After hearing friends saying how nice it was I decided to visit with the grandchildren. They really enjoyed the audio visual parts, especially the one where the different generations of barnsley people spoke to the audience. The main part of the display was what I enjoyed most. There were lots of articles that Barnsley people had donated and this was very interesting. There was everything from shoes, school uniform and handbags to an old tin horse from a roundabout that was suspended from the ceiling. There were lots of hands on things for the grandchildren to play with, puzzles and activities and even dressing up clothes.
They do special activity sessions in school holidays as well so I will look out for that during the summer.
We finished with a trip to the small cafe that is located just by the entrance. We had a lovely latte and the children were able to choose from different cans and bottles of drink. They do meals and snacks and although we didn't eat that day we did see orders being served at nearby tables. There was a short waiting time while meals were being prepared but everything that came out of the kitchen looked really good and there seemed to be lots on the plate. The surroundings were modern and it all looked clean and fresh.
Location might be a bit of a problem for some people because the building is at the top of a hill but as it is inside the old town hall there's not a lot you can do about it I suppose, given that the building itself is part of the history of the town.
We will definitely go back with the children over the school summer holidays, probably when they are holding one of their activity days.
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