What's on this April

People in the street with colourful flags

We are running lots of fun events across Rotherham this April.

You can find the full list of our events here.


Roots - Rotherham Street Carnival

oots – Rotherham Street Carnival, will be taking place on Saturday 13 April at 11am to 4pm.

Festivities and performances will begin in All Saints Square at 11am with bands, dance groups and performers to build the excitement for the arrival of giant puppets, Farrah and Reign.

The event is based around nature and our environment and will be led by Farrah the Fox and puppet, Reign. Together they will start a colourful parade travelling from Rotherham Minster at 1pm where they will be joined by dancers, artists, and “creatures of the river”.

There will even be a range of workshops suitable for everyone to attend.

To stay updated, click here.

For more Saturday Rotherham Town Centre events, click here.

Historic Tours at Keppel’s Column

Keppel’s Column is reopening on Sunday 14 April for the 2024 season.

Pre-booked tours will be taking place from 11am to 1pm each Thursday and on the second Sunday of each month from April to October. Each tour will last 40 minutes and be led by a member of the volunteer team, each with their own stories and researched histories to share with you.

Due to the Easter holidays, the tours will only be taking place on Sunday 2 and Thursday 20 April.

Tours are £5.50 per person.

Find out more here.

Thursday Stories and Family Shows

Rotherham Civic Theatre has lots of fun things happening this month, including Thursday Stories and some great family shows.

Thursday Stories

Every Thursday a weekly interactive storytelling session for children aged one to five, and their grown-ups is taking place. Each session is based on a different theme and is jam-packed full of songs, games, characters, and imaginative play. Watch your little one’s confidence, language, and social skills grown each week as they discover a wider world through Thursday Stories.

Sessions cost £3 per child with the accompanying adult going free. This includes a free hot drink for the adult too! You are also more than welcome to stay for lunch in the café area and try out the new children’s lunch boxes.

Coming up this month:

  • Pet Day on Thursday 11 April at 10.30am and 12.30pm. Find out more here.
  • Around the World on Thursday 18 April at 10.30am and 12.30pm. Find out more here.
  • The Ice Cream Factory on Thursday 25 April at 10.30am and 12.30pm. Find out more here.

Upcoming Family Friendly Shows:

  • Dinosaur Adventure LIVE: Trouble on Volcano Island on Tuesday 2 April at 2pm and 4.30pm. Find out more here.
  • The Three Little Pigs on Wednesday 3 April at 12noon. Find out more here.
  • Exciting Science on Saturday 6 April at 2.30pm. Find out more here.
  • Treasure Island on Sunday 28 April at 1pm and 4.30pm. 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.
  • Spread the Word, creative writing sessions on Tuesday 16 April at 10am to 12noon at Mowbray Gardens Library. Find out more here.
  • Pottery workshops on Wednesday 10 and Friday 12 of April at 10am to 12noon and 1pm to 3pm at St John's Methodist Church in Swinton. 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.
  • As part of Roots - Rotherham Street Carnival there will be a range of creative workshops taking place at various dates and venues across the borough. 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 2:30pm, Outdoor Market then on Effingham Street from Monday 6 November 2023
  • Secondhand Market: Every Wednesday, 8:30am to 2:30pm, 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

Published: 28th March 2024