Welcome to Pontefract

Once known as the Key to the North, Pontefract is now a thriving market town with many stories to tell. From horse racing and secret ballots to King Richard II and liquorice roots, there's plenty to discover.

Explore the town centre, discover hidden treasures at independent boutiques, browse the colourful stalls of the bustling market and enjoy afternoon tea with a warm Yorkshire welcome at a local cafe.

Head to Pontefract Castle and see the multi-million pound conservation project in action. Watch experts carefully preserve the ruins of the castle and see for yourself how the 19th century blacksmith's workshop has been transformed into a stunning Visitor Centre, including cafe, gift shop and learning zone - opening this autumn.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your visit...

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What's On in Pontefract

Quiz Night

Quiz Night

Tue 27 Sep 2016

Live Music and Jazz

Blue Note

Sat 1 Oct 2016

Farmer Copleys Pumpkin Festival 2016

Pumpkin Festival 2016

Sat 8 - Mon 31 Oct 2016

Meet the Curator

Meet the Curator

Wed 12 Oct 2016

Lioness Lantern Parade

Lioness Lantern Parade

Sat 15 Oct 2016

Hallowscream

Hallowscream

Fri 28 Oct 2016

Pontefract Heritage Group - The Black Monk

Ghost Walks

Mon 31 Oct 2016

Pontefract Heritage Group - The Black Monk

Ghost Walks

Fri 11 Nov 2016

Pontefract Heritage Group - The Black Monk

Ghost Walks

Fri 25 Nov 2016

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