Whether you love browsing independent shops, watching the world go by over a latte, indulging in some planet-saving shopping or strolling in nature, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Penistone. Its a town with a rich history with its eyes firmly on the future.

Penistone has been a market town since medieval times. The market remains a bustling feature of the town to this day.

Nestled in the foothills of the Pennines, the town has a proud farming history. It provides a gateway to the Trans Pennine Trail: a favourite with walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Notable landmarks include the impressive Penistone Viaduct, St John the Baptist Church and the Penistone Paramount Cinema. Famous names linked with the town include early 20th century revolutionary Percy Toplis and current England international footballer John Stones, who played for Penistone Church FC.


What we’ve done

Find out more about what progress has been made across Penistone.

Penistone Sheep trail

Unveiled in November 2023, the Penistone Sheep is a public art trail aimed at bringing visitors flocking.

It features 11 granite sculptures of sheep. It includes those who are reading a book, roller-skating, ready to watch a film or enjoying a bike ride.

The trail is part of our work under the Principal Towns and Local Centres Programme. It encourages people to spend more time in their local high streets and inspire more visitors to come and explore what their local area has to offer.

Penistone Library Sheep

Following consultation with local residents, businesses and community groups, artist Michael Disley was commissioned to shape 11 woolly new residents from natural granite for Penistone inspired by landmarks around the town.

The sheep trail is rooted in the heritage of Penistone, where sheep sales have been held for hundreds of years. The white faced woodland breed are also known as Penistone sheep.

As part of the project, Michael also worked with almost 100 children at four primary, holding special school of rock carving sessions.

Find out more about the trail and where to find all the sheep.

Shopfront grants scheme

Penistone Shopfront Finesse

This initiative helped hundreds of businesses across Barnsley to refresh and update their signage and shopfronts.

In Penistone, 27 shops and businesses improved their premises with investment of £100,000 from us and £45,000 of match funding from business owners.

Public safety

New CCTV cameras have been installed to cover all areas of the town centre and reduce anti-social behaviour.


What we’re going to do next

Find out more about what’s coming up for Penistone:

Penistone Town Hall

The Town Hall is the base for Penistone Area Team and also houses Penistone Paramount.

It's in need of some refurbishment and updating. We're currently working with Penistone Town Council to develop plans for its modernisation and future use.

Penistone Town Hall


More about Penistone

Penistone Market

Penistone Market

Experience the heart of Penistone through the bustling market. It showcases new traders alongside stallholders who have been serving their loyal customers for decades.

The distinctive and centrally-located Market Barn hosts a market every Thursday and Saturday from 9am.

You can find fresh fruit ‘n’ veg, fish, artisan bread and delicious cheeses alongside homeware, handmade gifts and jewellery, animal treats, flowers, sweets, cards, hardware and key cutting services.

Our family-friendly Up-and-Coming Market is also held regularly. It offers new and established businesses the chance to showcase their products and grow their profile. It has live music and free face-painting adding to the sense of occasion.

The attractive town centre also boasts a host of independent businesses. It ranges from butchers, delicatessens, cafes, craft beer sellers to fashion, lingerie and bridal wear shops.

Penistone Library

Penistone library is open Monday to Saturday. Find Penistone Library on High Street, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 6BR. Get directions on Google Maps.

Find out more about Penistone library and the facilities it offers.

Walking routes

Penistone has many scenic and countryside walking routes across the area.


Hear from our businesses and market traders

Penistone has a thriving and passionate business community Its led by the Love Penistone traders’ association.

Meet some of the entrepreneurs who have invested in Penistone in recent years - and some who have devoted decades to serving the town.

Business spotlight: All is Good

All is Good is a refill centre, gift shop and coffee shop in Penistone. It shows how sustainability can be at the centre of a successful business.

Owners Leanne Gill and Karen Close explain how Penistone has proved the ideal place to grow their sustainable business.

Support for businesses

A range of support is available in Barnsley. It includes support and advice for those looking to start their own business and help with finding the right job for you.

Find out more from:


Volunteer in Penistone

Whether you're a resident or a visitor, Penistone welcomes you to explore, connect, and be part of the vibrant tapestry of community life. Get to know dedicated individuals and groups contributing to the community's well-being.

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.

You can also follow Penistone Area Team on Facebook. We post photos of people taking part in projects like community clean-ups and bulb-planting, as well 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.


Keeping your neighbourhood safe

Your local policing team

The Barnsley West neighbourhood policing team is responsible for crime prevention and community safety in Penistone.

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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