Lantern Festival Friarwood Festival
When Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens first formed in 2012 we conducted a survey to find out what improvements in the Valley Gardens people wanted to see and bringing back and events was one of the most popular. From 2013 onwards we have organised family gala days for Pontefract Liquorice Festival in July and Yorkshire Day on 1st August. Pontefract Lioness Club incorporated the Valley Gardens as part of the Lantern Festival from 2013 onwards, in October. We also hold an Easter Egg Hunt for pre-school children every spring. In 2018 we introduced Friarwood Festival in August, a music event celebrating local popular music talent. It proved extremely popular, attracting over 4,000 attendees in August 2019.
Unfortunately, Covid-19 meant that we were unable to hold any of the events in 2020, although a children's Christmas Trail was set up to boost seasonal spirit during the pandemic. We are optimistic for the events in 2021.