Rotherham’s flagship cultural event, Rotherham Show, has been attracting visitors from across the region for more than 40 years and, after a year off thanks to COVID-19, it will be returning to the stunning surroundings of the iconic Clifton Park this September. Here’s all you need to know to make the most of three days of culture, music, community, food, art, and dance.
This year’s show will take place from 3rd to 5th September (daily, 11.00am to 5.00pm) and has been extended to take in new exhibitions at Clifton Park Museum and pop-up performances at the newly refurbished Rotherham Civic Theatre. The reconfigured showground will open up spaces to help ease crowding allowing visitors to move between four main arenas taking in demo kitchens, cardboard cities, circus, strong men and strong ladies, new public art commissions bringing the festival feels.
Friday has been designated as a quieter day for visitors who want to return to events without the crowds. The programme is more relaxed with performances from: folk duet Katherine Roberts and Sean Lakeman; daring aerial, acrobatic and dance performance from Motion House with their production of Captive which is woven around a scaffolding frame; sea shanties and nautical legends with Ray Hearne celebrating Clifton Park Museum’s Revealed Roots exhibition; the return of the great horticultural show which this year will be exhibiting alongside Plunge Boom’s Vegetable Nannies who have grand plans for the baby carrots.
Saturday will start with yoga in the park before the day gets underway drawing visitors through the site with a series of processional performances from Apna Beat’s Bhangra Dancers and Dhol Drummers, Rainbow Stilt Walkers and Mark Mark productions loveable Maniax; new for this year, a Demo Kitchen will showcase the culinary talents of the borough from onion bhajis to Chinese noodles; the Vintage Area will pop-up around the much-loved bandstand with a range of retro performers and on Sunday the Vintage Vehicle Rally; Rotherham’s own Grimm & Co will lead you to a magical realm in their pop-up theatre; and Afro Shikisha Voices will be bringing the sounds of a continent to a little corner of Rotherham.
A third day of fun begins with brass bands and orchestras across three stages of music, dance and performance; Playful Anywhere will continue the fun with a giant shipping container full of childhood memories from hula hoops to bean bags, bubbles and baubles; Let’s Circus will be performing their Greatest Showman Show; Strong Lady Productions will go head to head with Strong Men in the Made in Rotherham Area; and if you need a lie down Lenny & Whale’s colourful public art-filled picnic spot or the new Sensory Area provided by Sense, have you covered.
While there is a packed programme of music, dance, exhibitions, food, community, and culture; this year’s show has left plenty of space for people who might be feeling a little more cautious. Stalls will be spread across the park with some relocated to avoid crowding and bottle necks, open and spacious picnic areas will punctuate the site, with sensory areas and relaxed spaces available across the site too. For those not ready to be there in person this year’s show is taking to the radio waves with a Radio Residency at Rotherham Civic Theatre in partnership with RB1 Radio who will be bringing all the behind scenes news, exclusive performances, and interviews.
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