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The Hepworth Wakefield Wellness Fair

Sat 28 Sept 2019, 10am - 4pm

A new fair for 2019, celebrating all things health and wellbeing

Join us in The Hepworth Wakefield Garden for a day of creative, physical and horticultural activities, talks, tours, performances and market stalls from a range of organisations engaged in nature, the environment and wellbeing.

Take part in yoga, Pilates, barre and mindfulness sessions, treat yourself or a friend to products good for our health and home, enjoy some nutritious food, join us for guided nature walks, tours of The Hepworth Wakefield Garden and find out more information about local activities and groups. Families can get creative with free, drop-in activities.

Talks and Performances

Dream Time Creative

Sat 28 Sept, 10 - 11am, FREE, drop-in

Join Dream Time Creative to find out about their work improving womens’ mental health through creative projects. You are invited to take part in a mixed media workshop and create your own plaque to honour a woman in your life, inspired by Dream Time Creative’s ongoing project Forgotten Women of Wakefield.

Poetry from Spectrum People

Sat 28 Sept, 11 - 11.30am, FREE, drop-in

Enjoy poetry, song writing and spoken word from service users at Spectrum People, a social enterprise that delivers a range of community healthcare services on behalf of the NHS.

Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature

Sat 28 Sept, 12 - 12.30pm, FREE, drop-in

Dr Anna Jorgensen, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield and a member of Natural England’s Outdoors for All Advisory group, introduces Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature (IWUN), a three year research project exploring how the natural environment can improve the health & wellbeing of city residents. Their recent events include the festival Feeling Good in a Green City.

Dr Ruth Cammish

Sat 28 Sept, 12.30 - 1pm, FREE, drop-in

Dr Ruth Cammish is a GP in Manchester with an interest in lifestyle medicine and gut health. Her own experiences of severe eczema have lead her to become curious about the emerging sceince behind being good to your gut. Join her to learn about what gut health is, how it can benefit your health and what you can do to start your gut health journey.

Wakefield Mental Health Museum and Stitched Up Theatre

Sat 28 Sept, 1 - 2pm, FREE, drop-in

The Wakefield Mental Health Museum houses a unique collection of mental health related objects spanning the history of health care from the early 19th century through to the present day. Find out about the museum’s fascinating exhibits and their recent collaboration with Stitched-up Theatre on an experimental opera/theatre piece inspired by the true story of Mary Frances Heaton. Take part in a stitching workshop inspired by Mary’s story.

Kevin Trickett MBE: Health and Happiness

Sat 28 Sept, 2 - 2.45pm, FREE, booking required

Reflect on your lifestyle, hobbies and interests in this visual presentation led by President of Wakefield Civic Society and Chair of YHACS Kevin Trickett MBE. There is a surprising degree of overlap between health and happiness when it comes to our overall wellbeing: what makes us healthy will often make us happy, and being in a happy frame of mind will often have a beneficial effect on our health. Kevin will help us think about what we can achieve and put various considerations into perspective.

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Ralph Dartford: Recovery Songs

Sat 28 Sept, 3 - 3.45pm, FREE, booking required

Recovery Songs is a cycle of narrative poems that focuses on the fall and rise of the human condition. These are stories of love, abandonment, abuse, addiction, loss, and by the end, a redemption earned. Unflinching and funny at times, this collection takes its reader through a life lived in the margins, and asks: how do we recover when everything appears lost?

Ralph Dartford hails from Basildon in Essex, and now lives in Wakefield, having got there via Australia, Barcelona and Los Angeles. He was the founding member of influential spoken word collective ‘A Firm of Poets’, and his first collection of poetry, Cigarettes, Beer and Love was published by Ossett Observer Presents in 2013. Recovery Songs is touring nationally and will be published by Valley Press in October 2019.

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Walks and Tours

The Hepworth Wakefield Garden Tour

Sat 28 Sept, 10 - 10.30am and 3 - 3.30pm. FREE, sign-up on the day

Take an exclusive tour of the 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.


Chantry and Calder Soundwalk

Sat 28 Sept, 10.30 - 11am and 1.30 - 2pm, FREE, sign-up on the day

Experience a geolocated soundscape that invites you to pause, reflect upon and explore the surroundings of Wakefield’s 14th-Century Chantry Chapel. Led by Abi Bliss and David Badger of Love Without Sound, originally commissioned by Index Festival.

Please bring your smartphone and a pair of headphones, and if possible download the app ‘ECHOES‘ onto your smartphone for the session.

Wakefield's Waterfront

Sat 28 Sept, 11am - 12pm and 2 - 3pm, FREE, sign-up on the day

Join Wakefield Historical Society for a guide to the historic remains of the waterfront, reflect on changes to the environment since the days of pollution and slum clearance, and find out more about the work of women in the area.

Appletree Trail

Sat 28 Sept, 12 - 1pm, FREE, sign-up on the day

Join Spectrum People to hear more about what they do along a walking tour to Appletree Allotments and Community Garden, an outdoor community resource where people of all ages and from all walks of life, get together to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Mindful Movers Walk

Sat 28 Sept, 3 - 4pm, FREE, sign-up on the day

Safe, supportive and inclusive exercise group Mindful Movers lead a round-walk to Thornes, suitable for all abilities.

