Travel & Accommodation
Wakefield 2018 will be taking place at the Cedar Court Hotel, which is located at Calder Grove to the south-west of Wakefield. The venue is adjacent to junction 39 of the M1, as can be seen in the map below.
Wakefield can be easily accessed from the rest of the UK both by car and by train. A local bus service also runs near the venue. Various journey planning help can be found on the Traveline, Traveline Yorkshire and West Yorkshire Metro’s Plan Your Journey websites.
In addition to the show venue itself, there are a range of hotels in the local area for those visiting the Wakefield 2018 from a distance.
Getting there by car
The venue is adjacent to junction 39 of the M1 and is visible from the motorway junction when approaching from the south; it is easily accessed from the M1, M62 and other major routes. Free on-site parking will be available, located in front of the venue (see the map below).
More detailed maps showing the venue’s location can be found using either Google Maps, StreetMap, Bing Maps (MultiMap), or Open Street Map. If you’re viewing this on RISC OS, then the location can also be found in RiscOSM (which is available from Sine Nomine). A copy of the map above is available in PDF format to allow it to be printed out on A4 (or larger) paper.
Getting there by train
Visitors to the show are recommended to use Wakefield Westgate station, which is well served by both local and intercity services. Due to its extremely limited use in recent years, we will not be providing a minibus connection from the station to the venue – a regular local bus service connects the two via the bus station, however.
Local trains are operated by Northern Rail (some under “Metro Train” branding), with good connections at Leeds. Intercity services are operated by Virgin Trains East Coast to London King’s Cross (as well as connections north up the east coast towards Scotland). CrossCountry run through services from Scotland via the east coast and Leeds, then south to Birmingham New Street and on to the West Country (the ‘South West to Birmingham, Manchester, the North East and Scotland’ route). Their services from other parts of the south coast, Wales and the midlands connect with this at Birmingham New Street.
The North West is served by Transpennine Express, who run trains from Liverpool and Manchester through to Leeds, and by Virgin Trains and CrossCountry, who run services up the west coast connecting at Birmingham New Street or Manchester.
Within Wakefield, Westgate and Kirkgate stations are linked by the Wakefield FreeCity Bus, which provides a free service approximately every 10 minutes between 8.30am and 5.00pm and also connects with the bus station for travel on to the show venue. Trains serving Wakefield Kirkgate are mostly local services.
More information on train times can be found using the National Rail journey planner.
Although the above information is given in good faith, visitors are advised to check the relevant train operating companies’ timetables for details of train times, ticket validity and recommended connections before arranging travel.
We also recommend checking the service bulletins on the National Rail site nearer the show, for details of any changes or additions to the engineering work affecting services on the day.
Getting there by bus
The show venue is served by public bus service 435/436 (Yorkshire Tiger, to Holmfirth) and 444 (Arriva, to Hall Green) from Wakefield bus station, which is less than 10 minutes walk from Wakefield Westgate (alternatively, you can take the Wakefield FreeCity Bus from Westgate station to the bus station). The services each run once per hour in either direction on a Saturday, and the journey takes about 15 minutes. Timetables are available on the Metro website via the direct links above. Visitors should disembark on Denby Dale Road at the Cedar Court Hotel, immediately after the M1 roundabout and directly outside the venue.
We recommend that visitors planning to use local buses check on the Metro website nearer the event, for details of any service changes.
Below, in alphabetical order, are a selection of conveniently located hotels, showing their AA/RAC ‘star’ rating (), or British Tourist Board ‘crown’ rating (), where known.
As hotel rates change significantly over time, and as special last minute deals may often be negotiated with the hotel direct, or via third party sites such as those listed at the foot of the page, pricing information has been omitted from most of the entries in the following list.
We provide this list simply as a service to our exhibitors and visitors; all bookings are between the exhibitor or visitor and the hotel concerned.
Very friendly modern hotel/restaurant with gymnasium, near conservation area with lake.
Good Bistro Restaurant. Quiet, away from town centre, good parking.
Very comfortable modern hotel with high standards and 151 bedrooms.
Comfortable chain hotel, very convenient for motorway.
Pleasant open rural setting, next to the Black Bull Inn.
Beefeater restaurant attached. Pleasant park setting, well off the road.
Brewers’ Fayre restaurant attached.
Red Kite pub and restaurant adjacent (Vintage Inns).
Restaurant and all other sports/leisure facilities.
Set well above and back from motorway; more pleasant location than you might think. Both sites have access to northbound and southbound carriageways.
Also has rooms for disabled. Extensively renovated and upgraded hotel, formerly Billy Budd’s. Sloanes Restaurant attached.
There are also many other Hotels, Guest Houses and B&B facilities available in the area. A comprehensive accommodation guide is available from:
Visitor Information Point