Why Barnsley

Leisure time

You will be happy to know that whilst you study at Barnsley College there is a wide selection of leisure, culture and tourism opportunities to keep you busy in your free time.

Barnsley Metrodome Leisure Complex is really the place to be if you want an action packed day of activities and events. You can enjoy the waterpark which features one of the fastest indoor waterslides in the UK. Other activities and facilities include Ten Pin Bowling, Squash Courts, Fitness Suite, Restaurants and many other experiences. Please click here to find out more

Approximately 20 minutes away from the College is one of the largest shopping centres in the UK called Meadowhall. This magnificent shopping centre hosts over 280 stores and even a culturally diverse food court!

In keeping with the traditions of our national sport, football is a highly regarded leisure activity within the Barnsley town. We have our own local professional football club Barnsley FC. Oakwell football ground is very near to the college and would be well worth a visit if you are a football fan.

Cricket and Hockey are also very popular during the summer months, with a wide range of leagues being accessible to suit all standards Our County Cricket professional team “The Yorkshire County Cricket Club” are very passionate about their cricket and in almost 150 years the Club has seen some true legends of world cricket pass through its playing squad.

Yorkshire is one of the largest counties in the UK and within its borders they are considered to be amongst the greenest in England. Due to the vast stretches of unspoiled countryside in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, Yorkshire has often been nicknamed “Gods Own County”. The award winning Yorkshire website can provide you with inspiration and ideas of what secrets Yorkshire holds. As we say here locally – ‘Yorkshire – it’s yours to discover’.

The Barnsley Civic Centre

The Civic is a cultural hub situated in the center of Barnsley, which has been involved in showcasing many great performances and exhibitions.

The Civic was re-opened to the public in March 2009, after being closed for more than 11 years. The new venue has become a very important institution within Barnsley. During its lifetime, it has been used as the town’s college, library, and was even the venue for the screening of the first talking film in the town.

For more information please visit Barnsley Civic Centre.

Barnsley town

Locally there is a whole host of opportunities and fun things to do, here are just a few ideas:

  •  Tenpin bowling
  •  Cinemas
  •  Paintballing
  •  Cannon Hall Museum and Yorkshire Sculpture Park
  •  Historic stately homes
  •  Sport facilities & gyms
  •  Nightlife
  •  Shopping
  •  Barnsley Metrodome – Swimming and leisure facilities

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