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The Hepworth Wakefield Summer Fair

Sat 18 - Sun 19 August 2018, 10am - 5pm

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, music, storytelling and pop-up performances from artists and groups based in Wakefield and the region.

Suggested £1 donation on entry to the Craft and Food Market. (FREE to Members and Under 16s)

What's On at the Summer Fair

Performance Tent

11am - 4pm, FREE

A free programme of music, spoken word, dance and participatory activities from professional, community and youth acts based across the region.

The programme includes performances by Yew Tree Youth Theatre, CoActive Arts and Wakefield Youth Music Theatre plus curated slots from Out-There Sounds For All the Famliy, Long Division and Hepwords – Ralph Dartford.

See below for performance times.

Craft and Food Market

10am - 5pm, Suggested £1 donation / FREE to Members and Under 16s

Our popular craft and food market returns with a high quality selection of items from independent makers based across Yorkshire and further afield. Expect jewellery, ceramics, print, plants, textiles, sweet treats, craft drinks and more.

Suggested £1 donation on entry to the Craft and Food Market. (FREE to Members and Under 16s)

Free Family Drop-In Workshops

11am - 4pm, FREE

Create giant surreal landscapes in the garden using a range of materials and unusual objects! Drop-in at any time, no need to book.

Street Food Market

11am - 4pm

Take time out in our cafe tent and outdoor seating with delicious street food from Frizza, Ruby’s Street Kitchen and Madame Crêpe.

The Hepworth Cafe will also be popping-up outside, serving cakes along with hot, cold and alcoholic drinks.


Performance Schedule

Sat 18 August

10.30 – 11am / 1 – 1.30pm: Yew Tree Youth Theatre – Family-friendly pop-up performances by young people based in Wakefield.

11.10 – 11.40am: Wakefield Youth Music Theatre perform songs from their forthcoming production Les Misérables School Edition at Theatre Royal Wakefield.

12 – 1pm: Horbury Victoria Brass Band – A seasonal selection from Horbury’s popular band, established in 1868.

2 – 4pm: Long Division – A selection of exciting local musicians curated by Wakefield’s Long Division festival, featuring:

Mi Mye – A lush collection of snapshots from the North of Scotland where principal songwriter and lyricist Jamie Lockhart grew up, and Wakefield the place he now calls home.
Maya Kally – Passionate singer-songwriter and composer with a Jazz influence.
Loux – Electro pop three-piece band from Leeds blending energetic and subtle effects-laden guitars with minimal, gritty drum rhythms and hypnotic vocals.

Sun 19 August

11am – 12pm: Co-active Arts – Interactive sculptural performance from Wakefield-based disability arts group, previously performed at the Beyond festival in Leeds. (Find CoActive in the Sunken Garden)

12 – 2pm: Out There Sounds for All The Family – A programme of weird and wonderful music for all ages including:

Kuunatic (Japan) – A special set as part of their UK tour from tribal/oriental dreamy psych band integrating traditional Japanese music with Latin music, progressive rock, psychedelic rock and dub.
Ichi – Japanese artist, inventor and widely played cult hit musician combining handmade instrument inventions with steel-drum, ping-pong balls, tape-loops & more.
Keith Burton – Wakefield-based masked surrealist musician. Includes opportunities for children to join in with instruments.

2.30 – 3.30pm: HepWords – A programme of spoken word curated by Wakefield-based poet Ralph Dartford of A Firm of Poets and Unity Words, featuring:

Jodie Daber – Playful and surreal poetry from a graduate of Huddersfield’s Creative Writing course.
Ruth Odudu – Electrifying poems from one of the region’s most highly regarded performers.
Lydia Towsey – Poetry from Author of The Venus Papers, previously commissioned by The Guardian and Royal Albert Hall amongst others.
Ralph Dartford – Upbeat writing from performer of the highly acclaimed solo show Recovery Songs, currently touring nationally.