Free event Family friendly


The giant pin-hole camera in the former summer house/aviary projects live images of the gardens. Learn more about the Valley Gardens.

Optional booking for this afternoon drop in event will give you an opportunity to speak to our hosts and volunteers from Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens.

Visit Friarwood Valley Gardens, children’s playground and unique tree carvings. Friarwood Valley Gardens is a 1950’s public park and is a Grade 2 listed Historic Park on the site of a medieval Dominican Friary and liquorice cultivation.

Invention and innovation is the Heritage Open Days theme for 2022.

The former aviary building in Valley Gardens has been around since at least 1840 and was built in the Georgian period. Former uses of the aviary include it reputedly being used as a male card school retreat and as a packing shed for the on-site market gardens.

Booking is optional as a guide for the organisers.

Venue Details

Find us at

Mayor's Walk, Pontefract, WF8 2RR