Barnsley's Big Weekend is back with three days of events and activities in Barnsley town centre.

Friday 15 July

Gear up for summer with road cycling races.

Town centre races - 4pm to 10pm. Part of the British Cycling's National Men's and Women's Circuit Series.

Saturday 16 July

Celebrate our amazing town with events across a range of venues for Mayor’s Day alongside an exciting new music festival – Brassed On showcasing the very best of Barnsley’s brass talent as well as Pride Barnsley celebrating our LGBTQ+ community.

  • Mayor's Day 10.30am to 5pm. 
  • Brassed On Musical Festival - featuring the world-famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band.
  • Pride Barnsley.

Sunday 17 July

It’s time for you to get active with a big day of sports and outdoor games in The Glass Works Square together with the Big Dinosaur Show! 11am to 4pm.


For more information about Barnsley's Big weekend, visit the official webpage

Other events

Culture and arts

Barnsley Museums will be serving up a treat with a celebration of all things Slazenger. The famous factory made balls for tournaments across the world from its base in Barnsley! Now you can discover stories about the people who worked there and take part in activities for sporting fans of all ages.

Barnsley's Best Balls trail

Celebrate Barnsley Museum’s latest exhibition ‘Stories from the Slazenger Factory’, by having a ball on their fun, FREE, family friendly trail throughout July 2022.

Spot 12 of Barnsley’s best balls hidden around the town centre and pick up your prize at the Experience Barnsley gift shop.

Collect your trail from Experience Barnsley Museums, The Cooper Gallery or Barnsley Museums in the Glassworks.

Graham Ibbeson's Summer Season

Don’t miss the free ‘High Noon to Midnight’ exhibition at The Cooper Gallery from Saturday 16 July to Saturday 1 October.

Arts and culture trail

Explore unique artwork in Barnsley town centre with this quality, pocket-sized arts and culture trail map! Pick one up for free from customer service points in the Cooper Gallery, Experience Barnsley, and the Barnsley Museums units in the Glass Works.

Bring the trail map into the Cooper Gallery or Barnsley Museum shop at the Town Hall to get a 10% discount on your shop bill!

The map was illustrated by Yorkshire artist, Lisa Maltby. Funded by the Welcome Back Fund, a grant from the England European Regional Development Fund.

Barnsley Markets and Market Kitchen

Make the most of Summer at Barnsley Markets. and Market Kitchen.

Enjoy the lighter nights with food and drink from across the world on the balcony overlooking the Glass Works square or, if the rain arrives, there is plenty of seating inside too!

Going on holiday? Get your new Summer wardrobe from a range of stalls at Barnsley Markets.

Library @ the Lightbox

Join the Barnsley Libraries team at Library @ the Lightbox on Saturday 16 July for the launch of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge Gadgeteers, plus activities for families.

Find out more about events at our libraries.


Events later in the year...

We've got an exciting range of events coming up throughout the year, including the Barnsley Live music festival, Barnsley's Big Weekend, and Dancing Town. Find out more below.

Events coming up in 2022

August – dance and movement

The summer holidays in August sees the start of Dancing Town activities leading to a big finale the following month.

September – arts and heritage

The annual Civic Garden Party comes together with Dancing Town for a big weekend, plus a big performance weekend to celebrate the history of Heritage Action Zone Eldon Street.

October – children and families

Spooky goings on with an expanded Halloween offer, plus the Festival of Joy children’s festival around half-term.

November/December – winter and Christmas

Get into the Christmas spirit with Barnsley Bright Nights winter lights festival, seasonal brass bands, illuminations and more.


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