23 September 2015

Last year it brought sci-fi, mystery and magic to Sheffield, complete with comic book characters, movie-themed cars, zombies, puppets, live music, fairground rides and even a giant robot.

And now, “Out of this World” is set to return for a second year, taking over the city centre from 11am to 6pm for free, family-friendly fun on Sunday 25 October.

The event, which celebrates all things out of the ordinary, will once again be divided into three zones on the themes of sci-fi, magic and horror.

The sci-fi, comic book and gaming zone will run around the Winter Garden, Tudor Square and the Peace Gardens, while magic is focused around the Town Hall. The Moor, meanwhile, will become the “Little Monsters” dedicated children’s horror zone.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development at Sheffield City Council, said: “It’s great to see Out of This World returning, after the success of the inaugural event last year.

“We’ve listened to feedback from the thousands of visitors who came along in 2014 and, as a result, have changed the festival from two shorter days of activity to one longer day, meaning that the event will be bigger, more jam-packed and more immersive than ever.

“People will be able to meet sci-fi characters in the Winter Garden, try out the latest in gaming and join the Simpsons on their sofa, before being entranced by illusions and trickery outside the Town Hall and then see live cosplay, sci-fi-themed dance and live music in the Peace Gardens.

“As if that weren’t enough, The Moor will be a dedicated zone for our younger audience, with Little Monsters taking in everything from a Frankenstein walkabout to the amazing Epico the Dragon, fairground rides and dance sessions.

“There really is something for everyone at this event, which is set to be truly Out of This World.”

New for Out of This World in 2015 is a giant outdoor cinema screen, which will be showing classics of the horror genre. A full lineup of films will be revealed soon.

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

The 25-year-old entrepreneur and games addict said: “With the sci-fi and gaming part of Out of This World we are trying to bring the wonder and excitement of seeing favourite characters come to life, and we would like to encourage as many people as possible to come in costume and join the fun.

“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.”

Out of This World, which is being run in conjunction with partners including MoorSheffield, Farrah’s Funfairs and Heart Yorkshire, runs from 11am to 6pm on Sunday, 25 October.

For all the latest news, find our event page on Facebook or visit the website at www.sheffield.gov.uk/outofthisworld