Mayor’s Day is back outdoors for 2021

Barnsley town centre is set to host a celebration for Mayor’s Day on Saturday 10 July – a free, fun-filled and covid-friendly day of street theatre, storytelling and family activities.

Following on from last year’s virtual Mayor’s Parade, we’re thrilled to be able offer an exciting day of outdoor entertainment for our residents to enjoy. Look out for Team BGee jive talking their way around town and giant B-Boys stilt walkers with their 80’s ghetto blaster. Plus, more comedy street theatre from The Gossips and WE Great Ladies.

There will be no Mayor’s parade again this year due to the pandemic and government restrictions but activities and entertainment will showcase the very best of Barnsley’s cultural attractions.

Get wild and celebrate with Library @ The Lightbox as they launch the summer reading challenge for 2021 – Wild World Heroes. The library will also be celebrating its 2nd birthday.

The Cooper Gallery sees the opening of their new Elmer and Friends exhibition - taking you on a journey into the imagination of David McGee the creator of classic books and characters including Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, Mr Benn and Not Now, Bernard. To mark the occasion, Mama G will be reading Elmer stories in Mandela Gardens in the morning, with two free outdoor sessions available to book online in advance via Barnsley Museums website.

Mandela Gardens and The Civic also sees the opening of The Way Ahead - a new public artwork by artist Caroline Cardus highlighting disability issues in an accessible and humorous way.

The Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Caroline Makinson, said: “We’re so excited we can offer something that is outdoors again and brings people back to our town centre – it is a step closer to celebrating as we normally would.

“We’ve got some brilliant activities and entertainment happening throughout the day and we’re hoping to bring that feel good factor back to the people of Barnsley.”

Mayor’s Day follows on from the successful Barnsley’s Fantastical Beasts event which featured ‘Sigmund’ the unicorn - a giant willow sculptured unicorn which is the logo of Schwabisch Gmund, Barnsley’s official twin town in Germany. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the town twinning, and to celebrate, representative from the Twin Town Society will be holding a stall outside the Library @ The Lightbox with Sigmund on show once again.

Entertainment will start on Cheapside and May Day green from 10am until 3pm.

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