Experience Sheffield in the summer
Festival spirits and sporting cheer. Picnics and pints in pretty gardens. Streets warmed by sunlight and smiles. Summer in Sheffield city centre is all about days filled with family fun and long evenings spent outside with friends. Follow this guide and enjoy the sights, savour the tastes, and revel in the sounds of Sheffield in the summertime.
Picnic shopping at the Moor Market
Staying cool in the city
Where to watch the World Cup
The Fringe at Tramlines
Street art walk
Sheffield by the Seaside
Bangers and Cash
Autumn dates for your diary
Sheffield Bricktropolis 4-17 August This summer visitors to Sheffield city centre can enjoy an awe-inspiring spectacle of world landmark buildings made of LEGO® bricks. Visitors can experience the history of human endeavour in the built environment, from Stonehenge to the landmarks of London and New York and on to the glittering skyscrapers of Shanghai and Dubai. Take part in this free “Brick Architecture” visitor trail delivered by Bright Bricks. Find more than 20 stunning models of world landmark towers and buildings, including Sheffield’s very own City Hall. As well as a visitor trail, there’s also fun for all ages with brick inspired building experiences, interactive zones and entertainment. www.sheffieldbricktropolis.com
LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this event.
Cliffhanger 6-8 July
Photographs courtesy of The Outdoor City
Nicknamed the Outdoor City, Sheffieldâ€™s known for its love of activities like climbing and cycling. And one weekend each summer, Cliffhanger takes over â€“ turning the city centre into a huge playground for a whole bunch of outdoor pursuits.
This year’s Cliffhanger takes place on 6-8 July, bringing together all kinds of demos, competitions, and all round family fun. Whizz down a zip line at Barker’s Pool. Take on an assault circuit challenge or take a dip in a scuba pool at the Peace Gardens. Leap onto a giant inflatable in front of the Town Hall. Head out on a group run. Pick up some circus tricks at Tudor Square. Spend some quiet time learning about local wildlife in the Winter Garden. On top of all that, there’ll be skateboarding and BMX demos, a caving installation, parkour, orienteering, handson bike-related entertainment, and plenty more. It all gets going on Friday night with music, food and a bar at Devonshire Green – where you can also watch the country’s strongest climbers battle it out over the weekend in the British Bouldering Championship. You can even have a go on a climbing wall yourself! For updates see: theoutdoorcity.co.uk/cliffhanger
Picnic shopping at the Moor Market When picnic weather comes to Sheffield, there’s nowhere better to pick up goodies than the Moor Market. Home to around 90 independent businesses under one roof, the market has everything you need to prepare a perfect meal to enjoy outside with friends – from fresh fruit to continental cheese to fancy beer. Grab your basket! 3 great city centre picnic spots: 1.
Peace Gardens – one of the prettiest places in town, with its fountains and flowers
Devonshire Green – a big expanse of green, just off Division Street
Porter Brook Pocket Park – this tranquil riverside spot is a bit of a secret, hidden behind a car park
Please remember to take your rubbish and leftovers with you!
