Preparations are well under way for a captivating two-day celebration of all things out of the ordinary.
The new ‘Out of This World’ festival, themed around magic, sci-fi and horror, will arrive in Sheffield city centre on November 1.
Overseeing the magic aspect of the family-friendly event is Russell J Hall, who organised last year’s successful Sheffield Street Magic Festival.
Junior magicians will be able to learn wicked tricks at children’s workshops in the Town Hall, while the venue will also play host to a spooky magic event in atmospheric wooden-panelled chambers, including a reconstruction of a Victorian seance.
A highlight of the weekend is set to be a full magical stage show at the Library Theatre in Surrey Street, hosted by Sheffield-based Steve Faulkner, who will perform alongside several of his magician friends.
The festival’s sci-fi theme, featuring a convention, walkabouts, displays, workshops and film screenings, will be situated in the Winter Garden, Tudor Square and the Showroom cinema.
The horror aspect meanwhile will be based around The Moor, including the Moor Market, which will be hosting workshops and craft sessions.
And for those who want to get truly out of this world, there’s going to be telescopes in the Peace Gardens for a spot of stargazing.
Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield Council, said: “Out of this World gives people a chance to discover activities they may not have come across in the city before, such as gaming, comics, sci-fi and fantasy.”
n Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/outofthisworld