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Wind in the Willows in the Dearne Valley

Last modified: 08 August 2014


Come and meet Otter, Mole, Rat, Badger, and Toad at Old Moor.

Image: Mark Sissons

RSPB Old Moor and Tin Pot Theatre are inviting people to join them for a special outdoor performance of The Wind in the Willows.

Following on from the huge success of last year’s Fantastic Mr Fox, Tin Pot theatre will return to the nature reserve, near Barnsley, to deliver three outdoor shows from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 August.

Liane Holdsworth, Visitor Experience Officer of RSPB Old Moor, said: “Everybody really enjoyed last year’s event, so we were really keen to work with Tin Pot Theatre again. It’s a really exciting and unusual opportunity for people to see a theatre performance in a different environment.”

The Wind in the Willows is a classic children's tale by Kenneth Grahame, and has been adapted for the stage by Mike Kenny. When Mole becomes bored with his spring cleaning, he leaves his home and heads for the river. There he meets Rat, and the two form an immediate friendship. Rat introduces him to his friends Badger, Otter, and Toad and together they embark on great adventures.

Liane added: “It will be a lovely event for all the family. Bring your own picnic blanket or beanbag and settle back on the lawn as the adventure unfolds around you.”

The ticket also gives visitors access to the rest of the nature reserve, where there are numerous exciting activities going on throughout the summer holidays. As well as all the usual holiday favourites, such as stories and music on the lawn and bug hunting, there will also be some new events including geo-caching, bush craft skills and digital photography workshops for children - with cameras on offer for participants to borrow.

Three performances will run over the weekend: Friday 15 at 6pm, Saturday 16 at 6pm and a matinee show at 3pm on Sunday 17 August.

Tickets are available to buy at Old Moor Visitor Centre. Booking is essential. The price is £8 for non-member adults and £7 for members, children and concessions. For further details, contact the visitor centre on 01226 751593 or email

For information of other summer holiday activities at the reserve, visit

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