What's on this March

What's on this March

It’s March and there are lots of fun events taking place across Rotherham.

This month, the Rotherham Civic Theatre welcomes Thank ABBA for the Music on Friday 31 March, 7:30pm. Grab your platforms and flares for a journey back in time to when ABBA dominated the charts and ruled the airwaves! Thank ABBA For The Music is a two-hour theatre ABBA-fest that captures all of the magic and excitement of one of pop history's most successful and entertaining live bands.

Featuring all of ABBA's greatest hits, including Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Take A Chance On Me, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! Knowing Me Knowing You, SOS, Fernando, Super Trouper and many more! With stunning costumes, a seven-piece live band, interactive video projection, some tongue-in-cheek Swedish humour, and of course ABBA’s spectacular trademark harmonies - this is the ultimate feel-good party show!

Free sessions will take place for Threads That Connect Us*Flux Rotherham will offer a textiles project across the borough. The ‘Threads That Connect Us’ offers free creative sessions led by Amanda and other talented textile artists to bring people together to create new artworks for Rotherham, which will go on show as part of future exhibitions. In May 2023, Rotherham will welcome ‘Threads of Survival’, a national exhibition of 28 quilts and textile art made by over 160 people. The artworks will be showcased in two venues in the centre of Rotherham: Riverside Gallery in Riverside House and Rotherham Minster. 

Also, there are various activities happening in Rotherham Libraries which includes World Book Day (Thursday 2 March), British Science Week (Friday 10 to Sunday 19 March) and Shakespeare Week (Monday 20 to Sunday 26 March).

Events include:

  • Open until spring 2023, the 'Dishes of Rotherham' Exhibition. In this exhibition, artist Simon Grennan creatively brings together food made by ten local cooks from contemporary Rotherham and Rockingham tableware from Clifton Park Museum’s collection. The cooks come from different cooking traditions, including Pakistani, Sudanese, Guinean, Ukrainian, Czech, Yemeni, Chinese and British. Each cook chose a piece of Rockingham tableware from the collection and then cooked, styles and served their dishes on the Rockingham. This fusion of contemporary and traditional comes together in an explosion of spectacle in this unique portrayal of Rotherham past and present, Clifton Park Museum
  • From Saturday 21 January to Sunday 19 March 2023, Silverwood Colliery Heritage Exhibition: A story of hard work, pride and solidarity. Although Silverwood Colliery closed in 1994 it is still very much a part of the communities surrounding it. This exhibition has been created by the Silverwood Colliery Heritage group, who are proud of their coal mining heritage and want to ensure the memories are not forgotten. Through collecting objects and personal stories from the Silverwood coal mining community, they will share insights into the dangers surrounding the coal mine and what everyday life was really like for miners and their families. They want to ensure the story of the place that brought unity to their community is remembered for generations to come, Test Space Gallery, Clifton Park Museum
  • Threads That Connect Us* – FREE sessions willl take place at the dates and times below:

           > Thursday 2 March, 10am to Midday, Yella Brick Road/Over the Rainbow

           > Tuesday 7 March, 10am to Midday, Rotherham Minster

           > Wednesday 8 March, 11am to 1pm, Hygge Café

           > Thursday 16 March, 10am to Midday, Yella Brick Road/Over the Rainbow

           > Thursday 30 March, 10am to Midday, Yella Brick Road/Over the Rainbow

  • Saturday 4, 11, 18 and 25 March, 9am, Rotherham parkrun, Clifton Park
  • Saturday 4, 11, 18 and 25 March, 9am, Rother Valley parkrun, Rother Valley Country Park - a 5K Run for beginners to experienced runners, all welcome. A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it's up to you. You need to register online before you first come along. Please register in advance to gain your free bar code on the parkrun website. Only register with parkrun once and don't forget to bring a scannable copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won't get a time. Normal Parking charges for the park apply. To volunteer please email: rothervalley@parkrun.com
  • Sunday 5, 12, 19 and 26 March, 9am, Junior parkrun, Rosehill Victoria Park
  • Wednesday 8 March, 10 to 11am and 11:30am to 12:30pm, Nelson's Cub Club 'Achoo'. In our 'Achoo' session you will learn how to take care of your poorly teddy. Pretend to be a doctor or nurse in the table-top pharmacy and enjoy a story. Cost is £3.50 per child, adults free, Clifton Park Museum
  • Saturday 11 March, 10am to 3pm, Yorkshire Crafters and Makers Market, Effingham Street
  • Sunday 12 March, Run Yorkshire 10K and Half Marathon, register before 7 March online to take part. The 10K will start at 10am, Half Marathon will start at 9:45am, Rother Valley Country Park 
  • Wednesday 22 March, 10am to 11am and 11:30am to 12:30pm, Nelson's Cub Club 'Chop'. In our 'Chop' session we have lots of fruits and vegetables for you to 'chop' and make a healthy lunch! Make some play-doh food and enjoy a story. Cost is £3.50 per child, adults free, Clifton Park Museum
  • Saturday 25 March, 11am to Midday, Secrets from the Archive: Extraordinary Women, Clifton Park Museum
  • Saturday 25 March, 2pm to 3pm, Secrets from the Archive: Extraordinary Women, Clifton Park Museum
  • Tuesday 28 March, 7pm to 8:30pm, WOW Rotherham Think In*, online


