Things to do in Barnsley
From fun activities to keep the kids entertained to adventures in the great outdoors, Barnsley has something to keep everyone entertained – no matter the weather.
Visit Dearne Valley Old Moor
Dearne Valley Old Moor is a picturesque nature reserve complete with a visitor centre, an adventure playground and café. The perfect day out for all the family, meadows teeming with wildlife, ponds filled with ducks and swans in winter, and an array of walking trails make Dearne Valley Old Moor a nature-lover’s dream.
Take the kids to Calypso Cove Waterpark
Not far from Barnsley train station in the town’s centre sits the Barnsley Metrodome Leisure Complex. Hidden inside is the Calypso Cover Waterpark. An interactive splash pool is perfect for babies and toddlers, while slightly older children can enjoy slides, pools, flumes and waves in this pirate-themed waterpark.
Take in a show at The Lamproom Theatre
Sitting inside an old Methodist Chapel in central Barnsley, The Lamproom Theatre is your one stop shop for live music, cover bands, comedy and performance. Lovingly run by a group of dedicated volunteers, The Lamproom is one of Barnsley’s cultural hotspots, and it even boasts an on-site bar to keep your thirst quenched before and during the show.
Hit the shops at Barnsley Market
A traditional market undergoing considerable regeneration, Barnsley Market is set across two floors, and offers shoppers a variety of stalls including florists, haberdasheries, card shops, clothes shops, and eateries. Open until 4pm Monday to Saturday, the market transforms into a thrift-lovers dream on Tuesdays every week with a second-hand market selling everything clothes, books, and other bric-a-brac.
Stroll around Worsbrough Mill Museum & Country Park
Worsborough Mill Country Park is a 240-acre local nature reserve with a 60-acre reservoir at its centre. Perfect for a day of fishing, walking, jogging or bird watching, the park is one of the most stunning areas of natural beauty in the whole of West Yorkshire. The park’s onsite café and tea room is great for grabbing coffee or a light bite to fuel your adventures, while you can buy souvenirs and gifts at the park’s shop. The working water mill at Worsborough Mill Country Park dates back to the 17th century and is also open for visitors to explore.