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The Hepworth Wakefield Summer Fair

Sat 17 - Sun 18 August 2019, 10am - 4pm

The Hepworth Wakefield’s Summer Fair returns this August with something for all the family.

Treat yourself at our craft and food market full of exciting independent makers, join in with outdoor workshops, enjoy some tasty street food, freshly brewed coffee and local ale, and watch dance and music performances, from artists and groups based in Wakefield and the region.

£1 suggested donation for entry into the Craft and Food Market.

What's On

Bodys presents: Live from The Hepworth Wakefield

Saturday 17 August, 12pm - 3.30pm

Bodys is a new gig promoter in Wakefield run by Emily, who this year will be curating the music on the Saturday of our fair.

Tercelvoice at 12pm
“A  wholesome and thought-provoking lyrical and vocal style. Tercelvoice sees simple instrumentation conjuring an emotional landscape.” We Are Hurd

Tiny Lovers at 1.15pm
Having spent recent years playing across the UK as part of synth-pop band To The Cosmos, Tiny Lovers takes songwriters Tim and Nicola Arber back to softer roots, blending close vocal harmonies in heartfelt songs.

Alessi’s Ark at 2.30pm
Alessi’s Ark is a name and cinematic voice that has built upon years of experimentation, travel, resilience and triumph.

Sonic Cradle: Lullaby Booth

Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 August, 11am – 1pm & 2 – 4pm

Join musicians Supriya Nagarajan and Duncan Campbell to experience a sense of calm and peace in exploring over 600 lullabies collected by from people across the world.

You are invited to listen and relax, or even generously contribute a lullaby to add to their collection. Sonic Cradle is a Manasamitra project, a Yorkshire based arts organisation delivering a range of South Asian arts and cultural experiences in traditional and innovative ways, locating Indian forms, aesthetics and ideas within a contemporary British context.

A Hurricane in my Head: Poems for when your Phone Dies

Sun 18 Aug, 2 - 3pm

Wakefield-born and nationally acclaimed poet, educator, activist and performer Matt Abbott presents his début poems for children, which explore identity, playful rebellion, societal stereotypes, technology, friendship and the struggles of modern life.

A Hurricane in my Head is published by Bloomsbury Education and available to purchase here or from Matt on the day. The Summer Fair marks the Wakefield launch of the book, and Matt will be available to sign copies after the performance.The target age range for this collection is 11-14 years, but the poems are suitable for all ages.

Alongside touring theatres across the UK, Matt is an ambassador for Eureka! The National Children’s Museum and has delivered poetry sessions at The Hepworth Wakefield since 2013.

Wakefield Community Gospel Choir

Sun 18 Aug, 12 - 12.45pm.

Join us on Sunday 18 August to enjoy a mixture of soul-pop and gospel in The Hepworth Wakefield Garden.

Wakefield Community Gospel Choir is made up of members of the public from West Yorkshire with musical director Rachel Bradley leading the way.

The choir’s repertoire is varied and unexpected –ranging from upbeat pop and soul, blended with examples of classic gospel. WCGC is a choir that draws on the tradition of gospel singing but produces music that is contemporary and relevant to modern day tastes.

The Red Shed Players: Peterloo

Sun 18 Aug, 1 - 1.30pm

200 years ago people were slaughtered in Manchester as they peacefully demonstrated for democracy and against poverty. Peterloo is the first part of The Red Shed Players’ latest sell out show that tells the story through songs, poetry and eye-witness accounts. Join the group for a taster of their show, featuring video footage.


Based at The Red Shed Wakefield, aka Wakefield Labour Club, for 25 years, The Red Shed Players bring together a quirky blend of agitprop, biting satire, surreal imagery, video, music, philosophy and a few carefully hidden jokes.

Spectrum People

Sun 18 Aug, 11 -11.30am

Enjoy poetry in The Hepworth Wakefield Garden from service users at Spectrum people.

Spectrum Community Health CIC is a social enterprise that delivers a range of community and offender healthcare services on behalf of the NHS.

Family Activities

Sensory Play

Sat 17 - Sun 18 Aug, 11am – 4pm, FREE

Play and get messy with materials and textures inspired by artworks in Yorkshire Sculpture International in the garden. For ages 0-10 years.

Face Painting

Sat 17 & Sun 18, 11am - 3pm, £3 per child.

Get in the summer mood with fun face painting from Donna’s face painting all weekend in the Picnic area.

Craft & Food Market Stallholders

Garden Tours

Take an exclusive tour of first phase of The Hepworth Wakefield Garden with our Cultural Gardener Katy Merrington.

Katy will be giving a brief introduction to Tom Stuart-Smith’s design for the garden, her role at the gallery and how the garden is expected to develop over the coming years.

Tours will run at 11.30am, 1.30 & 3pm across both days. Sign up at the welcome desk on your arrival to the gallery.

Street Food

Feeling peckish? Enjoy tasty street food from Madame Crêpe, Ruby’s Street Kitchen and Toast of Harrogate.