Rotherham Town Centre event taking place in April:

This April, Rotherham town centre will once again be transformed into an urban playground, as UPLIFT Rotherham Skate & Art Festival returns for its second year

Running from Wednesday 5 until Friday 7 April, 11am to 4:30pm, UPLIFT is set to be even bigger than last year’s event with the addition of a roller-skating zone, two skateboarding and BMX arenas, plus three full days of live music with performances from local musicians as well as some from further afield. 

Putting the art into UPLIFT there will be a number of brilliant workshops on offer, giving everyone the chance to flex their creative muscles.

On Wednesday 5 April, renowned circus company, Ockham’s Razor (This Time, Belly of the Whale, Tipping Point) will bring their new outdoor performance Public to UPLIFT. Known for their aerial theatre performances, blending contemporary circus and visual theatre, Ockham’s Razor’s new production explores the use and ownership of public space.

Dodge barrels and lasers, build Tetris walls, shoot aliens, and become Pac-Man in the Actual Reality Arcade, a life-sized interactive zone inspired by classic arcade games where you play for real – gaming, but not as you know it! Actual Reality Arcade has been supported by Without Walls and commissioned by UPLIFT.

With young people at the centre of UPLIFT, Rotherham Council have teamed up with The Teenage Market and are delighted to be able to offer free stalls to anyone aged 16 to 25 years old who would like the chance to sell their very own handmade creations, whether it’s for the first time, or even if they are a seasoned seller – for further details email events@rotherham.gov.uk

UPLIFT offers a vibrant and exciting three-day event for young people, and a way to showcase all the amazing talent they have to offer.

For updates about UPLIFT, please check out RMBCEvents on Facebook

A Warm Welcome

All warm spaces offer a friendly welcome and comfortable environment to meet friends or socialise. Some warm spaces may be able to provide hot drink and have activities or programmes that you can join in with. 

We have more information about the Warm Welcome initiative in Rotherham's public Warm Welcome Spaces here - which includes the Warm Welcome activities at Rotherham Libraries and the Warm Welcome events at Clifton Park Museum.

Rotherham Libraries events

Aston Library and Neighbourhood Hub

  • Wednesday 15 March, 4pm to 5pm, British Science Week - We are trying out some fun experiments for British Science week! Make an apparent motion flip book and a thaumatrope or try your hand at a LEGO Challenge! Suitable for ages five to ten years old, booking required, Aston Library and Neighbourhood Hub

Dinnington Library and Neighbourhood Hub

  • Thursday 2 March. Drop-in, World Book Day - Art activities out all week to enjoy! Display of your favourites – old and new! Treasure Hunt / Puzzles / Colouring / word searches, Dinnington Library and Neighbourhood Hub
  • Friday 10 to Sunday 19 March, Drop-in, British Science Week - Take-away experiments to try in the library or at home! The experiments will be out all week to enjoy and learn! Dinnington Library and Neighbourhood Hub
  • Monday 20 to Sunday 26 March, Shakespeare Week - Display and information regarding “The Bard”, Dinnington Library and Neighbourhood Hub

Kimberworth Library and Neighbourhood Hub

  • Thursday 30 March, 4pm to 5pm, Easter mask making - Free activity, suitable four to nine year olds. Booking is essential, Kimberworth Library and Neighbourhood Hub

Rawmarsh Library and Neighbourhood Hub

  • Thursday 2 March, All day, World Book Day - Large book display and quizzes, with new book displays too, Rawmarsh Library and Neighbourhood Hub
  • Monday 13 March to Saturday 18 March, All day, drop-in, British Science Week - Gravity Experiments. Make a paper helicopter spinner and see the effects on it from gravity, Rawmarsh Library and Neighbourhood Hub
  • Monday March 20 to Sunday March 26, All Day, drop-in, Shakespeare Week - Display of literary works and a book quiz, Rawmarsh Library and Neighbourhood Hub

