Wakefield is the latest location to welcome ShopAppy. In addition to this, it’s also ShopAppy’s first city!
For those of you that are unfamiliar with this Yorkshire gem, it is located on the River Calder, just nine miles from the southeast of Leeds. With a population of 340,790 (2017), it’s a hub of community, culture and proper Yorkshire folk!
So what is Wakefield known for?
Well first and foremost, it is part of the Rhubarb Triangle!
This is a 9 square mile triangle between Wakefield, Morley, and Rothwell that is famous for growing early forced rhubarb. Rhubarb was originally grown in Siberia and therefore thrives in the cold, wet winters in Yorkshire. Wakefield Council holds an annual Rhubarb Festival in February, celebrating the area’s links and promoting the surviving industry.
Those who remember the 90’s well may remember a lady by the name of Jane McDonald who appeared on the BBC show The Cruise.
Jane was known for her strong “Wakey” accent and her endearing nature. She signed to a major recording label and carved a successful music career. More recently you will have seen her co-presenting on Loose Women and on the BAFTA award-winning Cruising with Jane McDonald.
The Hepworth is a fairly new addition to Wakefield on the banks of the River Calder.
The impressive structure is the largest purpose-built gallery in over 50 years. It celebrates the achievements of Barbara Hepworth, another famous face from Wakefield! There is a regularly changing programme of exhibitions and fantastic learning activities for children in the school holidays.
Long Division Music Festival was created in 2001 by Rhubarb Bomb and takes place in the city centre every year.
It uses over 30 venues across the city and has hosted performers such as The Cribs and Too Many T’s, who are also from Wakefield! It attracts over 13,000 music lovers to the city and has a programme of 600 artists.
Along with all the culture above, Wakefield has a wonderful community of independent businesses. Backed by Wakefield BID, ShopAppy is launching in the city!
We are looking forward to boosting them and helping them thrive. We are pleased to welcome Butterflies, Betty Loves Candles, Wakefield Comics 616, The Game Pit and Morgana Clothing as the first indie shops to join Wakefield ShopAppy and look forward to more in the future. If you’re a local business in Wakefield and interested in signing up to ShopAppy, find more information here or contact us via email here.