Sheffield goes green for Out of this World festival

“Look, Mummy – the water is green!”

The iconic Peace Gardens water fountain was subjected to an extra-terrestrial makeover on Sunday 29 October as Sheffield went ‘Out of this World’ for its festival of sci-fi, magic and Halloween.

The city centre was inundated with witches, Jokers and superheroes as families and friends geared up for the annual event.

Stormtroopers paraded the city streets, and robots could be found on every corner.

On The Moor, there were fashion shows for those who had dressed up in their spookiest attire, and Hyde Dance Company performed some ghoulishly themed choreography to the crowds.

Alice Alanor, 22, had travelled from Stockport for the event and was dressed up as an alternative Spider-Man.

Ms Alanor, a member of the Superheroes Cosplay group, said: “It’s been really great. It’s quite different to the usual conventions we go to as they are inside.

“I’ve been walking around with Spider-Man. People come up to us and ask for pictures and it’s like “Oh, okay!” It’s cool.”

For daredevils, there was an array for fairground rides spanning the centre, with dodgems and trampolines on Fargate and a carousel fronting Tudor Square.

The Peace Gardens played host to a number of musical performances and dance routines, including a cameo from the Lord Mayor of Sheffield councillor Denise Fox.

Cllr Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “This really is an event enjoyed by all, from the sci-fi fanatics and comic collectors to the try out tricksters and little monsters.

“There is something for people of all ages, from the Little Monsters Halloween party on The Moor to the interactive robotics displays from The University of Sheffield.”
It was the fourth year of the Out of this World festival, which is backed by Sheffield City Council in partnership with Moor Sheffield, Farrah’s Funfairs and Heart Yorkshire.

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