Brought to you by Rotherham Council, the borough’s biggest cultural festival lands with a creative bang in Clifton Park on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September.
At its heart Rotherham Show beats to the sounds of joy and community while offering an amazing array of music, dance, theatre and circus; places to play and places to rest; performances to make you smile and think; blooms, bakes, tasty treats and so much more.
New for this year is the Chuckle Tent, this exciting addition will bring a cavalcade of cracking comedy for those seeking laughs aplenty over the weekend, welcoming comedians Jo Enright, Anthony J. Brown, Martha McBrier and many more.
It wouldn’t be Rotherham Show without all the favourites including the Vintage Vehicle Rally, Strongmen Competitions, Let’s Circus and of course the beloved Made in Rotherham Horticultural Show which will once again offer many ways for the people of Rotherham to show off their creativity, green fingers, baking prowess and general fabulousness, all under one (canvas) roof!
Browse the Produce and Makers Market with its stash of handmade, unique and tasty goodies; soak up the colour and flavours of the Asian Bazaar; and if you’re looking for a lunchtime treat, then take a trip to the Food Court.
Pondering the passing of time with dance, theatre and circus is Joli Vyan’s Timeless. The performance moves through a narrative of climate change, its consequences and the larger question of how humanity copes with the precarious balance that could at any point tip into chaos. Performed on and around a giant 7m high hourglass this is a daredevil yet poignantly sensitive representation of the ambiguous nature of time and the threat of irreversibility in relation to climate change.
The Children and Families Area has a wonderful programme including fun, family shows The Rascally Diner and The Not So Grimm Twins, monster action from the fabulous model city maze Godzillatown, and following its debut in Clifton Park in July, the wondrous Fish Mobile will be returning. Council services including, Libraries, Museums and Early Years will be offering advice and activities throughout the weekend too.
For those seeking a quieter space at the Rotherham Show you can experience sound artist Jason Singh’s The Hidden Music of Trees. This augmented reality audio visual outdoor installation allows audiences to have enhanced nature-based experiences. Visitors to the show will be able to walk among the wooded area opposite Clifton Park Museum, download the app, and listen to the sounds of nature – an altogether ethereal experience.
Music-lovers can enjoy The Rockingham Stage and the Rhythms of Rotherham stage offering a jam-packed and exciting mix of performances from Reggae and Salsa to Modern Brass and Afro Jazz with internationally acclaimed Bhangra group Sahara taking to the stage for the final set on Saturday afternoon.
Throughout the weekend the show will celebrate the uniqueness and spirit of Rotherham and give people the chance to enjoy a truly amazing free festival of culture and family fun. But most of all, it will offer the chance for people to be together.