10 of the Best: Things to do in Wakefield this week

Here's our pick of the 10 best things to do around the Wakefield district this week.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 23rd June 2017, 1:08 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:43 am

Theatre Royal, Wakefield, Drury Lane, Wednesday, June 28.

Hotter, sexier, funnier than ever, the country’s number one touring cabaret show The Lady Boys of Bangkok returns to the UK with a lavish new production Who Runs the World!

Elections and referendums may come and go but in the stakes for the best party night out in town there’s no doubt where the popular vote goes.

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Who Runs the World! is not a political question, it’s a positive celebration performed by 16 of Thailand’s most alluring and stunning Lady Boys. Escape the drab greyness of everyday life and luxuriate in a colourful euphoric bubble of laughter, beauty, glitz and music.

With more songs and big-scale musical production numbers than you could pout a painted lip at, the Lady Boys pay tribute to a host of stars ranging from Beyonce, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Fifth Harmony to Gloria Gaynor, Boy George, Pitbull, Tom Jones and Queen Latifah. The party like no other party with girls like no other girls – a night like no other night!

Tickets: Tel. 01924 211 311, in person at the box office on Westgate, www.theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk

2 Stiff Little Fingers

Warehouse 23, 23 Smyth Street, Wakefield, Thursday, June 29.

After many studio albums and countless tours, Stiff Little Fingers find themselves more in demand than ever. Special Guests Ferocious Dog. Doors Open at 7pm Advanced Ticket Price: £20 Age Restriction: 14+

Tickets: Hellraiser Records (Wakefield). Crash Records and Jumbo Records (Leeds) online at: www.seetickets.com www.eventim.co.uk Tel 0844 249 1000.

3Half a Sixpence

Ossett Town Hall, Saturday June 24.

A musical comedy based on the novel Kipps by H G Wells. Arthur Kipps, an orphan, lives and works with other apprentices for the draper, Mr Shalford until his fortunes begin to change... Show starts at 2pm (matinee), 7.15pm (evening)

Tickets: Tel 07927 685010.

4 Horbury Show

Carr Lodge Park, New Street, Horbury, Sunday, June 25.

The 21st Horbury Show. Includes Battle of Britain flypast, family circus workshop, dog show, classic cars and many other attractions. 11am -4.30pm,

Admission: Free

5 Micky Flanagan

First Direct Arena Leeds, Friday, June 23.

One of UK Comedy’s biggest names, Micky Flanagan has added a new date at the First Direct Arena to his ‘An’ Another Fing…’ tour due to phenomenal demand. Recently Micky sent records a-tumbling with a record-breaking weekend of ticket sales during the opening run of his huge UK Tour shattering records for seated arena shows. A truly remarkable achievement. This tour follows his record-breaking Back In The Game tour of 2013 which took in an incredible 129 shows - making it the biggest comedy tour in the world that year - having sold an unbelievable 500,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland alone.

Tickets: Tel 0844 248 1585, www.firstdirectarena.com

6 And Finally...Phil Collins

Theatre Royal Wakefield, Drury Lane, Sunday, June 25

And Finally… Phil Collins are recognised throughout the industry as the definitive Phil Collins & Genesis tribute show. Now, celebrating their 10th anniversary year, this truly amazing eleven piece band, which includes the And Finally Horns, faithfully re-create all the classic hits from the Phil Collins and Genesis timeless back catalogue. In 2017 they present a brand-new show enhanced by new lighting, stage sets and world class musicians to get even closer to that immense Phil Collins production, ensuring an exciting spectacle is totally guaranteed.

Tickets: Tel. 01924 211 311. At the Box Office on Westgate (inside the main entrance) www.theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk

7 Wakefield Festival of Beeer

Unity Works, Friday Ju ne 23 and Saturday, June 24

Following the success of last year’s event organisers have expanded and are taking over more rooms in Unity Hall, providing a wider range of street food, hosting more bands and most importantly curating an even larger and more diverse range of beer and cider.

Being served up will be perfectly chilled cask and craft keg beers, particularly focusing on the best of Wakefield’s local breweries. But there’ll be something for everyone with a large selection of fruit beers, the best of imported lagers, bottled beers and ciders and even a little wine and prosecco.

Public sessions are held on Friday from 5pm-11pm and Saturday from noon-4pm and 5pm-11pm.

Tickets: www.unityworks.co.uk

8 Proms in the Park

Pontefract Castle, Saturday, June 24. Gates open 5.30pm, 7.30pm start.

Now in its sixth year the

spectacular Proms in the Castle promises a night to remember.

Bring a picnic, find a spot for

your blanket and enjoy an

evening of beautiful classical

music from the West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra.

Advance Tickets: £6 adults, £4 children. On the gate: £8 adults, £6 children. www.pontefractcastle.co.uk

9 Nature walks

Walton Colliery Nature Park

Whether it’s a thrilling bike ride, adventurous horse ride or a relaxing stroll you’re after you’ll find Walton Colliery Nature Park the perfect place to be this weekend.

Follow the Trans Pennine Trail north from Haw Park Wood and you’ll come across this former colliery site with its ponds, grassland, wildlife and a good path network.

Look out for the information boards throughout the park to learn more about the area and wildlife that call it home.

The Trans Pennine Trail and the National Cycle Route 67 cross through the park.

Car parking is available at the Shay Lane entrance with limited parking at the Oakenshaw Viaduct entrance.

Free admission.

10 Haroon Mirza in conversation with Dr Suchitra Sebastian.

The Hepworth Wakefield, Saturday, June 24, 3pm-4.15pm

Award-winning artist Haroon Miza, whose installations have stunned visitors tot he gallery, has invited special guest speakersDr Suchitra Sebastian, Lecturer in Physics at the Maxwell Centre and Director of the Cavendish Arts-Science Project, University of Cambridge; and Jack Jelfs, artist, collaborator and physics graduate to explore exciting themes around the sun, physics and art.