Sheffield’s ‘biggest ever’ Lowedges Festival attracts 15,000

Just checking Lowedges for mines
Just checking Lowedges for mines

Snakes, vintage cars and a fun fair drew thousands of people to a Sheffield park as the sun shone.

About 15,000 people packed into Greenhill Park for the annual Lowedges Festival.

ChloeThompson & Amber Graham with a Barn Owl

ChloeThompson & Amber Graham with a Barn Owl

Families enjoyed a host of historical re-enactments and got up close with meerkats and donkeys.

Youngsters also enjoyed donkey rides while parents browsed stalls selling fresh local farm goods and enjoyed live music.

Pam Makinson, manager of petting zoo firm Meerkats And More said there had been a lot of interest in their animals, including meerkats, an owl and a 12ft snake.

She said: “It’s the first time we have been here and we have been absolutely mobbed.

Paige Haliday & Eliza Janiel ready to go for a Donkey ride

Paige Haliday & Eliza Janiel ready to go for a Donkey ride

“A lot of people have come to see Halo, an albino Burmese python. He’s five years old and 12ft long.”

More than 250 classic vehicles were also on show including a Rolls Royce and a Chevrolet Camaro.

Husband and wife Derek and Jean Turner, aged 77 and 79, from Lowedges, said: “We have been on the estate 52 years and we’ve been coming here since it started, but this is the biggest it has been.”