image for Children's Activity Event item typeCivil Wars at Pontefract Castle

Family Event, Sat 1 - Sun 2 Jun 2019, free entry

Civil War re-enactor

Civil War re-enactor


Castle Chain,
West Yorkshire,

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 27 May Concerts in the Bandstand
Wed 29 May Medieval May at the Castle
Fri 31 May Let's Sow Some Seeds!
Sat 1 - Sun 2 Jun Civil Wars
Sat 1 Jun Writing Through the Ages
Wed 5 Jun Castle Crafts


During the Civil War, Pontefract Castle was the site of no less than three bitter sieges.

This weekend, step back in time to the bloody 17th century, and find out what life was like during that turbulent, tumultuous time: brother against brother, neighbour against neighbour - and a castle under attack!

Our historic re-enactors from the Earl of Manchester’s Regiment of Foote will bring the experience of being besieged vividly to life. Be amazed by their explosive gun displays, and marvel at the mighty siege engines.

Think you'd make a Civil War soldier? Then you and your family can put yourselves to the test with our climbing wall - will you make it to the top?

This event is FREE, and there is no need to book. Just come along and join in the fun!

See below for approximate timings for the event:

11.00am - Event starts with first Canon shots
11.10am - Musket / Pike Display and Talk
11.30am - Cameo Display – “Tooth extraction”
12 noon - Interactive Musket / Pike Drill with Children ending in "Charge for horse"
12:20pm - Cameo Display - "Drunken Soldier"
12:40pm - Canon Display and Talk
01.30pm - Musket Display and interactive drill
01.40pm - Pike Display and interactive drill
02.00pm - Skirmish on the ramparts - Siege of Pontefract Castle
03.00pm - Canon shots
03.10pm - Musket / Pike Display and Drill for Children
03.30pm - Cameo Display - "She's a witch!"
03:45pm - Sword Play
04.00pm - Canon shots

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 1 - Sun 2 Jun 2019 11:00 to 16:00


Free entry

Also see



See location of Pontefract Castle on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 460222  Lat: 53.69421 Long: -1.30481

By Road:
M62 jct32
Continue onto Park Road (A639)
Turn left onto Southgate (A645)

For car parking:
Turn left onto North Baileygate. Car park located off Beech Hill. WF8 2JF

Disabled car-parking spaces are available at the Castle gates (approach via Spink Lane or Micklegate).

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Monkhill/Baghill Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Pontefract Bus Station

Walk from Pontefract town centre via Horsefair, Micklegate and Castle Chain.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Pontefract, Monkhill station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups