Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to questions we are frequently asked.

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Shopping Centres

Trinity Walk Shopping Centre

Trinity Walk is Wakefield's stunning new shopping centre. With over 60 new shops including all the leading high street fashion brands, a fabulous Debenhams department store and the largest Sainsbury's superstore in the area, it provides all your shopping needs. Whether you'd like to spend hours shopping, stop by to snap up a quick purchase or simply relax and enjoy some food or a drink at one of the shopping centre's great restaurants, cafés and eateries - there is certainly something for everyone at Trinity Walk. Student discounts starting at 10%* are available at a number of stores including USC, Jack Jones, New Look, Burtons, River Island, Topshop, Topman & Dorothy Perkins.

*Correct at time of publishing.

Ridings Shopping Centre

The Ridings was the first under cover shopping centre in Yorkshire, having a glass lift servicing three levels and first in the UK to install an American style food court. Following many structural and cosmetic changes to the Ridings the Centre now offers high street brands including Clinton Cards, Primark, TK Max, Marks and Spencer and Boots.

Cathedral Retail Park is situated on the South edge of the city centre. It has a mix of: Large retail shops including Argos Extra, B&Q, B&M , Currys PC World and Maplin; Places to eat including Pizza Hut, Nandos and drive through KFC, McDonalds & Subway. It also has a 9 screen Cineworld Cinema.

Supermarkets

There are 3 main supermarkets in the centre of Wakefield including 2 Sainsbury's stores (on Ings Road & at Trinity Walk), and a Morrisons which is located at the bottom of the Ridings Centre and can be accessed from George Street only 5 minutes Walk from Peterson Road. There is also a large Asda store on the A61 heading out towards junction 39 of the M1.

Eating

Handmade Burger Co

Wakefield has many restaurants and places to eat ranging from your main high street chains such as Pizza Express, Handmade Burger Co., McDonald's, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut, Subway etc.

Student discounts are also available at a number of restaurants. Handmade Burger Co. also has a student double discount day where instead of getting the usual 15% student discount available anytime, it is doubled to 30% for that day!!

Recreational

Wakefield has a host of things to do in your spare time. For the art lovers out there, we are at the heart of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle so why not visit the Hepworth Art Gallery or go slightly further afield to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park which is only 15 minutes drive out of Wakefield. Our galleries, castles, museums, hotels and attractions welcome millions of families each year.

Nightlife

Wakefield has a fantastic night life, with all the main activity centred around Westgate. The infamous Westgate Run which is a half mile stretch of road with approximately 10 pubs & bars leads up to the centre of town. With 5 main clubs of varying size, there is no shortage of places to see you into the early hours. Monday is traditionally student night in Wakefield and various offers can be found at different establishments. There is something for everyone, from your quiet pubs to the busy & cheesy Flares & Reflex, and your larger night clubs such as Buzz.

The Hop

If you fancy a bit of live music or comedy then The Hop is a great place to start. First opened in Wakefield in 2009, two further venues have been opened, The Hop Leeds in 2010 and The Hop in Sheffield in 2011. A traditional real ale house with an intimate atmosphere for live music and contemporary oh-so-cool décor. Favouring the 'unplugged' feel that comes from close contact between artists and members of the public.

The new redeveloped Unity Hall offers a range of live music and comedy evenings.

Travel

Wakefield is easily accessed by both road and rail. Access from the M1 motorway can be via junction 39, 40 & 41 or from junction 30 & 31 of the M62.With two train stations and a large bus station, there are also fantastic transport links.

Trains to Moorthorpe station (closest to Backstage Academy) leave Wakefield Westgate station every hour and take just 17 minutes. The same train also stops at Sandal & Agbrigg station shortly after leaving Westgate on route to Moorthorpe.

Buses to from Wakefield to South Kirkby (Backstage Academy) leave Wakefield every half hour and take approximately 30 minutes.


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