New play area opens at Pontefract Castle

30/10/2019, PR-9214

New play area opens

​An exciting new play area at Pontefract Castle is now open for young visitors and their families to enjoy.

The castle-themed play area, located outside the Liquorice Café, features exciting equipment including a battering ram swing, drawbridge, ramparts, cargo nets, two slides and more.

Seating around the edges means adults can enjoy something warm and delicious from the Liquorice Café, while younger visitors make their own castle adventures in the playground.

Cllr Jacquie Speight
Cllr Jacquie Speight

​Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "The new play area looks absolutely fantastic and I am sure it will bring hours of fun for our young visitors to Pontefract Castle.

"I'd like to thank the Pontefract North ward councillors who have helped fund this project and would encourage families to come down and enjoy this new facility at our much-loved castle."

The castle offers lots of fun for families, with bags of space to explore, an exciting programme of events and activities running throughout the year, dressing up costumes, themed school holiday activities, regular dungeon tours and monthly Castle Crafts sessions for under-fives.

The play area is the latest development at the castle where the £5million Key to the North project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England and Wakefield Council, was completed recently, leading to removal of the castle from Historic England's 'at risk' register.

The £70,000 playground has been funded by both Wakefield Council and the Council's Local Capital Grants programme.

The Local Capital Grants programme sees £50,000 allocated, annually, to each of the Council's 21 wards to fund projects that will improve the lives of local residents.

Ward councillors work closely with residents and voluntary and community groups to identify projects which will benefit their local communities. Cllrs Lorna Malkin, Clive Tennant and Pat Garbutt from the Pontefract North ward have supported this project.

Outdoor play helps children develop through exploring, being creative and also building confidence and social skills. This space will importantly contribute to the recommended physical activity levels of 60 minutes a day for age five and up or 180 minutes a day for pre-schoolers.

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