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Public Art:Pontefract Giants at Pontefract Castle

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Public Art, from 25 Sep 2021, free entry


Pontefract Giants

Pontefract Giants


Pontefract Castle


Castle Chain,
West Yorkshire,

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Sat 25 Sep Pontefract Giants
Sun 26 Sep Pontefract Giants


Wakefield Council and artists James Bulley and Mathew Rosier present: Pontefract Giants.

“And there was dancing of Giantes; and musick prepared to meet us.” Those were the words written by playwright Ben Johnson more than 400 years ago.

This September, at the turn of the year, when the veil between the worlds begins to grow thin, visit Pontefract Castle and experience a connection across 300,000 years of history as giants once again dance in the castle grounds.

Pontefract Giants is a sound and light show featuring modern-day Pontefract residents who will transform, with the aid of the castle’s trees, into the “Giants” - the ancestors of Pontefract - each one representing a period of the town’s history, from the misty, forgotten depths of Pontefract’s very first human habitation, through Iron Age farming, to post-Civil War liquorice cultivation and more.

Be guided by the poetic narration as the Giants come to life before your eyes, accompanied by the natural forces that shaped the human lives in Pontefract’s story - fire, rock and rain - and a moving, atmospheric soundtrack.

Each performance of Pontefract Giants will last approximately half an hour, with live music and refreshments between showings.
Performances start at 8:00pm, with the last performance at 9:30pm

The event is free, and while booking is recommended, it is not essential. Tickets represent an entry time, but you are free to stay until the end of the last show (approx. 10pm). This is an unique opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of Pontefract Castle as night falls.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 25 Sep 2021 20:00 to 22:00
Sun 26 Sep 2021 20:00 to 22:00


Free entry

Booking is recommended, but not essential.


Plan route to Pontefract Castle using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SE 460222  Lat: 53.69421 Long: -1.30481

By Road:
M62 jct32
Continue onto Park Road (A639)
Turn left onto Southgate (A645)

For car parking:
Turn left onto North Baileygate. Car park located off Beech Hill. WF8 2JF

Disabled car-parking spaces are available at the Castle gates (approach via Spink Lane or Micklegate).

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Monkhill/Baghill Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Pontefract Bus Station

Walk from Pontefract town centre via Horsefair, Micklegate and Castle Chain.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Pontefract, Monkhill station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups