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 lots to discover.

Pick up a Visitor Map and Spotters Guide in the Library, and explore the historic streets of Pontefract. 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 café.

Don’t forget to pop into Pontefract Castle, only a ten minute walk from the market place, the castle has a new visitor centre and offers a superb range of fun family events throughout the year. Please note some parts of the castle are closed for important conservation works at the moment but there’s still plenty to see.

Time to start planning your visit...

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What's On in Pontefract

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The Golden Age of Satire

Pontefract Museum

Sat 11 May - Sat 20 Jul 2019

Farmer Copleys PYO Strawberry Experience

Farmer Copleys PYO Strawberry Experience

Farmer Copleys Farm Shop

Sat 15 Jun - Sun 14 Jul 2019

Kids Activities

Family Fun

Pontefract Museum

Sat 29 Jun 2019

Pontefract Castle

St Thomas of Pontefract

Pontefract Castle

Sat 29 Jun 2019

Farmer Copleys

Farmer Copleys Festival At The Farm

Farmer Copleys Farm Shop

Sun 30 Jun 2019

Pontefract Castle

Castle Crafts

Pontefract Castle

Wed 3 Jul 2019

Picnic & Play!

Picnic & Play

Pontefract Castle

Sat 6 - Sun 7 Jul 2019

Wakefield Armed Forces Day

Wakefield Armed Forces Day

Pontefract Racecourse

Sat 6 Jul 2019

Kids Activities

Family Fun

Pontefract Museum

Sat 6 Jul 2019

Pontefract Liquorice Festival

Pontefract Liquorice Festival

Pontefract Precinct

Sun 7 Jul 2019

Meet the Curator

Meet the Curator

Pontefract Museum

Wed 10 Jul 2019

Georgian Food and Satire with Dr Annie Gray

Georgian Food and Satire with Dr Annie Gray

Pontefract Museum

Thu 11 Jul 2019

Create your own sea pottery art

Have A Dabble - Sea Pottery Garden Wall Art

Pontefract Castle

Thu 11 Jul 2019

Kids Activities

Family Fun

Pontefract Museum

Sat 13 Jul 2019

The Art of Marbling

The Art of Marbling

Pontefract Museum

Sat 13 Jul 2019

Pontefract Castle

Using Medicinal Herbs at Home

Pontefract Castle

Sun 14 Jul 2019

Medieval Sports Week

Medieval Sports Week for Key Stage 2 Classes

Pontefract Castle

Mon 15 - Thu 18 Jul 2019

Abba Night & Beer Festival

Abba Night & Beer Festival

Pontefract Racecourse

Fri 19 Jul 2019

Copleys Corn Maze

Copleys Corn Maze & Fun Park

Farmer Copleys Farm Shop

Sat 20 Jul - Mon 2 Sep 2019

Medieval Tile Making

Medieval Tile Making

Pontefract Castle

Sat 20 Jul 2019

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