Sweet weekend planned for town

Pontefract Liquorice Festival - Performers on the streets in Pontefract
Pontefract Liquorice Festival - Performers on the streets in Pontefract

There’s a sweet treat in store for liquorice lovers when Wakefield Council’s annual festival returns to Pontefract this weekend.

The authority’s 18th liquorice celebration takes place on Sunday and promises to turn the town centre in a haven for candy connoisseurs.

Pontefract Liquorice Festival - Cllr. Dave Dagger prepares for the baloon release

Pontefract Liquorice Festival - Cllr. Dave Dagger prepares for the baloon release

Lucy Liquorice will be welcoming visitors to the event, which includes free family workshops such as liquorice accessory making and liquorice themed kite making.

Coun David Dagger, cabinet member for culture, said: “With only a few days to go until the festival, liquorice fever is building.

“This year is set to be the best Pontefract Liquorice Festival so far with even more fun and treats planned than ever before.”

Magic and puppet shows, street theatre, live music, cupcake decorating, samba drumming, facepainting are just some of the activities on offer throughout the day.

There will also be interactive animal displays including a mini petting farm and birds of prey on show.

Coun Dagger added: “We welcome everyone from right across the district to join us.

“It is a great opportunity to come and spend the day with family and friends in the historic town of Pontefract.”

Believed to be the only festival in the world to celebrate the unusual plant, the festival is a fun day out for all the family, with more than 50 market stalls offering a variety of crafts, food, produce and plenty of liquorice products.

The festivities kick off on Saturday with a free picnic from 11am to 4pm at Pontefract Castle, organised in partnership with Pontefract Heritage Group.

In the evening there is a Proms in the Castle event featuring classical music from the West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra followed by a firework finale.

Advance tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children from the castle.