Out of this World

Sheffield’s Festival of Sci-fi, Magic and Halloween

Sunday 23 October 10:30am to 5:30pm, Sheffield City Centre

Back for its eighth year, this free city centre event celebrates all things otherworldly and is for anyone who enjoys sci-fi, comic books, gaming, magic, illusion, Halloween and all things spooky.

Spread across the city centre it attracts thousands of adults and children (many in costume), who come to see and enjoy this weird, wonderful and wacky event.

Sci-fi, comic and gaming

Winter Garden, Tudor Square, Town Hall, Millennium Square and the Peace Gardens

The ever popular sci-fi, comic book, gaming and fantasy areas are home to comic book artists, costumers, trade stalls and displays. You’ll encounter your favourite heroes and villains including Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, Ghostbusters, Slimer and The Superheroes to name just a few.

A popular zone to find, or photobomb, your favourite superhero, get hold of the latest character, comicon and gaming must haves. Go to Infinity and Beyond with our children’s film and cartoon favourites meet and greets, time travel (back to the 70s and 80s) with Jaws and the Transformers and the Stone Age with The Flintstones.

See if you can spot the Invisible Man (one of the trickier challenges of the event but it’s not impossible). With Boba Fett, Minions and Jaws displays, Tardis and Dalek alongside sci-fi music and dance – there’s plenty for everyone to see and do!

Magic and Illusion

Town Hall Square, Town Hall and Peace Gardens

A programme of mystifying illusion and magic - some of the UK’s best magicians and illusionists can be found in this zone. Magic that will astound you - from sleight of hand to the weird and wonderful!

Joining us this year in the Magic zone for your delight and entertainment is Dr Phantasma and his ever changing cast of the unusual and the strange, including Miss Elastina and the Human Volcano! The ever popular Professor Jon’s Flea Circus returns with new flea’s to perform amazing feats for your delight and the Tent of Mystery will keep you guessing all event long.

Rachel the Enchantress invites all budding young spellcasters to enter her den of magic for a fun, imaginative and creative session. Young witches and wizards will learn magic spells, design and make a wand, turn their grownups into frogs and even make them disappear. Or try our sci-fi themed workshops to amaze and delight your friends. Led by an experienced member of the Magicians' Circle, Magic Ray, this workshop will show you how to make objects defy gravity and even disappear with the invisibility apparatus. Tickets are free but must be picked up from the steward in front of the Town Hall to ensure your place.

Barney Baloney will amaze and delight youngsters and adults alike with his wacky tricks, tongue in cheek humour and his out of this world talking monkey friend. Yes you read it right, a talking Monkey!


Barkers Pool, Town Hall, Peace Gardens and Surrey Street


Uncle Doom image

Little Monsters will be running loose about the event this year, so get your Halloween fancy dress on and enjoy some spooky attractions!

Keep your eyes peeled for Uncle Doom and His Organ of Gloom as his ghostly presence is felt around the event. Visit the Putrid Pumpkin in his Pumpkin Patch as he plays his tricks in the Peace Gardens but beware the scare of his balloons, he much prefers them popped.

If that isn’t scary enough for you, you can always go retro on the classic Ghost Train on Surrey Street.

With plenty of trade stalls and caterers around the event it may also be the perfect time to pick up your last minute Halloween must haves, grab a bite to eat or make a start on the festive shopping.

Contact Major Events Team

Room 311
Town Hall
Pinstone Street
S1 2HH

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