Allsorts of fun at Pontefract’s festival of liquorice

Street entertainers at last years Pontefract Liquorice Festival.
Street entertainers at last years Pontefract Liquorice Festival.
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A sweet celebration will soon be taking place in Pontefract when the town’s Liquorice Festival returns for a 21st year.

Activities will take place across Pontefract town centre from 10am until 4pm on Sunday, July 10, to mark Pontefract’s historic association with the plant.

Entertainment at this year’s festival will include face painting, balloon modelling, street entertainment, liquorice jewellery making, clowns and stilt walkers.

More than 80 market stalls will be selling food, drink and crafts including unusual beer, pies, toffee, fudge, tea, cupcakes and chutneys with a liquorice twist.

Coun Les Shaw, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “Our town has a unique association with liquorice and this is a great opportunity to enjoy Pontefract at its best.

“I am sure it will be a real sweet treat for all the family.”

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