Sheffield’s Crosspool Festival returns with street market, singing and alpacas

Crosspool Festival Street Market: Tony Breedon shows wife Janet the flower petals used on the Crosspool well dressing
Crosspool Festival Street Market: Tony Breedon shows wife Janet the flower petals used on the Crosspool well dressing
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A street market, a scarecrow competition, folk singing and a picnic with alpacas are among the highlights of this year’s Crosspool Festival.

The festival - in its sixth year - starts tomorrow (Friday) with a well-dressing dedication outside the Crosspool Tavern, and residents will be displaying scarecrows - based on the theme of ‘joy’ - in their gardens for judging all week from Saturday.

Householders are opening their gardens to the public on Saturday from 10am to 4pm, while on the same day from 10.30am to 4pm visitors to the Holly Hagg nature project can enjoy a picnic and meet the alpacas kept in the fields. The market is on Selborne Road on Sunday from midday to 4pm, with over 40 stalls.

On Wednesday rock climber Steve McClure gives a free talk from 7.30pm at the Hallam FC Clubhouse, and next Saturday the festival’s summer fayre is at 1pm at the Coldwell Lane sports field.

A folk-themed service featuring the Bamford Village Singers is happening at the park on Lydgate Lane next Sunday at 12.30pm.

Festival proceeds go to charities Care in Crosspool and Roundabout.