Barrow on Humber Wheelbarrow Festival

Visit our wheelbarrow celebrating Samuel Wilderspin’s part in England’s first Infant School two hundred years ago.

We’ll be on Barton Street/North Street at DN19 7AP near John Harrison Primary School between 11am and 4pm each day.

Programmes are £2.50 and are available at the Market Place.


Posted on:26th May 2019

A Night at the Barton Oscars (Who Nicked it?)

Join the South Bank Players and meet the stars of stage and screen as they bring you an evening of entertainment and intrigue. Pit your wits against the rest of the audience as you try to work out ‘Who Nicked It?’ aka A Night at the Barton Oscars. Maybe you’ll even be able to take away your own Oscar award?

All tickets£5

Available from the Wilderspin School Museum or via the group’s website at

Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm show start.

All enquiries please call or text: 07879 777267 or email via the contact page on the website.

Posted on:26th May 2019

French Conversation Classes

Twelve weekly classes in French conversation run by a native French teacher, Nathalie Brady, starting on Wednesday 24 April to 17 July (half term break on Wednesday 29 May).



Post beginners 1pm – 2.30pm

Intermediate 2.30pm – 4pm

£99 for the twelve week course.

For further details , please contact Nathalie Brady on 01652 660719 or email:

Posted on:23rd April 2019

Springtime Changes

We’ve been working on the first part of our spring changes. The entrance and shop has changed to make the  space as welcoming as possible, and flexible too so we can use it for a variety of things.

You’ll notice we have reduced the size of the Shop to concentrate on better selling items, and we’ll shortly be introducing a family sitting area to try out toys and enjoy refreshments.

The spring flowers are adding a fantastic array of colour thanks tot he ongoing work of our gardening volunteers.

Posted on:21st April 2019

Tommy Cooper tribute continues our 2019 Events

Our spring & summer events programme is under way and continues with the welcome return of Hambledon Productions’ award winning tribute to the comic genius, Tommy Cooper.  Just Like That has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and their one night only appearance in Barton is part of a UK tour.  Just Like That is on 24 April.

Posted on:1st April 2019

We are Getting Ready

Steampunk day is on Sunday so there will be disruption to the display rooms.

To see the Wilderspin Schoolroom at its best you’d be advised to visit on another day.

But – if you are Steam Curious – make a visit on Sunday as well.

Posted on:14th March 2019

Steampunk Comes to Barton

If you’ve never experienced a steampunk festival before be sure to try it at the School on Sunday 17 March.

And if you have, you’ll know what’s in store:- drama, spectacle and futuristic costumes.

Hull Steampunk Rebels present Lady Clara’s Steampunk Sitching and Associated Arts in Barton.

Besides tea and parasol duelling there will be craftmakers demonstrating dressmaking, hats, jewellery, foam craft, gadgets, gizmos and more!

Whether you are already Steampunked or just Steam Curious, there will be  something for you!


Posted on:7th February 2019

The Art of Spain

An exploration of Spanish art, from Paleolithic to Picasso, from the Moors to Miro.

venue: Varah Room, Wilderspin School, Queen Street, Barton

Monday afternoons, 1:30-3:30 pm for ten weeks

Starting Monday, January 28th

Tutor: Dr Mo Ille

Fees: full course £50; pay-per-session £6

Booking and more details:

(01724) 733067



Posted on:17th January 2019

A “Taste of Excellence”

The Old School Canteen coffee shop has been 

The Taste of Excellence Award run by the Lincolnshire Life magazine received 75,000 nominations  from all  across the county.  These included 1,700 coffee shops, cafes, and restaurants right across the board.  So it is a wonderful achievement for the Old School Canteen to reach the shortlist of just 13!

Posted on:17th January 2019
children having lesson in Victorian Schoolroom

Would you like to join our Education Team?

Due to increased demand from schools we require more Education Assistants to deliver “off the shelf” sessions to visiting school groups.  Teaching experience is helpful but not essential – what’s needed is self-confidence and enthusiasm!  Full training and induction is, of course, provided.  It’s very fulfilling and there’s a little remuneration too.

Please get in touch if you might be interested and we can give you more details.


tel: (01652) 635172

Posted on:20th December 2018