’re at it!
Photo Credit: Malagor on Facebook

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Now we've shown you some of the great attractions in Wakefield, why not have a look if any of our available properties in Wakefield are to your taste?

Photographers Work:

Neil Theasby
Stephen Bowler
Dave Pickersgill
Tim Green


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