Barnsley's Fantastical Beasts

Get ready – Barnsley’s Fantastical Beasts are coming to Barnsley town centre between 29 May and 13 June.

Eight giant willow beasts inspired by local legends can be found hiding in various locations of the town centre. You really don’t want to miss these amazing creatures – they are a sight to behold.

Follow the free trail starting at Barnsley Town Hall and don’t forget to visit the Metrodome to find a special bonus beast!

View our fantastical beasts across Barnsley or find out more about the amazing structures.

Where can I find the Fantastical Beasts?

Download the Fantastical Beasts map and follow the town centre trail to find all eight of Barnsley’s Fantastical Beasts. Don’t forget about the ‘Bonus Beast’ hiding at the Metrodome! 

Play the Fantastical Beasts card game

Which beast is the biggest, fastest, scariest and has the highest Barnsleyness factor? Play the fun Fantastical Beasts card game and find out the story behind each beast…

Make your own Twisted Beast Headdress

Beasts, Beasts Everywhere!

John Malby's Angel and Lion Sculpture is a favourite in the Cooper Gallery.

Why not make a Twisted Beast headdress inspired by the beasts you will find in the Cooper Gallery, to wear on your own hunt for the Fantastical Beasts this Spring Bank Holiday?

Take a selfie with a beast and win a voucher worth £50

We all love to take a selfie or two, so don’t forget to snap a selfie next to your favourite beasts and post them on the Love Barnsley Town Centre Facebook page for a chance to be entered into a prize draw to win a Barnsley Gift Card worth £50.

Simply share your selfie and tell us why it’s your favourite Fantastical Beast – is it because of its fear factor, its Barnsleyness or because it’s the fastest?

The Barnsley Gift Card can be redeemed in over 100 shops, restaurants and more across the borough.

Get crafty with an activity pack from Library @ the Lightbox

Pick up an animal themed craft activity from Library @ the Lightbox this half-term. Available from Saturday 29 May on a first come, first served basis – when they’re gone, they’re gone, so be sure to pop in on your Fantastical Beast trail of the town centre

Also, look out for the Summer Reading Challenge 2021 produced by The Reading Agency, which starts on July 10. This year the Reading Agency and libraries are excited to introduce Wild World Heroes; a celebration of nature and action for the environment, in partnership with WWF UK.

Summer Reading Challenge 2021 - Wild World Heroes

Hunting for Fantastical Beasts makes you hungry

It’s hungry work hunting for Fantastical Beasts – so why not stop to refuel at one of the many great places to eat in Barnsley town centre.

Check out what’s available in Market Kitchen (we’ve heard that Dolly’s Desserts make some fantastical, deliciously mouth-watering creations – including a new Fantastical Beast flavoured ice-cream), Falco Lounge, Coffee Boy, Old George and many more!

Shopping locally with the Barnsley Gift Card

Now more than ever it’s important to support local businesses. Barnsley town centre is renowned for its fantastic variety of independents. From jewellery and fashion to lifestyle and entertainment, gifts, flowers and much more, support local businesses by shopping local. Many have an online offer; visit ShopAppy for more information.

Give the gift of Barnsley with the Barnsley Gift Card

The Barnsley Gift Card can be purchased online and spent in over 50 of your favourite independent and chain shops and restaurants around the borough and in the town centre, including Marks and Spencer, Boots, The Entertainer, stalls in Barnsley Market and Market Kitchen, with more businesses added weekly.

The gift card can be spent up to 12 months after purchase and can only be spent in Barnsley – helping to support our local economy.

The Barnsley Gift Card is available now; for more information and to purchase, visit

Organising an event

Find out how we can support you with organising an event in Barnsley, applying for a license an event, and using the spaces we have available.

More about organising an event

Please leave us some feedback