BARNSLEY Garden Party returns to the town centre this weekend with music, dance, circus acrobatics and outdoor arts.

The free family festival is a collaboration between The Glass Works and The Civic and visitors will be treated to a weekend filled with thrills, comedy and music.

The event, which first took place a decade ago, is this Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 4pm,

The Garden Party has been commissioned by Barnsley Council and Barnsley Civic.

Anthony Baker, Chief Executive at Barnsley Civic, said: “Prepare for a weekend of sheer spectacle with extraordinary live performances by the UK's finest street performers and outdoor artists. This free family event is not to be missed.

"Our resident theatre company, Markmark, will be enchanting audiences with 'The Maniax’, a spectacular comedy performance featuring Houdini-style escape artists showcasing daring stunts, illusions, and brilliant comic routines."

Another stand-out act will see four performers dance, leap, gracefully balance and throw themselves with acrobatic prowess around, on and inside a rotating seven-metre-high hourglass in The Glass Works.

Coun Robert Frost, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture at Barnsley Council, said: “This year’s Garden Party promises an incredible display of high-quality outdoor arts, making it an unforgettable weekend for all. The weekend will be full of fun and what’s even better is that the entire event is free.”