Penistone Arts Weeks returns for 2023

After the success of last year’s event, the volunteers behind Penistone Arts Weeks will once again be staging a wide range of activities based around art, drama, music and film.

The festival takes place from Saturday 4th to Monday 27th March with a programme of exciting events taking place, including live musical performances, art exhibitions, and a schools’ poetry competition.

Visitors will be able to see popular theatre shows, musicians from the local area including the award-winning Tom Masters, as well as artwork by talented members of the Penistone Art Collective, three of whom have made it through to the final 12 of Sky Arts’ Landscape Artist of the Year 2023.

Last year, the volunteers delivered 47 events at 20 local venues in the Penistone and surrounding areas, attracting over 4,500 visitors across the 17-day period. And this year hopes to keep building on that momentum.

Solely run by volunteers, Penistone Arts Weeks empowers venues and groups to deliver one-off activities 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.

Penistone Arts Weeks has been supported by Arts Council and Towngate PLC which has enabled them to fund the festival for another year.

What’s on at Penistone Arts Weeks:

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

Friday 10th MarchDave Kelly & Bob Hall with Hilary Blythe


Award-winning blues artists present an evening of music and stories drawn from a lifetime of performing and recording with legendary stars of blues and country music.

Saturday 11th March – The ELO Experience       


An outstanding show with an accurate portrayal ELO’s iconic hits ‘Mr Blue Sky’, ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’, ‘Sweet Talking Woman’, ‘living thing’, ‘Xanadu and many more.

Friday 17th March – Made in Motor City        


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.

Saturday 18th March – Away Days, the Complete Trilogy             


A football themed two-part play written by Lee Pollard and performed by Hoyland Drama Group. Join the loyal supporters of Holgate County F.C on their haphazard away days including an all-expenses paid trip to Amsterdam.

Thursday 23rd March – Rock of Ages      


Junkyard Theatre Company take you back in time to the 1980s rock scene where big bands with big egos played big guitar solos and sported even bigger hair! Featuring classic rock and glam rock anthems.

Cinema events £12.00

Sunday 12th March – Angel Voices (1989)

Sunday 19th March 2.30pmSafety Last! (silent film)

St Andrew’s Church, Penistone

Saturday 4th March from 11.30am

Come and Sing with open rehearsal of Stainer’s Crucifixion – free admission

Saturday 11th March

Harpsichord demonstration for young pianist

Sunday 26th March 4pm

Classical concert £10.00

With Ruth Berresford Oboe player, Elizabeth Charlesworth Soprano and pianist Jonathan Bickley

The Barn at Cubley Hall

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Thursday 23rd March- McShane & Shaw Concert           


Music and comedy by Penistone’s own Chris McShane and Ralph Shaw. Wide range of music styles including folk-pop, doo wop, tin-pan-alley, and disco ukulele.

All Saints Church, Darton

Sunday 12th March

Young musicians invited to conduct the orchestra followed by concert by Gerrard Sinfonia string orchestra

Saturday 25th March 6pm

Classical concert  £10.00

With Ruth Berresford Oboe player, Elizabeth Charlesworth Soprano and pianist Jonathan Bickley

St John the Evangelist, Upper Denby

Sunday 5th March

Soprano Elizabeth Charlesworth in concert with Hugh Finnigan on piano

Saturday 11th March 10am

The Pre- Raphaelites Unravelled talk. Followed by sketching workshop with Simon Brock based on Roddam pulpit panels. £15.00

Saturday 11th March

Concert by Gerrard Sinfonia string orchestra – free admission

Other events set to take place:

The volunteers are still busy finalising the full schedule and they may be Blessed with some big South Yorkshire names set to appear. Barnsley’s Tom Masters is planning an open mic night, Cubana’s cellist Nicola Farnon will be performing, and Lucy Pimpernel Wood will be hosting children’s art workshops. There will also be an en plein painting event, medieval tiles workshop, and primary school poetry competition sponsored by Stainborough Rotary Club.

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