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Dr Phantasma's Sideshow
Dr Phantasma's Sideshow

Traditional fun for all the family at city’s May Fayre

15 May 2017

Enjoy a day of traditional family fun at this year’s Weston Park May Fayre, taking place on Sunday 21 May.

Attractions are set to include live music on the restored Victorian bandstand, classic and vintage cars, art and craft activities, a vintage and artisan craft marquee, children’s rides, an exhibition from the National Fairground and Circus Archive, and appearances from characters including Star Wars Stormtroopers.

There will also be a wide range of performances and sideshows, including Dr Phantasma, Sam The Scam and the Wonder Wheelers, who will have weird and wacky bikes with them including Penny Farthings and unicycles.

Children of all ages are sure to be wowed by Hunter the Sinraptor Dinosaur, whose presence links in with the nearby prehistoric exhibits in Weston Park Museum, while those wanting to learn something new might enjoy activities with the University of Sheffield’s Confucius Institute, set to include calligraphy, a chopsticks competition and Chinese-themed stalls.

Gary Clifton, major events manager at Sheffield City Council, said: “Weston Park May Fayre is an ever-popular fixture in our major events calendar, and is an ideal day out for all the family.

“In partnership with the University of Sheffield, this year we have a fantastic range of sideshows, attractions and performances on offer, which will bring a touch of the weird and the wonderful to the event.

“The location itself also couldn’t be better – set in a beautiful green space just a stone’s throw from Sheffield city centre.”

Professor Vanessa Toulmin, head of engagement at the University of Sheffield, said: “The university is delighted to continue its support of Weston Park Fayre.

“It celebrates inclusion, diversity, and creativity for all our communities, including our staff and students, as we share and enjoy one of Sheffield’s most beautiful green spaces.”

Weston Park May Fayre is organised in conjunction with the University of Sheffield, Friends of Crookesmoor Parks, The Children’s Hospital Charity and Heart.

Theo the Bear from The Children’s Hospital Charity will be accompanying the Stormtroopers as they march around the park, fundraising for the charity’s appeal.

Admission is free and the event runs from 11am until 5pm in Weston Park.