Rotherham is a South Yorkshire Town, that is often much maligned. Sheffielders often joke about its neighbour, with many 'Rotherham girls' jokes, similar to Essex girl jokes!
However, Rotherham has lots to offer-
Magna, is an award winning attraction, it has even beaten The world renowned Eden project in some top tourist attraction categories.
It is near to the Meadowhell (sic) Shopping centre.
Rotherham United continue to attract a fair following also, though in financial trouble.
There is a good shopping centre, and a lively nightlife. The Civic Theatre (Where Sean Bean made his acting debut!!) puts on many plays and musical performances.
Running through Rotherham is a canal, with barges and small river cruises.
Clifton Park is worth a visit, along with acres of parkland , there is an interesting museum in the grounds- well worth a visit.
This is also the venue for the annual Rotherham Show, which has been running for over 10 years.
Rotherham is proud of its' multi cultural population, and this is celebrated at the show, along with events throughout the year.
Clifton Museum has an interesting section with photographs and tape recordings of immigrants from Ireland, Chile, Bangladesh , Yemen etc and their impressions and memories of their settling into life in Rotheham
Rotherham centre has some areas of historical interest - dating back to medieval times. The Victorian era was when Rotherham prospered. Call into the The Tourist Info office and pick up copies of the 3 short trails around the town centre to give an easily missed different view - Look for the Chapel on the Bridge - one of only 3 such structures surviving in England.
A couple of miles from the town centre, and you're in the rural landscape of the Wentworth Estate
to be continued....
The Rotherham show is an annual event, held over a weekend in September.
I've visited this event for the past 3 years.
Lots of stalls from local traders and charities- lots of chances to win prizes in raffles, tombolas and prize draws.
Fairground, dog show, horticultural show, brass bands, Army/Navy/Police and Firefighter stands.
Plenty of food stalls.
Folk music tent- with artistes from UK and worldwide
My favourite is the Diversity arena- live acts over the 2 days from all over the world, tents with exhibits from Chile, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, China etc. Along with the exhibits are the chance to try foods from some of these countries, henna art, try on a sari, and learn more about these communities.
This is all for FREE!
While working in Rotherham, I was co-incidentally very near to Clifton Park, as well as Eastwood and Rawmarsh.
I'm now working in Wath upon Dearne, Swinton and Maltby.
Hopefully I'll soon have more tips and pics about this underated South Yorkshire town.
I'm enjoying finding out lots of 'undiscovered' places. There are some real gems in this area