City centre to be transported 'Out Of This World' again

The Out of This World festival will feature a whole host of Star Wars characters.

The Out of This World festival will feature a whole host of Star Wars characters.

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Prepare for ghouls, robots and superheroes as the third annual Out Of This World festival takes over Sheffield City Centre.

Celebrating all things out of the ordinary, the event will have many surprises in store, including movie-themed cars, zombies, puppets, live music, fairground rides and even a giant dinosaur.

Science fiction, magic and horror are the three themed zones that people can wander through this weekend. The costumes, from the professionals to the general public, promise to be spooky, supernatural and stupendous.

Councillor Mary Lea, 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.”

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 vehicles on display will include Kitt from Nightrider, the DeLorean from Back to the Future, Bumble Bee and Barricade from Transformers and the A-Team van. For the first time the grandeur of the Town Hall will be taken over by collectors, who will have their pick of the best and rarest selection of comics. And, there's even a zombie laser shooting range to test out your apocalypse survival skills.

Favourites, Magic Carpet Theatre are back and guarantee to bring, illusion, spectacle, comedy and amazement. While Magic Circle member, Professor Norman, will be running magic workshops throughout the day.

Making their first appearance at the event are adventurer Captain Jon Voyage and his beautiful dinosaur, Odysseia the Parasaurolophus. The giant, friendly dinosaur may be a towering figure but he’s more sweet than scary. For the little ones, The Moor will have the Ghostbusters car, a bonkers balloon show, some spooky story telling and a fancy dress catwalk, plus freaky face-painting and some creepy craft activities.

Grown up guests can enjoy an after party hosted by Leopold Square that will include live DJ's and frighteningly good offers on food and drinks.

The main event, which kicks off at 10.30 on Sunday morning, stretches all the way from Barkers Pool to the Winter Garden and the bottom of Fargate.