Penistone is a small market town about eight miles west of Barnsley, in the foothills of the Pennines. It has a population of about 9,000.
The oldest building in Penistone is the Grade I listed medieval parish church of Saint John the Baptist. Parts of the church date from the 12th century. The church tower is unusual in having clocks on two sides.
The Penistone Paramount Cinema is a unique community cinema and theatre which is home to one of the few working theatre organs in the country. Besides big film releases, there are live shows and monthly organ concerts. The cinema is also home to one of the few working theatre organs in the country.
Penistone is officially accredited as a Fairtrade Town.
There is a monthly farmers market, held in the market place, on the second Saturday of every month.
The Penistone Show, an annual agricultural show which draws in crowds from across the county, is an event not to be missed. It is always held on the second Saturday in September. As well as the assorted livestock on display, there are exhibitions and displays including vintage vehicles, owls, farriers, dry stone walling, hounds, handicrafts, horticulture, photogaphy etc.
The town has its own community radio station: Penistone FM entirely run by volunteers.
Penistone is on the route of the Trans Pennine Trail, an interesting route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The trail links the North and Irish seas, passing through the Pennines, alongside rivers and canals and through some of the most historic towns and cities in the North of England.OS grid reference SE 245 033
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