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Prepare for MAYhem: a blast of street theatre and circus fun

Get ready for MAYhem on the streets of Barnsley.

MAYhem is a free street theatre and circus festival coming to a high street, market square or park near you over three successive weekends in May, with a variety of exciting and fun acts. 

Learn more about the programme

Mayhem Street Circus Festival

Deadline to apply for free voter ID fast approaching

Time to apply for free voter ID ahead of the May elections is running out. Anyone who doesn’t already have an accepted form of ID will need to apply before the deadline at 5pm on 24 April.  

You can apply for free ID at or by completing and submitting a paper form to Barnsley Council.

Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a drivers’ licence, including provisional; some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or disabled person’s pass; and the new free Voter Authority Certificate.

Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

Find out more about the local elections

Deadline To Apply For Free Voter ID Fast Approaching

Barnsley goes wild for Brian Wildsmith

The World of Brian Wildsmith: a new exhibition of art and illustrations will enchant children and parents alike.

World-renowned children’s book author and illustrator Brian Wildsmith will be celebrated through a season of exhibitions spanning two of Barnsley Museums fantastic free attractions. 

Paws, Claws, Tales and Roars: The Art of Brian Wildsmith at the Cooper Gallery and Coming Home: The Life of Brian Wildsmith at Experience Barnsley Museum, are two new free exhibitions on display.

Discover more about Brian Wildsmith

Painting of 2 owls