Photograph by Nigel Barker
Culture calendar Culture doesn’t take a summer holiday in Sheffield. There are some excellent exhibitions, films, concerts and shows to catch this July and August in the city centre. Bonus: galleries, museums, cinemas and theatres tend to provide nice and cool shelter from the heat too! Here’s just a handful of highlights from the city’s cultural calendar this season:
Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography 30 June-23 September Millennium Gallery Permanent Dreams: A Season of Films by Ingmar Bergman till 19 July Showroom Received Dissent: An American Mail Art Project till 28 July 2018 Graves Gallery Art Against War: Peter Kennard and the CND Movement till 7 October Millennium Gallery 10
ANiMALCOLM 1 July The Montgomery Knock Knock Comedy 1 July The Leadmill Deap Vally 1 July Plug Playground 3-8 July Millennium Gallery Verse Matters 5 July Theatre Deli
Stage on Screen: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie 5 & 8 July Showroom Halfway Between – Stories of the Steel City 6 July Theatre Deli The Antics: An Evening of Improvised Comedy 7 July The Montgomery The Greatest Showman Sing-a-Long 9 July The Light Cinema
Dusty: The Dusty Springfield Musical 11-14 July Lyceum Theatre The Believers Are But Brothers 16-21 July Crucible Studio Theatre Inherited Cities 26-28 July Crucible Studio Theatre Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 27-29 July Millennium Gallery Love and Information 29 June-14 July Crucible Theatre
Songs from the Seven Hills 18-21 July Crucible Theatre
Unicorn & Prosecco Festival 4 August Plug
The Skatalites 22 July Plug
Rebecca Ounstead 10 August-1 September Bloc Projects
Show Stopper: The Improvised Musical 25 July Lyceum Theatre
Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters 19 August The Leadmill
Buried: A New Musical 26-27 July Theatre Deli
Wilko Johnson 23 August The Leadmill
The Play That Goes Wrong 30 July-4 August Lyceum Theatre
Staying cool in the city Eating and drinking indoors just doesn’t seem appealing when the sun’s out. Luckily, there’s a bunch of ice cream parlours, sun terraces and beer gardens in the city centre to help you stay cool while you make the most of spending the summer out of doors.
With perhaps the most extensive ice cream menu in town, Sundaes Gelato on Glossop Road should be your first port of call when you get a hankering for a cooling scoop. Alternatively, pretend you’re Italian with an affogato (vanilla ice cream topped with a shot of espresso) in a coffee shop – they’re on the menus at Tamper, Edisons and Steam Yard (Steam Yard also does a great ice cream cookie sandwich). And for a classic Mister Softee, head to the stall at the Peace Gardens.
in Millennium Square. Or just go for a classic beer garden at the likes of Rutland Arms, The Great Gatsby and The Cavendish. If all that fails to cool you down, thereâ€™s always the option of a quick splash through the Peace Gardens fountains!
Photograph by Nigel Barker
When it comes to al fresco drinking and dining, youâ€™re spoiled for choice in Sheffield. Escape above street level with a refreshing bottle of lager or wine on the rooftop terrace bar at the Curzon cinema. Pull up a deck chair for some sunbathing and people-watching over a cocktail at the Forum. Soak up the sun and the Latin atmosphere on the terrace at tapas bar Cubana in Leopold Square, or enjoy prosecco and pasta outside at Piccolino
Where to watch the World Cup It’ll be hard to avoid football fever this summer. Experience the highs, lows and woes of the beautiful game with friends as the World Cup is beamed live from Russia to one of these big screens in Sheffield: Walkabout
The Aussie bar will be screening every minute of the competition in HD and surround sound. Grab some mates and book a booth to make sure you get the best view of the action.
The iconic nightclub is showing its support for the boys with three lions on their shirts, screening each England match of the tournament. It’s free entry and there’ll be drinks offers, a half-time raffle, one big screen and, to make absolutely sure you don’t miss a kick, 15 small screens.
walkaboutbars.co.uk/venues/sheffield Common Room All matches shown live. Table bookings available, packages for England games from £12.50 a head for beer and food - fried chicken (even a vegan option - mocking’ bird), burgers and “dirty fries”. The bar is also hosting a swap shop on Saturday mornings – Panini sticker book collectors of all ages welcome. common-room.co.uk
leadmill.co.uk Showroom Sheffield’s independent cinema will be screening games on the big screen in its bar. They’re starting out with just the England matches, but keep an eye on announcements as things progress. showroomworkstation.org.uk
Summer fashion Lilac is the colour of choice right now. We went on a pastel-hued shopping spree down Sheffield’s high street – see opposite for pointers towards clothes, shoes and accessories for all ages in the colour of the season. Happy shopping!
