Enjoy classical music inside ancient castle ruins

Pontefract, West Yorkshire

Each July, the atmospheric ruins of Pontefract Castle come alive during The Proms, an outdoor classical music performance with a firework finale.

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The remains of Pontefract Castle in Yorkshire, Northern England, host a truly memorable night with a selection of patriotic and stomping classical music from the West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra.

The historic castle's inner bailey becomes a theatre and picnic arena for the evening while the remains of the Keep act as a launch pad for a spectacular fireworks finale.

The Proms usually take place the second Saturday of July, the day before the town’s Pontefract Liquorice Festival, held to celebrate the local link to liquorice growing and sweet production. There’s plenty of street entertainment and live music on offer, including art workshops and fun activities, as well as local produce from over 60 market stalls.

Pontefract is a historic market town in West Yorkshire, a 10-mile (16km) journey by road east from the city of Wakefield, which is 2 hours north of London by train. 

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