Life’s a beach at Barnsley by the Sea

Come along and make waves in Barnsley town centre with the return of Barnsley by the Sea.

Running from Saturday 29 July to Saturday 2 September, people are invited to enjoy a whole six weeks of fun-filled entertainment.

Life’s set to be a beach, as the event opens six days a week from Monday to Saturday between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

As well as buckets and spades and lots of beach themed activities, there will be a variety of entertainment to keep the whole family amused including:

  • Outdoor reading: Monday 31 July and Wednesday 2 August - As the summer library sessions head to the beach, find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge and enjoy story and rhyme time.

  • Meet Tiny the dinosaur: Saturday 5 August - A very special guest will be paying a visit to the beach. Come along to meet Tiny, a 125 million years-young dinosaur. She will be exploring the town centre and looking to make some new friends on the way. Those who she meets on her travels can pet her, feed her and even pose for a prehistoric photo.

  • Shed of Stories: Saturday 12 August - When the doors open, tales will come pouring out. Between story times the shed will become a pop-up library where children and families can read together. There will also be a small writing desk with paper and pencils so children can create their next masterpiece.

  • Live music: Saturday 19 August - A range of songs will fill the air and bring a smile to the faces to shoppers and visitors; there’s sure to be something to get toes tapping.

  • Granny Turismo: Saturday 26 August - There will be a screech of burning rubber as the hilarious shoppers make a welcome return. Look out for Doris, Mary or Marge on their souped-up shopping trolleys and unique dance moves.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “We’re delighted that Barnsley by the Sea is coming back this summer. Once again it will bring all the fun of the seaside to the town centre. There’s plenty of free family entertainment planned and it’s also an ideal opportunity to pay a visit to our fantastic shops, markets and independent retailers all selling a brilliant range of goods.”

People are encouraged to share their photos of their visits to the beach using the hashtag #Barnsleybeach throughout the school holidays.

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