Wakefield Council has recently disclosed a thrilling line-up of events and activities for the highly anticipated Pontefract Liquorice Festival, set to make its grand return on Sunday, July 9. Known for its deep-rooted connection with liquorice, Pontefract annually commemorates this heritage, promising an unforgettable experience for the whole family, complete with a specialist market and continuous entertainment.
The renowned food and drink market is making a triumphant comeback, spanning across Market Place, Salter Row, and Corn Market. Visitors can expect a cornucopia of delectable delights to tantalise their taste buds, as well as an array of unique gifts and homeware that cannot be found elsewhere. The market provides an excellent opportunity to acquire something special for a loved one or indulge in a well-deserved treat for oneself.
Music enthusiasts are in for a treat as various bands take to the stage throughout the day, expertly compared by stage partners Rhubarb Radio. Additionally, free family workshops will be available, offering activities such as liquorice jewellery making, circus workshops, and outdoor creative play, led by The Hepworth Wakefield learning team.
As if that weren’t enough, children will be thrilled with the colourful funfair rides in the town centre, complimentary face painting, and an array of street entertainment, featuring beloved characters like Lucy Liquorice, stilt walkers, and street theatre performances.
Councillor Michelle Collins, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “The festival has a plethora of exciting activities planned as we celebrate Pontefract’s unique affiliation with liquorice. Come join us and revel in the diverse entertainment and peruse the vibrant stalls, offering a wide variety of products, many with a liquorice twist. Once again, the festival promises to be an outstanding day out for the entire family.”
Paul Cartwright, Chair of the Pontefract Civic Society, conveyed his delight at collaborating with the Council to support the local community and businesses, ensuring a comprehensive entertainment program that will appeal to everyone. Among the scheduled attractions are an outdoor artisan market, food stalls, school involvement, Pontefract Art Club exhibitions, a liquorice art trail, and a scavenger hunt with town-wide prizes. Cartwright encouraged the public to participate, saying, “Please come down and get involved.”
Pontefract Museum invites attendees to join in sweet-themed crafts and a tantalising trail while delving into the history of liquorice in Pontefract. The museum also boasts an enchanting display of liquorice packets from bygone eras, evoking a sense of nostalgia.
For those seeking a deeper understanding of Pontefract’s liquorice heritage, a talk by Tom Dixon on the history and legacy of liquorice in the town will be held at Pontefract Library at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Pontefract Liquorice Festival operates in partnership with the Pontefract Civic Society, which is additionally hosting “Liquorice Shoots” on Saturday, July 8. Serving as a community warm-up event for the main festival, it features entertainment, artisan stalls, and family activities.
Lastly, visitors are encouraged to extend their stay and partake in the Liquorice Food & Drink Trail, which showcases delightful sweet-themed creations from the remarkable bars, restaurants, and cafes that Pontefract has to offer.
The Pontefract Liquorice Festival guarantees a delightful and immersive experience, ensuring that attendees of all ages find something to cherish. Mark your calendars for Sunday, July 9, and prepare to indulge