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The Magic of Middle-earth

Journey beyond the books to discover the artistic legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s incredible fantasy world. The Magic Of Middle-Earth is a major new exhibition coming to the Gallery this autumn and winter. Celebrating the fantasy world brought to life by J.R.R. Tolkien, and the generations of writers, artists, musicians, film makers, environmentalists and game designers it has influenced. Discover a magical treasure trove of over 200 rare objects and artworks and some incredible links to Barnsley! Family fun for all ages, from little halflings to wizened wizards.

Free Entry

parler femme, a Tala Lee-Turton Production, 16th Nov at Elsecar Ironworks Main Image
parler femme, a Tala Lee-Turton Production, 16th Nov at Elsecar Ironworks

parler femme is a dance-based triple bill celebrating innovative and inspiring stories about women. Experienced through live performance, screen and immersive technologies, the work is the latest from South Yorkshire’s Tala Lee-Turton Productions.

This is the first time that a professional dance production is being staged at Elsecar Heritage Centre and the first time Tala will perform with her production company in her home town of Barnsley.

Act I, The Subject is Speaking, is a compilation of award-winning short dance films telling the stories of different lived experiences from female filmmakers.

Act II marks the premiere of multi-layered dance and music duet, Here Lies, a magic realist tale about two estranged sisters, reconnecting after the death of their Grandmother.

Act III is audience favourite, No Time Like The Present, with a cast of five dancers performing to a synth-pop score, exploring power and femininity.

A Q&A with the creative team will follow the performance.

Performance details

Start time - 7:30pm

Running time – 1 hour 40 mins (including prologue and 20 minute interval) plus 30 minute post show Q and A


£12 per person

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Nature Trail and Wild Tales with Moonfull

A storytelling interactive journey into nature.

Join Moonfull’s Sherel and Dunc on an immersive experience around RSPB Old Moor, interact with nature, looking at nature from a different perspective, the medicinal properties of plants, fungi and trees while incorporating a flair of story telling and folklore.

Finish the walk off with a woodland fire and after sharing knowledge and wisdom from being out in Nature.

Dementia Charity Rummage Sale

BIADS - Barnsley Independent Alzheimer's and Dementia Support, are holding a rummage on Wednesday 27th September, between 11-3pm. All welcome to come and grab a bargain at Joseph Exley House, Dean Street, Barnsley, S70 6EX. Located just off Dodworth Road. All the proceeds will go towards supporting people in Barnsley affected by Dementia. Free park available on site. If you'd like to find out more out us or our event please contact us on 280057.


Book on this multisensory experience for families with PMLD, autism and who are neurodiverse. Experience Barnsley’s
signature museum in a way you never have before. The sessions take place in the Learning Lab inside the museum
(which is located in the town hall). The space is set up with a range of sensory items, along with soft floor mats and soft lighting.

Places are limited so book tickets through Eventbrite.

Two time slots 11am-12noon and 1

Mill Ghosts and things that go bump in the night!

Come along to create some creepy crafts in the Learning Hut.

Free, drop-in | 10am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm

Dragon Eyes

Be inspired by our Magic of Middle Earth Exhibition and create your own clay dragon eye to take home.

Free, drop-in | 10-12pm, 1-3pm

Evening of Mediumship with Pietro Politano

Royston Animal Welfare are holding an evening of mediumship with Pietro Politano. Friday 10th November 2023 at Wilthorpe & Redbrook Community Centre, Huddersfield Road , Barnsley. Doors open 6.30 for 7pm. Admission £10 pre bookable ticket inc refreshments. Please contact 07874 945689 or gillpartington@blueyonder.co.uk for tickets and info

Illumine: Light Up Festival

Join us for our Christmas launch as we light up the Museum for a bumper weekend of festive fun. The man with the bag, Santa returns to collect coal for his stockings, and to kick off his grotto meetings with lucky visitors Underground (pre-bookable – more information soon).

Over the weekend you can enjoy pop-up activities around the site, brass band and choir performances, plus plenty of festive treats and food.

24, 25, 25 November

Ed Byrne: Tragedy Plus Time

Sun 11th February, 7:30pm
The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley, S70 2HZ

Fresh from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe and with a slew of five-star reviews, one of the UK’s favourite TV household names returns to the stage with his brand new and most personal show to date. Come and join one of our leading laugh specialists as he tests that formula by mining the most tragic event in his life for laughs.

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