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Popular May fayre combines the now and the nostalgic

Star Wars characters
Star Wars Characters

Taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Weston Park from 11am to 5pm, the May Fayre boasts live music, fun fair rides, stunt shows, craft and vintage stalls, games and characters, plus plenty of food and drink to keep event-goers fun-fuelled all day.

The bandstand will host a range of musical talent, showcasing some of Sheffield’s finest traditional musicians. Dr Phantasma and his unusual cast will be wowing the crowds performing their thrilling sideshow of stunts and tricks with fire, swords and chainsaws and many other street performers will be roaming around the park.

A host of independent traders will occupy the vintage craft marquee offering quirky and classic gifts and knick-knacks, while floral art demos, Chinese calligraphy workshops from the University of Sheffield, and a mini dragon dance take place throughout the day.

Those looking for some good old fashioned fun need look no further than the Nostalgic Board Game corner, and the historic theme continues with a Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang style 1920s simplex vintage car, made here in Sheffield courtesy of Kelham Island Museum.

Star Wars fans can pose for pictures with the stormtroopers and other characters from the sci-fi series and Theo the Bear from Sheffield Children’s Hospital will also make an appearance.

Heart Yorkshire’s Angels will be out and about with selfie boards, working the crowds to share all the fun on the day.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Our annual May Fayre is a fantastic event for all the family. The seamless mix of old and new entertainment really does provide something for everyone, giving our younger audience a taste of history and our older audience that lovely sense of nostalgia.

“We’re proud that we’re able to deliver such a brilliant and diverse line-up of entertainment, in our beautiful park, and that we can offer this for free so that everyone across the city can come along and enjoy it.”

The event, which is delivered by Sheffield City Council in partnership with The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Heart Yorkshire, is free to attend and takes place between 11am to 5pm in Weston Park.

Some rides and activities will be charged for.