Town Hall

Barnsley Town Hall is the home of Barnsley Council. Only a few offices are now based here, along with meeting and reception rooms. This famous local landmark dates from 1933 and is a popular venue for weddings. It has a cafe and the landscaped fountain areas outside make a great place to meet and relax.  

The town hall is also home to Experience Barnsley museum and the Barnsley archives. You can find out more about it's past there.

The building is historic but has level access and changing places facilities. There's a range of parking in the town centre.

Flag flying at the town hall

Our town hall is a UK government building. We follow government guidance on when we should fly the Union Flag.

The building has three flag poles. The main flagpole is on the top of the clock tower.  It is for flying the Union Flag or St George’s Cross only.

The other flag poles are on the top of the main building at either side of the tower. These are used to fly the flag for special events. These include the Armed Forces Day or Yorkshire Day when the Barnsley flag is also flown.

We also have our own special days for flying the flag. We’ll tell you about these on our social media channels.

Lighting up Barnsley Town Hall tower and fountains

Lighting up our town hall is a great way to support national and local events and campaigns. It marks a range of one-off events. This includes sporting success and yearly events of teams and groups.

We’ll not light up the town hall in response to world events as an instant response. We'll carefully look at any requests.

All requests are depend on if the Chief Executive and the Leader of the Council approve and are available.

We may light up the whole of the town hall as part of our broader events and campaigns. This option isn't available to other groups.

Our town hall tower is usually lit up white on the tower. It has pink and blue lights that rotate in the arches. The fountains are generally lit on a scheme that runs through all colours.


The lighting system can change the town hall tower to different colours.

We can change the town hall fountains to the following colours:

  • Rainbow.
  • Pink.
  • Yellow.
  • Green.
  • Purple.
  • Yellow and blue.
  • Red, white and blue.
  • Red and green.

You can request lighting for up to one week or for the duration of the event, whichever is less. The lighting period will begin and end only on those days when Barnsley Town Hall is open. Staff must be available to program the lighting. The lighting and fountains must also be in working order.

If there are two or more suitable requests at the same time, we will take the first request. Our events and campaigns take precedence in all instances. Any yearly events must be applied for and assessed each year. There will not be automatic renewals.

We reserve the right to remove or not proceed with any town hall lighting without prior notice. This also applies if the lighting or the fountains aren't working.

Is your event eligible?

The event or campaign must aid local people and align with our values and outcomes in our Council Plan. It should also meet one of the following rules:

  • Raise awareness of charities chosen by the mayor of Barnsley.
  • Mark events directly organised by or financially supported by us.
  • Mark events not directly arranged by us but which may be held in the borough. These must be useful to Barnsley from a tourism or promotional outlook (eg Tour de Yorkshire).
  • Mark events from a charity, community or other non profit making groups. They must be based in or have a link to Barnsley. They should also be celebrating an esteemed yearly event or occasion.
  • To be considered as a not for profit group, you must provide registered charity or not for profit details. You can get this from the Government or the Charity Commission.
  • Recognise sporting teams or groups with a specific connection to Barnsley, which has received an important award.

Lighting will not be considered for commercial bodies or personal occasions.

Requests for lighting to remember or honour a person will not be accepted. They would only be allowed as a special case. Requests will not be considered by people for their own purposes.