Wakefield and the surrounding towns and villages can offer a great deal to those thinking of relocating to the area. The district has a superb range of housing, from new executive builds and period detached properties to semi-detached and terraced homes, both for sale and to let in the buoyant rental market.
Across the area, there are a range of both public and private schools and two further education colleges, Wakefield College, which is currently undergoing an extensive programme of investment and Pontefract New College, the first sixth form college in the country to be awarded the highest possible grades in all areas under an Ofsted inspection regime which came into force in 2012.
Wakefield College is also launching a University Centre for the city in 2017, offering a wide variety of undergraduate degree and other HE courses.
Transport links and networks are very accessible as the district is located at the crossroads of the M62/M1. The city of Wakefield has a new railway station at Westgate, on the East Coast Main Line, along with 900 rail parking spaces for commuters. In addition, an extensive refurbishment of Kirkgate Railway Station has also been undertaken. For amenities, the city and town centres offer good sport facilities, both public and private, including the leisure and entertainment complex at Xscape, and retail centres hosting big name stores and independent businesses, restaurants and retailers.
The district has seen a renaissance in terms of culture, events and tourism in recent years. For those interested in world class art, visit The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, both nationally acclaimed galleries which are part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle. Grass roots arts also flourish, Wakefield has a bi-monthly art walk which includes 18 venues, and The Art House has recently transformed a former Victorian library building to transform it into 34 artists’ studios and a new exhibition space.
The transformation of Wakefield Waterfront is due to take a significant next step in 2018 as the home to the Tileyard Studios North, a major media and creative industries hub and location.
Heritage gems include The National Coal Mining Museum for England, National Trust Nostell Priory and the remains of Pontefract Castle, which hosts annual Proms at the Castle concert.
Local festivals are as diverse as an annual Miners Gala, Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb, Pontefract Liquorice Festival, Seaside in the City, Wakefield Lit Fest and a large number of local galas and shows run by local communities.
Open spaces, waterways and country parks are plentiful. These include the Trans Pennine Trail, sailing and watersports at Pugneys Country Park, walking and nature at Newmillerdam Country Park and RSPB Fairburn Ings. You can even take part in wild swimming at Nostell Priory too.