What's on this May

Rotherham Council continues to ‘Invest in Rotherham’s Future’ with development schemes at parks, libraries and towns

This May we are running lots of fun events across Rotherham.

You can find the full list of our events here.

Highlights

WOW FestivalWOW - Women of the World Festival will be taking place on Saturday 11 May from 11am to 4pm at locations across Rotherham Town Centre including All Saints Square, Minster Gardens, Imperial Buildings and various venues on High Street.

This year's festival promises to be fully packed with an exciting programme of workshops, talks, performances, art exhibitions and exciting pop-ups. Visit the Festival Hub at All Saints Square where you’ll find a lively mix of market stalls, performances and interactive workshops.

Find out more here.

Mayor of Rotherham Parade

The Mayor’s Parade will be taking place on Saturday 18 May from 10am at All Saints Square, Rotherham Town Centre.

You will have the chance to welcome the new Mayor at this annual event that is steeped in history, and watch the procession move through the town centre, and see the civic regalia. As well as celebrating Rotherham's rich civic history!

Find out more, here.

Rotherham Civic Theatre - The Light House

Rotherham Civic Theatre has lots of exciting performances coming up in May, including The Light House which will take place tonight, Wednesday 1 May at 7.30pm.

The Light House is a real-life story of falling and staying in love even when the lights go out and you're lost in the dark.

Join the emergency response as they dance in the kitchen, sing in the streets, and try to turn the lights back on.

"The Light House manages to do something unbelievable. Bringing light to a dark place and helping us to feel the most powerful of emotions: Hope." - Theatre & Tonic

Find out more here.

Other performances include:

  • Rave On: The Ultimate 50s & 60s Experience on Friday 3 May at 7.30pm. Find out more here.
  • Priscilla Queen of The Disaster on Thursday 9 May at 7.30pm. Find out more here.
  • The Manfreds on Friday 10 May at 7.30pm. Find out more here.
  • Dreams of Fleetwood Mac on Saturday 11 May at 7.30pm. Find out more here.
  • Dreamcoat Stars on Sunday 12 May at 7.30pm. Find out more here.
There are lots of events taking place around Rotherham, here are some more of the upcoming highlights.
  • Rother Valley parkrun in Rother Valley Country Park and the Rotherham parkrun in Clifton Park usually take place on Saturday's at 9am. Please note that these are not Council run events but led by volunteers.
  • Crafters Market on Saturday 11 May from 10am to 3pm on Effingham Street, Rotherham Town Centre. Find out more here.
  • Nelson’s Cub Club on tour! On Saturday 11 May at 10am to 4pm at WOW festival in the town centre. Find out more here.
  • Rother Valley Relays – 5K Running Relay Event on Tuesday 14 May at 5:30pm at Rother Valley Country Park. This event is being organised by Hillsborough ad Rivelin Running Club. Find out more here.
  • Nelson’s Cub Club – Shout! On Wednesday 15 May at 10am to 11:30am and 12:30pm to 2pm at Clifton Park Museum. Find out more here.
  • Local History Researchers' Symposium on Saturday 18 May at 11am to 1pm at Clifton Park Museum. Find out more here.
  • Miners’ Strike Poetry Reading – Ian Parks & Sarah Wimbush on Sunday 19 May at 11am to 1pm at Clifton Park Museum. Find out more here.
  • South Yorkshire Orienteering Club – Evening Event on Wednesday 22 May at 5:30om at Rother Valley Country Park. Find out more here.
  • Sensory Play Day on Tuesday 28 May at 11:30am to 14:30pm at Boston Castle. Find out more here.
  • Daughter of Coal Performance on Thursday 30 May and Friday 31 May at 11:00am and 2pm at Clifton Park Museum. Find out more here.
  • Family History Workshop – Tracing Educational Footprints on Thursday 30 May and Friday 31 May at 11am to 12pm at Clifton Park Museum. Find out more here.
  • Days of Laughter, Days of Pain: The Miners’ Strike in Rotherham, 1984 to 1985 exhibition at Clifton Park Museum is now open until Sunday 30 June 2024. Find out more here.

Rotherham Libraries

Rotherham Libraries host regular weekly activities across the borough such as: Lego clubs, Rhymetimes, computer classes, knit and natter groups, advice sessions, craft sessions, readers groups and local history groups.

For more information, follow Rotherham Libraries on Facebook.

For library events happening near you, visit the webpage of your local Library and Neighbourhood Hub or contact them directly. 

Rotherham Theatres

Rotherham Civic Theatre has something for everyone from dance, drama, music, comedy, and musical theatre. Come along and join us at one of the performances.

Find out more about the Civic Theatre shows here.

Rotherham Markets 

For more information visit the Rotherham Markets website.

Opening times:

  • General Outdoor Market: Monday, Friday and Saturday, 8:30am to 4pm, Outdoor Market then on Effingham Street from Monday 6 November 2023
  • Secondhand Market: Every Tuesday, 8:30am to 4.00pm, Outdoor Market then on Effingham Street from Monday 6 November 2023
  • Secondhand Market: Every Wednesday, 8:30am to 4.00pm, Outdoor Market then on Effingham Street from Monday 6 November 2023
  • Street Market: Every Tuesday 8:30am to 4pm, Effingham Street, Effingham Square, and Howard Street
  • Rotherham Bazaar: Every Thursday 10am to 4pm, Outdoor Market then on Effingham Street from Monday 6 November 2023
  • Indoor Market: Monday to Saturday 8:30am to 5pm, Rotherham Centenary Market

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Published: 1st May 2024