Sheffield Fayre returns for the bank holiday weekend with a new look.
After 10 years, the historic re-enactments, with soldiers from over the centuries doing battle in Norfolk Heritage Park are making way for the theme of a ‘Merrie England Village’ on Sunday and Monday.
As well as the usual horticultural and craft tents, there will be an arena for local dance, traditional activities such as morris and maypole dancing, plus street performers and market and community stalls.
The shift in emphasis reflects the growing involvement of Prof Vanessa Toulmin, head of engagement at the University of Sheffield, but also director and founder of the National Fairground Archive at the university.
Her fairground sideshows have become a feature of the fayre in recent years in a collaboration with the council and the Friends of Norfolk Heritage Park.
Prof Toulmin said it was intended to build on the “fantastic tradition” of the fayre.
She added: “Where else will you see a girl swimming in a goldfish bowl, the amazing butterfly girl and see the fantastic sideshows of years gone by?”
Marge Allen, joint chair of the Sheffield Fayre Committee, said: “The National Fairground Archive will bring a huge amount to this year’s fayre.
“We know that some people will be disappointed that the re-enactments are not here this year, but our most important task is to make sure this fantastic event keeps going and that the event remains free of charge to attend.”