Birthday party fun for Sheffield attraction

Families enjoying the fun at Kelham Island Museum's Down by the Riverside festival last year.
Families enjoying the fun at Kelham Island Museum's Down by the Riverside festival last year.
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ONE of Sheffield’s biggest tourist attractions will pay homage to the city’s rich industrial heritage in bumper birthday celebrations.

The importance of waterpower and the growth of Steel City industry will be the focus of Kelham Island Museum’s annual Down by the Riverside festival, which coincides with its 30th anniversary.

Organisers plan to bring the River Don to life as part of the two-day festival, which takes place this weekend. There will be a mix of markets, community stalls, talks and craft demonstrations along with activities on the water such as kayaking and a raft race.

Families can enjoy all the fun of the fair with face-painting and entertainment.

The party kicks off with a concert from the Anything Goes Orchestra on Saturday, with local bands taking to the live music stage outside of the museum throughout the day.

On Sunday, organisers will oversee the official opening of Nursery Street Pocket Park and the Steel City Sprites’ lantern and pyrotechnical performance.

To mark the milestone anniversary, the artist Stoneface will be carving faces into a grindstone.

The Juxtavoices Choir will perform and the River Don Engine and a 30th birthday wall will be on display, collecting memories to finalise an interactive timeline.

Celebrations are part of Sheffield’s Riverlution Festival, events and activities on waterways across the city.

Niki Connolly, of Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, said: “We want to make sure that everyone who comes along to this event can enjoy themselves and benefit from our beautiful heritage including walkers, cyclists, kayakers, residents and families alike. We have a lot of river-themed activities taking place appealing to all ages. We’re expecting to attract a lot of people to the event.

“2012 marks our 30th anniversary so what better way to celebrate than by extending Down by the Riverside to two days?”

n Down by the Riverside, Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street, 11am-7pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm Sunday.