Festival season? Try out the more local ones...

Find out about the archaelogical digs at Manor Lodge
Find out about the archaelogical digs at Manor Lodge
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OK so not everybody could afford to take the kids to see Coldplay or Beyonce at Glastonbury and perhaps muddy music isn’t your idea of family fun.

OK so not everybody could afford to take the kids to see Coldplay or Beyonce at Glastonbury and perhaps muddy music isn’t your idea of family fun.

Try making traditional gingerbread at Manor Lodge

Try making traditional gingerbread at Manor Lodge

But there are lots of festivals, fairs and celebrations taking place in Sheffield that give children a chance to shine.

It doesn’t all have to be about nagging kids wanting you to spend a fortune on fairground rides and junk food, there are lots of events that get everyone involved without costing much at all.

There are chances to try new crafts, show off existing skills and test out hidden talents.

The biggest is the free annual Sheffield Fayre at Norfolk Heritage Park which attracts more than 25,000 people. It includes the largest Through the Ages Living History show in the North of England.

7 year olds Jack & Amber Gray from Walkley try out a WW2 Willys Jeep

7 year olds Jack & Amber Gray from Walkley try out a WW2 Willys Jeep

The History Camp ranges from Roman times to World War II, encompassing live battles and displays in costume with more than 600 re-enactors.

If you pop inside the huge marquees there is a great chance for children to put their own creations on display to the world – and they just might win a prize.

The fayre includes the city’s annual Horticultural Show which brings out Sheffield’s green-fingered experts but is also carefully planned to encourage budding talent.

There are competitions for amateurs as well as serious enthusiasts and sections specially designed for families and children.

Cliffhanger at Millhouses Park...Visitors trying out Scuba Diving

Cliffhanger at Millhouses Park...Visitors trying out Scuba Diving

All young children love making things so why not give yours the chance to put their creations on show?

It is always a great boost for their confidence to see their work lined up on the official tables, even if they don’t win anything.

The list of categories includes needlecraft, a piece of art following the theme of wildlife in the park or photographs of the park.

There is also a chance for those who love baking to create five fancy decorated buns -– but all the decorations must be edible!

Cliffhanger Event at Millhouses Park'Kayaks replace the usual model boats on the boating lake

Cliffhanger Event at Millhouses Park'Kayaks replace the usual model boats on the boating lake

Other options include creating a miniature garden in a seed tray or an animal from fruit and vegetables.

Of course, there is the chance to show off the biggest sunflower which is always a winner with young children.

Exhibits have to be taken to Norfolk Park before the event starts but as far as kids are concerned seeing the competition before anybody else is part of the fun.

To see the full schedule or enter email centreinthepark@sheffield.gov.uk or call 0114 286 0400.

Cliffhanger takes place this weekend in Millhouses Park and it is one of the UK’s largest outdoor outdoor-pursuits festivals created with families in mind.

Alongside the elite competitions and professional demonstrations are chances for youngsters to try out sports for themselves.

Cliffhanger Event at Millhouses Park. Its a long way down!!

Cliffhanger Event at Millhouses Park. Its a long way down!!

This year there is stunt kite-flying, power-stilts, bike polo and a mountain bike pump track so there is plenty of inspiration on offer.

If animals are more your thing the RSPCA Summer Open Day takes place on Sunday at their centre of Stadium Way.

There is a dog show as well as a catless cat and rabbitless rabbit show where youngsters can take in photos of their own pets.

The furry residents will also put on their own parade at 1.30pm and visitors can take a look inside the kennels and cattery.

Families can also step back in time as Manor Lodge and Green Estate mix history with a sustainable future.

The Annual Sheffield Flower Festival will be held at Manor Lodge and Manor Oaks on Sunday offering a chance to find out about digging to discover the city’s hidden past.

It is an event for the whole family set within the ruins of Manor Lodge decked with scarecrows from the Children’s Festival Scarecrow competition and large flowers from recycled materials.

Visitors can follow a wild-flower trail or join in a treasure hunt to find their way through the historic site’s themed gardens, via the studios to the farm area.

This is home to Big Lad, the working Clydesdale horse, and resident rabbits and hens.

There are also chances to witness well-dressing or try basket making and flower-themed art workshops.

The farm shop and café will be demonstrating menus featuring edible flowers as vegetable entertainer Madame Zucchini presents a vegetable-themed story-telling session.

There is also still chance to get involved with Sheffield Children’s Festival which runs until July 11.

On Saturday from 11am to 3pm in the Winter Garden there is an artist-run workshop where youngsters can make their own deep sea creature and decorate it with black light pigment.

They can either put it on show as part of the exhibition along with others or take it home to put on their bedroom wall.

It is free but booking is essential on 0114 268 6813 or email admin@artinthepark.org.uk

You can also pick a day to put skills to the test with Code Crackers in the city centre.

All you have to do is download the software on to your Smart phone and follow the trail looking for postcard sized codes placed in prominent locations.

Hold your phone over the code and read what children like about Sheffield while learning about how technology assists our communication.

Visit eventsheffield.co.uk to get information about everything taking place in the city.