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Grimm on Tour

Rotherham literacy charity, Grimm & Co, is rewriting its own story and aiming to move into new larger premises months earlier than originally planned. Currently based in a former pub in the town centre the Apothecary to the Magical sells wild schemes, evil plots, charms, curses and kitchenware. Above the shop, the charity runs innovative…

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Magna steels itself for reopening

The Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham is planning to re-open on Wednesday July 22. And that includes Aqua-Tek for the rest of the Summer. Set in the former Templeborough steelworks, Magna is a family attraction with more than 100 hands-on exhibits. Millions of pounds have been invested in conference facilities at the centre which is operated…

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Gulliver’s Valley theme park opens its doors

The new multimillion-pound Gulliver’s Valley Theme Park in Rotherham has opened its doors to the public for the first time. Yorkshire fundraising stars, nine-year-old Captain Tobias Weller and eight-year-old Lennie Street, both students at Paces – a leading specialist centre for children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor disorders – officially opened the park, which becomes the…

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Rotherham campsite reopening

Waleswood Caravan and Camping site, based at picturesque Rother Valley Country Park, is working towards re-opening on July 4. The Government confirmed recently that caravan and campsites are amongst the attractions that will be allowed to reopen as lockdown restrictions are eased. The move comes as the new multimillion-pound Gulliver’s Valley Theme Park, built right next…

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A stately welcome back – Wentworth Woodhouse throws open its gardens

There’s blooming great news for fans of Wentworth Woodhouse. The Rotherham stately home is throwing open its gardens to welcome visitors from July 4. The mansion and its grounds has been closed since Covid-19 lockdown began on March 23 and income has ground to a halt. But now that government advice allows people to enjoy…

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Approval for Forge Island proposals

A new cinema, hotel and restaurants in the centre of Rotherham are edging closer as plans for Forge Island were approved by Councillors this week. The new mixed-use development will also include a greater choice of food and drink outlets. Negotiations continue on the commercial units available for food and drink outlets. Rotherham Council’s cabinet…

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Wentworth festival lockdown special

Organisers of the Wentworth Festival should be opening the doors to revellers at the magnificent setting of Wentworth Woodhouse in Rotherham… In its fourth year, the festival was due to have over 40 acts performing in one amazing day across four stages, all held in the grounds of the largest stately home in Europe. With…

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Gulliver’s own ‘star of the show!’

A member of Gulliver’s Valley management team has gone over and above to keep work going on the new resort during the coronavirus lockdown. Ross Partridge, the park’s guest experience and entertainment manager, has been living full time on the theme park site, carrying out a range of tasks including gardening and general maintenance and…

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Wentworth Woodhouse lit up for VE Day

Wentworth Woodhouse, the Grade I listed stately home in Rotherham, went red, white and blue for VE Day. Last month, its iconic facade, which is longer than Buckingham Palace, went NHS blue to back the nationwide “Clap For Our Carers” campaign – with a huge health service logo centre-stage. On the 75th anniversary of VE…

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