It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Barnsley Museums

The halls are decked at Barnsley Museums, as they prepare for a magical Christmas at all five of their free, family friendly attractions.

This year at Cannon Hall they will be celebrating a traditional Victorian Christmas.  Each room has been beautifully decorated and visitors will be transported back to a bygone era.  On Sunday’s 10 and 23 December the Hall will be visited by a very special guest.  Father Christmas will make the ballroom his home as he reads a festive tale to younger visitors.  While there, they will also have the opportunity to write their very special letter, which they will give to Mr Claus himself and receive in a gift in return.

Meanwhile at Experience Barnsley and The Cooper Gallery there will be a whole host of Christmas crafts and activities on offer in lead up to the big day. From felt decorations and table name places to Christmas decorations and Christmas cracker making, there will be lots of great ways for family to spend time together and celebrate the festive season.

The fun doesn’t stop there.  A range of New Year themed craft activities will be on offer at the award winning museum and recently transformed Gallery that will keep little ones entertained throughout the school holidays.

There will be a ho ho whole host of things to see and do at the Worsbrough Mill Festive weekend, taking place on Saturday, 16 and Sunday, 17 December.  The two day spectacular will see the return of Father Christmas to his workshop as well as music, entertainment and an array of food stalls selling tasty treats and warm drinks.

Bustling with shops, studios and cafes, Elsecar Heritage Centre is the perfect place to visit for a unique Christmas shopping experience.  With the stunning Georgian buildings as a back drop it is an opportunity for visitors to take a relaxing walk around and pick up unique gift or two.

Cllr Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson from Place said: “Barnsley Museums are an enchanting place to visit all year round but never more so than at Christmas.  The range of activities and events on offer will appeal to all ages, many of which are free of charge.  The museum hope loved ones will spend quality time together in their attractions and encourage people to embrace festive cheer in the build up to Christmas.”

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