Rotherham Show is back for 2023

FESTIVAL Village – hosting performances and workshops – will be among the new attractions when the Rotherham Show returns in September.

Organisers are promising a vibrant mix of music, dance, theatre, comedy, blooms, bakes and play at the annual free event in Clifton Park.

Festival Village – curated by Flux Rotherham – will have music from Rotherham Drummers United and The Bewonderment Machine, poetry from Ray Hearne, a workshop from artist and designer Ellie Way and traditional dance by Wath Morris Minors.

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Cllr Dave Sheppard, cabinet member for social inclusion at RMBC, said: “Rotherham Show is always a highlight in my calendar and this year is no exception.

“With a wonderful programme of music, dance, food, and activities this year’s event has something for everyone.

“It’s a real chance for people to soak up the atmosphere, get together with their communities and celebrate what Rotherham has to offer.

“We’re expecting thousands of people to come along and best of all, entry is free, which is a real bonus.

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“Every year the Rotherham Show feels like the beating heart of the town, a coming together and a chance to make memories, so be sure to put the dates in your diary.”

The Children’s Capital of Culture Area will have hands-on activities, a “family rave” and eye-catching art, as well as input from Rotherham-based Gulliver’s Valley, Grimm & Co and Magna.

The show takes place from 11am to 5pm on September 2 and 3, with other annual attractions including the Vintage Vehicle Rally, Strongmen competitions, Let’s Circus, the Chuckle Tent and the Made in Rotherham horticultural show.

There will also be the Produce & Makers Market, Asian Bazaar; food court and music from brass bands and rock to hip hop and reggae across two stages and the bandstand - with a few pop-up performances to look out for too.

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A council spokesperson said: “Throughout the weekend the show will celebrate the spirit of the borough and give people the chance to enjoy an amazing free festival of culture, entertainment, and family fun.

“But most of all, it will offer the chance for people to be together.”

Parking will be available at Herringthorpe Playing Fields for £3.50 per day (card payment only).