Spooky festival gets underway in Sheffield city centre

Families have descended on Sheffield city centre as a spooktacular event made its debut.

Out Of This World, a new familiy-friendly Halloween festival, got underway today and it is hoped thousands of people will visit over the weekend.

Attractions at the new Out of this World festival in Sheffield

Attractions at the new Out of this World festival in Sheffield

The city centre is split into three distinct zones, for sci-fi, magic and horror, and many people have already visited in fancy dress.

Sheffield Council is hosting the free festival after the organisers of Fright Night - the biggest Halloween party of its kind - took a break.

There had been problems with police charges and other issues but it is hoped it could return in future.

Highlights include street magicians, fairground rides, a space simulator and a display of famous movie and television cars.

The sci-fi zone is around the Winter Garden and Tudor and Millennium Squares, the magic zone is along Fargate, in Barker’s Pool and outside the Town Hall and the Moor feature the horror zone.

Activities will continue at around 12.3pm on Sunday and run until about 4.30pm. Fairground rides run until 6pm.

There will also be a full magical stage show at the Library Theatre in Surrey Street on Sunday, November 2

Further details are available at www.sheffield.gov.uk/outofthisworld

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