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What's going on this Bank Holiday near me?

Bank Holiday is just around the corner so I thought it would be worth adding a nice number of cheap, fun family days out in and around South Yorkshire. Scroll down and check out each locations events, plenty to see and do and mostly all FREE.


We love the Tropical Butterfly house in Anston. We are season pass holders and certainly get our moneys worth, as the fantastic place just keeps expanding each year, and each event gets better and better. This May the theme is Enchanted Fairy Forest and runs 25 May 2019 - 02 Jun 10am - 5.30pm Dressing up is highly recommended as there are some lovely photo opportunities throughout the park. Entry to the Butterfly house is, however I do recommend looking into an annual pass if you can afford it, because you get your money back in three visits! Although the food in the main cafe is very good, I also recommend packing a picnic as there is a lovely picnic area with hammocks and out door games for the kids to play while you soak up the sun. Adults £13.75, Seniors Students Children (2-15yrs) £12.50, Under 2yrs FREE

Enchanted fairy fun at the butterfly gardens in Anston, Sheffield
Enchanted Fairy at the butterfly gardens

If you like a bit of a bargain, or fancy clearing out some of your children's unwanted things,

Cheeki Monkeys BIG Baby & Children's Market starts at 11am on Saturday 25th at St Pius X Catholic High School, Off Chestnut Avenue, Wath-upon-Dearne, Rotherham, S63 7PQ

It is £1 entry for adults and Free for kids. There should be entertainment, gifts and refreshments on site as well as plenty of cheap used and unused children's clothing and toys.


Leopold Square in Sheffield on a warm Saturday afternoon is simply brilliant, you could be anywhere abroad. We love to go as a family and have something to eat outside a cheeky beer and soak up the sun and watch the free live music that play frequently. My son loves it and as a toddler would dance around to the music and try to get in the water! This Bank Holiday weekend on Saturday 25th of May they have Swing town Cats on from 2pm until 4.30pm I highly recommend a visit to the square for a Free cool festival vibe.

Sunday Leopold Square has Salsa in the Sqaure! Brought to Sheffield by Cubana, RCDance and Leopold Square, another totally Free event, however this is strictly for over 18's it goes on from 5pm right up until 2.30am!

A huge line up of music including a mix of Latin and Afro rhythms, Salsa, Samba Latin House, Cubaton, merengue electronico. Some Super hot DJ's free style dancing, Zumba, Reggaeton, belly dancing from Shimmy Shows and more. This really is the place to get your groove on on Sunday, if you aer out for the sesh in sheffield, make sure to pop to Leopold Square.

Have a little look at this awesome video from 2017 to give you an idea of just whata brilliant evening of entertainment you are promised.

The British Oak in Mosborough are supporting St Luke's Sheffield Hospice and hosting a Free spring fate from 12 noon until 10pm on Sunday 26th May. Live music, Outdoors pizza oven, Bank holiday cocktail menu and Kids' entertainment & face painting between 2pm-6pm

Meadowhall have an Artisan weekend Starts at 10am Friday 24th - 5pm Sunday 26th May

They will be showcasing some of Yorkshires very best handmade products and cakes. Ideal if the weather is poor. Free parking, Free entry and Free samples.

Further info can be found at: Meadowhall Shopping Centre,Sheffield,S9 1EP Tel: 0333 313 2000

Eats, treats & Beats festival From Friday 24th -Sunday 11am-11pm and Monday 27th May 11am -6pm At the Top of Fargate in Sheffield. Free entry for all. Street Food traders will open all day and into the night, serving food from Thai, bubble waffles, Greek, Pan Asian, Vegan delights and some guest stars such as Smoke BBQ and the Spicy bikers. There will be al fresco seating, bars stocked by Yorkshire local breweries including, Sheffield's Loxley Brewery and Stancill Brewery. Plus multiple live bands playing. Artisan Market, speakers and educational workshops in the Winter gardens. There will be a fair ground and a ton of different educational and fun activities and workshops for the children to take part it.

Full information can be found at the Sheffield Food festival website:


Free Steam Punk weekend! I was fortunate enough to land in Filey North Yorkshire when their annual Steam Punk weekend was on and I have to say it was fantastic. The people and the clothing you see are just incredible, there was so many people having the photograph taken and everyone was fascinated to see hundreds of people in very, very different attire. It was a real eye opener and I am sure there will plenty to see this weekend in Doncasters Wool Market from 10am until 5pm on Saturday and 10am until 4pm Sunday.

A huge range of Steam Punk stalls and a fashion show showcasing some of the most incredible outfits, creativity and style you will have seen. Plus Tea Duelling !

Now if you happen to live near Sprotbrough Canal on Sunday 26th May I have a really interesting little event for you. I love Sprotbbrough canal its beautiful and full of fond childhood memories, however non of mine included a Soul & Reggae Cruise but I tell you what I wish they did! Age 16+ its £14.50 on the door. Over 18's get a glass of prosecco on arrival and old school R&B & Reggae music on the converted canal boat.

I suggest calling for further details. Sprotbrough Lock Doncaster DN5 7RF in Doncaster Tel: 01709 860293


Gifts & Grub Sunday 10am-4pm Free of charge for all.

Elsecar Heritage has been a place I have frequented throughout my whole childhood, I have watched it grow and change and every time I go "home" I love to call in and have a look whats going on and what has changed since my last visit. This Bank holiday they have over 100 stalls inside the Ironworks selling everything from pies, cakes and cheese to handmade crafts and gift items as well as a face painter. 

Elsecar Heritage centre, Wath Rd Barnsley, South Yorkshire S74 8HJ United Kingdom Phone:01226 740203 Website:

Once you have finished at the Heritage, why not head to the Beautiful Elsecar Park for a couple of hours? Elsecar Park has won a Green Flag award, a mark of quality, for for the eleventh year running! Then pop over to the Milton Arms Pub S74 8ES because from 7-11pm on Sunday evening they have Free live acoustic music and plenty of local ales on draft.

South Yorkshire Mobility are not affiliated to any of the above, they are local events in and around the area.


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