Getting ready for the summer

Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom live stage show
Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom live stage show
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Enthusiasts of the 1940s will be able to take a step back in time at Kelham Island Museum this month, with the return of the annual Wartime Weekend and Vintage Fayre.

A George Formby entertainer, afternoon Tea Dance, vintage vehicles display and firing re-enactments will help set the scene this Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21.

South Yorkshire Transport Museum will run heritage tours of the local area and there will be living history homefront activities for all the family.

Living History Tours will take place throughout the day and The River Don Engine can be seen in steam throughout the weekend.

There will also be the opportunity for visitors to bring along their collectables to be valued by the Sheffield Auction Gallery. Visitors are encouraged to enter into the spirit of the event and dress in 1940s style.

The fun continues at Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust throughout the summer holiday with Harry Brearley’s ‘The Story of Ironie’ interactive puppet show performed every Tuesday in August. Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet will also be running holiday activities every Wednesday throughout August. For more information go to Sheffield Indistrial Museum Trust or call 0114 272 2106.

kings of the castle

A season of re-enactment is coming to Skipton Castle.

This summer is your opportunity to get to grips with life in the 12th and 15th centuries at the castle, which was founded in 1090 and is one of the most complete and well preserved medieval castles in England.

On Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21, Skipton Castle will welcome authentic re-enactment group Buckingham’s Retinue, who will bring the period 1450-1500 and the War of the Roses to life.

On Saturday and Sunday July 27/28, the castle will be thrust back to 1193, with the arrival of the legendary Queen Eleanor, mother of King Richard the Lion Heart, whowas travelling the country at this time, raising the ransom for King Richard.

Visitors will be able to enjoy genuine campfire cooking, hand-to-hand combat and archery displays.

For more information on all these events, visit Skipton Castle

school for the summer

Summer School begins at Sheffield Theatres on July 29 to August 10. This fantastic two-week experience offers adults and young people the chance to play, make, share and perform, working with experienced professional theatre artists.

The Summer School is led by a team of highly experienced directors, voice and movement artists and technical experts, with sessions taking place in Sheffield Theatres’ professional rehearsal rooms and backstage areas inside the famous Crucible, Studio and Lyceum Theatres.

At the end of the two weeks - a series of brand new short plays and performances will be performed in The Crucible Studio Theatre.

For information call the Box Office on 0114 2496000.

stage animation

From the makers of Peppa Pig comes the first-ever stage version of the BAFTA award-winning kids TV animation Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom at the Lyceum Theatre.

This charmingly magical animation about elves, princesses and childhood innocence will be brought to life on stage in Sheffield, as Ben and Holly embark on more exciting new adventures in the Little Kingdom, including helping Gaston the ladybird clean up his messy cave, taking a trip to The Big World with tooth-fairy Nanny Plum and planning a surprise for King Elf’s birthday party.

Opening on Friday, August 2, and running for two days, this enchanting musical is packed full of singing, dancing, fun and games to delight all the family.

Call the Box Office for tickets and further information on 0114 2496000.