Free event Family friendly


Head to Pontefract Castle for 2 days of festive cheer at Pontefract Castle Light Up on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 November!

Experience the castle in a new light with For Peace, an incredible 125 metre long light installation by artists sedemminut. For Peace begins with a leisurely walk that subtly turns into a run, but the run has the speed of light. For peace, for freedom, for art! This installation will be on 12pm-8pm but best viewed when dark!

Listen to live music entertainment (1pm-6:45pm) whilst enjoying a drink at the heated tipi bar and don’t forget to check out the range of tasty street food which will be joining us on site for the event. The Castle Cafe will also be open with food, hot and cold drinks and sweet treats!

New for 2023 the castle will host an ice carving workshop on Saturday only. Watch out for Jacks of Frost – always up to mischief, these stilt walkers are a frosty pair.

Take a magical free ride on the carousel before exploring the Homemade Christmas Craft Market and much more!

Finally, why not take dungeon tour Friday @ 10:45am, 2pm and 2:45pm or Saturday @ 10:45am, 2pm and 2:45pm. You can pre-book tickets here: to secure a place, but we do have walk up tickets available from the Visitor Centre Gift Shop on the day.

The event runs from 12pm until 8pm.

Pontefract Castle Light Up is part of Light Up 2023.

Venue opening hours

Monday : 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday : 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Wednesday : 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Thursday : 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Friday : 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Saturday : 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Sunday : 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Access facilities

  • Accessible Car Parking
  • Accessible Toilet
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Guide Dogs Welcome
  • Hearing Aid Loop
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Venue Details

Find us at

Castle Garth, Pontefract, WF8 1QH