The Star Says: Events galore gives us all plenty to do

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Never let anyone tell you there’s nothing to do in our area.

As the summer holiday season gets into full swing there is all sorts going off in every corner of the region. For a starter, this weekend Sheffield welcomes WOSCON – the city’s first ever World of Superheroes Convention.

On show will be vintage comics worth thousands, rare collectables from iconic films and celebrity appearances all combined with interactive displays and topped off with incredible costumes.

Celebrity guests including Darth Vader actor David Prowse MBE and Ian McElhinney, hero of TV epic Game Of Thrones.

Dealers and exhibitors from across the region will be displaying and selling collectable items.

For those who have been in Sheffield city centre they can’t have helped to notice the popular Sheffield by the Seaside event is back for another year of traditional food, attractions and games whatever the weather.

The free event launched yesterday and is in the Peace Gardens every day until Wednesday August 26.

Amongst other things a giant sandpit, hook-a-duck, mini golf and bumper cars provide entertainment for families during the summer holidays.

The event also includes a disco, which runs from noon until 2pm and features favourite children’s characters.

A more long-standing event will celebrate its 185th edition this year. The Bakewell Show, which takes place, next week has spruced up its showground layout to make it easier for people to get around.

Entertainment facilities have been moved, freeing up space for more trade stands, food courts and seating for the public, as well as the usual attractions – champion animals, mammoth vegetables, vintage vehicles, specialist food and the ever-popular beach experience.

Visitors will also be able to stroll around a new farmers’ market packed with stalls selling local produce from eggs and vegetables to breads and cakes, satisfying people’s increasing desire to browse and buy.

These are just three events which feature in today’s paper and online but there is much more, and has already been much more, going off. This time last week Tramlines was just about to get going.

This weekend also marks the last free weekend before the football season kicks-off. We’ll have plenty of previews and features on all our teams next week.