Pontefract’s biggest Heritage Open Days festival drew in over 1,000 visitors to 15 locations between 8 and 11 Sept, which Pontefract Civic Society is very pleased with. The planning now starts for 2017!

Our thanks go to the people that made it possible, not simply the visitors, but the property owners, businesses, churches, and local groups like The Crescent Project, Pontefract Heritage Group, Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens, and Wakefield Council.

Dr Claire Macdonald, Pontefract’s HOD Coordinator said, “As well as local people being interested in our great heritage, we welcomed visitors from Hertfordshire, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Leeds and many more places. We’re now looking to improve on this success for 2017”.

Heritage Open Days is a national festival supported by the People’s Lottery and the National Trust, which allows free access to buildings and events allowing the public to explore and experience England’s often hidden heritage through around 5,000 events assisted by over 40,000 volunteers.

Paul Cartwright, Chairman of Pontefract Civic Society said, “The star locations this year have to go to The Crescent who had over 300 people eagerly waiting in a queue along Ropergate not seen in decades, and all in just a two-hour viewing, and to Pontefract Castle where an estimated 200 visitors attended each day (Saturday and the Sunday) for conservation tours and to hear Wakefield Orchestral Wind perform on a glorious Sunday afternoon.”.

Images courtesy of Michelle and Jon Summers