A day at the races? Want to see a castle?
No matter what you’re doing, Pontefract is a place that you can visit for a variety of different reasons, not least the race course which brings in visitors from across the country between April and October for the flat racing season.
From ladies day to “bring your whippet family day” there is something for everyone at the racecourse, it’s just a case of looking up events and seeing what is on for the coming week, months and sometimes year with planned activities happening in conjunction with the racecourse and third parties as well.
There is of course the small matter of the castle in Pontefract! Built in 1070, it lasted for 600 years, of course over many battles, including the English Civil War. It is precisely because of this castle and the folklore legends that it was given at the time that gave coinage to the term, “Key to The North” with Cromwell making way and commanding for it to be destroyed.
Shakespeare wrote about the castle twice, the first in Richard II (who was killed there) and Richard III. Luckily though, today it is a great place for families to explore and have fun with wide open spaces and ruins to investigate. From dungeons to still in tact bread ovens, there is a lot to see and do at the castle ruins.
Throwing a party?
From the Kings Croft Hotel to the Rogerthorpe Manor, Pontefract has more than its fair share of venues for a great catered event. Weddings, birthdays and even special anniversaries can be easily looked after in this brilliant location.
We offer tailored menus for all sorts of events, drop us a line to see how we can make your event something you will never forget – well, when it comes to the food anyway.