Leisure round-up in brief

WATH Festival has become nationally recognised as one of the country’s leading folk music events.

The festival has been named as second runner up in the FATEA Magazine Festival of the Year 2010.

Festival chairman, David Roche from Wath-Upon-Dearne said: “It’s fantastic news being named as runners-up in the 2010 Festival of the Year category, coming in behind Cambridge Festival one of the biggest events of its type in the UK.

“The award is due to the hard work and commitment of a small team of volunteers who have helped the festival grow, with support from our sponsors. Thanks for recognising us.”

The festival has expanded over the last 10 years from a two day festival to a week-long event featuring some of the biggest names on the folk/ roots circuit from the UK and abroad.

* TICKETS are still available for Wombwell Operatic Society’s latest panto, Dick Whittington, which runs until Saturday, January 15. Evening performances are 7pm, Saturday Matinee 2.30pm. Tickets £7 and £6. Hotline 07905764693.

* RESIDENTS in Barnsley are being reminded that the Borough’s Passport to Leisure scheme offers discounted swimming for the young, disabled and over-60s. This comes as free swimming in Barnsley was withdrawn this week due to Government cutbacks.

For information on how to apply for a Passport To Leisure card, contact 01226 774477 or email: passporttoleisure@barnsley.gov.uk