Located just a mile north of the town centre, Pontefract Park holds around 20 events each year and is home to a racecourse, with around 16 race meetings a year between April and October. If you just want a leisurely stroll or a quick jog around the park, then Pontefract Park is an ideal place to visit.

Pontefract Park is also an ideal place for cyclists with designated routes for cycling, determined by historic byelaws dating back to 1926, which were aimed at preserving the enjoyment of park users.

The north section of the park called “Pontefract Park North” was designated a Local Nature Reserve, offering a range of habitats and often forming complex mosaics of vegetation; with grassland, a lake, as well as woodland, wetland and small areas of open water.

The more energetic can take advantage of the 2 mile / 125yds track on the inside of the racecourse for running or walking dogs.

New Play Area

The play area has a fairytale theme, to tie in with the nearby racecourse and castle. Toddlers can go on a dragon hunt, make potions and follow the trail to a ‘gingerbread house’, while there is more adventurous and thrilling equipment for juniors, including a castle on the hill with embankment slide and a ‘giant’s unit’ at nearly 9m tall – that’s the height of two double decker buses!

The play area has 30 pieces of equipment with 250 features suitable for babies and children aged up to 14.

Venue opening hours

Monday : Open

Tuesday : Open

Wednesday : Open

Thursday : Open

Friday : Open

Saturday : Open

Sunday : Open

    Access facilities

  • Accessible Toilet
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Venue Details

Find us at

Park Side, Pontefract, WF8 4QD