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National Playday

Wed 7 Aug, drop-in 11am – 4pm

Suitable for all ages

FREE for Members, Wakefield District residents and under 18s

Book exhibition ticket(s)

Celebrate National Playday at The Hepworth Wakefield!

Join in fun creative activities for all ages in the galleries, learning studios and garden.

Drop-in 11am – 4pm
FREE for everyone

Sensory Play  
Play and explore with materials and textures inspired by water and flow linked to Barbara Hepworth’s artworks.

Garden Play
Stack, build, experiment, draw and imagine with your family in the open air.

What’s in our Garden?
Pick up an activity sketchbook to discover the birds, mini-beasts and plants in our garden.

Drop-in 11am – 4pm
FREE with an exhibition ticket

Sculpture Port
After you’ve explored our garden visit the learning studios to step into a large map of the garden and start drawing!

Drop-in 11am – 4pm
FREE with an exhibition ticket

Art Pod
Join us at the Art Pod to make your own artwork inspired by what you see.

Explore & Draw
Borrow looking tools, handling objects and drawing materials to explore the galleries.


If it’s a rainy day, we will have plenty of activities indoors or you can pick up an Explore & draw kit from the welcome desk. Our indoor picnic area will be open with plenty of space to eat a packed lunch in the dry.

Activities in the galleries are free with an exhibition ticket.

Entry is FREE for Wakefield District residents, members and under 18s. Non-Wakefield families can get 50% off adult tickets when visiting with children during the Wakefield school holidays.


Playday welcomes children of all ages. Children must be accompanied at all times. Remember to dress suitably for all weather conditions!


Our café serves a special menu for children or bring a packed lunch to enjoy in our indoor picnic area or out in the garden. The Garden Café will be open serving hot and cold drinks, toasted sandwiches, cakes and ice cream.


The Hepworth Wakefield is accessible, has baby changing facilities and plenty of room for buggies and pushchairs. For further access information can be found here.

For more information about our family programme please call 01924 247398 or email learning@hepworthwakefield.org.

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