Penistone Arts Weeks returns for 2022

Following a two-year hiatus owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the volunteers behind Penistone Arts Weeks will once again be staging a wide range of activities with a festival set to be bigger and better than ever.

If you enjoy music, drama, art and film, there will be a series of events hosted by the volunteers from Wednesday 9th to Sunday 27th March at venues around Penistone and the surrounding villages.

Penistone Arts Week was launched in 2017 by a group of volunteers from the community with support from the Penistone Area Team, with the aim of bringing local people together through the arts. For 2022, the arts festival has been extended to two weeks to showcase the best of the area’s music, poetry, art, theatre and film, with new venues taking part with the hope of attracting more visitors to see the fantastic places within the Penistone area.

Solely run by volunteers, Penistone Arts Weeks empowers venues and groups to deliver one-off activities during the week and take ownership of their own arrangements such as promotion, ticket price, event management. This makes the festival much more sustainable than many of its counterparts which rely on large external grant funding.

For the first time, the Penistone Arts Weeks team is able to celebrate our local artists and particularly those who have used art to help their time in lockdown. Many local businesses have agreed to display artists work in their shop windows so the High Street will become a temporary art gallery for all to enjoy.

What’s on at Penistone Arts Weeks:

Find the updated itinerary here

Penistone Paramount

Penistone Paramount is the town’s single screen cinema which also has a stage behind the screen for hosting live events. It was built as the Assembly Rooms in 1914 and has been entertaining audiences ever since.

As part of the festival, The Paramount is hosting a series of events which will appeal to everyone.

Book directly with Penistone Paramount or call 01226 767 532

Made in Motor City – Friday 11th March (7.30pm) £20.00

Relive the classic music and sounds of Detroit during the 1960s and ‘70s with a tribute to Motown legends such as Martha Reeves, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Marvelettes, Marvin Gaye and many more. The band comprises of high-quality musicians dedicated to authentically recreating the ‘sounds of the ‘Motor City’, fronted by three incredibly talented female vocalists.

That’s The Spirit – Saturday 12th March (7.30pm) £10.00

Written by Barnsley’s Lee Pollard and Paul Athorne, That’s The Spirit is a tale of love, loss and faulty wiring based around a fictional Barnsley spiritualist in a ‘Ghost meets Phoenix Nights’ comedy.

The Life and Times of John Gregson – Tuesday 15th March (7pm) £8.00

Son of film veteran, John Gregson, hosts a Q&A session revealing the fascinating insight into what life was like having such a famous British institution for his father. This will be followed by a showing of the film Genevieve from 1953.

Hiding from Wobbly Bob and other Stories – Wednesday 16th March (7.30pm) £8.00

Comedian Lee Pollard is back at The Paramount again but this time with his smash hit, one man, comedy poetry and spoken word show.

The Black Snow Roadshow – Friday 18th March (7.30pm) £12.00

This short documentary, produced by Barnsley’s Steve Linstead, depicts the legacy of England’s biggest ever mining disaster at the Oaks Colliery in Barnsley in 1866. It involves film, music and poetry and has won multiple awards and has been seen at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Millhouse Green MVC Annual Celebrity Concert – Saturday 19th March (7.15pm) £10.00

Millhouse Green Male Voice Choir, in partnership with Old Silkstone Band, will be performing their 41st annual celebrity concert which was originally schedules for March 2020.

Long Way Home: An Afternoon with Dan Jarvis – Sunday 20th March (2pm) Free

The current Mayor of South Yorkshire, Dan Jarvis MP, will be speaking to Yorkshire Post columnist Jayne Dowle about his recently published autobiography which tells of how he coped with tragedy, grief and war. This will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Greatest Songs from the Movies From Pinewood to Hollywood! – Sunday 20th March (7pm) £15.00

Get set for an unforgettable mix of themes and songs from the greatest movies of all time such as Star Wars, James Bond, and Lawrence of Arabia. Performed by Five Star Swing who have famously played for Pinewood Film Studios, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Winner, Jeremy Irons, and Michael Caine.

St Andrew’s Church, Penistone

The Gerrard Sinfonia – Saturday 12th March

Barnsley’s amateur string orchestra will be joined by soprano Elizabeth Charlesworth with a classical concert including songs by Bob Dylan

Free and informal: 10am-12pm open rehearsal followed by the main concert 2pm-4pm

Places You’ll Know exhibition and Monotype workshop – Saturday 19th March (11am-5pm)

Local artist Lucy Pimpernell Wood will be exhibiting her signature vibrant style with original paintings depicting bright and colourful scenes of Penistone. Children’s colouring competition.

