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Pontefract is the town I have lived in all my life, first with my parents and now with my husband and children. Pontefract is a smallish town in West Yorkshire about 13 miles from Leeds for those people who do not know it.
Pontefract is probably most famous for its Pontefract cakes which are pieces of liqourice sweets, I personally don't like them. We also have a racecourse, one of the longest in the country I think, it is over 2 miles long. I love to go to the races and the racecourse is also very popular with joggers. Pontefract castle is also a place to visit but it is pretty much just remains of the castle, not really much to see.
In terms of shops we have pretty much the same you would anywhere else. There is a Tesco, Morrisons, Farmfoods, Iceland and Netto for your food shopping. In town there is a Boots, Wilkinsons, B&M, Bodycare and Home Bargains. There aren't many clothes shops, basically New Look and Dorothy Perkins for women and Ghia for men. So if you want something new to buy then a trip to nearby Wakefield is needed.
The two things Pontefract has in abundance is travel agents and charity shops, they are everywhere.
In terms of nightlife there are two nightclubs; Kiko's and Big Fella's, both I would visit when I was younger but not places I would really go now. There are loads of pubs though and they are really close together which is great if you're on a pub crawl.
When it comes to things to do there isn't really much on offer, there is a squash club, a few gyms and a swimming pool but that is it really.
I think one of the biggest advantages of living in Pontefract is that just down the road is Glasshoughten which is the home to Junction 32 and Xscape. Junction 32, formally known as Freeport is an outlet village which has lots of clothes shops and you can pick up a bargain as most items are reduced prices. Xscape is a big entertainment complex with an indoor ski area. I think the only other place they have an Xscape is Milton Keynes. There are lots of places to eat, pubs, shops, cinema and bowling. I have yet to try skiing as the thought of skiing terrifies me but I do go there for bowling, cinema and the big soft play area.
I think Pontefract is an ok place to live, I think you just get used to where you are and it becomes home, and for me Pontefract is home.
Yes, Pontefract cakes *are* made in Pontefract and when you go into town any day you can literally smell the liquorice in the air :-) What can I say about Pontefract? Well, the shopping is really good to say it's only a small town with a very large, modern Morrisons store as well as an older Tesco. You will find a relatively newly built Netto too should you wish to buy cheap goods. On the outskirts there is a small retail park with the likes of Currys, Halfords, Wicks (I believe), Macdonalds and other etc and of course Freeport Designer Village. With plenty of clothes shops and a market, good pubs and a couple of corking resteraunts (chinese and Indian) Ponte has everything. There is the race course too of course which is a park too, lovely for a family day out.