Five fab things to do this weekend

Tom Chorlton, and friend Jacob Fletcher, both 11, and of Branton, have a race on the space hoppers at Auckley Show. Picture: Liz Mockler D9801LM
Tom Chorlton, and friend Jacob Fletcher, both 11, and of Branton, have a race on the space hoppers at Auckley Show. Picture: Liz Mockler D9801LM
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BIG name rock bands Athlete and The Rifles are headlining in the return of the much-missed Shindig Festival.

Thousands of indie and alternative rock fans are expected to descend on Silverwood, near Barnsley, this weekend.

Local talent will include Dead Sons, Silent Gestures, Dave Burland, James Worton, and Jake Woodhams, who won a Shindig competition night to be the opening act on Saturday.

Organiser Jim Garside, of 1st Horizon Entertainment, said: “We have more than 15 bands and artists performing an eclectic mix of indie, rock, folk and roots over a three day programme set in an idyllic woodland setting.

“We’ve not run the festival since 2004 due to work commitments elsewhere but we are back due to popular demand - and we’re very pleased with the quality line-up we have managed to attract this year. Ticket sales are going well and we’ve got people coming from all over the country.”

WHERE: SilVERWOOD, Silkstone, near Barnsley

WHEN: Friday until Sunday

HOW MUCH: From £20

WEB: Shindig Festival

JOIN Toad, Moley and Badger for an atmospheric production of Wind In The Willows at Cusworth Hall.

The children’s classic is being brought to an outdoor stage by the 2-Act Theatre Company.

On this occasion, the gang have to battle it out against the evil chief weasel to get control of Toad Hall.

Bring a picnic and enjoy a fantastic family evening out. Advance tickets only.

WHERE: Cusworth Hall

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, 7pm

HOW MUCH: £10

CONTACT: Tel. 01709 890059

A WORLD record-winning comedy troupe are bringing their ‘improv’ show to Barnsley as part of the London 2012 celebrations.

Neil Mullarkey is a founding member of the Comedy Store Players, which started in 1985 and is recognised as the longest-running comedy troupe in the world with the same core cast.

This unique event will give you the chance to be part of another world record – as part of the world’s biggest improv team. Without leaving your seat, and with no previous experience required, you and your friends and family can help create a landmark comedy moment. Suitable for those aged 11 plus.

WHERE: Elsecar Building 21, Wath Road, Elsecar

WHEN: Friday, 6pm

HOW MUCH: Free, though ticketed

CONTACT: Tel. 01226 327000

AUDIENCES have come to expect the shock-factor from outspoken Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle.

His Last Days of Sodom tour is no exception, offering the antidote to political correctness with no-one safe from his wrath.

He has been demonised, pilloried and misrepresented but he still draws a crowd of avid fans, desperate to see what’s next.

The show is not suitable for under 16s.

WHERE: Sheffield City Hall

WHEN: Friday, 8pm

HOW MUCH: £25

CONTACT: Tel. 0114 2789789

WEB: Sheffield City Hall

A FANCY dress competition and dog show are all part of the fun going on at Auckley Show.

There will also be a mini-beer festival and a car boot sale as well as activities including archery, a bouncy castle, tug-of-war and donkey rides.

Entertainment will be on offer from Armthorpe Elmfield Brass Band as well as evening entertainment from Look Sharp from 7.30pm, with a £25 ticket including a two-course meal.

Stalls displaying information will also be on offer from Doncaster Camera Club, the Traditional Car Club and Auckley Drama Academy will also present a short offering of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland during the day.

Exhibits for the Horticultural and Produce Show are accepted from 8.30am to 11am.

Auckley Scouts will also be helping out with refreshments. The

There will also be a tombola and raffle.

WHERE: Auckley Village Green

WHEN: From midday on Saturday, with evening show at 7.30pm

HOW MUCH: Free entry

CONTACT: Tel.01302 770818

WEB: Auckley Show