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.

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

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

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

And 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.

Matt O’Neill, Barnsley Council’s executive director for growth and sustainability, said: “MAYhem is a great addition to the cultural offer in our Principal Towns.

“We want to ensure people living right across our borough have the chance to enjoy interactive and memorable cultural experiences, and I’m looking forward to seeing what chaotic fun Yellow Bus bring to our high streets and parks.

"Don’t miss this chance to have some fun and laughter with your family and friends. Come and enjoy the MAYhem!”

The MAYhem festival is being funded by the UK Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund.

A full programme of events and acts can be found at

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