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Something for everyone
Penistone is a great place to explore Yorkshire countryside, with the nearby Trans Pennine Trail offering wild flowers, scenic pathways and even some friendly Shetland Ponies. The family-friendly farms are a great place to get close to animals – for example Cannon Hall Farm with its alpacas, llamas, wallabies and even an adventure playground! This area also offers a number of spectacular reservoirs with plenty of walking and cycling trails surrounding them.
Picture Houses and Music Trains
Penistone has its own traditional Picture House, which also serves as a theatre and concert venue. The town’s Music Train is also well known, offering a raucous ride with young and old playing their favourite instruments for the whole journey. There is a bar on board the Music Train, serving real ale and a range of canned beer and lager along with wine and soft drinks.
Food and Farmers’ Markets
Penistone is surrounded by agricultural land and as you would expect, it’s the perfect place to enjoy some of Yorkshire’s most delicious produce. The local Food & Farmers’ Market is not to be missed, and the town boasts plenty of friendly restaurants and delicatessens where you can fill your boots with Yorkshire’s finest fare.
The Hartcliff Folly near Penistone was built in 1856 by a linen merchant called Henry Richardson. At this time the Linen works were Barnsley’s largest industry. The tower looks as though it’s a Folly but it has stairs running through the middle of it and some believe that it was used as a viewing platform for game shooting. Other ideas are that it was used as a look out for Mr. Richardson returning from Manchester on business.
Penistone Show is a one day agricultural show held annually in Penistone. It is always held on the second Saturday in September It is one of the largest one day shows in Yorkshire with visitor numbers exceeding 10,000 in some years. The show consists of a number of different competition classes, from livestock to show jumping and dog shows to horticulture, handicrafts and photographs.