Still time for summer fun at Barnsley Museums

It may be the last few weeks of the summer holidays, but there is still a lot of fun to be had at Barnsley Museums.

At the newly transformed Cooper Gallery, families can pick up a free explorers back pack and make interesting discoveries around the interactive gallery space. Younger visitors can also come along to the Saturday Morning sketch book club taking place on Saturday, 27 August.  At the bookable family event which costs £5, they will improve their sketching and learn new skills. As well as this there are free face painting sessions taking place in the galleries on Friday, 26 August and Friday, 2 September.  People are invited to come along and become a walking work of art.

For those who like mini beasts and bugs, Worsbrough Mill’s summer nature trails are the perfect afternoon treat.  They will join the Ranger as they get out and about in the country park, taking a fascinating tour of the local wildlife.  They will find out interesting facts about the plants and animals that live in the 240 acre nature reserve. Bank holiday Monday also sees the arrival of a gift, craft and farmers market to the Mill, offering visitors a variety of stalls filled with local produce and wonderful gift ideas.  Children will have a great time at the event where they can take part in ‘Ye Old Millers Treasure Hunt’.  Precious treasure has been lost around the Mill and Country Park for over 200 years; will anyone be able to find it?

The fun filled free summer holiday activities continue at Experience Barnsley.  From Monday, 22 August to Friday, 26 August print making week arrives to the Learning Lab.  Little visitors can go along and make a stamp to create their very own dazzling design. This is followed by art club, taking place from Tuesday, 30 August to Thursday, 1 September, here children can explore the different ways of having fun using different forms of art.  The seven weeks of free fun ends with Lego and face painting on Friday, 2 September.

Cannon Hall sees the arrival of spectacular family event on Bank Holiday weekend.  From Saturday, 27 August to Monday, 29 August visitors can come along and see the First World War living history re-enactment.  Here people can experience how the army lived and fought during the Great War. There will also be a variety of family activities taking place in the Hall, park and gardens.

End the summer holidays in style at Elsecar’s spectacular annual event. Elsecar by the Sea which takes place in the stunning historic village on Saturday, 3 and Sunday 4, September brings with it all the fun of the seaside.  As well as a community gala, beer festival, craft fair and steam trains there will also be fairground rides, sand, donkeys and live music all weekend.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet spokesperson for Place, said: “It has been an action packed summer at Barnsley Museums.  Every week has seen a variety of family events taking place, many of which have been free of charge.  The fun will be continuing until the end of the school holidays and there are still plenty of activities taking place to keep little ones entertained.”

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