This week, Pontefract Civic Society launches Heritage Open Days, which in Pontefract runs from Fri 11th to Tues 22nd September, and as we all know, HOD2020 has to be decided different due to Covid social distancing guidelines.

In order to create this year’s festival, our project team has had to be creative, which has meant we’ve been busier as ever working behind the scenes to create content for a blended approach with lots of online content delivering virtual activities on Facebook @pontefractcivic, whilst retaining six live socially distanced events (five in Pontefract and one in Ackworth), and we’ll also have a ‘live’ talk Zoom by Eric Houlder on Domesday Pontefract. All our live events must be booked online at, to Covid.

Paul Cartwright, civic society chair, said “We are really pleased that our partnership approach has the support of St. Giles with St. Mary’s Pantomime Society, Pontefract Heritage Group, Ackworth School, Tom Dixon, and Wakefield Council. Our volunteers will be working hard to share our virtual content, whilst also ensuring you have informative, engaging, fun and safe experiences at the live events”.

Our heritage walks will include two different ones in the town centre, one on the current uses and past activities in Pontefract Park, and Tom Dixon will be giving short talks on liquorice. Every day in the festival we’ll be delivering a range of different slideshows, historical facts, children’s activities, and videos. For local information visit the civic society website at or call 01977 708658 for further information.

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