Widening appeal is top of fayre organisers’ list

Sheffield Fayre at Norfolk Heritage Park. Enjoing the carousel, from left, Gina Townend, Niamh and Natasha Holmes
Sheffield Fayre at Norfolk Heritage Park. Enjoing the carousel, from left, Gina Townend, Niamh and Natasha Holmes
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The Sheffield Fayre returns for the Bank Holiday weekend, with organisers committed to widening the event’s appeal.

The fayre is on Sunday and Monday at Norfolk Heritage Park, and for the second year running the National Fairground Archive at Sheffield University will be playing a central role by putting on historical displays and activities.

There will also be street performances, a horticultural show, classic cars, morris dancing, rides, archery, and a host of food and drink stalls, among other attractions, such as the Ken Fox Wall of Death - a daredevil motorbike display.

Attendance at the fayre - organised by the city council in partnership with the Friends of Norfolk Heritage Park - suffered last year because of heavy rain.

It was also the first year that the traditional historical re-enactments were dropped, in favour of a ‘Merry England’ theme.

Marge Allen, joint chair of the fayre committee, said: “We know some people were disappointed because we had done the re-enactments for a long time, but we want it to be more of a family and community event.

“It’s one of the greatest and oldest parks in the city, it’s got a great history to it.

“We’re hoping the weather will be kind to us this year.”

A children’s craft marquee will be a new addition for 2015, Marge said.

“We’re committed to the future of the fayre. Some of us are getting older now, and it’s always good to get some new people on to the management committee. They bring new blood and new ideas.”

The fayre runs from 10.30am to 5.30pm on both days. Admission is free.