Coup for park as The One Show rolls into action

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BBC TV’s flagship magazine programme The One Show will be broadcast live from Endcliffe Park next Wednesday following a roadshow running throughout the afternoon.

A range of activities featuring TV presenters will start at noon, before the show is hosted live at 7pm by Alex Jones and Matt Baker.

“It’s a coup for Endcliffe Park,” said Ashley Charlesworth, who runs the café in the park.

The One Show Roadshow will give families the chance to take part in a series of presentations and demonstrations.

Naturalist Mark Dilger will present a wildlife show, while Marty Jopson’s science show will include experiments and demonstrations.

Christine Walkden will give gardening tips and ‘street doctor’ Sarah Jarvis will discuss health and fitness street doctor. Matt Baker’s rickshaw from his Children In Need challenge will be on display along with a variety of bikes, with the chance to talk about local cycling opportunities.

The UK’s national cyclist’s organisation, which has a team in Sheffield, will be on hand to help people discover how cycling can change lives.

Meanwhile, Gyles Brandreth will discuss Sheffield’s history.

Local history groups will show people how to get started on researching their family history and visitors are being encouraged to bring along photos of their family and artefacts to discuss their significance.

Zoned areas will feature money, art, sport, science and history. Throughout the day, Dinnington Collery Band will perform and give people the chance to have a go at playing different instruments, baking clubs and societies are being invited to display their most creative cakes with a Sheffield theme and allotment and gardening clubs are being asked to bring along their best produce.

Admission to the event, which runs until 8pm, is free.

Executive producer BBC Learning, Moray London, said: “We are delighted that Sheffield has agreed to play host to our first-ever The One Show Roadshow.

“It promises to be a fantastic event with something for everyone culminating in the chance to be in the audience for The One Show as it broadcasts live on BBC.”

Ashley Charlesworth said it was an exciting prospect and a significant boost after emerging from the doldrums of the poor weather during the early part of the summer.

Things had picked up in recent weeks, buoyed by the arrival of the funfair, which runs until Bank Holiday Monday.

“We are smiling again,” he said. “I just hope the weather stays good so the field isn’t wrecked for when The One Show arrives.”

Endcliffe Park café staff will run a picnic featuring local produce in St Paul’s Square, next to the Peace Gardens, during the Sheffield Food Festival, from September 14 to 16.