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image for Music item typeLeeds Waits Presents A 17th Century Christmas at Pontefract Castle

Music Event, Sun 8 Dec 2019, free entry

Leeds Waits

Leeds Waits


Presenting Leeds Waits for a lunchtime Christmas concert as part of the Wakefield Museums and Castles 12 Days Of Christmas.

Traditionally, town or city waits were the watchmen who patrolled during the night, using musical instruments to show they were on duty and to mark the hours. As the task developed, the waits added more instruments and became more proficient at playing them. These musical bands were often attired in colourful liveries, as are their modern Leeds counterparts.

The original Leeds Waits date back to the 1530s and were in constant demand until the role of waits was abolished in the 1800s. The present Leeds Waits were reestablished in 1983.

The Leeds Waits play authentic, 17th century-style music on authentic, period-specific instruments (including shawms, bagpipes and citterns) and perform in appropriate historical dress, giving a truly unique experience.

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

Disabled access

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Dates Times
Sun 8 Dec 2019 12:00 to 14:30


Free entry


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
  • Disabled accessDisabled access