18 October 2016
Prepare for ghouls, robo-gadgets and hats with white rabbits as Out Of This World takes over Sheffield City Centre this Sunday 23 October.
With this years’ line up in the bag, people can now start planning how they’ll take in all the best sights of the strange, spooky, stupendous and supernatural and put the finishing touches to their costumes.
Now in its third year, the festival celebrating all things out of the ordinary has plenty of surprises in store, including comic book characters, movie-themed cars, zombies, puppets, live music, fairground rides and even a giant dinosaur.
Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council said: “Out Of This World is fast becoming one of our most popular major events in the city and one of the most popular events of this kind in the UK. Last year thousands of visitors came to Sheffield for the event and with the acts, displays, shows and demos we have secured this year, it’s easy to see why people are so excited about it.
“This is an event for people of all ages, where you’ll be transported in to a fantasy world for the day, in awe of sci-fi characters, amazed by illusionists and even a little spooked in our horror zone.
“So whether you’re Batman, R2D2, Harry Potter, Dr Who, Dracula, Morticia Adams or Harleyquinn, it’s time to get those costumes ready and join us for what promises to be another out of this world experience.”
The event will once again be divided into three zones on the themes of sci-fi, magic and horror.
Sci-fi lovers are in for a treat with displays from Sheffield Robotics and interactive daleks, plus a whole host of characters including Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers, the Arrow Squad, and plenty of superheroes and villains such as batman, Flash and Iron Man roaming around the centre. If you love cars and sci-fi this is the place to be, you’ll see high spec, top speed vehicles on display with Kitt from Nightrider, DeLorean from Back to the Future, Bumble Bee and Barricade from Transformers and the A-Team van. There’s even a zombie laser shooting range to test out your apocalypse survival skills.
For the first time the grandeur of the Town Hall will be taken over by sci-fi, gaming and comics. Collectors will have their pick of the best and rare as a huge selection of comics will be available from Lucky Target comics including the likes of DC, Marvel and many more.
Favourites Magic Carpet Theatre are back and guarantee to bring, illusion, spectacle, comedy and amazement. Onlookers will be amazed at Dr Diabolo’s incredible Sideshow, The Fire King blasting flames high in to the air, Ramona the Gypsy Queen walking up a ladder of razor-sharp swords, Miss Elastina twisting and contorting around solid metal blades or Escapo attempting to escape from solid steel chains.
It’s a fire-juggling, whip-cracking, chainsaw-juggling, ladder-balancing show full of skills and thrills.
There’s also plenty to get involved in with the magical skill and trickery of Sam the Scam and The Great Mysto (a top hatted wizard) mingling with the crowds plus a chance for any aspiring magicians to learn the tricks of the trade from award-winning, Magicians’ Circle member, Professor Norman, who will be running magic workshops throughout the day, at 11.30, 13:00, 14.30 and 16.30pm in the Town Hall. And young magician Tom Glaves will return with his escapist tricks and illusions.
The Moor will bring spooktacular fun for the little ones with just the right amount of scare. Your little ghosts and ghouls will be gawping at the Ghostbusters car, buzzing at the bonkers balloon show, spellbound by spooky storytelling, dizzy with Hype Dance and Rockadilies Dance and striking a pose or two on the fancy dress catwalk, plus there’s a friendly Frankie walkabout, caged mummy, freaky face-painting and creepy craft activities throughout the day.
Making their first appearance at the event are adventurer Captain Jon Voyage and his beautiful dinosaur, Odysseia the Parasaurolophus, torn from the pages of a Boys Own Adventure and Ship Wrecked on our Shores. The giant, friendly dinosaur stands may be a towering figure but he’s more sweet than scary.
The Winter Garden and Peace Gardens will be home to a whole host of characters, plus music and dance entertainment, and Barkers Pool, Tudor Square and Fargate will provide all the fun of the fair.
Out Of This World, which is being run in conjunction with partners including MoorSheffield, Farrah’s Funfairs and Heart Yorkshire, will run free family friendly activities from 10:30am to 5:30pm on Sunday, 23 October.
Grown up guests can continue their spooktakular fun with an Out Of This World after party hosted by Leopold Square. They will be treated music from live DJs, including some Halloween classics and a visit from the Grim Reaper, all topped off with frighteningly good offers on food and drinks. Find out more at www.leopoldsquare.com.
Join the Out Of This World event page on Facebook through Sheffield Events www.facebook.com/SheffEvents/ where we’ll share details of our confirmed attractions and any news and updates.