A fun packed weekend in Pontefract at the weekend.A fun packed weekend in Pontefract at the weekend.
A fun packed weekend in Pontefract at the weekend.

Sweet treats and family fun at Pontefract's Liquorice Festival and Proms

The sun shone and crowds of people descended on Pontefract at the weekend to celebrate all things liquorice

The annual free family-friendly festival organised by Wakefield Council returned after a two-year break due to covid and was a huge hit. In 2020 and 2021 it was held online.

There was a liquorice trail around the town with a chance to sample dishes and drinks - all made from the root of the liquorice plant that was grown in abundance in the area until the 1970s.

Liquorice allsorts cocktails, beef and liquorice stout pie with liquorice gravy, sticky toffee pudding with homemade liquorice, and honey gelato were among the sweet and savoury dishes to be served up.

Sunday was dedicated to family fun. The town centre and Pontefract Castle had free activities, including balloon modelling and music.

An art installation inspired by the liquorice plant and made of embroidery and pattern by local artist, Jessica Grady, with the help of visitors to her community workshops was on display at Pontefract library.

A fun-filled, candy-inspired parade departed from the entrance to the Town Hall, on Sunday and made its way to Pontefract Castle.

Beautiful music was also heard at Pontefract Proms on Sunday.

The West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra entertained the crowd in the historic grounds of Pontefract Castle.