Sizzling Summer Holidays

Barnsley Museums have an action-packed six weeks planned for the summer holidays.  View the new interactive What’s On Guide to find out more.

Highlights of the summer include:

* Cannon Hall Museum’s exhibition – A Dutch Golden Age features a wealth of Dutch masterpieces including an inspirational Rembrandt painting loaned from the National Gallery. The Museum will be holding magical Golden Tales sessions on 8, 15, 22, 29 August to celebrate this exhibition. Storytellers will take children on a quest to uncover the hidden world behind the paintings and create a storytelling dice!  

* Celebrate the Bears! exhibition at Cooper Gallery with a whole host of favourite picture book bears featured in a series of ‘bear-y’ habitats. Roll back the years with literatures most famous bears including Rupert and Winnie-the-Pooh, before discovering new stories filled with polar bears, panda bears, talking bears, scary bears and toy bears. There will be story and craft sessions every Thursday and Friday, including Illustrating through Sound with Nick Lewis who will be using bears as inspiration for painting pictures with electromagnetic paint. The gallery will also be holding puppet making and puppet design workshops on Saturday 11 August and even wellie planting to celebrate Paddington’s 60th birthday on Saturday 18 August.

* Barnsley Brick Project explores the history of the town’s past and Barnsley’s brick industries with Patrick Murphy an internationally renowned and Barnsley born artist. Experience Barnsley will be offering a range of exciting workshops for all the family with free Lego Challenge activities every Monday to Wednesday, drawing, painting and printmaking classes designing your very own tote bag. There is even an Urban Brick Art session with Patrick Murphy where there will be painting and drawing on ceramic bricks.

* Explore Worsbrough Mill and Country Park with Outdoor Art Sparks activities. Investigate the sights and sounds of the nature reserve with a fun collection of art packs and create clay critters on Tuesday 7 August.

* Conclude the summer with ‘Elsecar by the Sea’ from Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 September. Centred on the village gala, the weekend will include fun fair rides, the heritage railway in steam, a craft fair, real ale and much more.  

There are even more events and activities across the museums to keep the whole family entertained this summer, so don’t miss out and make sure to book your place on Eventbrite.