Museums and Castles events

Browse the exciting range of upcoming events and activities across our Museums and Castles sites!

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Dungeon Tours
Pontefract Castle
3 Mar 2024
Details:

Join us for a tour of the Pontefract Castle dungeons. Soak in the atmosphere of this eerie underground space, discover the history of the dungeon and see where Civil War prisoners left to languish scratched their names into the rock.

Please note: The tour involves going underground via steep steps with low light levels, uneven ground, and damp conditions. Sensible footwear is strongly recommended.

For full information and to book tickets click Further Details below

Start time: 10:45am
End time: 11:30am
Age range: Families, Teenagers, Adults
Free: No
Booking required: Yes
Location: Pontefract Castle
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Pontefract Castle Explorer Tours
Pontefract Castle
3 Mar 2024
Details:
Join us every Friday, Saturday and Sunday* at 2pm for a guided tour of the Castle site.
Click 'Further Details' below to book.
In years gone by, Pontefract Castle was one of Britain’s most important castles and was known as The Key to the North!
Discover who built and lived in the castle and listen to stories of unfaithful Queens, imprisoned Kings as well the castle’s role in the English Civil Wars.
Find out what the Castle looked like in its heyday and how it has changed over time.
Tour is suitable for wheelchair users and visitors with pushchairs.
Suitable for all ages.
Adults £3, Children 5+ £2
Under 5s Free
*Some exceptions due to occasional site closures - these will not be available to book online
Start time: 2pm
End time: 2:45pm
Age range: Families, Teenagers, Adults, Under 5s
Free: No
Booking required: Yes
Location: Pontefract Castle
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Toddler Tuesdays (Every Tuesday in term time)
Castleford Museum
5 Mar 2024
Details:

Join Charlie Bear every Tuesday during term time for a lively session of storytelling, crafts and rhymes!

We’ll be inspired by a different museum object each week.

Activities link to the following of your 50 Things to do Before You’re 5

#4 Make your Mark

#6 Rhyme Time

#10 Sharing books

#40 Happy History

Every Tuesday in term time, 10am – 11am

Free – No booking required

Start time: 10am
End time: 11am
Age range: Families, Under 5s
Free: Yes
Booking required: No
Location: Castleford Museum
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Have a Dabble - Cross-stitch
Pontefract Castle
5 Mar 2024
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Try your hand at cross-stitch!

Create a simple timeless design inspired by our cross-stitch collection.  

Join us in a relaxed setting for a warm and friendly welcome. 

Adults 16+

Tickets £6.30, including all materials and instruction

Click here to book Have a Dabble - Cross-stitch

Start time: 1:30pm
End time: 3:30pm
Age range: Adults
Free: No
Booking required: Yes
Location: Pontefract Castle
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Ilbert's Dragon Tales
Pontefract Castle
6 Mar 2024
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Join Ilbert the Dragon at Pontefract Castle for a fun and friendly afternoon of storytelling and hands on play!

Each month help Ilbert and his storyteller bring their books to life through music, props and actions. Then get stuck in with activities, crafts, games and rhymes. 

These sessions are a great way to spend time together and discover new ways of learning with your child.  

You can also do them as part of 50 Things to do before you’re 5. 
Take part and tick off #40 Happy History, #6 Rhyme Time, #7 Making Music and lots more!

Click here to book Ilbert's Dragon Tales 

This event is part of Our Year - Wakefield District 2024

Start time: 1:30pm
End time: 2:30pm
Age range: Under 5s, Families
Free: No
Booking required: Yes
Location: Pontefract Castle
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Meet the Curator
Wakefield Museum
7 Mar 2024
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Do you have an interesting object that you’d like to show us or a story to tell us?

Our monthly Meet the Curator sessions are your chance to chat with our team.

No appointment required - just turn up with your questions, your stories or your objects!

Start time: 2pm
End time: 4pm
Age range: Adults
Free: Yes
Booking required: No
Location: Wakefield Museum
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Dungeon Tours
Pontefract Castle
8 Mar 2024
Details:

Join us for a tour of the Pontefract Castle dungeons. Soak in the atmosphere of this eerie underground space, discover the history of the dungeon and see where Civil War prisoners left to languish scratched their names into the rock.

Please note: The tour involves going underground via steep steps with low light levels, uneven ground, and damp conditions. Sensible footwear is strongly recommended.

For full information and to book tickets click Further Details below

Start time: 10:45am
End time: 11:30am
Age range: Families, Teenagers, Adults
Free: No
Booking required: Yes
Location: Pontefract Castle
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Pontefract Castle Explorer Tours
Pontefract Castle
8 Mar 2024
Details:
Join us every Friday, Saturday and Sunday* at 2pm for a guided tour of the Castle site.
Click 'Further Details' below to book.
In years gone by, Pontefract Castle was one of Britain’s most important castles and was known as The Key to the North!
Discover who built and lived in the castle and listen to stories of unfaithful Queens, imprisoned Kings as well the castle’s role in the English Civil Wars.
Find out what the Castle looked like in its heyday and how it has changed over time.
Tour is suitable for wheelchair users and visitors with pushchairs.
Suitable for all ages.
Adults £3, Children 5+ £2
Under 5s Free
*Some exceptions due to occasional site closures - these will not be available to book online
Start time: 2pm
End time: 2:45pm
Age range: Families, Teenagers, Adults, Under 5s
Free: No
Booking required: Yes
Location: Pontefract Castle
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Talk: Yorkshire's Medieval Heroines
Pontefract Castle
8 Mar 2024
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Sharon Bennett Connolly is a writer and historian with a specialism in women in the Medieval Era. 

