A weekend of family fun planned in South Yorkshire

Scenes from last year's Chance to Dance festival.
Scenes from last year's Chance to Dance festival.
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South Yorkshire is the place to be this weekend as a host of fun filled activities from summer fairs to dance and dog shows take place.

Residents of all ages are sure to find something of interest to keep them thoroughly entertained.

Dozens of dancers will perform in Sheffield city centre on Saturday for the Chance to Dance event.

The entertainment kicks off in Barker’s Pool at 11am with an official opening ceremony involving Concord Youth Band.

Everything from ballet and tap to line dancing and hip hop will be performed and visitors will be encouraged to join in.

The fun ends in the Peace Garden with a samba parade at 4pm.

Rare motorbikes will roar into Eckington on Saturday for a special event inspired by two local motorcycle racers, Charlie Freeman and Billie Nelson.

There will be an exhibition of racing photographs, motorcycles and memorabilia on display in the town’s heritage centre between 10am and 4pm, and shops will also display bikes.

Event organiser Keith Riley, who runs Aquiline tattoo shop, said: “The idea is to turn the town centre into one big motorcycle display for the day with bikes parked on the precinct, in the shops and heritage centre.”

After almost 20 years, Wosbrough Mill Country Fair, near Barnsley is making a welcome return on Sunday. Visitors will be able to enjoy woodland crafts, traditional fun fair stalls and birds of prey.

Richard Moss, assistant manager at the mill, said: “This year we are starting small but there will still be plenty for visitors to see, including traditional woodland crafts such as hurdle making and pole lathe turning, as well as craft stalls.”

Bethesda Church in Swallownest will be celebrating 80 years serving the local community with a fun day from 1pm, with games, stalls, a bouncy castle and refreshments.

Pastor Iain Somerville said: “We wanted to mark this milestone occasion and decided to make it a celebration which the community could join in with.”

Dog lovers will be heading over to Dinnington Rugby Club for Thornberry Animal Sanctuary’s annual dog show.

Gates open at 1pm and the show starts at 2pm.

See The Star on Monday for reports.