Date set for annual Liquorice Festival

The annual Pontefract Liquorice Festival is set to make a return this July promising a variety of mouth watering indulgences.

Sunday, 22nd May 2016, 2:00 pm

On Sunday 10 July the festival will kick off at 10am until 4pm sending taste buds wild for the sweet treat.

Pontefract town centre will be filled with activities for people of all ages to get involved with including family workshops, street entertainment, shops and refreshments.

Family workshops include the opportunity to attend a Liquorice Jewellery Making Workshop, Biscuit Decorating Workshop, Henry Goodie Workshop and Face painting and Balloon Modelling.

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Allsorts Stilt Walkers, Sweetshop Clowns, a Kids Fun Bus and Mr Wonka and his Umpa Lumpas will be around and about on the day entertaining the crowds to make sure attendees experience the love it or hate it taste sensation day out.

Local historian Tom Dixon will be giving people the chance to discover the history of the famous sweet from 11:30am-12:30pm and 2:30pm-3.30pm at the Pontefract Libary free of charge.

Over 80 market stalls will be set up around the town offering the opportunity to purchase food, drink, handmade crafts, and fair trade gifts as well as a range of unusal liquorice products.

As well as the market stalls there will be a number of hot food providers who have invented unique liquorice dishes especially for the festival with a dedicated seating area next to the Buttercross.

Wakefield Council who run the festival have put on a free park and ride service from 9am until 5pm.