Wombwell is lively market town with a diverse choice for shoppers. It boasts a host of attractive and historic buildings and a thriving business community.

The town centre has benefitted from enhancements under the Council’s Principal Towns and Local Centres Programme. It has a bright future and more developments are planned.

Wombwell sits on the Trans Pennine Trail, is surrounded by green belt and is a stone’s throw from wetland nature reserves.

Take a stroll in the park and the woods, have a cuppa and a chat at the town’s many popular cafes or a browse of the market and independent shops. There’s plenty of free parking so you don’t have to worry about staying too long.

What we’ve done

Wombwell town centre has seen major changes as part of our Principal Towns and Local Centres programme.

Shop front grant scheme

We have helped hundreds of businesses across Barnsley to refresh and update their signage and shopfronts.

A total of 60 shops in Wombwell were improved with investment of £233,000 from the Council and £85,000 of match funding from business owners.

Safety improvements to the town centre

We also installed new CCTV on the high street to improve public safety and protect businesses.

Public realm improvements

The council bought and plans to demolish the disused public toilets on the high street. This will create more space for market traders and events and improve the appearance of the area.

We laid new paving, resurfaced the road and installed new seating, bins and planters. We also painted of barriers and lamp posts to brighten up the high street.

Our aim is to make Wombwell a more attractive, welcoming and safe place to shop and work, and to support the local economy.


What we’ll do next

Wombwell Market High Street

We'll continue to make the town centre more attractive by demolishing the disused toilet block and improve the street scene.

Further projects will be developed in consultation with local people.

More about Wombwell

Wombwell Market

Wombwell’s regular market operates in the High Street every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am.

It showcases new traders alongside stallholders who have been serving their loyal customers for decades.

Our family-friendly up-and-coming market is also held regularly. This offers new and established businesses the chance to show off their products and grow their profile. Live music and free face-painting add to the sense of occasion.

Showcasing our businesses

Wombwell has a thriving and passionate business community. This includes long-standing traders to newcomers keen to help the town centre flourish. Wombwell Business Committee organize regular events in the high street.

Meet the entrepreneurs who have invested in Wombwell in recent years - and some who have devoted several years to serving the town.

Business spotlight: Wombwell Emporium

Wombwell Emporium is a furniture and gift shop which promotes upcycling and reducing waste. They restore second-hand items and guide customers on how to give furniture a new lease of life. Owners Dawn Bailey and Vanessa Wright explain why they set up business in Wombwell and what they like about working there.

Business spotlight: Absolute Flowers

Florist Deborah Bedford runs Absolute Flowers in Wombwell High Street. Over 12 years, she's built up a loyal customer base. Deborah spoke about her passion for introducing people to new flowers and why she loves working in Wombwell.


Support for businesses

A range of support is available in Barnsley for those looking to start their own business and help it thrive.

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Building your skills

Skills and employability support

Get involved in your 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, organising, supporting and promoting local events and helping people access council services and advice.

You can follow Barnsley South Area Team which serves Wombwell, on Facebook.


Keeping your neighbourhood safe

Your local policing team

The Barnsley South neighbourhood policing team is responsible for crime prevention and community safety in Wombwell.

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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