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, with historic ruins and wide open space to explore as well as a state of the art visitor centre with gift shop, cafe and new adventure playground. The castles hosts as a superb range of fun family events throughout the year, keep your eyes peeled on our What's On pages for information. 

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What's On in Pontefract

On Our Doorstep: Geoff Leathley

On Our Doorstep: Geoff Leathley Paintings

Pontefract Museum

Sat 10 Aug 2019 - Sat 25 Apr 2020

Make your own felted soap

Have A Dabble - Christmas Felted Soap

Pontefract Castle

Thu 12 Dec 2019

Kids Activities

Family Fun

Pontefract Museum

Sat 14 Dec 2019

A Christmas Of Curiosity

A Christmas Of Curiosity

Xscape Yorkshire

Sat 14 Dec 2019

Carols in the Dungeon

Carols In The Dungeon

Pontefract Castle

Fri 20 Dec 2019

Santa Crafts

Santa Crafts

Pontefract Museum

Sat 21 Dec 2019

Kids Activities

Family Fun

Pontefract Museum

Sat 21 Dec 2019

A Christmas Of Curiosity

A Christmas Of Curiosity

Xscape Yorkshire

Sat 21 Dec 2019

Kids Activities

Family Fun

Pontefract Museum

Sat 4 Jan 2020

Meet the Curator

Meet the Curator

Pontefract Museum

Wed 8 Jan 2020

Kids Activities

Family Fun

Pontefract Museum

Sat 11 Jan 2020

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Pontefract Town Hall

Sun 12 Jan 2020

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Pontefract Town Hall

Mon 13 Jan 2020

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Pontefract Town Hall

Tue 14 Jan 2020

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Pontefract Town Hall

Thu 16 Jan 2020

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Pontefract Town Hall

Fri 17 Jan 2020

Kids Activities

Family Fun

Pontefract Museum

Sat 18 Jan 2020

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Pontefract Town Hall

Sat 18 Jan 2020

Kids Activities

Family Fun

Pontefract Museum

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Soap Making

Soap Making

Pontefract Castle

Sat 1 Feb 2020

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