VIDEO: Free festival for families in Sheffield proves a hit

Alfie O'Brien, aged 4, from Rotherham gets an Iron Man makeover during Totfest
Alfie O'Brien, aged 4, from Rotherham gets an Iron Man makeover during Totfest

Hundreds of youngsters flocked to Sheffield for a special event aimed at attracting more families to the city centre.

Totfest, held on The Moor, was aimed at children aged seven and under, with a range of activities on offer to keep them entertained.

Drumming classes, circus workshops, arts and crafts, and face painting were just some of the highlights.

There were also sports and dance sessions and children could get up close to a range of animals including meerkats, snakes, tarantulas and scorpions.

A story telling tent proved popular with visitors and there were taster sessions hosted by Baby Bright Eyes, which ran ‘languages for little learners’ in French, Italian and Spanish.

There were also baby signing sessions on offer.

Alfie O'Brien, aged 4, from Rotherham gets an Iron Man makeover during Totfest

Alfie O'Brien, aged 4, from Rotherham gets an Iron Man makeover during Totfest

Sandra Barley, centre liaison manager for the Moor said: “The Moor events programme is bigger and better this year.

“So many little ones seem to enjoy parts of our other events, we thought they deserved one of their own, and the result was Totfest.

“Despite the weather lots of families came to The Moor. The young ones were fascinated by the exotic creatures on show especially the tarantula called Henry.

“There were live owls to see, snakes and a cute meerkat. The drumming workshops were constantly full with both children and parents joining in.

“Face painting is always popular, plus the tent with activities meant there was plenty of jiggling and wiggling as the tots danced to music in the Mini Movez sessions.

“Much of the activity is learning, dressed up as play so who knows what skills the children will have picked up. It’s just great to see so many smiling faces.”