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  • Writer's pictureLee Barber

FIVE things you can do this weekend in Barnsley for absolutely FREE!

As we edge towards the winter months (dare we say Christmas…?) and with the art of money saving even important than ever before, we’re giving you some ideas on how you spend some time with the family without it impacting your pocket.

So, here are some of the best, free things to do in and around Barnsley this weekend!

Elsecar Heritage Centre and Park

Already we are kicking things off with a two-for-one location right on the edge of our town. You can start your morning/afternoon off with a stroll through Elsecar Park, possibly even around the reservoir where you can spot plenty of wildlife across the 12 acre lake.

If you head across the dam and turn left, you soon arrive at The Heritage Centre which is free entry and houses a variety of independent shops and eateries. It’s also home to an extensive antiques store which once hosted BBC’s Bargain Hunt.

For future visits, visit their website to see what events they have on - this week it’s the Elsecar History Tour!

Credit: BBC

Experience Barnsley

If you want to know find out more about our town, what makes it tick and the cultural impacts we’ve made on the rest of the world, then look no further than Experience Barnsley.

This free-to-enter Museum based within the Town Hall is a fantastic exhibition of why Barnsley is such an amazing place to live, work and study. From our history in sport, music and politics, to stories from hundreds of years that helped shape the fabric of the borough.

Saturday will also be the final chance to view “Stories from the Slazenger Factory”, a celebration of how a local, Barnsley factory helped support the biggest Tennis tournaments on earth.

Credit: The Art Newspaper

Cannon Hall Parks and Gardens

The picturesque landscape of the parks surrounding Cannon Hall makes it the most perfect place for an autumn walk with the friends, family and dogs this weekend.

You can visit the parks on any day and you will see a plethora of walkers soaking up what has firmly become a gem in the Barnsley crown.

Towards the house you will come across the enchanting gardens that have been meticulously planned to ensure you get the full Cannon Hall experience.

As this location has become one of the nations favourite countryside destinations, due to the TV success of its farm, there’s not doubt you’ll come across many far-flung visitors soaking up the tranquil atmosphere. But for you, it’s just on your doorstep!

Credit: Cannom Hall

Worsbrough Mill and Country Park

Situated just outside the town centre, Worsbrough Mill is again part of the Barnsley Museums group, with it’s a free-to-enter venue providing people an opportunity to observe a working mill - perfect for young children!

Despite the mill set to re-open on Wednesday the 12th of October after essential maintenance work, the shop, playground and cafe are still open to visitors.

Just a stones throw away from the mill and museum is Worsbrough Country Park which offers beautiful walks, and the perfect place to connect with nature as you make you’re away around the reservoir.

Credit: Worsbrough Mill

Locke Park

We know it’s an obvious one, but there is plenty to do, see and explore in our towns most well-know park.

Founded in 1861 after Phoebe Locke gifted 17 acres of lands to be used to benefit the Barnsley population, it was known as “The Peoples Park” when it opened its gates for the first time over 160 years ago.

The park houses it’s own cafe, bandstand, events areas bowling green, and of course the famous listed tower, dedicated to Phoebe herself.

Credit: Day Out With The Kids

One thing we can guarantee, is that we’ve definitely missed out some absolute gems that our town has to offer! Please feel to get in touch with more ideas.

Enjoy your weekend!

You can find all the opening times and directions via the websites attached.

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