Mindful Movers was created following a collaborative 0-5km beginners running course delivered by NHS Wakefield Recovery College and Comets ,a volunteer led group promoting and delivering runs, buggy walks and cycle rides for local women. Their aim is to wanted to offer a progression route for those completing this course as while being open to anyone in the area who would find exercise beneficial for their mental health.

Yoga, Pilates and Meditation sessions

Wakefield based Pilates studio North Star Pilates have programmed a range of Pilates, yoga, barre and meditation sessions in our garden and auditorium in partnership with other local organisations and practitioners.

All sessions are £5. There will be some mats available but we recommend that you bring your own mat if you are able to.

All sessions can be booked online or through our welcome desk.

Breathe, Stretch, Relax by North Star Pilates

Sat 28 Sept, 10 - 10.45am, £5, booking required.

This class is for you if your body feels stiff, tight, achey and fatigued, or you need some time to de-stress and relax your body and mind after a busy week.

After initially connecting you to your breath and assisting the body and mind to let go, you will be guided through some gentle movements to warm your body up before we take you deeper into stretches. Flex bands and balls will assist your muscles and connective tissue to stretch and release from head to toe. You will finish with some time in relaxation so you can fully let go.

Tickets available at The Hepworth Wakefield Welcome Desk

Yin Yoga by Sanctuary Health & Wellbeing

Sat 28 Sept, 11 - 11.45am, £5, booking required

Yin Yoga is a deep practice that encourages the body to relax rather than engage. Yin is a perspective shift, it is as much a mental practice as it is a physical practice, moving inwardly to find a balanced state of peace. In this practice you will focus on releasing the connective tissue ‘fascia’ to create range of motion in our joints and muscles by targeting ligaments, bones and joints. Yin generally targets the hips, lower back and legs. Yin Yoga is the perfect counter to the fiery Yang practice of Ashtanga or Vinyasa.

Tickets available at The Hepworth Wakefield Welcome Desk

Mat Pilates by North Star Pilates

Sat 28 Sept, 12 - 12.45pm, £5, booking required

A series of exercises originally created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s to help you to understand your body and how it moves. With regular practice, Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body, placing emphasis on alignment, breathing and developing a strong core that supports the body. It also improves coordination and balance. In this class you will flow from one exercise to another in a traditional sequence, moving the body through a range of movements.

Tickets available at The Hepworth Wakefield Welcome Desk

Kundalini Yoga by Jo Stevenson

Sat 28 Sept, 1- 1.45pm, £5, booking required

Kundalini (*as taught by Yogi Bhajan) is a practical yoga that will bring you back to your true self. A self that is radiant, graceful and balanced; able to meet life’s challenges from a point of clarity and calm.

Each class incorporates physical exercises, dynamic breathing, mantra and meditation. A work out for your whole self; body, mind and soul.

Tickets available at The Hepworth Wakefield Welcome Desk

Barre by North Star Pilates

Sat 28 Sept, 1- 1.45pm, £5, booking required

Barre blends Yoga, Pilates, Dance and Ballet movements into one class, which is predominantly done standing. This will be a fun and challenging workout that may make you shake and feel the burn and embrace your inner ballerina! Great for legs, buttocks, arms and core.

Tickets available at The Hepworth Wakefield Welcome Desk

Move on the Oov by Evolve Pilates

Sat 28 Sept, 2 - 2.45pm, £5, booking required

In this class you will be using a piece of equipment called the Oov, which activates core stabilizing muscles while also gently extending the spine to improve the health of the intervertebral discs. From stretching to core strengthening to rehabilitation, the Oov offers significant benefits. Its highly durable foam complements the spine’s natural curves.

Tickets available at The Hepworth Wakefield Welcome Desk

Pranyama + Meditation by Jo Stevenson

Sat 28 Sept, 2 - 2.45pm, £5, booking required

In this class, you will focus on the relationship between our breath and mind and how it can teach us to control the movement of our minds. The more we become aware of our breath, the more we are able to calm the mind and meditate, not eliminating thoughts but bringing awareness to them.

Tickets available at The Hepworth Wakefield Welcome Desk

Back Care Pilates by North Star Pilates

Sat 28 Sept, 3 - 3.45pm, £5, booking required

Pilates is recommended by Doctors, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors for the management of back and joint pain. If you are a little nervous about joining a standard Pilates class, this session will be a slow and gentle introduction. If you are keen to learn how to keep your spine healthy and mobile for years to come, or suffer with back or joint pain, then this is perfect for you.

Tickets available at The Hepworth Wakefield Welcome Desk

Hatha Yoga by Sanctuary Health & Wellbeing

Sat 28 Sept, 3 - 3.45pm, £5, booking required

Bring peace to the mind and body with this traditional yoga practice. The class consists of asanas (postures) & pranayama (breathing exercises), and will be a great stress reliever and improves strength and stamina.

Tickets available at The Hepworth Wakefield Welcome Desk


Family Activities

Garden Explorers

Sat 28 Sept, 11am - 4pm, FREE

Get creative and explore the plants and flowers in our garden. For ages 2-12.

SEND Sessions

Sat 28 Sept, 10am-1pm FREE, booking required

Explore the gallery at your own pace in these creative and sensory sessions. Take in the views, sounds, artworks and spaces of the gallery and visit the learning studios to make, create and play with your family.

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Sensory Play

Sat 28 Sept, 11am - 4pm, FREE, drop-in.

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

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