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Spring in to May Day with all the fun of the Highland Fling

Tossing the caber
Tossinh the caber

The free May Day event, which has fun for all the family from 10.30am to 5.30pm, will also showcase some of the country’s strongest men with an amazing Highland Strongman Display.

Animal lovers will be in their element as new-born spring animals are on display in the barns, pooches are proudly shown in the Pet Dog Show and the farm’s usual residents – goats, pigs, donkeys, llamas and chickens – eagerly await some visitor attention.

Those looking for thrills can check out British Cycling’s Go Ride skills sessions or join the fun of the fair with rides for all ages.

The kids’ activity marquee, from Island Parties, will keep the little ones busy with face painting and arts and crafts, and the grownups can pick up local produce and tasty treats from the farmers market and food stalls.

Richard Eyre, Head of Major Events at Sheffield City Council said: “The Highland Fling is one of Sheffield’s most popular family events in one of our finest parks and this year’s line-up promises another fantastic family day out.

“We work hard to put on events that are suitable for all ages and don’t break the bank so that everyone can get involved and the Highland Fling is the perfect example of this.

“The dog show, strongman display and extreme bike skills demo will bring lots of extra excitement to the day. Bring your pets and your picnics for a great day at Graves.”

Mountain bike demonstration Extreme mountain bike show

The Fun Dog Show which is open to all is run by animal rescue charity Rain Rescue. People can register their dog on the day at 11am, judging will start at 11.30am. Entry is £1.50 per pet and rosettes will be awarded across 14 categories including Scruffiest Mutt, Waggiest Tail and Golden Oldie.

The display from Man Beast Strongman will be refereed by Mark Anglesea, two times Guinness World Record holder for the Car Carry and features the pure brute strength of athletes including Scott Litchfield, two times winner of the Peak District Highland games 2017/18 and former Sheffield's strongest man; Paul Smith, who featured on Channel 5’s World's Strongest Man 2018 and Britain’s Strongest Man 2018/19 and Simon Knowles, who at a whopping six feet five inches tall and 28 stones in weight was former Yorkshire's strongest man 2017.

They will go head to head to see who comes out on top in the stone carry, stone throw, tug of war, log press and caber toss.

People can find out more about Man Beast Strongman on Facebook.

Entry to the Highland Fling is free of charge. The show car park is £3 for the day and can be accessed via Derbyshire Lane or Hemsworth Road.

The playground, land train and Rose Café will be open as normal. Other food retailers will also be on site on the day.

The event is delivered by Sheffield City Council in partnership with Heart FM.

Join the Highland Fling event on Facebook.

Download the Highland Fling A4 poster