This year’s Pontefract Liquorice Festival has a whole host of Fringe activity to enjoy!

LIQUORICE FEST @ Pontefract Castle

The Big Family Picnic

11am – 3pm, Sunday 14 July

Bring your own picnic and blanket, relax with family and friends. Don’t miss the ‘Sweetest’ Dance Performance at 1.30 pm & Children’s Mini Disco at 2pm. Find out more here.

LIQUORICE FEST @ Friarwood Valley Gardens

Pontefract Liquorice Festival in the Valley Gardens

11am – 4pm, Sunday 14 July

Take a break from trawling the stalls of the Liquorice Festival market and head to Pontefract’s hidden oasis – the Friarwood Valley Gardens. There’s loads for kids to do including having a go on the bouncy castle, watching Punch & Judy and taking a donkey ride! Find out more here.

LIQUORICE FEST @ Pontefract Library

History of Liquorice Talk 

11am & 2pm, Sunday 14 July

Free, no need to book.

Liquorice Craft Activities

10am-4pm, Sunday 14 July

Sphero Liquorice Maze Game

10am-4pm, Sunday 14 July

Hope in Wakefield

Opening 10 July

This beautiful exhibition of banners was produced by Two Destination Language, local creators and refugees and asylum seekers. The banners express the theme of hope bringing together people from the district and those from afar.


LIQUORICE FEST @ Pontefract Museum

Pontefract Museum Allsorts

10am – 3.30pm, Sunday 14 July

Free – Drop-in

Liquorice has got loose around the Museum!

Join in the Liquorice Festival fun at Pontefract Museum with sweet inspired crafts and a tasty trail.

LIQUORICE FEST @ Pontefract Town Hall 

KLH Events Craft & Gift Fair 

10am – 3pm, Sunday 14 July

Head over to Pontefract Town Hall for 40 stalls of quality handcrafted goodies and unique gifts in the Assembly Room and Nelson Rooms.

LIQUORICE FEST @ Pontefract Market

10am – 4pm, Sunday 14 July

Pontefract is famous for Liquorice and their Markets alike; our traders pride themselves on supplying liquorice produce as part of their fresh local produce. Pop in to meet our traders and all they have to offer.


The Pontefract Liquorice Festival is part of Our Year – Wakefield District 2024, find out more about Our Year here.

Venue Details

Find us at

Town Centre Precinct, Pontefract, WF8 1BD