18 August 2017

Teenagers, asking for ‘cool stuff’ to do in the summer holiday, are the reason behind a pop-up cinema evening next Thursday in Parson Cross, held as part of the area’s first ever ‘Summerfest’.

The new festival takes place on Friday, 25 August at Chaucer School and The Learning Zone, with music, games and activities including clay making, festival hair and make-up and boxing from 12noon. Free fringe events are running throughout the week, also from Mount Tabor, with circus skill workshops, multi-sports, a ‘techy tea-party’ and activities put on by the University of Sheffield.

Pupils from Chaucer School helped inspire the festival’s programme after telling councillors they wanted activities for young people in the summer. The pop-up cinema, which will show Grease on Thursday night at the school, with a pay-as-you-feel pick and mix, came about after suggestions from the students.

Parson Cross’ Summerfest has been organised by councillors and officers from Sheffield City Council, SOAR, the University of Sheffield, SWFC Community Outreach, YMCA White Rose, Parson Cross Initiative and Chaucer School.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: “We listened to what the school pupils told us they wanted and have used part of our local ward-funding to support the festival, which was inspired by their ideas. The whole event is an example of what can be achieved when the council, businesses, schools and partners pull together, and I’m very proud it is taking place.

“Parson Cross has great community spirit and Summerfest will be a really fun time for everyone to come together. Everyone is welcome and I’d like to thank all those who have helped organise the event.”
Katherine Keeler from SOAR, said: “The Parson Cross Festival is an opportunity to get out, have fun, and see what our local community is up to! With fringe activities throughout the week, it will all lead up to the final day on Friday August 25th.

“On Friday we will have a host of activities run by local organisations such as SOAR and Foxhill Forum who are trying to make a difference in S5 and beyond. Some activities include clay making, festival hair and makeup, boxing, and much, much more! Come and see for yourself! “

Local youngster, Mubarik Sashi, aged 10, said: “I am looking forward to the multi sports on Monday and Friday and the high tech stuff on Wednesday and Thursday.” His friend Declan, age 9, added: “I want to do the paint throwing and the high tech stuff too.”

Parson Cross’ Summerfest includes:

  • Monday 21 August, 12noon-2pm: Multi-sports at Chaucer School
  • Tuesday 22 August, 12noon-4pm: Fun day at Mount Tabor, including circus skills, bouncy castles and more
  • Wednesday 23 August, 12noon-4pm: Tech and explore activities at The Learning Zone, including hands-on makers’ activities and a tech tea-party
  • Thursday 24 August, 12noon-4pm: University of Sheffield sustainability and engineering activities at The Learning Zone
  • Thursday 24 August, 6.30pm: Free showing of Grease at the Chaucer School pop-up cinema
  • Friday 25 August: 12noon-4pm: Main festival day – with music, fun, sport activities and more at Chaucer School and The Learning Centre
  • The Google Digital Bus will also be in Parson Cross on 23 August.