Events coinciding with home games in January
25 Big Band Bonanza
11 Toys, Train & Doll Fair
15-23 Lambing Festival
22 Brookes Art Explained
21 Mind Body Spirit Event

to 25 Jan Barnsley Markets 1982-87
to 25 Jan Sean O’Connell: Broth Tarn
to 15 Feb Portraits of Dickie Bird: Lorna May Wadsworth
to 22 Feb 95 Years of Barnsley Photographic Society
to 7 Mar Brookestock
to 21 Mar WW2: Barnsley’s Story
to 1 Jan 2021 The de Morgan Collection and Cannon Hall
to 30 Sep 2021 Seascapes & Riverviews
25 Jan (to 29 Feb) Mark Evans
25 Jan (to 7 Mar) Shoplifting in Woolworths: Paula Chambers
17 Apr (to 13 Jun) Michael Steer

‘Cannon Hall Farm has farm animals and more exotic creatures (reptiles, ferret racing and so forth) with play areas indoors and out’

What to see
You’ll find accounts of Barnsley’s tourist attractions in Towns of Two Halves (and of 91 other places: order the book now for £8 from For additional information plus shopping, eating out etc there’s Visit Barnsley. For events coming up go to Visit Barnsley or Barnsley Civic.

‘Two units form an isosceles triangle with the wall, jutting back at a jaunty Pythagorean angle
towards the wash-basins’

Comment and colour
“The Cannon Hall museum and gallery work hard to appeal to children – dressing-up opportunities, video etc – but the real family attraction is Cannon Hall Farm next door. It has a farm animals and more exotic creatures: reptiles, ferret-racing and so forth; with play areas indoors and out.
“Back in town, signs instruct you to Experience Barnsley. It’s an exuberant jumble of an exhibition, celebrating Barnsley at work (coal, iron, linen, glass) and play (heroes of Oakwell) down the ages. It’s free, and many of the exhibits have been contributed by local people; it is as authentic and lively a local museum as you could wish to find.”
(This is an extract from Towns of Two Halves. To read more on Barnsley and other football towns, order the book for £8 from

Also in or near Barnsley:
Cooper Gallery
Elsecar Heritage Centre