Comic book heroes and arch-villains are set to bring Sheffield’s streets to life at the all-new Out of This World festival – and you’re invited to join them.

Members of the public are being invited to dress up as their favourite characters during the festival on Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2, which aims to celebrate all things out of the ordinary.

“Out of This World”, to be held in the city centre, is divided into three distinct zones on the themes of magic, sci-fi and horror. The sci-fi, comic book and gaming zone will run around the Winter Garden, Tudor Square and the Peace Gardens.

One of the organisers of the sci-fi zone is self-confessed “geek” Ash Stones, who runs the Zone Out gaming store in Doncaster.

The 24-year-old entrepreneur and games addict said: “With the sci-fi part of Out of This World we are trying to bring the wonder and excitement of seeing favourite characters come to life.

“We have a great selection of costumers, from Iron Man to Spiderman, and we would like to encourage as many people as possible to come in costume and join the fun.

“We will have a selection of geeky traders, bringing everything from comic books and figures to American sweets so all geeky needs will be fulfilled. We will also have a selection of movie vehicles on display that people can browse and take pictures with.

“It’s going to be an amazing weekend, and being able to see people interact with all the characters out and about will make it even better.”

The sci-fi convention featuring arcade games, board games, comic book artists, trade stands, themed displays and meet-and-greets will be held in the Winter Garden, while there will also be walkabouts and displays from characters including Stormtroopers and Daleks in the area around Tudor Square.

Film and television displays will include characters and vehicles from classics such as “Doctor Who”, “The A Team” and “Knight Rider.”

In the Peace Gardens, Heart FM will be working with local dance schools to create mass flash-mob style displays – and everyone is invited to join in.

Meanwhile, the Showroom cinema in Paternoster Row will be running a sci-fi-themed programme of films, including “Flight of the Navigator” and “ET”, together with family-friendly craft sessions and workshops.

But sci-fi is just one of the three major strands of Out of This World.

The festival’s horror theme will be based around The Moor, including the Moor Market, while the magic aspect of the festival will be focused on the Town Hall and Fargate.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “We’re really looking forward to this new-look festival in the city centre for Hallowe’en.

“Out of this World gives people a chance to discover activities they may not have come across in the city before, such as gaming, comics, sci-fi and fantasy. But we’ve retained familiar aspects as well – fairground attractions, magic and traditional horror themed activities. We think there really is something for everyone across the city centre

“I hope families will make the most of the free activities and experiences on offer during Out of This World, and come along to enjoy the weekend.”

Out of This World, which is being run in conjunction with partners including MoorSheffield, the Showroom cinema, Farrah’s Funfairs and Heart FM, runs from 12.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday, 1 November and Sunday, 2 November. Fairground rides will operate from 11am to 6pm.

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