12 May 2015

MUSIC played from the restored Victorian bandstand, along with traditional fairground rides, vintage cars and street theatre, will be among the attractions at this year’s Weston Park May Fayre.

In conjunction with the National Fairground Archive (NFA) and taking place on Sunday, May 17, between 11am and 5pm, the free-of-charge annual event in one of Sheffield’s most beautiful parks will provide fun for all the family.

This year’s attractions will include Professor Jon’s Flea Circus, sideshows, Victorian characters and rides on model steam trains.

Meanwhile, artist Joe Scarborough will be at his easel, children can take part in craft activities and there will also be a variety of food and trade stalls.

Councillor Isobel Bowler from Sheffield City Council said: “The May Fayre is always a popular event for all the family, and I’m sure this year will be no exception.

“As well as an opportunity to listen to an eclectic range of live music, take part in a variety of activities and purchase food, crafts and gifts from the market, the event is also a wonderful excuse to enjoy a walk in Weston Park, Crookes Valley Park and the Ponderosa, which are particularly stunning at the moment with spring flowers in bloom.

“Furthermore, visitors can also enjoy a trip to Weston Park Museum, where the current Ice Age exhibition is sure to be enjoyed by young and old alike.”

The NFA at the University of Sheffield Library is a unique collection of material covering all aspects of the culture and history of travelling fairs and entertainment, from the 1800’s to the present day.

It collects materials and artefacts relating to fairs, shows, magic and illusion, circuses, seaside resorts and amusement parks and many aspects of variety and performance.

The collection also includes vintage programmes, handbills, posters, plans and drawings.

Professor Vanessa Toulmin from the University of Sheffield, director of the NFA, said: “The NFA is once again delighted to be involved with the Weston Park May Fayre.

“This really is an event with a difference and is a rare chance to enjoy all the fun of the fair in one of Sheffield’s most historic parks.”

Meanwhile, mascot Theo the Bear will be at the event with his Star Wars Stormtrooper friends, collecting donations for The Children’s Hospital Charity.

Weston Park May Fayre is presented by Sheffield City Council’s Major Events Team in association with Heart Radio, the University of Sheffield and The Children’s Hospital Charity. It is sponsored by Haybrook.