Natfest comes to Barnsley with a week long nativity celebration

Over fifty nativity scenes will go on display in a Barnsley Church for the return of the village’s very own Natfest.

St Paul’s, Monk Bretton will be transformed for a week with the different  nativity scenes from around the world and will be open every day with special family friendly events including bingo, line dancing, music for toddlers and a Santas’s grotto.

Natfest will be officially opened this Thursday with the lighting up of the Christmas tree in the church grounds and there will be face painting, a brass quartet, stalls and a Santa’s grotto.

During the week long festival there will be a tea time Christingle service, a Christmas fayre, a soup lunch and bingo, a ukele band,  a line dancing event and on the final day – Friday Dec 5th there will be an art exhibition from local artists and a craft day for people to try their hands at art work and patchwork.

The festival will end with a concert by the Ilesha Ladies Choir in church at 7.30pm.

One of the organisers, Pam Powers said: “It’s our festival and celebration of nativity and  the church is open every day for visitors just to come in and share it with us.

“We’ve got something for everyone,” she said.

For full details of all the events through the week go to


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