May half term at Pontefract Castle

Wandering Words Trail

Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June 2024 , 10am to 4pm


Free entry

Explore a wonderful wordy trail around the castle all week!

Discover old and unusual words you might not have seen before.

Use what you find to create some fantastical new words of your own!

This event is part of Word Fest


Seed Paper

Wednesday 29 May

10am to 11am S.E.N.D session

Also 11.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3pm

For children aged 6 to 11

Pontefract Castle Activity Zone

£2.50 per child, accompanying adults free. Book tickets at

Learn about the medieval garden at Pontefract and the plants that were grown there in the past.

Recycle old paper into new to create your own special seeded paper card or bookmark to take home.

This activity is part of Word Fest.


Letter Art

Thursday 30 May

10am to 12 noon and 1.30pm to 3.30pm

For teenagers aged 12 to 16

Pontefract Castle Activity Zone

£2.50 per teenager, accompanying adults free. Book tickets at

Calligraphy is the art of beautiful writing.

Take inspiration from the collections to try beautiful and unusual techniques to make decorative letter art.

Have a go at illuminating your words with gold leaf to make your art shine.

This activity is part of Word Fest.


Big Green Castle Fun Day

Saturday 15 June

11am to 3pm

For all ages

Across the Pontefract Castle site

Free entry

Join us for a free nature-themed family fun day!

Enjoy crafts, games, art workshops, stalls and much more.

Why not bring a picnic and rug to enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family?

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