Pleated Blouse H&M £29.99
Converse All Star Hi Trainers in Twilight Pulse Office £54.99
Smile Face Print Sweatshirt (3-16 years) Marks and Spencer £14.00
Faux Leather Chain Boxy Cross Body Bag Marks and Spencer £19.50
Embroidered Woven Pure Cotton Romper Marks and Spencer £14.00
Gold Tone Purple Ocean Lens Sunglasses River Island £14.00
T-shirt with Turn-up Sleeves in Dark Blue/Floral H&M £8.99
Leather High Cut Ballerina Pumps Marks and Spencer £35.00
Pure Cotton Striped Polo Shirt in Purple Mix Marks and Spencer £29.50
Photograph by Nigel Barker
Photograph courtesy of Tramlines
The Fringe at Tramlines
21 & 22 July Celebrating its tenth year in 2018, Tramlines is the liveliest weekend in Sheffieldâ€™s calendar. Each summer, the festival brings music lovers flocking to the city for three days absolutely jam packed with live bands, DJ sets, dancing and revelling.
For the first time, this year the main Tramlines stage will be at the huge Hillsborough Park, a short tram ride from the city centre. The city centre won’t miss out on that festival feeling, though, as it’s set to play host to the Fringe at Tramlines on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July. Free and open to anyone with or without a Tramlines wristband, the Fringe will be centred on Devonshire Green, the Peace Gardens and Barker’s Pool, with various bars and music venues getting involved with their own lineups across the city.
Head to Devonshire Green’s family-friendly stage to enjoy music from around the world. Refuel at Barker’s Pool, an area dedicated to food, drink, crafts and street entertainment. And chill out in front of the big screen at the Peace Gardens, where there’ll be a programme of music films and footage showcasing ten brilliant years of Tramlines. For updates see: sheffafter5.com/thefringeattramlines For details of the main Tramlines programme see: tramlines.org.uk
Street art walk
Photographs by Nigel Barker & Will Roberts
A brilliant and varied bunch of artists have made their marks on the walls of the city centre over the years. Follow this trail between some of Sheffield’s street art highlights. At an average walking pace, it should take around 30-40 minutes. Take a couple of detours, explore, and keep your eyes peeled, though – more and more artists are bringing colour to the streets all the time. 1. 1
Start at The Howard, just over the road from Sheffield station. Here Sarah Yates, better known as Faunagraphic, has painted a 42-foot mural in tribute to one of Sheffield’s industrial heroes, Harry Brearley, who discovered stainless steel in 1913.
Head down Brown Street towards Access Space, decorated with Florence Blanchard’s characteristic mix of geometric and cellular shapes. Look up to the rooftop to spot a ripple-effect painting by Rob Lee. You’ll pass a piece by Phlegm on the side of the Rutland pub, and a little further along is APG Works, a gallery with a painted entranceway that makes for an exhibition in itself.
Just off West Street you’ll find the Red Deer pub. Take a peek at its side wall, which the artist Frau Isa has covered with an enchanting portrait of a woman.
Follow Mappin Street up to Broad Lane and along to the right to the last stop: Fagan’s. This traditional pub is adorned with a depiction of an embrace between an elderly man and woman by Pete McKee, one of the city’s most popular artists.
Go up Matilda Street, passing another Rob Lee piece at Food Hall, and follow Rockingham Gate and Rockingham Street up to the Wellington Street car park. A bunch of internationally renowned artists – Jo Peel, Kid Acne, Will Barras and Michael Fikaris – created the murals here during Feature Walls festival in 2016.
Turn left off Rockingham Street onto Division Street and head for the Frog and Parrot pub – its back wall features a beautiful, understated piece by Italian artist Tellas. A little further up Westfield Terrace is a scene by the distinctive hand of the artist known as Phlegm – all monochrome, fantastical creatures and curious architecture.
