Pontefract hosts a variety of local pubs and bars with the option of locally brewed beer and international craft beers. For food, there’s a large selection of restaurants offering cuisines from around the world.
The annual Liquorice Festival is held each July and celebrates the town’s heritage with sweets. There’s an arrangement of stalls from food to craft selling all sorts of liquorice themed items. Alongside the stalls are fairground rides, musicians and dancers, making it a fun day out.
Pontefract is well known for its racecourse especially because it is the longest flat circular course in Europe. The racecourse has Sunday Family Days which combines racing and family entertainment.
For those into history, Pontefract Castle is a must visit. It played a role during the English Civil War and was where King Richard II was held prisoner until his death.
Pontefract has several big green spaces nearby, great for those who like their outdoor strolls and walking trails. These include Pontefract Park, Frickley Park, Fairwood Valley Gardens and Brockadale Nature Reserve.