Families set to be entertained across Sheffield

Free family activities at last year's Tramlines Festival
Free family activities at last year's Tramlines Festival
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Tramlines organisers have promised the return of a host of free family-friendly activities across Sheffield to coincide with the main music festival next month.

This year the Folk Forest will be back at Endcliffe Park while Weston Park will be filled with music, face painting and more.

The fun doesn’t stop there with street theatre taking over Barker’s Pool as well as science and discovery activities in Millennium Square, called ‘Dream Bigger Dreams’.

Sarah Nulty, Tramlines festival director, said: “Although our main focus is music, we always pull the stops out to provide a real mix of family entertainment.

“Weston Park and the Folk Forest are great places to catch some amazing artists and keep the kids entertained away from the hustle and bustle of the main stage.”

The Folk Forest Fair will take place in Endcliffe Park on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, with a line up of ‘local, national and international talent’.

Performers include This is the Kit, The Lost Brothers and John Smith.

There will also be displays and stalls of contemporary art and crafts, books, photography, vintage clothing and music memorabilia at The Folk Forest Fair.

Meanwhile, the University of Sheffield and Yellow Bus Events have teamed up to bring street theatre to Barker’s Pool.

On the Saturday and Sunday, the square will be bustling with everything from magic to fire jugglers and even a display by ‘crazy grannies’ on scooters.

Up at Weston Park, the bandstand will showcase a varied line up of acoustic performances as well as traditional fun fair rides, free sporting activities, face painters and food and drink.

Weston Park Museum will be open over the weekend and Sheffield Children’s Hospital mascot Theo the Bear will be around to greet youngsters in the hospital’s fundraising area.

A Tramlines spokeswoman added: “Tramlines’ family friendly activities are totally free of charge.

“Wrist bands are needed for the main stages and music venues you would usually pay to enter.”

The line-up for Tramlines, which begins on Friday, July 19, already includes Lianne La Havas, Toddla T Sound, David Rodigan MBE, The Selecter, Tensnake, B. Traits, Theo Parrish, New Young Pony Club, Shangaan Electro, Fenech Soler, Slow Club, Jim Jones Revue, The Invisible, 2.54, Friends, Rolo Tomassi and Dutch Uncles.

Day tickets to the festival cost £6 plus booking fee and can be purchased from Tramlines tickets Under-fives go free.

* Find out more about Tramlines 2013 on the festival’s website Tramlines