Family fun May Fayre will return bigger and better to Sheffield’s Weston Park!

The May Fayre, a day of free family entertainment in the heart of Sheffield, is returning bigger and better for 2023, thanks to a partnership between the University of Sheffield and Sheffield City Council.

Families sat on the grass in Weston Park watching an entertainer at the last May Fayre in 2019

Following last year’s successful event that welcomed over 10,000 people to Sheffield’s Weston Park, Sheffield City Council, supported by the University of Sheffield, are delighted to bring Weston Park back for 2023 on Sunday 21 May 11am - 5pm.

The Fayre will see more street performers and entertainment acts than ever before, including circus entertainers, live music and interactive stalls for family activities. Exhibitors, bar and food vendors, artisan crafts stalls, children’s fun fair will also be there on the day. 

May Fayre performer

Dangerous Steve and his Flea Circus will wow the crowds with their tricks and dangerous stunts. Charlie Chaplin will provide a show packed with slapstick comedy. Granny Turismo's ladies will roll up on their vamped-up shopping carts and do dazzling dance routines, as TEAM BGee welcomes you to sing and boogie as they perform their disco classics. The incredible Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band from India will also be returning for 2023 to play a wide variety of music from Rajasthan, including folk songs, Bollywood hits, spiritual qawwali and Bhangra beats, as well as sci-fi and intergalactic funk and even some much loved pop songs, to celebrate the evocative and joyous music of Rajasthan.

May Fayre band

The University of Sheffield will be supporting the event by providing the day’s street acts and performances. MakerFutures will be hosting pop-up coding-embroidery workshops for a playful and creative way to develop digital and STEM skills through the arts. There will also be a pop up space to celebrate International Clinical Trials Day, which will include a chocolate trial and crafts, in conjunction with a celebration event for the 75th birthday of the NHS in July.

May Fayre performers

Lisa Firth, Director of Parks, Leisure and Libraries, Sheffield City Council said: “The May Fayre, organised in partnership with the University of Sheffield, is part of a summer of events in the city.

“Set in Weston Park, the annual event has a fantastic line-up of artists. The event will bring communities from across Sheffield together for a day of brilliant entertainment. Expect fairground rides, food and drink, quirky acts, and culture for all the family.”

Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Director of City and Culture at the University of Sheffield said: “The University has worked with the Council on the May Fayre to provide great live entertainment in Western Park for many years. Following 2022’s amazing turn out we’re excited to be bringing local and international acts to the people of Sheffield in an even bigger and better way for 2023. Working with the Council on the May Fayre is a great commitment to our Made Together programme - working with partners to make South Yorkshire more culturally vibrant.’'

Weston Park May Fayre is presented by Sheffield City Council in association with the University of Sheffield and is supported by Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity and Heart Radio. The activities will be open from 11am to 5pm. 

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