Festive cheer at Sheffield’s annual Victorian market

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sheffield will take a step back in time at the weekend when the annual Victorian Christmas Market returns to the city’s Kelham Island Museum.

The popular market, which will operate on Saturday and Sunday, has been held for the last 20 years and attracts huge crowds every year.

Scores of stalls will be set up selling ‘Sheffield-made’ products and festive foods.

There will also be a Christmas shop selling gifts and jewellery.

Children will be able to meet Father Christmas over the weekend in a magical grotto and they will be able to see his reindeer.

Youngsters can also visit Santa’s Workshop, where his elves will be on hand to help them write letters to Father Christmas, detailing the gifts they would like.

To entertain the children there will be Punch and Judy shows and traditional fairground rides.

There will also be arts and crafts demonstrations and performances from local brass bands, wind orchestras, musical groups, choruses and choirs.

To take visitors back in time Kelham Island staff will be wearing traditional Victorian clothing.

The market will be trading from 10am until 7pm on Saturday and from 10am until 5pm on Sunday. Entry is £5 per for adults but children go free.

Kelham Island Museum opened in 1982 to house objects, pictures and archive material representing Sheffield’s industrial story.

It is based in one of the city’s oldest industrial districts, with the museum standing on a man-made island which is over 900 years old.

Visit Sheffield Indistrial Museums Trust for more details.