What's On

The Polka Hop is home to regular events including Wakefield Artwalk, regular Folk Club sessions, Open Mic evenings and a wide variety of live artists besides.

Parents Coffee Morning

Fiona opens our doors to parents for our Parents Coffee Morning. A safe space to get out the house, have a cuppa and chat to other like-minded people while the kids can enjoy playing with toys or a lie down on a playmat.
Thursday mornings 10am - 12pm

Dave's Song & Tune Session

Our twice-montly chilled acapella folk session - bring an instrument and join in.
1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 2pm

Wakefield Artwalk

We're a top destination on the bi-monthly Artwalk with work by local artists on the walls.
Always available, exhibitions rotate every 2 months


Coming Up

May 2024

Wed 29th May Wed 29 May
Wed 29 May (5pm)
Artwalk - Sarah Connell, Local Author (5pm)

Sarah Connell, Local Author

Come and meet Sarah Connell who will discuss her novel about the migration crisis ‘Where Are You Now?’. The character of the asylum seeker in the story is based on a real person who came to Wakefield District City of Sanctuary for help. Sarah was first published at the age of 70 and now has three novels, with another one on the way. Wakefield is the setting for her writing and her characters. Sarah will talk about how she came to be published and what she has learnt in the process.

Check out https://artwalkwakefield.org/ for more details of the Artwalk in Wakefield! 


June 2024

Sat 1st Jun Sat 1 Jun
Sat 1 Jun (8pm)
McDlybot - Live & Acoustic at The Polka Hop (8pm)

Greetings!! After a good chunk of years in hiding, I'm finally doing a proper Saturday night hometown acoustic show, which means some original songs, some covers, and maybe even a special guest or two, all done in a (mostly) acoustic stylee. It should be good fun! 😁 

Fri 7th Jun Fri 7 Jun
Fri 7 Jun (7pm)
Writing for Wellbeing (7pm)
Spoken Word

Black Horse Poets - Wakefield Word

We are excited to announce our up and coming free events with funding support by Wakefield Council as part of the #OurYear in Wakefield District.

Our Writing for Wellbeing weekend on 7-9 June will be having not one but two open mic nights with special guest compare Poet Matt Nicholson, plus celebrated writers Kate Fox: Stand-Up Poet and Gaia Holmes leading our two afternoon writing workshops.

Open mic

Friday at the The Polka Hop from 7pm 🎤

Saturday at the The Art House Wakefield from 4.30pm 🎤

Writing workshops

Saturday 1.30pm at the Red Shed ✍️

Sunday 12.30pm at the Red Shed ✍️

We know how being creative can help with health and wellbeing and we are delighted to create some safe, inclusive and friendly spaces for you to get creative and immerse yourself in writing and/or even showcasing and performing your writing if you wish. Or you can simply pop along and enjoy the events.

All levels of writing experience are welcome and we do welcome writing on a health and wellbeing theme.

If you are not a writer, but would like to start we would love to meet you and help you get on board!

Sat 8th Jun Sat 8 Jun
Sat 8 Jun (2pm)
Oliver's Birthday Party (2pm)

You may remember this time last year, Fiona was heavily pregnant and loving that pregnant life! After closing the pub a few times at the beginning of June, our son was born on the 5th June 23. 

We're celebrating on Saturday with a little party with friends and family we've met along the way! There will be cake and other savoury snacks.

Mainly celebrating surviving a year with a baby and running a pub too!! 

Sat 8th Jun Sat 8 Jun
Sat 8 Jun (8pm)
Keith Wild (8pm)

Expect a set of covers and a set of comedic music.

Sat 15th Jun Sat 15 Jun
Sat 15 Jun (8pm)
Charlie Padfield (8pm)

Charlie Padfield at The Polka Hop launching his new record “Something Electric”

Sat 22nd Jun Sat 22 Jun
Sat 22 Jun (8pm)
Broken Flowers (8pm)

Broken Flowers are a Leeds based band playing predominantly original songs. Their music could be loosely classed as Americana / Country Rock influenced - but it also draws on their individuality and musical influences which in turn creates a unique blending of styles.

Sat 29th Jun Sat 29 Jun
Sat 29 Jun (8pm)
Phil Asquith (8pm)

July 2024

Sat 6th Jul Sat 6 Jul
Sat 6 Jul (8pm)
Big Joe Bone (8pm)


Sat 13th Jul Sat 13 Jul
Sat 13 Jul (8pm)
Justified Band (8pm)
"Not Your Average Blues Band!

Quality blues/rock with a jazzy edge!! 

Sat 20th Jul Sat 20 Jul
Sat 20 Jul (8pm)
Peculiar Blue (8pm)

Acoustic duo performing heart warming and thought provoking original songs and a peppering of covers.

August 2024

Sat 3rd Aug Sat 3 Aug
Sat 3 Aug (8pm)
The Roosters (8pm)

Based in West Yorkshire, The Roosters cover some great songs by artists including The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Small Faces, The Who, The Jam, Paul Weller, Bill Withers, Mike D'Abo, Proud Mary, The Temptations, John Lee Hooker, and Little Willie John.

Sun 11th Aug Sun 11 Aug
Sun 11 Aug
Wakefield Pride

Mrs Rs Retro Roadshow is dropping some bops and bangers for Wakey Pride!! 

More info coming soon!!

Sat 24th Aug Sat 24 Aug
Sat 24 Aug (8pm)
Tim Howard (8pm)

Pedal Steel Guitarist, Guitarist, Dobro player, banjo picker, singer, song writer.