Wakefield events bring planet Earth to life

Family-fun events are coming back for another orbit around Wakefield city centre this weekend bringing the magic of our planet to colourful life.

The latest brilliant instalment of Wakefield Council’s Festival of the Earth is called the Earth Spectacular, which takes place on Sunday 5 September.

There will be interactive workshops and live entertainment from 12noon to 7pm plus an environment-themed parade travelling on foot.

Animals and creatures from around the world will be represented as inflatables, costumed performers and giant puppets.

They will take a short route around key sites in Wakefield city centre at 3pm and 7pm.

The parade will last about 30 minutes and residents and visitors will be able to watch and engage from several safe vantage points.

It will being energy, colour and excitement to the city centre, especially for children, making Wakefield a great place for a family day out.

And even though the hugely popular Gaia exhibition at Wakefield Cathedral has now ended, there is still plenty of other things to see and do across the city.

There is, for example, a last chance to see the stunning Fire and Ice sound and light installation at WX (the former market hall) from 10am to 8pm on Sunday 5 September.

Michael Graham smiling
Cllr Michael Graham

Cllr Michael Graham, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “Sunday promises to bring exotic sights from across the world that’ll make a memorable day out for all the family.

“We are supporting town and city centres with events and activities throughout the year that make them vibrant and attractive places to visit.”

Sunday’s theme chimes with the festival’s message encouraging residents to work with the Council by making positive environmental changes in their daily lives.

The Council, which is also bidding for Wakefield to become City of Culture in 2025, aims to be a carbon-neutral organisation by the end of the decade.

Local communities can learn at the festival about how they can make a difference to climate change and in fun and exciting ways.

Cllr Graham added: “It’s an innovative way to support residents with the changes we’re all going to have to think about in order to tackle climate change.

“Wakefield is also a great place, so come down on Sunday to join in the fun and see all the wonderful things the city has to offer. We’d love to see you there.”

Visitors to Sunday’s Earth Spectacular event can share their experiences on social media using #EarthFestWFD.

They can also use #Wakefield2025 to support the district’s bid to become City of Culture in 2025. For more information about the festival, please visit https://experiencewakefield.co.uk/guide/festivaloftheearth/.