Free drop-in event

This will be followed by a workshop (from 2pm) where you can create a monotype print from your own image. £25 including materials and refreshments.

Penistone Market Barn

Stone Carving Workshop with Melanie Wilks – Sunday 13th March (10am-4pm)

Professional sculptor Melanie will guide you through the process of carving your own stone sculpture using traditional tools.

£25 includes all materials.

The Barn at Cubley Hall

Book online

The Hunch with John Law – Tuesday 15th March

Join the North East’s four-piece acoustic band as they play a variety of Irish, folk, Americana, blues and Latin music with a dash of humour. The Hunch are led by Michael Doonan, founder member of ‘70s folk-rock band, Hedgehog Pie.

£11.00 per person

Ray Hearne and Guests – Thursday 24th March

Rotherham folk singer, Ray Hearne, will be bringing his Don-songs and Rother-rhymes with songs from his celebrated album, Umpteen.

£10.00 in advance or £14.00 on the door

St John’s Community Centre, Penistone

Hen’s Teeth workshops – Thursday 17th March

See artists and makers at work and maybe book in to have a go yourselves for a small fee. Working that day will be a potter, weaver, glass and felting plus others

Hen’s Teeth craft market – Sunday 20th March (10am-4pm)

A smaller version of our popular Art at the Altar Christmas showcase, with a chance to see some of your favourite artists and makers.

Free entry

Penistone Scout Hut

Suicide Sucks film screening by Mick Rowe – Wednesday 23rd March (7.30pm)

South Yorkshire premiere of Suicide Sucks! a 30-minute film where people talk about suicide without fear of judgement or shame by Penistone actor and documentary maker, Mick Rowe. She will be hosting a Q&A after.  All ticket sales go to Papyrus prevention of young suicide charity

Tickets £5.00 book on Eventbrite

Cucina, Penistone

Women in Music Weekend – Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March

A weekend dedicated to female musicians in South Yorkshire with live entertainment.

St John the Evangelist Church, Hoylandswaine

Roddam, Burne-Jones, Crossland and De Morgan – Thursday 10th March (7pm)

Hoylandswaine Arts Group present a talk by author, Sheila Binns, and Sarah Hardy, the Curator-Manager of the De Morgan Foundation, with be giving a talk about these celebrated Pre-Raphaelite artists who had connections to the area.

Hoylandswaine Church was designed by architect WH Crossland. The church’s stained-glass East Window was designed by Edward Burne-Jones and the mural above it, called “The Ascendancy of Christ” was conceived and painted by John Roddam Spencer Stanhope of Cannon Hall, Cawthorne. It was painted over in the early 1960s because of water damage through the roof but was successfully uncovered and conserved in 2014.

Roddam’s niece, Evelyn de Morgan, became one of the most impressive artists of a generation. Her husband William was a ceramicist known for his intricately detailed tiles.

Free event, donations welcome

Wortley Hall

Book directly with Wortley Hall 0114 288 2100 or

Afternoon Tea with Milly Johnson – Wednesday 9th March (1pm-4pm)

As part of International Women’s Day, one of the UK’s top female authors, Milly Johnson, will be giving a talk about her career and growing up in Barnsley. Milly has sold millions of copies of her books across the world, but she also champions women and the importance of friendship and community. There will be a chance to purchase her latest novel, The Woman in the Middle, on the day with a book signing.

£22.00 per person includes Afternoon Tea  

Casino Royale Night – Friday 25th March (from 7pm)

Get glammed up for a black tie event celebrating the best of James Bond. Includes a four course meal with live singer, charity raffle, and roulette tables

£49.95 per person

St Leonard’s Church, Wortley

Thurgoland Primary School art exhibition – Wednesday 16th, Saturday 19th & Wednesday 23rd March

Throughout the arts festival, there will be an exhibition of work by pupils. Free drop-in sessions, donations welcome.

Prizegiving on Thursday 24th March at 6.30pm by Lady Rowena Stuart Wortley and Rev. Keith Hale.

Bell Ringing experience – Saturday 19th March (10am-3pm)

Climb the tower and try your hand at ringing St Leonard’s eight bells as you learn more about the traditional art that has been practised in Wortley since 1893.

Free drop-in event, donations welcome

Wentworth Castle

Talk on Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Tuesdays 15th and 22nd March (11am)

Historian and Wentworth Castle volunteer, Jenny Rudd, will be giving a talk about pioneer Lady Mary Wortley Montagu who led a fascinating life and introduced the smallpox inoculation to Britain from Turkey.

Tickets £5.00 (National Trust members free)

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