Rotherham has officially launched its journey to become Children’s Capital of Culture in 2025, with a stellar line-up of cultural events, training opportunities for young people and creative networks and challenges to get involved in.

Hot on the heels of the sell-out launch festival in February half-term, which saw the town centre transformed into a creative playground of events for children and young people, there are more family-friendly festivals planned, including Grimm & Co’s Festival of Stories, Gulliver’s Arts Fest and ROAR Troll Fest, as well as exhibitions, performances, art installations and more, especially for young people aged 0-25.

Councillor Dave Sheppard, Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, said: “We’re providing a real insight into what becoming Children’s Capital of Culture will mean for Rotherham and its young people, putting on some culturally interesting events and initiatives for a whole range of age groups. We want our young people to thrive in Rotherham, stay and get jobs here, and to contribute to Rotherham making a positive impact on the world.

“We’re making Rotherham a place people will go out of their way to visit, and where everyone can enjoy it through the eyes, ears and actions of children and young people.”

Children’s Capital of Culture events April, May and June

  • Into the Realm of Possibility, pop-up exhibitions celebrating the Children’s Capital of Culture activity at Clifton Park Museum. On until the end of May.
  • Grimm & Co’s Festival of Stories, 31st May / 1st June / 4th June, Linger Longer Lane at the Old Town Hall – www.grimmandco.co.uk.
  • Gulliver’s Arts Fest, Gulliver’s Valley, 24th to 26th May – www.gulliversvalleyresort.co.uk
  • GUTS, Magna Science Adventure Centre, 8th June – keep an eye on Magna’s social media channels for updates – www.facebook.com/magnascience
  • Troll Fest, June 2022 – team@rotherhamroar.org
  • RUCST exhibition, 5th June to 30th August – www.rucst.co.uk

Challenge Rotherham

Challenge Rotherham is asking young people from across the borough to take part in a new creative challenge each week. From dance to football, to drawing and exploring, every challenge is designed by children and young people in Rotherham and whether you’re nine or 99, everyone can get involved. Sign up to receive your weekly challenge via www.rotherham2025.com/hello.

Young Creatives

A Young Creatives Network has been launched to help children and young people of all ages get their first experience of the cultural and creative industries in Rotherham. Expect taster workshops, classes, and events. Visit www.rotherham2025.com/hello for more information.

Talented trainees

As part of the Children’s Capital of Culture programme of activity, young people in Rotherham are being offered more opportunities to progress into work, apprenticeships and traineeships for creative and cultural jobs.
55 young people in the borough have taken up six-month traineeships in some of South Yorkshire’s leading cultural organisations, including Magna and Gulliver’s, where they are honing their arts, putting on cultural events, and crafting a new future for themselves and Rotherham.

Bright futures start here!

Those aged 16 and over, who are looking for work or wanting to learn new skills, are invited along to drop-in sessions at Rotherham’s libraries this April and May. The Source Academy, experts in career training, will be available to offer individual advice, guidance and support with CVs and interviews.

And if you want to learn how to manage stress, get into a growth mindset, practice resilience in the workplace, improve your interview techniques or achieve a Level 1 Award in customer service or work skills, come along to a special series of training sessions at Riverside Library, designed to inspire and empower young people.

Get involved

For more information about Rotherham becoming the world’s first Children’s Capital of Culture in 2025 and how you can be part of it, head to www.rotherham2025.com/hello, follow them on Instagram (@ccoc_rotherham2025), Facebook (/ccocrotherham2025) and Twitter (@ccoc_roth2025) and share your experiences using the #Rotherham2025 hashtag.