Discover Pontefract’s Hidden Heritage

This week, Pontefract Civic Society launches this year’s Heritage Open Days festival, which takes place between Fri 10th and Sun 19th September across Pontefract and surrounding villages.

28 events and some online activities incorporating around a dozen which will throw their doors and gardens as our contribution to this national festival supported by the National Trust and the People’s Postcode Lottery. With the support of Pontefract Heritage Group, Pontefract’s Town Crier will be making proclamations and we’ll have the added entertainment of the Liquorice Singers by the Buttercross on Fri 10th and Sat 18th September.

Paul Cartwright, civic society chair, said “We are really pleased to be able to bring you three new walks, one on the theme of Edible England based on the cookery writer, Elizabeth Moxon, another in Pontefract Park, and a third is a glimpse in the Holmes printing dynasty time capsule on Gillygate. We are really pleased that we have the support of venue owners and volunteers to make this a great series of events. We hope that visitors and local people will wish to explore, and if you pick up our booklet at the library, museum, castle, Magistrates Market and other locations such as shops, cafes & bars, then you’ll be able to plan your visits to several of these great events. Look out too, for Judge Crier Sentences at the court!”.

As well as our usual offering from St Giles Church, and All Saints Church, we’ll be adding the interior Georgian splendour of St Joseph’s RC Church which is well worth a visit. St Andrew, Ferrybridge and St Edward the Confessor Church, Brotherton, both make a welcome return the festival, as does Ackworth School.


Paul went onto say, “we’ll have some online videos and children’s activities, as well as historic buildings, it’s equally important to bring stories of places and people to life with talks, tours, music, and displays which include tours of Pontefract’s Market Place conservation area, Ackworth Quaker School, Tom Dixon’s liquorice fields, the castle, and Friarwood Valley Gardens, this week and next week to get you started”.

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