28 April 2015

Highland cattle will be the stars of the show as the annual Highland Fling returns to Sheffield’s Graves Park this Bank Holiday Monday.

Now in its 12th year, the free family-friendly festival on Monday, 4 May will feature attractions including a fun dog show, birds of prey, ferret racing, sheep shearing, train rides, fairground rides and the ever-popular Highland cattle show.

Graves Park animal farm will also be open, where children and adults alike can see animals including pigs, goats, donkeys, hens, rabbits, guinea pigs and newborn lambs and calves.

There may also be the opportunity to see new animals being born during the festival itself, while toddlers can also have a turn at “driving” the farm tractor.

A farmers’ market, with a range of refreshments and trade stalls will also be selling a range of food, drinks, crafts and much more.

Paul Billington, head of culture and environment at Sheffield City Council, said: “The Highland Fling is always a popular family event and is a great opportunity for children to see birds of prey in flight, learn about sheep-shearing and of course meet the Highland cattle for which Graves Park is famous.

“But as well as a host of attractions which are sure to keep the whole family occupied throughout the day, the event is also a great opportunity to showcase Graves Park itself.

“The park is undoubtedly one of Sheffield’s finest assets, with its animal farm, children’s adventure playground, beautiful lakes and stunning views over Sheffield. I look forward to this year’s event being just as successful as Highland Flings of the past.”

The event is sponsored by Haybrook and The Friends of Graves Park, and supported by radio station Heart Yorkshire.

John Redpath, from Perthshire, Scotland, will be judging the Highland cattle show, which will feature animals from across Yorkshire and as far afield as Barnard Castle.

Dogs on a lead are not only welcome, but are invited to join in the fun family dog show.

Peter Fletcher, Sheffield City Council’s farm manager, is still the driving force behind the Highland Fling after setting it up more than a decade ago.

He said: “I hope that the sun shines over Graves Park for what is sure to be a wonderful event on Monday.

“The Highland Fling really is fun for all the family, but it’s especially pleasing to see the toddlers and young children really enjoying themselves, seeing all the animals and having a go on our farmyard tractor.

“We had a baby calf born just yesterday, and a new lamb born this morning, so there are sure to be lots of baby animals for all our visitors to come and see this Bank Holiday.”

Admission is free, while show parking costs £3. Car park access is off Derbyshire Lane and Hemsworth Road.

For further information call 0114 2736681.