Looking for something to do with the family this weekend? Why not try one of our 10 things to do?
1. Insect Circus, Menagerie & Museum
Weston Park, Sheffield, today and tomorrow
The Insect Circus are presenting their amazing show in a big top at Weston Park to celebrate their 10th anniversary and the 20th of the National Fairground Archive. Ten performers, including aerialists, a contortionist, a knife thrower and a magician are featured. The show is suitable for all ages. Tickets £12.50, concessions £10 and children (under 13) £8. Family (two adults and two children) £32. Tel: 01359 268209
2. Cirque du Soleil
Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, today and tomorrow
Cirque du Soleil bring their signature production Dralion, to Sheffield’s Motorpoint for five nights. The spellbinding production blends acrobatics, choreography and live music with clowns. Tickets £55. Tel: 0114 2565656
Norfolk Arms, Sheffield, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 May
Join JE James Cycles for a weekend crammed full of cycling goodness. Come and demo new bikes from big manufacturers. Take part in the CycleFest Friendly low-mileage sportive tomorrow or have a go at the Trail Finder MTB orienteering course today. Free to attend. Tel: 01709 538379
4. Daily Animal Encounters
Tropical Butterfly House, Monday – Friday, 11am – 4.30pm
Get close to butterflies and birds, and farm animals, handle snakes, and feed marmoset monkeys and lorikeets. See birds of prey and free-flying macaws. Adult £8, child £7 (U3s admitted free) OAP/Students £7.50. Tel: 01909 569416
5. One Man Two Guvnors
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, until Saturday May 24
Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding, the National Theatre’s award-winning comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, embarks on its biggest-ever tour of the UK. This internationally acclaimed smash-hit is a glorious celebration of British comedy – a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. Tickets start from £20. Tel: 0114 249 6000
6. Boeing Boeing
Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, running until Saturday June 7
A Sheffield Theatres Production, Jonathan Humphreys (Happy Days, The Village Bike) returns to Sheffield to direct this hilarious farce on the Crucible stage. Can Bernard stop his beautifully designed love life from crash landing? Tickets from £10. Tel: 0114 2496000
7. Wu Chi-Tsung’s Dust
Site Gallery, Sheffield, until Saturday May 31, 11am-5.30pm
Wu Chi-Tsung has brought interactive exhibition Dust to the UK for the first time. The ideas and techniques behind Dust were originally tested during Wu’s residency at Site Gallery in 2006, and the installation has since been shown at the Shanghai Biennial. Free to attend. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday. Tel: 0114 2812077
8. Billy Smart’s Circus
Hillsborough Park, Sheffield, Thursday May 22 – Sunday June 1
Britain’s most famous circus comes to Sheffield, brimming with a dazzling combination of acrobatics, comedy, music, juggling, and aerial feats brought to you by amazing international artistes.
There are no animals and quality and innovation are at the top of the agenda for this sensational company of performers. Adult tickets £12-£26, Children £10-£18. Show times vary by day. Tel: 0113 260 2444
9. Chaplin in the Park
Weston Park, Sheffield, Friday May 23, 9pm-11pm
In the beautiful surroundings of Weston Park laugh out loud along to three Chaplin classics projected onto the facade of the Museum. In 1959, Chaplin added his own music to three of his foremost and funniest three and four reeler films.
Bring a cushion and wrap up warm for an unforgettable evening. The three films are strung together to form a single feature length film.
Approximate start timings are: 21:00 – A Dogs Life (1918) 21:35 – Shoulder Arms (1918) 22:10 – The Pilgrim (1923) . Free entry. Tel: 0114 222 0468
10. Sheffield Food Festival
Sheffield City Centre, Saturday May 24 – Monday May 26
After a great event in 2013 the Sheffield Food Festival returns bigger, better and tastier than ever. A recipe for gluten-free biscuits hand-delivered by a Great British Bake Off star, cooking master classes with some of the region’s best chefs and a wartime kitchen are just some of the highlights of this year’s new-look festival.
Events will be sited at a number of key locations within the City Centre, including the Moor and new food market, Peace Gardens and Town Hall Square. Free entry.