Barnsley hosts its first-ever Creativity and Wellbeing Week

Being creative is great for your health; it helps you learn new skills and provides a sense of achievement and community connections. That’s why we’re hosting an inspiring schedule of exciting events for you to take part in during Creativity and Wellbeing Week on 16-22 May. From music and art to outdoor activities, there’s something for everyone. Find out more and book your space at an event at

Accessing culture and creativity can help us stay well, get well and live longer and healthier lives. We want everyone in Barnsley to live life in good physical and mental health. Being involved in arts and creativity can help:

  • protect against a range of mental health conditions, help manage mental health and support recovery,
  • reduce isolation and loneliness by rebuilding relationships within communities and help people feel resilient,
  • boost confidence while alleviating anxiety and stress,
  • and empower people to improve their own health and wellbeing by helping to maintain levels of independence and improve their quality of life.

There are lots of fun-filled events, exhibitions and activities taking place across the borough throughout the week and beyond for you to get a flavour of the different creative activities that Barnsley has to offer, including:

Seeing Music, Hearing Colour exhibition from Barnsley based composer Helen Madden and artist Chiomah Akanwa Dey at The Barnsley Civic.

An exhibition that explores the experience of musicians and artists with Chromesthesia, when one sense comes through as another and quite often a person will hear music as colour and colour as music.

The Teeny Time Travellers Club at Experience Barnsley.

An opportunity to step through the time machine to take part in a magical adventure. Discover, play, sing and listen to stories in this friendly, weekly session.

Barnsley Town Centre Sculpture Hunt 

See Barnsley Town Centre as never before with this free trail- aimed at little legs and enquiring minds- it takes you around some of the amazing public art on display in Barnsley.

Julia Burrows, Director of Public Health for Barnsley, said: “It’s important that we all have the tools to take care of our mental health, especially following the pandemic and the significant impact this has had on our emotional wellbeing.

“I’d encourage people of all ages across Barnsley to take time during Creativity and Wellbeing week to welcome creative activities into their lives and discover their benefits. Being creative is great for mental wellbeing; it helps build relationships, reduce stress, and is also good fun!”

We hope you’ll join in our fun-filled week of creativity and culture, with activities and events to encourage people to get active, enjoy the outdoors and be creative. There is something to suit everyone’s abilities and interests.

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