Pontefract is known for its friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere and bustling nightlife, serviced by a variety of local pubs, bars and nightclubs. Famous for its liquorice, the town still hosts an annual Liquorice Festival each July.
Well known for its racecourse, horse racing has taken place at Pontefract Races since 1648 and the course holds family-friendly race days on Sundays and music nights on Fridays.
For any history buffs, Pontefract Castle is well worth a visit as it is thought to be the location of Richard II’s supposed murder, as well as being the site of many famous sieges.
For weekend walks, there are many green spaces surrounding Pontefract, such as Pontefract Park, Frickley Park and Brockadale Nature Reserve.