Luke Jerram Credit Helen Lisk

Wakefield is buzzing with culture this February!

Here are just a few of the highlights…..

 

Open Mic Night – Women ONLY

Wed 1st Feb, 7pm, Customs House

Women’s Voices Ring Out event hosted by the Well Women Center.

The Empty Nesters’ Club
Wed 1st – Sat 4th Feb, Theatre Royal Wakefield

Club artwork 2017

Written & directed by John Godber

Join Vicky Barret for the inaugural meeting of The Empty Nesters’ Club. If your children have left home and the nest is empty, this is the group for you!

Vicky will share her story of empty bedrooms, fresher’s flu, boyfriends, long goodbyes, motorway service stations and trips to Ikea; and how she fought back to be the woman she is today: exhausted!

Derek Nash

Fri 3rd Feb, Wakefield Jazz

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Wakefield Jazz surges into February with Jools Holland’s alto sax player Derek Nash and his all-star Acoustic Band.

Sat 4th Feb, 7.30pm, Unity Works

Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip

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Coffee, cake and conservation

Thurs 9th Feb, 10 – 11.30am, Nostell

Ever wondered what happens when the house doors close for winter? See what the conservation team get up to, to look after this special place and have a go at some conservation techniques yourself.

Seamus Blake

Fri 10th Feb, Wakefield Jazz

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We are particularly proud to present the world class American Seamus Blake with his Hammond Organ trio. This is an Orpheus Project presentation by NorVol Jazz and Apollo Jazz.  He comes from New York to play almost exclusively Northern Clubs (though London has also grabbed him).  The BBC will record one of his gigs.

Sat 11th Feb, 10pm, Unity Works

Mike Skinner DJ Set

February half-term @ Nostell

Mon 13th – Fri 17th Feb, 11am – 3pm, Nostell

As nature starts to wake up, join us for family fun from making bird feeders, scrapbooks, playing games, crafts etc. Find out more. 

Dennis Rollins

Fri 17th Feb, Wakefield Jazz

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We present a quartet featuring Doncaster-born Dennis Rollins. This National figure is with a band of established London players.

Sat 18th Feb 7.30pm, Unity Works

Midge Ure

Sing! Dance! Act!
Performance Academy Pontefract Showcase
Friday 24 & Saturday 25 February

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A chance to see some of the most talented young performers in West Yorkshire as Theatre Royal Performance Academy Pontefract hits the stage for their annual showcase.

The Family Band

Fri 24th Feb, Wakefield Jazz

Wakefield Jazz brings a band formed in Leeds together again after 2 members moved to London. The Family Band plays high energy music inspired by the work of Ornette Coleman.  This gig is subsidised by Jazz North.

Sat 25th Feb, 9pm Unity Works

This Is The Eighties with Terry Hall

 

Coming soon!

Gala Dinner & Variety Performance
Thurs 2nd March

Theatre Royal Wakefield’s Gala Dinner & Variety Performance returns for another year and tickets are selling fast. Unity Hall hosts a champagne reception and a mouth-watering three course dinner, as well as the chance to win a number of unique auction lots. After the Variety Performance, guests will return to meet the stars of the show at the post-show party. Find out more.

 

Harrison’s Garden

Luke Jerram Credit Helen Lisk

(Image: ‘Harrison’s Garden’ by Luke Jerram. Photo by Helen Lisk.)

Saturday 25 March – Sunday 9 July

Nostell looks after a very special longcase clock made by local born inventor, John Harrison. In 2017, this handcrafted masterpiece is 300 years old and to celebrate, we’re hosting a contemporary art installation of 2,000 ticking clocks by world renowned artist Luke Jerram. Find out more.