MORE than 35,000 people took part in Sheffield Children’s Festival this year - making it the ‘best ever’ event.
Early indications show a record number of children, young people and families attended activities, shows and displays across the arts in the city spectacular.
And there were more than 70 events, ranging from a paint-firing cannon at Kelham Island Museum to mouth ping-pong ball juggling in the Winter Garden and a sleepover at Sheffield Cathedral.
Highlights included a mass dance performed by 540 children in Tudor Square on the day the Olympic torch came to the region.
Coun Julie Dore, leader of the festival organiser, Sheffield City Council, said: “The stunning line-up at this year’s event included some real stand-out moments.”
The festival is the biggest of its kind in the UK and ran from June 18 to July 14.
Its new and expanded family programme, funded by the Arts Council, featured an enchanted loft, a fort made of cardboard boxes and a bicycle which works as a submarine.
Getting children working with professional artists }saw the creation of an animated film and three-dimensional flowers.
Sponsor Vinci Construction UK was thanked by Coun Dore for supporting the festival for a sixth year.
Its regional director Keith Shivers said: “We are incredibly proud to have been the main sponsor.”
n See Class Act in The Star next Tuesday, July 24, for unseen pictures of the festival.