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Walkley Victorian Fair

Celebrate the origins of Walkley with our a Victorian Fair on Saturday 22nd June as part of the Walkley Festival.

We are celebrating Victorian Walkley and Sheffield with a range of events and activities across Walkley brought to you by Walkley Historians, Walkley Library, St Mary’s Church and Cabaret Boom Boom. 

You can view or download the whole Walkley Festival programme here:


Victorian Fair Poster 2 web

The fair its launched on Friday 21st June with A Night at the Music Hall” presented by Vulcan Varieties, at Ebenezer Hall.

Visit the Victorian Market on Walkley Medical Centre car park and in Ebenezer Hall to browse craft stalls, hear a magnificent old barrel organ, see and have a go at traditional lace making, and learn to make a Victorian terrarium (booking is essential for the latter via https://billetto.co.uk/e/bottle-terrarium-workshop-walkley-victorian-fair-sheffield-tickets-350704). Walkley Historians will have displays in Ebenezer Hall.

The Fair will be opened at 10am on the Medical Centre car park by Grenoside Sword Dancers and Pecsaetan Morris Dancers. They will be appearing at other times during the morning. There will also be traditional Victorian urban folk music in different venues along South Rd.

Here is the full programme:

Friday 21st June

Vulcan Varieties Victorian Music Hall, Ebenezer Hall, 7:30pm. Booking coming soon!

Saturday 22nd June

Victorian Fair Street Market – Walkley Medical Centre car park and Ebenezer Hall, 10am – 5pm.

Victorian Bazaar, St Mary’s Church, 10am – 3pm.

Display of Victorian music hall memorabilia and a demonstration of the Victorian phonograph, Walkley Library, 10am – 4pm. Free.

History Mystery Victorian Whodunnit trail, around Walkley – detective kits from Walkley Library 10am – 4pm. Can you solve the crime of the stolen painting? Pop down the library to colect a trail, visit the suspects, search for numbers, read witness statements, complete the crime code and accuse the culprit! Free.

Bungalow Bliss will be playing a medley of acoustic folk from across the decades including Victorian songs. Performances at 10:30am St Mary’s Community Hall, Howard Rd ~ 11:30am Ebenezer Hall, Greenhow St ~ 12pm Beeches of Walkley, South Rd ~ 12:30pm Village Green, South Rd (opposite Asda – weather permitting). All free.

FULLY BOOKED Victorian Villains of Walkley Guided Walk – Walkley Medical Centre car park, 10:30am. Book in advance via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/victorian-villains-of-walkley-guided-walk-tickets-60878073958.

Comic drawing workshop for children, Walkley Library – 11am. Book in advance via Walkley Library on 0114-2312947 or library@walkleylibrary.org.uk.

Sword dancing workshop, St Mary’s Community Hall – 12pm. Book in advance or ask at the market in the morning.

Beeches of Walkley Afternoon Teas – 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm subject to availability, £10 per person. We are doing 4 tables for each session with 4 seats per table. Victorian waitress service. Call 0114 2340066 to book. Bungalow Bliss will be playing at 12pm, Peter Smith and Friends at 3pm.

The Caretaker’s Tales, a promenade revue of Walkley Victorians by Cabaret Boom Boom, Walkley Community Centre, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm. Book your tickets for just £1 each via Cabaret Boom Boom website – https://cabaretboomboom.co.uk/event/victorian-day-22nd-june-2019/.

Peter Smith and Friends will be playing and singing a selection of traditional tunes and songs. Performances at 1.00pm – 1.30pm Ebenezer Hall, Greenhow St ~ 2.00pm – 2.30pm Village Green, South Rd (opposite Asda – weather permitting) ~ 3.00pm – 3.30pm Beeches of Walkley, South Rd ~ 4.00pm – 4.30pm Walkley Beer Co, South Rd ~ 4.30pm – 5.00pm Walkley Cottage, Bole Hill Rd. All free.

CANCELLED Victorian Stick Fighting demonstration, St Mary’s Community Hall, 2pm.

Comic drawing workshop for adults, Walkley Library – 2pm. Book in advance via Walkley Library on 0114-2312947 or library@walkleylibrary.org.uk.

FULLY BOOKED Walkley’s Watering Holes Guided Walk – Walkley Cottage, 3pm. Book in advance via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walking-walkleys-watering-holes-guided-walk-tickets-60878639650.

Launch of the Victorian Walkley Ale at Walkley Beer Co, 4pm.

Hand-Pulled History pub storytelling – Walkley Cottage, 5:30pm. Free, no booking required. With music from 5pm.

If you would like a market stall or have an idea for an activity you would like to run then please contact us! 

We wonder if it will be like this one held in 1862?

sdt - bazaar 26 november 1862

About Bill Bevan

Bill Bevan is an archaeologist, writer, photographer and heritage interpreter.

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