MAYhem Street Circus Festival – 4 to 19 May

MAYhem is a street theatre and circus festival coming to a high street, market square or park near you over three successive weekends in May.

We’ve engaged street theatre company Yellow Bus events to bring their unique brand of entertainment to Barnsley.

You can catch the MAYhem festival at the following venues on these dates:

  • Cudworth Park on Saturday 4 May
  • Penistone Market Barn on Sunday 5 May
  • Hoyland Town Square on Saturday 11 May
  • Royston Park on Sunday 12 May
  • Goldthorpe’s Horse and Groom Square on Saturday 18 May
  • Wombwell High Street on Sunday 19 May

There will be a variety of exciting and fun acts. Most of them are from the Yorkshire area.

You can enjoy circus-style performances in our public venues and "walkabouts" by wandering performers.

Come and to enjoy some amazing street theatre and circus right on your doorstep. It features the likes of Felicity Footloose, Granny Tourismo and Dr Pandemonius Fish.

If you miss the show at one location, you can always catch up with the festival at another one.

The mini-festival will bring to the borough street performers who regularly appear at Covent Garden, Glastonbury Festival, Edinburgh Festival and major events around the world.

The entertainment, which is free and aimed at all generations, will run from 11am to 4pm each day.

Come and enjoy the MAYhem!

Upcoming events in 2024:

  • Flavours Food Festival - Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 May
  • Barnsley Live - Saturday 8 June
  • Barnsley 10k - Sunday 30 June 
  • Barnsley’s Big Weekend - Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July
  • Barnsley Bright Nights - Friday 22 to Saturday 23 November
  • Christmas Market - Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 December

Keep an eye on this page and the Barnsley town centre social media channels for more announcements.

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