Join in Sheffield family fun, from circus to seaside

Members of Sheffield's Greentop Circus in action at Weston Park Museum
Members of Sheffield's Greentop Circus in action at Weston Park Museum

Run away to the circus, enjoy some wild play in the woods or celebrate Sheffield's diversity in seven things to do this week

Sheffield’s Greentop Circus are performing at Weston Park Museum on Saturday from 11am to 4pm as part of a free day of celebrations marking the opening of exhibition, Circus! Show of Shows.

Celebrating 250 years of circus in Britain, the exhibition will look at the stories behind a much-loved spectacle. Visitors will see one of the world’s most famous circus paintings, by Edgar Degas, alongside costumes, props, rare historic posters, films, archive photographs and more.

A programme of circus activities will continue in the school holidays.

Wild play sessions hosted by theWildlife Trust’s outdoor learning team are designed for families with young children who want to explore the woods. Activities include bushcraft, muddy play, wild art and campfire cooking.

The sessions take place in the school holidays on Thursdays in Greno Woods and on Tuesdays and Wed-nesdays in Ecclesall Woods.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register at

Sheffield Pride, celebrating the city’s LGBT+ community, holds its 10th event on Saturday.

The day starts at noon with a march from Pear Street off Ecclesall Road to Endcliffe Park, where the Pride Festival takes place from 1-7pm.

This year’s festival is free entry and includes stalls, a fairground, live acts on stage and a family tent. An after party, hosted by @Proud at the university student union Foundry, starts at 11pm.

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair comes to the Millennium Gallery this weekend.

In total, 75 UK designer-makers have been selected by an independent panel of craft experts, to take part in the show, including many from Sheffield and South Yorkshire. The event is open to the public from 10-5pm Saturday and 10-4pm Sunday. Entry is £5, £4 concessions, and under-16s accompanying a paying adult get in free.

Hallam University are hosting a free family fun day today, Friday, from 10am to 3pm.

Head to Hallam Square to join in a range of subject-themed interactive activities, such as arts and crafts, competitions, experiments, sports and the launch of an art-themed treasure hunt around the campus for children aged 4-13 and their families.

Just turn up to get a welcome sticker and programme of the day’s events.

The Sheffield Urban Cyclo Cross series of races using iconic city buildings as an arena for an urban cycle race format.

Park Hill is the venue on Saturday from 10.30am to 6pm.

A range of refreshments and street food will add to the festival vibe of the event, which is part of the Sheffield Urban Cyclo Cross series.

Race organiser Adam Simmonite said they will incorporate built features to add to the interest of the course.

Grab those buckets and spades as Sheffield by the Seaside returns to the Peace Gardens.

As well as a huge sandpit where children can build sandcastles, the seaside favourites include a Punch and Judy Show, magician, DJ, helter skelter rides, mini golf and traditional boat swings, plus paddling in the Peace Garden fountains.

The beach is open 10am to 6pm daily from todsay to August 28 and entry is free.