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Life is sweet in Pontefract

From horse racing and skiing to an historic castle and museum, this medieval West Yorkshire market town isn't short of ideas. It's probably best known for its Pontefract cakes, which aren't actually cakes but soft round liquorice-flavoured sweets. While liquorice growing disappeared some time ago, there are still two sweet factories that operate outside the town - Haribos and Tangerine.

Try your luck at the races

Pontefract Racecourse held its first race meeting in 1801 and has been attracting the crowds ever since. The flat racing course holds 16 meetings a year, incorporating its annual beer festival and Ladies Day. Whether you're spending time with the family or joining friends for a night out, the action on the turf is compelling. But the big question is - can you pick a winner?

Escape to Xscape

Looking for something to do on a rainy day? Xscape Yorkshire is ram-packed with fun indoor activities. From skiing and sledging to rock climbing and laser tag, it's a great place to burn off some energy. There's also trampolining, adventure golf and a 6D motion ride. And it's easy to get to as it's just off junction 32 of the M62. Planning a trip to Pontefract? Travelodge Pontefract Ferrybridge is just off the A1/M62, with easy access to the town and racecourse. Our hotels at Doncaster and Leeds Colton are about 8 miles away.