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at Barnsley Museums

With five fantastic sites to explore, make a visit to a Barnsley Museum venue this festive season to discover culture, crafts and Christmas delights for all the family.

Art-felt gifts from Cooper Gallery

Break away from the monotony of giving predictable humdrum gifts and find one-off pieces made with love at Cooper Gallery. Along with being the town’s acclaimed art gallery, Cooper also has a shop filled with an eclectic range of handcrafted gifts made exclusively by Yorkshire-based artists.

A traditional tale at Cannon Hall

Step back in time at the aristocratic former residence of the Spencer-Stanhope family and enjoy a very Victorian Christmas at the richly and traditionally decorated Cannon Hall with the retelling of the iconic festive tale, A Christmas Carol, on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November.

Back by popular demand, storyteller Chris Cade will don his nightgown and cap once again to play the role of old miser, Ebeneezer Scrooge, as he journeys through his Christmases gone- by with the ghosts of his redemption to find that missing festive spirit.

But don’t be a bah humbug – there will be plenty of opportunities for audience participation in this event for all the family. Tickets are £4.50 for adults and £2.50 for children.

And before he makes his way to all the homes across the world, Father Christmas will be stopping by his most favourite house in South Yorkshire as he makes a special appearance at Cannon Hall on Saturdays and Sundays in December in the run up to Christmas. Children can meet St Nick between 11am and 4pm for £9.95 per child and receive an early gift for under the tree.

Make do and mend at Experience Barnsley

Christmas has become a time of excess in many ways, but it wasn’t always like that. Discover how Christmas was affected by rationing and shortages and how the festivities were scaled down during the war years at Experience Barnsley’s new exhibition, The Second World War, Barnsley’s Story.

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in wartime, the sacrifices people made and their courage in adversity, through objects, images and archives reflecting their stories. Be inspired by the ‘make do and mend’ attitude by making your own wartime Christmas decoration at the drop-in sessions on Saturdays 16th and 23rd November between 10am and 12pm, and 1pm and 3pm

Find charming cards by illustrator, Gillian

Tyler. Browse the contemporary pieces of jewellery by silversmith, Julie Pratt. See the quirky stained-glass Christmas decorations by Heather Greenwood. Or wrap up a bold, Barnsley-inspired print by the town’s first pop artist, Terry Brookes. From Friday 13th December, Terry will be bringing a host of bands to Cooper Gallery for an imaginary gig with his latest light-hearted exhibition, Brookestock. From The Beatles to The Smiths, spot famous faces in familiar spots around Barnsley – take a guided tour with Terry as he explains his pieces on Saturday 14th December 11am to 12.30pm.

Shop around the Earl’s workshops at Elsecar

For those who dread the thought of tackling the busy shopping malls to buy their Christmas gifts, a visit to Elsecar Heritage Centre provides a unique shopping experience without the stress.

Once a thriving industrial ironworks run by the Earl Fitzwilliam of nearby Wentworth Woodhouse, today the historical workshops at Elsecar are filled with a range of independent retailers selling a variety of wares.

Pick up everything from ladies clothing and shoes to babywear and children’s wooden toys, traditional sweets and confectionery to old school music records; there is even a craft shop to stock up on your supplies for making Christmas cards, calendars or winter knitwear. Take a break from shopping at one of the on-site cafes and there is also a beer shop where you can sample one of the many bottled or draught ales before you buy.

Get out and about at Worsbrough Mill

If you fancy a bit of fresh air this Christmas to walk off all those chocolates, Worsbrough Mill and Country Park makes for a fantastic outing for all the family with a brisk stroll, dog walk or bike ride around the reservoir followed by quick pit stop at the on-site Millers Tea Rooms.

This Christmas, why not combine your visit with one of the two festive events taking place such as the Christmas Market on Sunday 1st December from 10am till 4pm. There will be plenty of craft and gift stalls in the courtyard for you to peruse.

Or why not get into the festive spirit at the Carol Concert on Saturday 14th December. The evening starts at 5.30pm with carol singing for you to join in with local church choirs accompanied by Worsbrough Brass Band.

For more information about any of the events, visit the Barnsley Museums website

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