The art of celebrating the arrival of autumn in the city

Art in the Gardens: A group photo in the bear pit
Art in the Gardens: A group photo in the bear pit

It’s a sign that autumn is here.

Last weekend saw the tenth Art in the Gardens at the Botanical Gardens and this weekend’s sees the return of Whirlow Hall Farm Fayre.

A string of other community events are also being held, including Sheffield’s first Pink Picnic hosted by the local gay community. The farm fayre, on Sunday from 10am to 4pm, is the annual major fundraiser for the charities that introduces many childrens to the ways of the countryside. Alongside the craft and farmers’ market marquee will be an antiques tent, cookery demonstrations and children’s rides.

Lord Mayor Vickie Priestley will open Pinknic in Weston Park on Sunday at 2pm.

Featuring music ranging from X Factor contest Jack Walton and all-lesbian band Bisqque to South Yorkshire Police Brass Band, and with dance exhibitions and side shows, it will be the first time the local gay community has held two major events in the city in the same year, following Sheffield Pride in the city centre.

A ‘Field to Feast’ open day at Sheffield Manor Lodge on Saturday from 11am to 4pm will bring together Tudor singers, costumed re-enactors, Sheffield Pipe band, working heavy horses and farming machinery.

Heeley City Farm hosts its autumn show on Sunday from noon to 4pm. Last weekend was Art in the Gardens - many people making their annual pilgrimage, but some coming from as far away as Bristol - and which included work by 350 artists, most of them local. It was sponsored by art and design company Pinders.

Organisers were relieved that midweek predictions of bad weather were unfounded.

“It ran really smoothly and the weather was fantastic,” said artistic director Sharon Gill.

Event organiser Howard Simpson after the initial Friday night sale of work: “We’ve had fantastic sales. There’s no sign of a recession here.”