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Christmas lights switch on countdown

The countdown has begun to the Barnsley Christmas lights switch on. With just over a week until the spectacular annual event, it looks set to be a great evening of family entertainment. Taking place on Wednesday, 18 November, guests to the event will be joined by all their favourite princesses and super heroes. From 5pm there will be a sensational sing-along that little visitors are certain to enjoy.

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Explore your archives at Experience Barnsley’s Discovery Centre

In celebration of Explore your local archives week Barnsley Council’s Experience Barnsley Discovery Centre, which can be found in the town hall building, will be holding a whole host of interesting free events. Over the week, which runs from Saturday, 14 November to Sunday, 22 November, there will be various events and activities for visitors to enjoy. As well as these they will also be able to explore original documents spanning over 800 years of Barnsley’s proud history.

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Knit2gether at The Civic

People are invited to a very special event taking place at The Civic on Saturday 31 October. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month visitors can come along to Knitted Knocker. At the event, which is held in the theatre gallery between 11am and 12.30m, they will help make special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures. Of huge importance to many people, they are soft, comfortable and make a difference to thousands of women’s lives.

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Secrets of the Spencer Stanhope family revealed

The secrets of one of Barnsley’s most famous families can now be explored at the Experience Barnsley Discovery Centre. Letters, accounts, private diaries and much more were collected by the Spencer Stanhope family for more than 200 years. The documents reveal family secrets, fascinating stories and a greater understanding into both aristocratic life at Cannon Hall and the town itself, during Georgian and Victorian times.

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Start Christmas with a bang at Barnsley’s Lights Switch On!

This year’s annual Christmas lights switch on, which is taking place on Wednesday 18 November, looks set to be another spectacular event. As well as the firework display at 6pm which will once again have the stunning town hall building as its backdrop, there will also be fantastic evening of fun that little ones won’t want to miss.

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Bats on the loose in Experience Barnsley

Little visitors are invited to come along to Experience Barnsley this Halloween and capture some mischievous bats that are on the loose. The creepy creatures have escaped and are now hidden around the Museum, but can they be found?

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The Big Draw Doodle Day at Experience Barnsley

Artists will be taking over the galleries at Experience Barnsley for The Big Draw Doodle Day and visitors are invited to come along and join in the fun. On Saturday 17 October, the gallery floor will be filled with paper ready for a mass doodling session. Families can get creative and take part in drawing games and for budding cartoonists there will be a giant cartoon strip to complete, inspired by the current Gerald Scarfe exhibition: Milk Snatcher, The Thatcher Drawings.

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Create Cartoon Selfies at Experience Barnsley

Visitors are invited to come along to Experience Barnsley, where they can create their own cartoon selfies. The free activity is taking place in conjunction with the exciting new exhibition arriving at the award winning museum, Gerald Scarfe – Milk Snatcher, The Thatcher Drawings.

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