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Barnsley will be serving up a smashing summer of ping pong

Ping! the nation’s favourite ping pong festival will be hitting the streets of Barnsley for five fun filled weeks, beginning Saturday, 11 June. Barnsley is one of five new locations chosen to host the spectacular event, along with major cities such as Manchester and Newcastle. In total 21 towns and cities around the UK will see the ping pong extravaganza arrive.

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You are invited to Meet the Harveys

Experience Barnsley will be revealing more about one of the town’s most influential and generous families at their new exhibition, Meet the Harveys. On display from Wednesday, 3 February until Wednesday, 20 April will be a history of the family, along with highlights from their stunning collection of artworks. These include old masters by artists such as Canaletto and Hogarth, gifted to the people of the borough.

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Selfridge style arrives at Experience Barnsley

With the forthcoming series of Mr Selfridge about to begin on Sunday 10 January, some of the glitz and glamour from the stylish series has arrived at Experience Barnsley. Props, memorabilia and exquisite clothing have been kindly donated to the museum by Barnsley born actress Katherine Kelly, who stars in the hit television series.

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Barnsley’s Professor Joann Fletcher reveals mysteries of Ancient Egypt

Barnsley born Professor Joann Fletcher returned to BBC Two on Monday, 4 January with a fascinating new series on Ancient Egypt. ‘Immortal Egypt with Joann Fletcher’ is a four-part series which explores how Ancient Egypt’s extraordinary story fits together, from nomads to pyramid builders, from tomb robbers to the last of the pharaohs. The result is the world’s most fascinating and enduring civilization.

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Unwrapping lots of fun at Barnsley Museums this Christmas

Barnsley Museums will be unwrapping a bursting package of family fun this Christmas. During the holiday season visitors will have a great time at Cannon Hall Museum, park and gardens, Worsbrough Mill, Experience Barnsley, Cooper Gallery and Elsecar Heritage, all operated by Barnsley Council.

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Due to high winds the main events at Barnsley's Christmas lights switch on are CANCELLED

Due to high winds the main events planned for this evening’s Christmas lights switch on have been cancelled in the interests of public safety. The decision has been made after high winds have made the stage area in front of the town hall unsafe. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause but we have to consider people’s safety. The meet and greet with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna and other children’s characters is still going ahead as planned in Experience Barnsley at 6.30pm. Tickets are available from the Experience Barnsley gift shop or at

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