Surrounded with beautiful countryside and with a charm all its own, Cudworth has a bustling town centre clustered around its attractive High Street.
You can grab a cuppa with a friend, stock up on household essentials or pick up a gift for someone special.

The spirit of independence is epitomized by the many long-standing, family-run businesses. The town’s proud community spirit shines through its many volunteer and social groups.

There’s a wealth of walking routes in Cudworth and the surrounding area, with the Trans Pennine Trail cutting through the town. Carlton Marsh Nature Reserve is on the doorstep and the Cudworth Faces stone carvings at Storrs Mill Wood make for a fascinating visit. There are plenty of interesting landmarks and locations, including The Roman Bridge and Cudworth Park.

England cricketer Darren Gough, footballers David Hirst and Ralph O’Donnell and Olympic ice hockey player Archibald Stitchcombe are among the famous names linked to Cudworth. Sprinter Dorothy Hyman, who won silver and bronze at the Olympics, is honoured in the name of Cudworth’s Dorothy Hyman Stadium. The late chat show host and journalist Sir Michael Parkinson was born in Cudworth.


What we've done


Find out more about what progress has been made across Cudworth under our Principal Towns and Local Centre Programme.

Shopfront grant scheme

Cudworth saw significant improvements as a result of this grant scheme, which saw 55 businesses applying for and receive funding.

We funded £225,723 through our Principal Towns and Local Centres programme, while businesses invested £68,660 into their own shops.

Public realm improvements

We demolished a disused public toilet block on the High Street and transformed the site into an attractive green space called St John’s Gardens.

Verges on Bow Street were replaced with block paving to create extra parking.

We also made improvements to the gateway to Cudworth. We installed new bow top metal fencing in place of unattractive verges. We resurfaced Cudworth’s roundabout to improve sight lines and safety for road users.

Improving safety

We installed new CCTV cameras to the rear of shops and on the main High Street area of Barnsley Road.


What we're going to do next

Businesses and people living in Cudworth helped us draw up a new Town Investment Plan. We’re working on plans for the next phase of the Principal Towns and Local Centres Programme. We will consult local people on the next steps of this process.

More about Cudworth

Cudworth High Street

*Cudworth High Street*

The bustling high street showcases new traders alongside shopkeepers who greet customers old and new with a friendly face and personal service.
You can find a variety of shops and services on High Street and the surrounding roads. These include florists, gift shops, DIY essentials, hair stylists, cafes, pubs and bars, financial services and pet supplies.

Wishes of Cudworth

Shopkeeper Julia Keeling runs gift and card shop Wishes of Cudworth. She also supports community events and works with other traders to make the high street welcoming.

Support for businesses

A range of support is available to businesses in the local area. This includes support and advice for those looking to start their own business.

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Building your skills

Go for a walk

*Cudworth Faces walk*

Cudworth is a gateway to beautiful countryside, with access to walking routes offering spectacular views. Discover the curious carved stone faces in Storrs Hill Wood or take a stroll to Carlton Marsh nature reserve.

There are walking maps for both of these routes on the Visit Cudworth website. You can also find a guide to the new Cudworth History and Heritage Trail.

Get involved in the community

Volunteering opportunities

You can find volunteering opportunities on the Barnsley CVS website, or contact your local area team.

Find out more about how to get started as a volunteer.

We post photos of people taking part in projects like community clean-ups and bulb-planting, as well as upcoming activities you could get involved with. For more information email

Organising your own events

We like to hear your ideas about how to improve where you live. You might even find other like-minded people in your area who'd be happy to get together to make improvements.

You can also apply for funding through your ward alliance for a project if you can show that it meets the local priorities for your area.

Your area team

Our Area Teams are at the heart of their communities. They organise, support and promote local events and helping people access council services and advice.

You can follow Barnsley North East Area Team, which serves Cudworth, on Facebook.


Keeping your neighbourhood safe

Your local policing team

The Barnsley North East neighbourhood policing team is responsible for crime prevention and community safety in Cudworth.

You can meet the team, get in touch and find details of Police and Communities Together (PACT) meetings on the neighbourhood policing team webpage.

Report crime and anti-social via the South Yorkshire Police website or by calling 101. Dial 999 in an emergency.

Neighbourhood wardens

Our neighbourhood wardens are working hard in our communities to combat environmental crime and anti-social behaviour, but they rely on your help and support.

Make a fly-tipping report.



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