Riverside Library and Neighbourhood Hub

  • Friday 3 March is World Wildlife Day. We have a display with books about all our favourite animals. Do you have a favourite animal? Riverside Library and Neighbourhood Hub.
  • Wednesday 8 March 10am to Midday. We’ll be celebrating International Women’s Day at our weekly coffee morning. Drop in and join us for a brew and a chat! Riverside Library and Neighbourhood Hub
  • Friday 10 to Sunday 19 March is Science Week! Pop in and see our science book display and pick up some Science Week activity sheets. Riverside Library and Neighbourhood Hub
  • Saturday 11 March 11am to Midday. Come along to a special Science Week Story Stop and have fun with ‘bots! Riverside Library and Neighbourhood Hub
  • Saturday 18 March 11am to Midday. Join us for a special Science Week Story Stop and make a light-up Mother’s Day card. Riverside Library and Neighbourhood Hub
  • Saturday 25 March 11am to Midday. Story Stop meets Shakespeare Week! Craft your very own quill pen and tiny book. (Messy activity.) Riverside Library and Neighbourhood Hub

Thurcroft Library and Neighbourhood Hub

  • Friday 10 to Sunday 19 March, All Week, British Science Week - Drop-in Quiz with answer scavenger hunt, free, ages five years plus, Thurcroft Library and Neighbourhood Hub

Wath Library and Neighbourhood Hub

  • Wednesday 1 March, 3:30pm to 4:30pm, World Book Day activities, Quizzes. Design your own bookmark! Wath Library and Neighbourhood Hub
  • Wednesday 1 March, 3:45pm to 4:45pm, Makerspace: The power of the wind can be strong enough to turn large turbines to produce electicity. Make your own Mighty wind meter and measure the wind's speed, Wath Library and Neighbourhood Hub
  • Wednesday 8 March, 3:45pm to 4:45pm, Makerspace: Have you ever been over a bridge in the car? Could you feel it moving? Create your own suspension bridge in this engineering challenge, Wath Library and Neighbourhood Hub
  • Wednesday 15 March 3:45pm to 4:45pm, Makerspace: Acustical engineers deal with sound and vibration, can you design a rubber band guitar and create music, Wath Library and Neighbourhood Hub
  • Wednesday 22 March, 3:45pm to 4:45pm, Makerspace: A hovercraft is a unique vehicle, it floats on a cushion of air and is amphibious. Can you create your own Hovercraft?, Wath Library and Neighbourhood Hub


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.

Rotherham Theatres

Rotherham Civic Theatre has lots of entertaining performances taking place which includes:

The Big Country Music Show (Thursday 2 March, 7.30pm)

Calendar Girls (Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 March, 7.15pm and also Saturday 11 March, 2.15pm)

School of Rock (Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 March, 7.15pm and also Saturday 18 March, 2.15pm)

Rule of Thumb (Tuesday 21 to Friday 24 March, 7.30pm)

A Room of One's Own (Sunday 26 March, 7.30pm)

Dreamcoat Stars (Thursday 30 March, 7.30pm)

Thank ABBA for the Music (Friday 31 March, 7:30pm)

Rotherham Markets 

For more information visit the Rotherham Markets website.

Opening times:

General Outdoor Market, Monday, Friday and Saturday, 8:30am to 4pm, Rotherham Outdoor Market

Secondhand Market: Every Tuesday, 8:30am to 2:30pm, Rotherham Outdoor Market

Secondhand Market: Every Wednesday, 8:30am to 2:30pm, Rotherham Outdoor Market

Street Market, Every Tuesday 8:30am to 4pm, Effingham Street, Effingham Square, and Howard Street

Rotherham Bazaar, Every Thursday 10am to 4pm, Rotherham Outdoor Market

Indoor Market, Monday to Saturday 8:30am to 5pm, Rotherham Centenary Market


For more information see www.rotherham.gov.uk/events or visit our Facebook pages at:

Rotherham Markets

Rotherham Libraries

Rotherham Town Centre

RMBC Events

Clifton Park Museum

Rotherham Theatres

Thrybergh Country Park

Rother Valley Country Park

Rotherham Parks and Countryside


*Rotherham Cultural Partnership, Flux Rotherham and Children’s Capital of Culture

Rotherham’s Cultural Partnership has a Cultural Strategy and 10-year vision for arts and culture. As part of this, a new programme, Flux Rotherham, will deliver lasting impact on Rotherham communities' participation in arts and culture. Flux Rotherham is led by Voluntary Action Rotherham as part of a consortium with Grimm & Co, Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance and Rotherham Council.

Flux Rotherham will also help to prepare and position Rotherham to deliver the unique Children's Capital of Culture in 2025.

In 2025 Rotherham will become the world’s first Children’s Capital of Culture, designed and delivered by children and young people from across the borough. And the journey to 2025 has already begun! For more information about Children’s Capital of Culture visit www.childrenscapitalofculture.co.uk.


Published: 28th February 2023