July 20, 2023


As schools break up and the sun comes out, there’s fun to be had with the family, holidays to prepare for, friends to catch-up with, and memories to be made, and it’s all created by The Glass Works. 

Summer should always be full of fun, whether the sun is shining or not! And this year there is endless opportunities to make memories with friends and family at The Glass Works Barnsley. 


As always at The Glass Works, there are some fantastic free, family-friendly events taking place over summer for visitors to enjoy. The Joining Forces Summer Show returns on Thursday 10 August, with a range of emergency services bringing some of their current vehicles and equipment, as well as a range of classic cars, ambulances and more from years gone by. The day will be a perfect chance to meet some of Barnsley’s local heroes whilst also experiencing some of their fun activities from South Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Fire Service, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and many more. 

Summer means one thing in the world of cinema… the biggest blockbusters! And there is nowhere better to experience them than Cineworld Barnsley! Barbie, Oppenheimer, Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning, Elemental, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Meg 2 are all being release throughout the summer holidays. Experience these incredible releases in 4DX, the immersive experience that stimulates all five senses, IMAX, the best picture and sound quality in cinema, and SCREEN X, the 270-degree screen that transports you into the film like nothing else. 

Even though we all hope for beaming sunshine all summer long, that isn’t always the case in Barnsley. Luckily that’s where Superbowl UK comes in. With their fantastic deals on bowling, Crazy Club soft play, SEGA amusement arcade, bar and diner, it really is the UK ultimate family entertainment centre. During the summer holidays, don’t miss their Striking Summer deal which includes a game of bowling, a hotdog and fries each for four people, or the Kidz for Quids offer where a game of bowling is just £1 per child and £2 per adult before 10am during the school holidays. 

September sees our first Barnsley Garden party event, which is organised in collaboration with Barnsley Civic. On Friday 24 and Saturday 25 September, The Glass Works Square and Mandela Gardens will be alive with some of the UK’s leading and most exciting outdoor performances, and the whole weekend is completely free to attend.


Have your little ones got the sporting bug this summer with all the fantastic live sport on display in recent weeks? From the Women’s World Cup to Wimbledon, the Ashes to the Tour De France, summer is the perfect opportunity to find a passion for a new sport or physical activity. Sports Direct have got you sorted for all your sportswear and equipment needs so you can enjoy a summer of sport. 

It may seem like summer has only just started, but the next school term will be back upon us before we know it, and that means it’s nearly time to pick up those back-to-school essentials. From new hardy school shoes to reliable bags, stationary and more, you can find everything you need to be term-time-ready at The Glass Works. 


If all that shopping has built up an appetite, then there is no shortage of places to grab a brilliant lunchtime bite to eat. From the freshest burgers, fries and milkshakes at Urban Burgers, to the tastiest peri-peri chicken at Nando’s who have release three new menu items, the garlic BBQ chicken burger, red pepper and feta and fully loaded fries. There is only one choice for dessert, Dolly’s Desserts! From a range of ice creams to cool you down on a hot day, to waffles, crepes and brownies for when the weather isn’t so good. You can now buy brownie and cookie dough kits to make your very own Dolly’s Desserts at home.

Looking to treat your family to a special meal out? Fridays, Falco Lounge, and The Botanist have tasty kids’ menu options, as well as their excellent standard menu to keep the whole family well-fed. From beef burgers, macaroni cheese, and breaded chicken strips at Falco Lounge, to the Fridays hotdog, bacon cheeseburger, and crispy chicken tenders from Fridays.


As always, The Glass Works Car Park is free after 5 pm every day, and free for up to three hours at the weekend! There are 475 spaces, 20 parent and child bays, 28 free disabled bays available to Blue Badge holders, and 6EV parking bays, all open 24 hours a day. The car park can be found on Lambra Road, just off the Alhambra roundabout, and can be found by following the postcode S70 1SF. For more information, click here.

The Glass Works is also ideally located next to the Barnsley Interchange and Barnsley train station, just a two-minute walk from each! With regular buses from all over Barnsley, and trains travelling from Sheffield and Leeds, visiting by public transport couldn’t be easier.


Have you just finished school and looking to start your career journey, or are you looking for a new challenge? A number of tenants at The Glass Works are currently looking to hire enthusiastic and committed staff. Please click here to view their latest vacancies and for details on how to apply.