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 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 lots of exciting and fun acts. Most of them are from the Yorkshire area.

You can enjoy circus-style performances in our public venues. You'll also see "walkabouts" by wandering performers.

Come and 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!

Flavours Food Festival - Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 May

The Flavours Food Festival, The Glass Works’ annual foodie extravaganza, returns this May. Its going to be bigger and better than ever.

There'll be over 70 stalls of street food, local food and drink producers, crafts and homeware and live music and entertainment for all the family across the four days.

Visit the Glassworks: Flavours Food Festival 2024 website for more details.

Food competition

As the Flavours Food Festival returns to Barnsley town centre, we want to celebrate Barnsley’s fantastic food offer to help you to make your month delicious.

If you visit between Wednesday 1 May and Friday 31 May, you could be in with a chance of winning one of four £50 Barnsley Gift Cards! Just visit (and purchase something) from one the participating restaurants listed below.

The participating eatery will hand you a small card following your purchase which will feature a QR code. All you need to do is scan it and complete a short survey to enter the competition.

Prize winners will be chosen at random and notified if successful on Monday 3 June 2024.

Participating venues:

The competition and survey is run by us, in full compliance with UK data protection regulations. Data is stored safely and securely. This survey will help us to gain a better understanding of town centre experiences.

You must be 18 or over to enter this competition. ID will be required to collect the prize.


Upcoming events in 2024:

  • 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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