June 9, 2023


Running from Friday 14 July to Sunday 16 July, the three-day extravaganza will take place across the town centre including The Glass Works Square, Library @ The Lightbox, Mandela Gardens, and outside The Alhambra.

Favourites from last year’s event will be returning as well as a host of new faces including the world-renowned Grimthorpe Colliery Band (stars of Brassed Off), Frumptarn Guggenband, Old Dirty Brasstards who will be performing a set list of classic Arctic Monkeys tracks, and the Barnsley Metropolitan Band.

At Barnsley’s Big Weekend, don’t miss a full line-up of activities across three days including:

  • Barnsley Goes Global
  • Brassed On!
  • Barnsley Pride
  • Mayor’s Day
  • What’s Your Move?
  • Team Extreme


The action-packed weekend in The Glass Works Square starts with the brand-new Barnsley Goes Global event, a world music festival featuring acts from Taiwan, Japan, India, Germany, and Austria.

See below for the full line-ups and timings:

4:30pm: Sing-Yue Philharmonic Orchestra from Taiwan

5pm: Formosa Cultural Style Dancers from Taiwan

5.30pm: TTMiT from Japan

6.15pm: Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band from India

7.00pm: Frumptarn Fest featuring Gmender Gassafetza from Germany, and Emser Palast-Tatscher, from Austria, and Gugge 2000 performing with Frumptarn Guggenband from Barnsley!


There is also a range of family-friendly activities taking place in the Library @ The Lightbox from 1pm to 4pm. From fun Samba workshops to children’s stories from around the world, a World Marketplace with stalls provided by the Barnsley City of Sanctuary and Schwabisch Gmund Twin Town Society, and an opportunity to become a butterfly by wearing colourful wings and getting into the carnival spirit.

The full line-up for Library @ The Lightbox looks like this:

Concerteenies – fun samba drumming workshops for 0-7 year olds at 1pm and 4pm. Book your place for 1pm here and 4pm here.

Tales from the World – pick up a special children’s world stories book to take home from 1pm

World Marketplace – the Barnsley City of Sanctuary and Schwabisch Gmund Twin Town Society stalls from 1pm

Become a Butterfly – wear our colourful wings and get into the carnival spirit (2-7pm)



Brassed On! Barnsley’s biggest brass band music festival returns for a second year featuring favourites from last year’s event plus a host of new faces including the world-renowned Grimthorpe Colliery Band (stars of Brassed Off), Frumptarn Guggenband, Old Dirty Brasstards who will be performing a set list of Arctic Monkeys classics, and the Barnsley Metropolitan Band.

With a large stage (with plenty of seating) in The Glass Works Square and an additional stage outside The Alhambra and 200 Degrees Coffee, the day is set to be a music lover’s dream. Timings and locations of each act are to be confirmed closer to the time.

We are excited to say that the local favourites Frumptarn Guggenband are celebrating their 20th anniversary during this event, and will be unveiling their brand new costumes during a very special performance.

The Glass Works Square Stage:

10.30 – Barnsley Metropolitan Band and Holly Wray

11.30 – Frumptarn Guggenband and Gmender Gassafetza

12.00 – Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band

1.00 – Frumptarn Guggenband and Emser Palast-Tatscher

1.30 – Old Dirty Brasstards perform Arctic Monkeys

2.30 – Frumptarn Guggenband and Gugge 2000

3.00 – Grimethorpe Colliery Band

4.00 – Frumptarn Guggenband 20th Anniversary Finale (including new costume launch and performances from all guest Guggenmusik bands)


Alhambra Shopping Centre Stage:

10.45 – The Flat Cap 3

11.45 – Barnsley Percussion Emsemble

12.30 – Barnsley Intermediate Band

1.30 – Barnsley Town Concert Band

2.30 –  Dodworth Colliery M.W. Brass Band


Peel Square Stage:

10.45 – Peaky Brassers

11.30 – Emser Palast-Tatscher and Gugge 2000

12.00 – The Flat Cap 3

1.00 – Gugge 2000 and Gmender Gassafetza

1.30 – Dodworth Colliery M.W. Brass Band

2.30 – Gmender Gassafetza and Emser Palast-Tatscher



The Pride event is Barnsley’s annual celebration that aims to promote inclusivity and diversity, throughout the community. This free event takes place on Saturday 15 July in Barnsley Civic’s Mandela Gardens and this year in The Garrison Bar.

