Popular Sheffield farm fayre attracts thousands

Jousting at Whirlow Hall Farm
Jousting at Whirlow Hall Farm
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A Sheffield farm with a difference attracted thousands - with jousting, football, fairgrounds rides, bands and antiques all on offer...as well as animals.

Whirlow Hall Farm in Sheffield has held its Farm Fayre for over 25 years, with the event the most important on its calendar for fundraising.

The farm, set up in 1979 by a boy who grew up in inner-city Sheffield and was sent to a farm as an evacuee during the Second World War, is an educational facility aimed at giving children a taste of the countryside and understanding of where food comes from.

Fayre organiser Suzanne Nitikman said today’s event is always well supported because of the variety of attractions on offer every year.

On top of traditional activities, including animal petting and a dog show, there were free archery and badminton sessions as well as a giant inflatable football pitch run by Rotherham United.

There were pony rides, Punch and Judy shows, birds of prey, and free crafts.

An unexpected attraction, which attracted the crowds, were drumming workshops, which Sheffield Lord Mayor Peter Rippon tried his hand at.

A programme of cooking demonstrations also proved popular as well as a huge marquee filled with a farmers’ market, crafts stalls and local gifts and products.

An antiques and vintage tent also attracted the crowds, with Michael Dowse, from Sheffield Auction Gallery, offering free valuations.

Mrs Nitikman, said the even, sponsored by Mercury Taxis, GRI Group, simplyhealth and JCT600, was vital.

“This event is absolutely essential for our fundraising and we are lucky that the farm is very much loved by people across the city so we always get a lot of support,” she said.

“We try to add variety every year to keep it fresh so that people keep coming back.”

Zumba teacher Jules Donaghy, from Dinnington, said she was surprised with variety of activities and entertainment on offer.

“I came to support musician Jamie Heawood who was performing and loved the feel of the event, especially the vintage tent.

“A lot of effort has gone in to making it appeal to people of all ages.”