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

Copleys Corn Maze

Copleys Corn Maze & Fun Park

Farmer Copleys Farm Shop

Sat 20 Jul - Tue 3 Sep 2019

On Our Doorstep: Geoff Leathley

On Our Doorstep: Geoff Leathley Paintings

Pontefract Museum

Sat 10 Aug 2019 - Sat 25 Apr 2020

Pontefract Castle

Witches & Wizards

Pontefract Castle

Mon 19 - Sat 24 Aug 2019

Fact or fiction?

The Imagination Museum: Fact Or Fiction?

Pontefract Museum

Wed 21 Aug 2019

Front Crawl & Backstroke Booster

Front Crawl & Backstroke Booster

Pontefract Swimming Pool

Wed 21 Aug 2019

Rookie Lifeguard Taster Session

Rookie Lifeguard Taster Session

Featherstone Sports Complex

Wed 21 Aug 2019

Breaststroke & Butterfly Booster

Breaststroke & Butterfly Booster

Pontefract Swimming Pool

Thu 22 Aug 2019

Breaststroke & Butterfly Booster

Breaststroke & Butterfly Booster

Pontefract Swimming Pool

Fri 23 Aug 2019

Distance Swimming

Distance Swim

Featherstone Sports Complex

Fri 23 Aug 2019

Kids Activities

Family Fun

Pontefract Museum

Sat 24 Aug 2019

Summer of Space

Summer Of Space

Junction 32 Outlet Shopping Village

Sat 24 Aug 2019

Live acoustic music

Live Acoustic Music In The Bandstand

Pontefract Castle

Sat 24 Aug 2019

Green Man

Green Man Workshop

Pontefract Castle

Sun 25 Aug 2019

Band Concert

Concerts in the Bandstand

Pontefract Castle

Sun 25 Aug 2019

Pontefract Castle

Medieval Mêlée Week

Pontefract Castle

Mon 26 - Fri 30 Aug 2019

Museums For The Future

The Imagination Museum: Museums For The Future

Pontefract Museum

Wed 28 Aug 2019

Kids Activities

Family Fun

Pontefract Museum

Sat 31 Aug 2019

Pontefract Castle

Pomfret 60

Pontefract Castle

Sat 31 Aug 2019

Summer of Space

Summer Of Space

Junction 32 Outlet Shopping Village

Sat 31 Aug 2019

Band Concert

Concerts in the Bandstand

Pontefract Castle

Sun 1 Sep 2019

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