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Wakefield enjoys ‘A Grand Day Out’

Children play in a giant sandpit for ‘A Grand Day Out’ in Wakefield

Giant inflatable tentacles took hold of Wakefield Cathedral this weekend as thousands of visitors were entertained at ‘A Grand Day Out’.

A 1935 fire engine was also on display for the first time in decades. It was recently restored to how it looked during the Second World War.  

The event is the first in a series, taking place every weekend in August at a different location in the district, to provide free entertainment to families, and organised by Wakefield Council.

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Restored 1935 fire engine on display at Wakefield’s ‘A Grand Day Out’

Residents, young and old, will get their chance to experience giant inflatables, live music, and workshops such as monster mask making, and traditional sports day activities.

A giant sandpit and beach-themed activities will bring seaside cheer to Castleford, Ossett, Featherstone and South Elmsall.

An incredible dancing digger performance, featuring two show stopping performers, a JCB digger and a driver, will be in Ossett and Featherstone. 

People can get up close to Colony, which will transform the environment into an alien landscape through light and sound.

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Giant inflatable tentacles at Wakefield Cathedral with live music at ‘A Grand Day Out’

“So much fun” in Wakefield

Among the visitors to the opening day, on Saturday 6 August, was Cllr Michael Graham, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport.

He said: “I had so much fun during my Grand Day Out. I was delighted to see our partners get involved too. Karen Wright’s cooking demonstration at The Ridings went down a storm while Trinity Walk’s bubble workshops, as part of their carnival-themed summer activity, attracted large crowds.”

“I’d encourage everyone to go along to one or even all of the Grand Days Out that we have coming up.

“It’s a chance to enjoy a day out with friends and family, close to home, as well as keeping the kids entertained.

“There will be plenty for the kids to do and adults! So start planning your summer adventure now.”

Find out more

A Grand Day Out will take place in the following locations: 

  • 13-14 August, 10am – 4pm    Minsthorpe Recreation Ground, South Elmsall
  • 20-21 August, 10am – 4pm    Knottingley Amphitheatre
  • 20-21 August, 10am – 4pm    Castleford Town Centre
  • 26-27 August, 10am – 4pm    Purston Park, Featherstone
  • 28-29 August, 10am – 4pm    Ossett Town Centre

Find out more at https://expwake.co/GrandDayOut

Photo credit Wakefield Council

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