Festival hosts talent show and market

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An ART exhibition, talent show and a superhero drawing masterclass are among the highlights of the Crosspool Festival, which starts on Saturday, July 2.

The eight-day festival will begin with an Open Gardens event, an introduction to digital photography at Tapton Hill Congregational Church, and a talk by Richard Taylor, presenter of the BBC series How to Read a Church, at St Columba’s Church in the evening.

Selborne Road will stage a street market on Sunday, July 3, also featuring music and dance performances from local schoolchildren, while Monday, July 4, sees the start of an art exhibition and the Crosspool’s Got Talent show, both at St Columba’s.

Throughout the week, there will be creative writing and digital photography workshops, with Trevor Harsine of Marvel Comics on hand to show kids how to draw favourite superheroes.

Other events include a Gardeners’ Question Time at Valleyside Garden Centre on Thursday, July 7, a comedy evening, fun run, ramble and a family barn dance.

To round off the week, a traditional summer fayre will be held at Coldwell Lane Sports Field on Saturday, July 9, and a Picnic in the Park on Lydgate Green will be hosted by local churches the following day. Guest speaker will be the Ven Martyn Snow, Archdeacon of Sheffield.