What’s On Near Nostell Priory this February

Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire

Welcome to What’s on in our area in March.  We’ve been scouring our sources for interesting events and activities to tempt you out of your winter hideaways. The are new places to try events. Familiar venues but more unusual performers.  The links mainly take you to the place where you can get best information. Try something new this month.  As always we hope you have fun.

I’ve given a web link in most cases.  Please check before you go.  As with all exploring, some of our ‘What’s on’ suggestions will be brilliant, some will give you completely new experiences, and others may be a disappointment. Some events have a fee or ticket price. I’m putting this list together based on what I think looks interesting.

Pontefract parkrun

Weekly Free 5km Timed Run Every Saturday at 9:00am.


The event takes place at Pontefract Racecourse. It’s free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won’t get a time. Come along and join in whatever your pace!

Heritage Walk. National Coal Mining Museum.

19th March 10am – 2pm


Enjoy the shades, sights and sounds of the countryside around and beyond the museum in this two hour circular walk, down local roads and country lanes (with some inclines).

National Coal Mining Museum for England , New Road, Overton , Wakefield , West Yorkshire , WF4 4RH

Join us from 10am-12pm and uncover the shadows of our mining past in a landscape reclaimed by nature, and seeped in stories of characters that made the history of Caphouse Colliery and the surrounding areas so captivating. From Lady Matilda who ran the mine while her husband hunted and fished, to lovers who took advantage of the mineral railway line to court.

Friends! The Musical Parody

At Wakefield Theatre Royal. Tuesday 17th March.


Celebrates and pokes fun at the wacky misadventures of the group of 20-something pals we love from the hit TV show as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan.

Friends! The Musical Parody is a hilarious good-hearted romp through our favourite moments from the hit TV show in an uncensored, hilarious, fast-paced, music-filled production.

Ross, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, Joey and Rachel haven’t gone anywhere and are singing and dancing their way back into our hearts in Friends! The Musical Parody; the first UK and Irish tour of the hilarious off-Broadway and Las Vegas hit musical that lovingly lampoons the popular TV sitcom. You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll Unagi!

It’s a typical day at New York’s only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear!

With friends like these, who needs television? PIVOT!

RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield & District Branch: Animal Centre‎ Mother’s Day Tea Party


Come and celebrate Mother’s Day and the arrival of spring with us!

We’re holding a tea party at our Animal Centre on 22 March to raise funds for the animals in our care. Perfect if your mum is an animal lover (or if you just fancy some tea and cake!)

Come along any time from 11am until 3pm to our Animal Centre on Moor Knoll Lane in East Ardsley, WF3 2DX.

The Cat and the Canary

At Wakefield Theartre Royal.

http://bit.ly/2Vyc1Bn 23rd – 28th March.

Brilliant play. Inheritance can be murder…

Twenty years after the death of Mr. West, his descendants gather at a remote mansion to learn who will inherit his vast wealth and the hidden family jewels. When the heir is revealed, the heritage hunters turn into prey and a chain of macabre events is set in motion. Will the heirs dare to face the haunting presence toying with them? When the cat prowls, the flock takes fright…

Nostell Priory. Meet the Kitchen Gardener

Thurs 26 March. 13:00 – 14:00 http://bit.ly/2T4DxETJoin Mark in the Kitchen Garden for his top tips for growing your own fruit and veg, and how he grows seasonal produce for use in café.

Polytunnel and sowing seeds: Thurs 26 March. Please note this is a longer walk than normal. Spring veg: Thurs 23 April

Richard II & The Smithfield Tournament

At Pontefract Castle. Historical talk, Sat 28 Mar 2020, £3. Booking essential.


It was during the summer of 1399 that Richard II was deposed by his cousin, Henry of Bolingbroke, and the latter crowned Henry IV. Richard was then transported from the Tower of London to Pontefract Castle. Pontefract became Richard’s prison and it was there that he died in 1400, possibly starving to death.

Reading the modern scholarship on Richard can often come across as if the disasters of his reign, as well as his deposition in 1399, were a foregone conclusion, destined to happen. However, this is not the case, there were times in Richard’s reign where he attempted conciliation with his nobility and projected a positive image of kingship. In 1390, Richard held the grandest chivalric event of his reign, this being the Smithfield tournament, which attracted knights from England and Europe to attend.

This talk will show how Richard deliberately attempted to use the tournament as a tool, and how he wielded it to unite the kingdom behind him, project an image of good lordship and kingship, and thereby extend and re-establish his royal authority. It was the early years of the 1390s that Richard’s authority was considered at its height, and the Smithfield tournament was one of the tools used by him to make that happen.

Adults only. Booking essential.