FAMILIES flocked to a party in the park as Sheffield’s annual Highland Fling provided an entertaining end to the Bank Holiday weekend.
More than 15,000 people were estimated to have attended, making it one of the most successful years ever for the annual event in Graves Park.
Rare breeds of shaggy highland cattle were the centre of attention, giving the occasion a real Caledonian air, as the hairy beasts competed to be best in show.
The cattle display is one of the largest in England, attracting visitors from far and wide.
Crowds making the most of the bright spring sunshine also enjoyed cart rides pulled by giant shire horses around the arena.
Numbers were boosted by free admission this year to the council-run event.
Other highlights included a falconry display, giant Spanish donkeys, llamas and a Scottish pipe band.
Excursions on the miniature railway proved a hit with some of the younger visitors, while traditional fun fair rides and food stalls also proved popular.
Even certified sassanachs found plenty to entertain, with tastes of the countryside provided by sheep shearing exhibitions, displays of owls and a chance to make a scarecrow.
Normal park attractions also proved a draw - especially the Graves Park animal farm and rare breeds centre, where plenty of new spring arrivals were on show.
It was also the first chance for many to see the brand new play equipment in the revamped play area next to the rose garden.
Kevin Cheetham, the council’s parks and events manager, said: “This was a very successful event and is no doubt the most successful one we have had yet.
“The weather was good for us, which always helps.
“It was a fantastic attendance and everyone had a fabulous time.
“It really did exceed all expectations.”
The Highland Fling is the first in a series of high-profile events this year in Sheffield’s parks and gardens.
Highlights will include Cliffhanger in Millhouses Park and the annual Art In the Park in the Botanical Gardens.