To commemorate the launch of Our Year – Wakefield District 2024, Wakefield Council is set to host a 24 in 24 celebration, featuring a series of 24 events occurring throughout a bustling day aimed at bringing communities together.

Scheduled for Saturday, 13th January 2024, in every corner of the Wakefield district, 24 in 24 offers a preview of what’s in store during Our Year’s 366-day program of activities. The day will showcase 24 complimentary events, spanning walks, exhibitions, and interactive workshops, culminating in a special headline event at Wakefield Cathedral.

In collaboration with the National Coal Mining Museum, Ossett Brewery, Neon Workshops, Whitwood Golf Course, and Idea to Adorn in Knottingley, these events encompass a diverse range of activities catering to all interests and age groups. They provide residents with an opportunity to immerse themselves in something extraordinary and try their hand at new experiences.

The lineup includes an art workshop led by local artist Holly Greenwood at Pontefract Castle, an introduction to coffee roasting at Castleford Queens Mill, craft workshops at The Inscribery, and an Open Learning Disability Rugby League session at Featherstone Rovers. Additionally, there will be tours and demonstrations at The Hepworth Wakefield and Grow Wakefield, as well as walks guided by Horbury’s Walking Fit, a Zumba class in Thornes, and a tour of Sandal Castle.

As plans are revealed for 24 in 24, Cllr Michelle Collins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council, said: “Ahead of our yearlong celebration of creativity, we’re getting the party started with not one but 24 exciting events, with something for everyone to enjoy. This is a celebration of everything Our Year is about, encompassing our spirit, heritage, art and people.

“Our ultimate aim for Our Year is for people to be amazed, inspired and create memories which will last for years to come. 2024 is our time to shine and we encourage everyone to check out the full lists of events and come along to join us on January 13th for the start of this exciting journey.”

Our Year – Wakefield District 2024 is a year-long program featuring breathtaking spectacles, unique festivals, major events, and community-led activities celebrating all aspects of the Wakefield district, from art, heritage, sport, and music to food and drink.

It aims to serve as a catalyst for inward investment, a boost to the visitor economy, and, importantly, an opportunity for Wakefield’s residents to engage with the region’s distinctive culture and appreciate the positive role creativity plays in their community.

A comprehensive list of the 24 in 24 events is accessible at ouryear24.com/24in24, with early booking recommended for events with limited spaces. The headline event at Wakefield Cathedral, taking place between 1 and 3 pm, does not require booking. For further details about the entire Our Year program, visit ouryear2024.co.uk.