Barnsley is located in South Yorkshire, halfway between Leeds and Sheffield. The town is surrounded by several smaller settlements, which together form the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley.
The town is a great location for fostering children and is rooted is rooted in industrial heritage, rich in history and with an abundance of attractions for residents and visitors. It has a character all of its own, with a proud history of coal mining and glassmaking, and with its surrounding ancient villages steeped in tradition and culture.
Barnsley borders on the Peak District, and offers some excellent places to visit and to relax in beautiful natural surroundings. Nearby there are the impressive ruins of Monk Bretton Priory, founded in the 12th century, the fascinating Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the glorious landscaped gardens at Wentworth Castle. There is also fun for all the family to be had at Cannon Hall Farm, where children can meet the animals and play in a terrific adventure playground.
Barnsley town centre is that of a thriving market town and is packed full of independent shops, well-known high street stores, cafes, pubs and restaurants. It is also home to one of the best markets in South Yorkshire, which offers a vast and varied selection from farm shops with local produce to bring out the “foodie” in everyone who visits. A walk through the Victorian Arcade and Georges Yard area provides a delightful trip back in time to the Barnsley of old, with cobbled paving, tea rooms, a traditional Irish bar and delicious bakeries to experience.
Culturally, Barnsley also has much to offer. You can watch a performance at the Lamproom Theatre, view fine art at the Cooper Gallery, call in at the Experience Barnsley Museum, with over 90% of its artefacts contributed by people living and working in the Borough, or take in exhibitions and events at the majestic Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens five miles west of the town.
All this, together with Barnsley’s family friendly fun fairs and craft fairs makes it the perfect place for fostering children and to create magical memories for adults and children alike. If you’re thinking of fostering and live in Barnsley or its surrounding areas, Fostering to Inspire would love to hear from you. We offer support and guidance for you throughout your journey, from the first phone call, to our continuous support when fostering your own child or young person. We can help with anything from short term fostering to permanent adoption, and believe that nurturing a child’s development begins with a happy home.
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, or if you are just looking for more information, get in touch with Fostering to Inspire and we’ll help guide you through you fostering journey.