There was something very special about the 2021 Dearne Community Arts’ Festival. Perhaps because last year’s festival had to be online only, we have learned to appreciate even more the value of gathering together and sharing ideas, seeing the talent that is around us and watching performances live.

Vincent the Sun Bear and Turner Lights Up were there to greet us, along with all the yarn bombing and bunting!


Inside, we were blown away by the work of pupils at the school, including their poetry river, thumbprint, science display and sculptures.

The High Street had a range of exhibitions and workshops, giving us the opportunity to learn about wood-turning, have a go at hot wax painting, henna designs and painting on fabric.

There was also the chance to be involved in the Elmer The Elephant project (decorating elephant sculptures that will form part of the elephant trail in October) and the Poppy Project (making poppies from plastic bottles for Remembrance Day).