Explorer Backpacks and other family activities

Explorer Backpacks

Are you a new visitor to Pontefract Castle? Perhaps you visit regularly and would like to try something new?

Come and get your free to borrow Explorer Backpack today and use the activities inside to help bring to life the hidden stories of Pontefract Castle – a must have for all young explorers!

The backpacks contain a selection of activities suitable for a range of ages, and are packed full of ideas to help you get the most from your visit and have fun together.

So come and borrow a backpack and let the exploration begin!

To receive your backpack, simply ask for one at the visitor centre and you will be handed your pack filled with the following tools and aids to help you and your family explore:

  • Torch and mirror (investigate the nooks and crannies!)
  • High magnification binoculars (see the amazing up close)
  • Compass and map (find your way)
  • Magnifying glass (discover incredible details!)
  • Coloured pencils and paper (sketch and colour)
  • Tape measure and pencils (measure and record)
  • Costume and mystery objects (play and imagine)
  • I-spy challenge (can you find these details?)
  • Notes for grown-ups

Please Note:

There may be a waiting period for the backpacks during busy times.

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