Sheffield Highland Fling aims to bring family Mayday fun

Plenty are expected to attend next week’s Bank Holiday Mayday fun as the Sheffield Highland Fling is taking place following last year’s success.

This free event is open to the public in Graves Park where attendees will be able to witness contests showcasing incredible strength, extreme mountain biking and a dog show.

Richard Eyre, Head of Major Events at Sheffield City Council said: “The Highland Fling is one of Sheffield’s most popular family events in one of our finest parks and this year’s line-up promises another fantastic family day out.

“We work hard to put on events that are suitable for all ages and don’t break the bank so that everyone can get involved and the Highland Fling is the perfect example of this.”

The display, which is run by a group called Man Beast Strongman, will include Mark Anglesea, who is two-time Guinness World Record holder for the Car Carry as well as Scott Litchfield, two-time winner of the Peak District Highland games, former Sheffield’s strongest man, Paul Smith and Simon Knowles who was Yorkshire’s strongest man in 2017.

Knowles weighs a colossal 28 stones and is six feet five inches tall and will be going head to head with the other competitors to see who comes out on top in the stone carry, stone throw, tug of war, log press and caber toss.

British Cycling are putting on skills sessions for children and will also be showcasing some mountain bike freestyle talent.

The Fun Dog Show is run by animal rescue charity Rain Rescue.

People can register their dog on the day and rosettes will be awarded across 14 categories including Scruffiest Mutt, Waggiest Tail and Golden Oldie.

Mr Eyre said: “The dog show, strongman display and extreme bike skills demo will bring lots of extra excitement to the day. Bring your pets and your picnics for a great day at Graves.”

This event is a collaboration between Sheffield City Council and Heart FM.

One thought on “Sheffield Highland Fling aims to bring family Mayday fun

  • May 5, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    What Highland things can we expect at the Highland Fling? Will there be Highland cattle, will there be caber tossing? Will there be whisky? Will there be Scottish country dancing? Will there be kilts and sporrans and bagpipes? It’s also advertised as a Country Fair, so what country things can we expect? Sheepdog trial? Tractor drilling and racing? Corn Dolly making? Will there be a best sheep, best pig, best cattle parade? Hens and ducks and geese? Cider and perry?


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