Join Sharon this International Women's Day for a fascinating talk about the Medieval Yorkshire women who made the headlines. 

These include Pontefract's own Alice de Lacy,  Isabel d'Aubigny, the countess who 'told off' Henry III, and Joan Beaufort, the matriarch of a dynasty that fought on both sides of the Wars of the Roses. 

The talk will be followed by a short Q and A.  Sharon will be available after the talk to sign and sell books related to the talk. 

This talk is for adults (16+)

This event is part of Our Year 2024

Please be aware this event will take place in the Visitor Centre at Pontefract Castle. 

Pontefract Castle Gates will be closed between 16.30 and the doors opening at 18.00. The Castle ruins and grounds will remain closed to visitors after 16.30, and there will be access to the Visitor Centre only. 

Free, but booking required. 

Book Talk: Yorkshire's Medieval Heroines

Start time: 6:30pm
End time: 7:30pm
Age range: Adults
Free: Yes
Booking required: Yes
Location: Pontefract Castle
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Dungeon Tours
Pontefract Castle
9 Mar 2024
Details:

Join us for a tour of the Pontefract Castle dungeons. Soak in the atmosphere of this eerie underground space, discover the history of the dungeon and see where Civil War prisoners left to languish scratched their names into the rock.

Please note: The tour involves going underground via steep steps with low light levels, uneven ground, and damp conditions. Sensible footwear is strongly recommended.

For full information and to book tickets click Further Details below

Start time: 10:45am
End time: 11:30am
Age range: Families, Teenagers, Adults
Free: No
Booking required: Yes
Location: Pontefract Castle
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Pontefract Castle Explorer Tours
Pontefract Castle
9 Mar 2024
Details:
Join us every Friday, Saturday and Sunday* at 2pm for a guided tour of the Castle site.
Click 'Further Details' below to book.
In years gone by, Pontefract Castle was one of Britain’s most important castles and was known as The Key to the North!
Discover who built and lived in the castle and listen to stories of unfaithful Queens, imprisoned Kings as well the castle’s role in the English Civil Wars.
Find out what the Castle looked like in its heyday and how it has changed over time.
Tour is suitable for wheelchair users and visitors with pushchairs.
Suitable for all ages.
Adults £3, Children 5+ £2
Under 5s Free
*Some exceptions due to occasional site closures - these will not be available to book online
Start time: 2pm
End time: 2:45pm
Age range: Families, Teenagers, Adults, Under 5s
Free: No
Booking required: Yes
Location: Pontefract Castle
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Family Fun - Mining March at Castleford Museum
Castleford Museum
9 Mar 2024
Details:

In March we are shining a lamp on the mining heritage around our area.

Each Saturday our museums will have a different mining themed activity.

What will you make?

All activities provided – and we’ll tidy up afterwards!

These activities are part of Our Year - Wakefield District 2024

Start time: 11am
End time: 3pm
Age range: Under 5s, Families
Free: Yes
Booking required: No
Location: Castleford Museum
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Family Fun - Mining March at Pontefract Museum
Pontefract Museum
9 Mar 2024
Details:

In March we are shining a lamp on the mining heritage around our area.

Each Saturday our museums will have a different mining themed activity.

What will you make?

All activities provided – and we’ll tidy up afterwards!

These activities are part of Our Year - Wakefield District 2024

Start time: 11am
End time: 3pm
Age range: Under 5s, Families
Free: Yes
Booking required: No
Location: Pontefract Museum
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Family Fun - Mining March at Wakefield Museum
Wakefield Museum
9 Mar 2024
Details:

In March we are shining a lamp on the mining heritage around our area.

Each Saturday our museums will have a different mining themed activity.

What will you make?

All activities provided – and we’ll tidy up afterwards!

These activities are part of Our Year - Wakefield District 2024

Start time: 11am
End time: 3pm
Age range: Under 5s, Families
Free: Yes
Booking required: No
Location: Wakefield Museum
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Dungeon Tours
Pontefract Castle
10 Mar 2024
Details:

Join us for a tour of the Pontefract Castle dungeons. Soak in the atmosphere of this eerie underground space, discover the history of the dungeon and see where Civil War prisoners left to languish scratched their names into the rock.

Please note: The tour involves going underground via steep steps with low light levels, uneven ground, and damp conditions. Sensible footwear is strongly recommended.

For full information and to book tickets click Further Details below

Start time: 10:45am
End time: 11:30am
Age range: Families, Teenagers, Adults
Free: No
Booking required: Yes
Location: Pontefract Castle
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Pontefract Castle Explorer Tours
Pontefract Castle
10 Mar 2024
Details:
Join us every Friday, Saturday and Sunday* at 2pm for a guided tour of the Castle site.
Click 'Further Details' below to book.
In years gone by, Pontefract Castle was one of Britain’s most important castles and was known as The Key to the North!
Discover who built and lived in the castle and listen to stories of unfaithful Queens, imprisoned Kings as well the castle’s role in the English Civil Wars.
Find out what the Castle looked like in its heyday and how it has changed over time.
Tour is suitable for wheelchair users and visitors with pushchairs.
Suitable for all ages.
Adults £3, Children 5+ £2
Under 5s Free
*Some exceptions due to occasional site closures - these will not be available to book online
Start time: 2pm
End time: 2:45pm
Age range: Families, Teenagers, Adults, Under 5s
Free: No
Booking required: Yes
Location: Pontefract Castle

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