Rotherham Tourist Guide

Rotherham tourist guide

Rotherham is a South Yorkshire town with a population of almost 250,000; and
it is the principle town in a borough that is 70% rural.

Surrounded by historical villages and woodlands, numerous historical
sites and ancient monuments, the town centre is a bustling shopping
district, with three recommended restaurants and a superclub. There is
an impressive range of sporting and leisure facilities, with exciting
days out for the family only a short distance from the interchange.

A significant amount of funding is coming in to Rotherham, and plans to
renovate the main market and shopping streets are currently being drawn
up. The town is well connected by transport links, and within easy
reach of Meadowhall, Sheffield and Doncaster.


Rotherham began its transition to a busy market town during the Saxon era; and
earned a reputation as a modern and fashionable town with the creation
of a college to rival those of Oxbridge. The town’s fortunes dipped
during the sixteenth century, until coal seams were discovered in the
area that provided employment for thousands of men. Steel and iron also
provided work, and Templeborough steelworks alone employed 10,000 men.

Clifton Park Museum has been nominated for ‘Museum of the Year’ on two
occasions, and documents the social history of the area. The York and
Lancaster Regimental Museum has exhibits from the last 200 years of
military history. The Magna Science Adventure Centre is housed in the
old Templeborough steelworks, and explores industrial history in the

Art Galleries

Rotherham Art Gallery is located in Rotherham Arts Centre and comprises three
exhibition spaces. The gallery showcases large and small collections,
with space available to hire by local artists and a regularly
alternating programme of temporary exhibitions. Included in the
permanent collection are Victorian paintings, photographs and Modern

Rotherham College of Art frequently hosts exhibitions of its students’
work, and there are numerous art competitions aimed at artists
(including young people) who live in and around the area.


Rotherham Arts Centre comprises a small, 200-seater theatre that regularly
hosts small-scale drama productions of touring shows. Large-scale
productions are rarely shown, but previous shows have received critical
acclaim and proved popular with theatregoers.

Rotherham Civic Theatre is based in a desanctified church, and has been
open since 1960. The theatre stages a programme of professional and
amateur shows, with an ever-popular annual Christmas pantomime.

There are a variety of dance and drama schools in the area, and
Rotherham Youth Theatre stages regular performances at Rotherham Arts
Centre. There is an annual production by Rotherham College of Arts and


The Crown Restaurant is located inside The Consort Hotel, and serves
British and international cuisine; the restaurant is one of three
recommended by Good Restaurant Guide. The Regency Restaurant is
another; serving modern European dishes, and based in The Carlton Park
Hotel. The third is The Swallow Hotel, serving English cuisine at
reasonable rates.

Cafe Thai serves authentic Thai dishes and offers a takeaway service.
China Town is a restaurant, with takeaway and delivery service.

Cafe Noor is a popular Halal sandwich shop, offering a catering service
and takeaway.


Rotherham CAMRA voted The Bluecoat its ‘Pub of the Year’ in 2006. The
bar’s prices are low, and a wide selection of drinks offered, with a
resident jazz band performing on Monday evenings and other live music
throughout the week. Other recommended pubs include Hare and Hounds,
Masons Arms and Effingham Arms.

Fubar-Snafu is a pub and live music venue, serving beer, wine and a
range of cocktails. The bar hosts live bands, and an annual Battle of
the Bands competition. A catering and buffet service is available.

The Sitwell Arms comprises a large restaurant and carvery, comfortable
beer garden and children’s play area. The bar is located in a semi-rural area, just outside of the town centre.


Liquid and Diva is open four nights a week, and presents the latest
chart, dance and r’n'b from resident and visiting DJs. The club has
been recently refurbished and boasts unique and stylish d├ęcor.
Clubbers must be over 25 to be admitted into Diva.

Escape Bar and Nightclub comprises three rooms, and presents commercial
dance and pop. The club is currently open four nights a week, with
plans in the pipeline to make it five. Drinks are cheap and special
offers are plentiful.

The Underground Nightclub offers speed garage and funky house four
nights a week from four resident DJs and one guest. Entry is free on
Friday and Saturday nights.

Club Envy is open four nights a week, and presents pop, dance, retro
and r’n'b.


Rotherham town centre is home to all the main high street stores, and All
Saints Square – a town square surrounded by shops and cafes, with a
large BBC screen in the centre. Most of the shopping streets are
pedestrianised, and the development of more units for large retailers
is planned.

Rotherham is home to five markets; including The Centenary Market, with
88 units, and an outdoor market, with 115. The town centre market
comprises 40 stalls. There are more markets in nearby Wath and Rawmarsh.

Parkgate Retail World contains 34 major chain stores and restaurants,
and offers free parking. There are antiques and bric a brac retailers
located on Parkgate High Street.


Brampton Leisure Centre is one of more than a dozen in the town, and
offers sports and athletics facilities and a fitness studio. There are
also a range of activities for families and children throughout the

Avago Indoor Carting Centre provides go-karting facilities every day of
the week, and offers a licensed bar, family lounge and buffet. The
Brampton Raceway is located just outside the town centre and offers
motor racing.

Rotherham Superbowl has ten-pin bowling facilities and a fast food
restaurant, and is open seven days a week.

Sitwell Park is regarded as one of the best golf courses in the Rotherham, and Lindrick Park is of an international standard. Membership is not required to play on either course.

Performing Arts and Entertainment

Entertainment comes in all forms and fashions, from taking a walk in the park to going to your local movie theater. A wonderful form of entertainment that many people seem to overlook is performing arts entertainment. Performing arts entertainment is a great choice for all ages and all types of people. It offers a type of entertainment that going to a movie cannot fulfill. The inner feeling of seeing your favorite musical or play performed by live people is simply exasperating.

When it comes to choosing an event for a group of people, performing-arts entertainment reaches out to a large audience. Whether it is Monday date night and you need something to do together, or a place to take the class for a field trip. Performing arts offers plays for the young and the old ranging from dramas to comedies. The environment is suiting for the entire family and provides a great atmosphere to all.

It is important to not let culture die. Modern day people tend to resort to entertainment from areas that are killing tradition and leading to a dying breed and lack of diversity. The arts will take you back in time and make you feel as if you were sitting in the same room with people of the past in a wonderful indoor setting.

Performing-arts entertainment is put on hold because many people tend to think they cannot afford it. Plays and performances have lowered drastically in price and offer many packages and memberships to satisfy your needs. Remember, if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to feel the culture alive than take the family to a performing arts production.

Public Views of Arts and Entertainment

Entertainment art and entertainments gallery is not, as publication would have it, a pale imitation of art which happens to propound for a public audience the same values that art does for the elite members of the self-same cultural group.

Rather, art and entertainment are but similar activities. Art engenders thoughts and emotions in its audience so that they can be referred to a meaning,

While entertainment creates thoughts and painters museums art gallery emotions in its audience that create pleasure for that audience by allowing its members to notice that the events art and entertainments before them engendered those thoughts and emotions. Acrobats create fear with their daring, and the audience enjoys its sense gallery art of fear because it knows that the events before it created that fear. Mystery tales generate galleries suspense by piling up yet clues and suspense, the public audiences enjoy the puzzle as well as the atmosphere of painters contemporary the fiction in which the puzzle is set.

Games of cards and sports are two sources of entertainment because their audiences attend to the particular way a game is played out whether a declarer should have led a spade and whether a squeeze bunt might have led art museum a runner to score– rather than for any sources to be a participant to the play of chance or athletic prowess.

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