Expect a full day of entertainment including brass bands and other live music, Burlesque shows, local dance schools, drag shows (of course), and a star-studded line-up of hosts including Jamie Campbell, Stephanie Hirst and the Mayor of Barnsley.

The line-up for Mandela Gardens runs from 12pm to 5pm and looks like this:

Official Opening – The Mayor of Barnsley

Hosts – Jamie Campbell

Music – Peaky Brassers, Barnsdale Hood, Angie Brown, Smashby

Dance – Doolers Dance Academy

Burlesque – Ellie Etoiles Burlesque

Drag Queens – Gia Brookes, Iyve Bratty, and Stealie Heart


The line-up for The Garrison stage runs from 12.30pm to 9.30pm and is as follows:

Hosts – Harley Noah and Gina Tina

Music – Holly Tandy, Catherine Rannus, Fuky Business, Shane Murrell

Burlesque – So Burlesque

Drag Queen – Mollie Mandala

DJ Set – Stephanie Hirst

Visit the Barnsley Pride Facebook page here for more information



A collection of family art, entertainment and culture performers will be parading through The Glass Works Square on Saturday 15th July. With activities to join in with and all kinds of weird and wonderful performances, there will be something for everyone including:

Volo: Dream of Flight – Wear a VR headset, climb aboard a playground swing and be transported to another world (outside Library @ the Lightbox 11am-4pm)

The Hexagon – Get creative with giant colouring-in with artist Scott Walker (May Day Green, 11am – 4pm)

Summer Reading Challenge – Ready, Set, Read! Sign up for this year’s reading challenge which has a sport and play theme (Library @ the Lightbox 10am-3pm)

Light and Soul – Visit the latest exhibition and explore the new Forest of Fontainebleau family area (Cooper Gallery 10am-4pm)



After the jam-packed programme on Saturday, Sunday brings a special day of health-focused activities designed to get Barnsley moving – called What’s Your Move? A family-friendly sports day in The Glass Works Square from 11am to 4pm, the event includes:

Team Extreme – make it extreme with BMX, scooter, and skateboarding from a professional demo team, Team Extreme.

RampUp  – We bring the wheels, you bring the skills! Develop your bike and scooter skills in the RampUp zone.

Volo: Dreamn of Slight – climb aboard a playground swing, wear a VR headset, and be transported to another world.

Balance Bike Course – test your cycling skills

Climbing Tower –  a climbing wall with easier and more challenging options

Grassroots Sports Zone – archery tag, dodgeball, and other various sports activities

Reds in the Community: Barnsley FC penalty shoot-out zone.

Barnsley’s Older People’s Physical Activity Alliance – mobility check and information stand

Barnsley Premier Leisure – athletics and information area

Also in attendance will be Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist and South Yorkshire Active Travel commissioner Ed Clancy. Ed will be promoting the benefits of regular exercise and joining in with the day’s activities.



Experience the best in BMX, scooter, and skateboarding from the UK’s top professional extreme sports show team. You will find a specifically installed 6ft tall mini half pipe on Cheapside from 11am-4pm.

Watch the pro-riders in action before having a go yourself on the big ramp. All equipment is provided. Under 16’s must have parental consent with sign-ups available on the day.

Team Extreme Pro-Rider Demos: 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.00pm, and 3.00pm.

Public Sessions: 11.30am, 1.00pm and 2.30pm

PLUS! Look out for NovaCity Barnsley with exciting Parkour demonstrations and activities.