Rotherham gets set for a summer of culture

by | 8 May 2022 | Art, Children's Group, Community Event, Rotherham

Be part of a host of family-friendly events in Rotherham this summer, as part of the town’s journey to become the world’s first Children’s Capital of Culture in 2025.

What’s On

Into the Realm of Possibility – Clifton Park Museum

Closes Sunday 5th June

Explore childhood and youth culture in Rotherham over the generations at this interactive exhibition. Take a nostalgic journey back to your youth with toys, games, fashion, memorabilia, music and more, while taking part in arts activities designed to inspire creativity and find out more about Rotherham becoming Children’s Capital of Culture in 2025.

Gulliver’s Arts Fest – Gulliver’s Valley Resort

Tuesday 24th – Thursday 26th May

Year Five children from Rotherham schools are invited to a three-day festival of art at Gulliver’s. There will be art trails around the theme park, workshops in dance and circus skills, and a Cultural Camp residential where there will be storytelling, shadow art and musical arts by the campfire. Places are limited and schools can book directly by emailing

Grimm & Co’s Festival of Stories, Linger Longer Lane at Rotherham Old Town Hall

Tuesday 31st May, Wednesday 1st June and Saturday 4th June, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Magical stories will be brought to life with performance, dance, music and objects, full of surprises and events that are guaranteed to fuel your imagination. 

Rotherham United Exhibition – New York Stadium

5th June – 30th August

A new pop-up museum will be unveiled on the football grounds in June, with video stories, interactive displays and artefects dedicated to the history of Rotherham United. Celebrate the team, female football players and Arthur Wharton, the first professional black football player who began his career in Rotherham. The launch will see children and young people from schools and community groups around Rotherham come together to perform a 32-step dance routine in honour of Arthur Wharton.

Get Up To Speed (GUTS) with Culture and Leisure – Magna Science Adventure Centre

Wednesday 8th June, 9.30am – 4.30pm

A culture and leisure themed careers and networking event, which aims to inspire and excite children and young people to take an interest in working in the industries. The event will see some of Yorkshire’s leading leisure, culture, creativity, tourism, hospitality, and sport-related businesses coming together to demonstrate the exciting things about working in the sectors, and the career opportunities they offer. It is organised by The Work-Wise Foundation and Magna Science Adventure Centre, and open to schools, young people aged eight to 25, and their families to attend.

Troll Fest – Thurcroft Rec

Saturday 25th June

Celebrate nature and protecting the planet with this ecological event based on the mythical Thor of Thurcroft. Join in free creative workshops and activities, be entertained by fun performances, meet troll puppets and treat yourself at the food and drink stalls.

Sonder Productions Film Premiere – Wentworth Woodhouse

w/c 20th June

Visit Wentworth Woodhouse in June for the premiere of a series of short films and music videos, produced by Rotherham’s filmmakers of the future. Shown around the historic house and designed to be interactive so guests can learn about film production, set design, VR technology, music performance and more, there will be red carpets and paparazzi as we celebrate the talented young filmmakers of South Yorkshire. 

Kaleider Sculpture – Clifton Park

July (tbc)

A dramatic public sculpture will appear in Rotherham overnight, changing familiar spaces and bringing wonder and joy, while asking questions about who we are and our place in the world. Throughout the weekend, there will be spontaneous performances to surprise those who are passing through Clifton Park. Check the RMBC Facebook page for updates.