Find out what’s on across the Wakefield district this weekend

The Pontefract liquorice festival, an open farm day in Hemsworth and a Castleford Heritage event are just a few of the activities going on across the Wakefield district this weekend. See below for a full round-up.

By Gemma Jimmison
Friday, 11th July 2014, 9:00 am
14th July 2013.
Pontefract Liquorice Festival.
Pictured Lucy Liquorice at the festival PONT1407137GBI
14th July 2013. Pontefract Liquorice Festival. Pictured Lucy Liquorice at the festival PONT1407137GBI


- Outwood Community Choir will perform an evening of music from all styles and eras at Outwood Parish Church. The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £2, for charity.

- The Only Way is Essex star, Joey Essex, will meet fans at Ossett Town Hall from 7.30pm.

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- Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy’s rural science unit will be hosting an open farm day from 10am to noon with a farm quiz, tree planting, animals, plant sales and refreshments. For more information, call 01977 624220.

- Castleford Heritage Trust will hold tours as part of an open day at the Queen’s Mill, formerly known as Allinson’s Mill, between 10am and 3pm. There will be craft stalls, art and flower displays and the chance to see the huge water wheel. Visit for details.

- A parade, led by the Corps of Drums of The Yorkshire Volunteers will take place from Ackworth Village Club to Bell Lane School at 1.15pm. Activities including a display of memorabilia, uniforms and equipment, period games and songs, art reflecting the great war and stalls. It will take place at the school from 12.30pm until 4pm.

- Former pupils and staff from Carleton Community High School will come together for a special concert to mark the school’s 50th anniversary. The school, formerly Pontefract Boys’ Secondary Modern, will hold the concert at 7.30pm.

- Face painting, a hog roast, stalls and fairground rides will be part of a free funday in Pontefract to raise funds for the Supporters of Families and Babies (SOFAB) charity. It is at The Grange in Carleton from noon to 4pm. The group supports families of premature or poorly babies. Visit for more information.

- Knottingley’s annual carnival and fun day will return with a parade through the town followed by activities and stalls on the playing fields behind Knottingley Sports Centre. The parade will leave Doncaster Road in Ferrybridge at 12.30pm arriving at the sports centre at around 2pm. There will also be a gun dogs and classic cars display.

- Visit a fish farm and meet the animals at the Able Project, Calder Vale Road, Wakefield, from 11am on Saturday. Browse the thrift and craft shops, have a go on the bouncy castle and enjoy a cream tea.

-Dragon boats will cut through the water at Pugneys for a charity race. The annual event, off Denby Dale Road, has been organised by Wakefield Chantry and Huddersfield Rotary clubs. Racing gets underway at 10.30am and the final is expected to be around 4pm.

- Netherton Village Gala will take place from 1pm until 4pm. The event will feature stalls, live music and performances, and games at the school field and Netherton Sports and Social Club.

- St Peter’s Church in Stanley will hold a Last Night of the Proms and World War One event. Families can take a picnic from 4pm with music starting at 6pm.

- The Only Way is Essex star Danielle Armstrong will be putting in a guest appearance at the Ridings Style Saturday event this weekend.

She will be signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans from 11am to 3pm.

- The brightest fundraiser will see participants splattered with paint as they race their way through a 3k fun run at Thornes Park on Saturday, July 12. The event, at 11am, will raise funds for Wakefield Hospice.

- There will be performances from line dancers, cheerleaders and orchestras, a mini funfair, donkey rides, games and activities at Ossett Gala in the town precinct from 10am until 4pm.

- X-Factor stars Sam Callaghan and Carolynne Poole and The Voice stars Joe Keegan and Georgia Harrup will sing to the crowds at the Party @Haw Hill Park 5.30pm to 10pm. The Voice 2014 stars. Against Habit, Geoff Mull, X0X0, Supanova and The Sweets will perform, Bruvvas Blue will host the event and there will also be fairground rides and refreshments.


- The annual liqourice festival will have more than 80 stalls, an appearance from Lucy Liquorice, family workshops and street entertainment running between 10am to 4pm.

- Sesku Academy in South Kirkby is hosting a community gala with stalls, fairground rides and attractions as well as performances by majorettes, professional singers, a drum workshop and a magician. The event - at Burntwood Community Centre from 11am until 5pm - is raising cash to send youngster Kane Smith, who has been diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, to Disney World. Entry costs £1 for adults and 50p for children.

- Wrenthorpe Environmental Society will host its annual family camera scavenger hunt, setting off from Wrenthorpe Village Hall from 2pm until 4pm.

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