Sheffield by the Seaside 26 July-28 August, 10am to 6pm It may be a landlocked city, but that isnâ€™t going to stop Sheffield from enjoying some good old-fashioned bucket-and-spade fun this summer. Sheffield by the Seaside returns once again during the school summer holidays, transforming the Peace Gardens into a traditional coastal scene at the heart of the city â€“ complete with helter-skelter, boat swings, fountain paddling, crazy golf, and a huge sandpit. Pull up a deck chair, grab an ice cream, and let yourself be transported to the coast.
Bangers and Cash Introducing the country’s first art road show banger rally! Bangers and Cash is a fundraiser for local youth housing charity Roundabout. Held this September, it’ll see 40 teams making the 1219 mile journey from Sheffield to Monte Carlo, via Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, and Italy. The catch? They’ll be driving in an old banger (costing no more than £650), each with a bonnet painted by a different local artist.
Ahead of the teams’ mega European adventure in September, the artists’ bonnets will be exhibited in the Winter Garden throughout August. Afterwards, they’ll be auctioned off to raise money to help Roundabout to provide shelter, support and life skills to young people in Sheffield. bangersandcash.co.uk
Images courtesy of Bangers and Cash
Gift card Stuck for a present for someone who loves Sheffield? Introducing the Sheffield City Centre Gift Card! This new scheme allows whoever receives a card to pick up all manner of treats in the city, at the same time as supporting local businesses. It’s a win-win situation. It’s easy to get your hands on a card – just choose your amount (anything from £5 to £200), order it online, and your card will arrive in the post a day or two later. A whole bunch of shops are onboard with the scheme – from department stores like Debenhams, Atkinsons and John Lewis, to indie boutiques Collard Manson and Eton, to high street favourites Lush and Topshop. As well as shopping, you can use your gift card to treat yourself to tickets to a show at the Crucible or City Hall, or a film at the Showroom, Curzon or Light cinemas. For more details and the full list of 80+ participating businesses, see: sheffieldgiftcard.co.uk
t o n s I tâ€™ e m i t home n w o s i tâ€™ time
Our city centre has plenty to offer after 5pm. Retailers, restaurants, entertainment and leisure venues work together to deliver a unique early evening experience, with offers, promotions and special-events. Several signature events also feature as part of the early evening experience, including Restaurant Week (Dine Sheffield runs in March and October) and Fashion Week (Style Sheffield runs in May). Plus, many of our shops are open until at least 6pm weekdays and some stay open just that little bit later on a Thursday. See the website for up-to-date information on where to shop. Here youâ€™ll also find offers and promotions on food, leisure and entertainment after 5pm. So, hit pause on home time, and press play on you time. Life begins at 5 here in Sheffield!
Autumn dates for your diary Start looking ahead to a lively autumn in Sheffield city centre – a season of photography fun, restaurant treats, and festivals dedicated to film, music, literature and architecture. Some dates for your diary: Photomarathon Sheffield
A photography challenge, giving entrants six hours to take six photos on topics announced on the day. Check the website to register.
A fortnight of deals at some of the city’s best-loved cafes, pubs and restaurants.
dinesheffield.co.uk Off the Shelf
Sheffield Makes Music
Sheffield’s festival of words.
A citywide celebration of all kinds of music to coincide with BBC Music Day.
Sensoria 27 September-6 October A music and film festival, bringing one-off performances and exciting events to venues across the city. sensoria.org.uk
26-28 October A programme of exhibitions, performances and film screenings celebrating Sheffield’s modern architecture. ourfaveplaces.co.uk
Getting here Getting to Sheffield
Sheffield is well connected, with regular direct trains to most of the country’s major cities. Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham are each less than 1 hour away by train; London St Pancras 2 hours; and Edinburgh 4 hours.
Hop on the Supertram at various points across the city – stops include the Railway Station, the University, Sheffield Cathedral and West Street.
By coach National Express coaches regularly pull up at Sheffield Interchange, right in the city centre. Megabus drops off and picks up at Meadowhall, a tram ride away. nationalexpress.com uk.megabus.com
By road There are a multitude of parking options in the city centre. Alternatively you can Park and Ride at a number of spots just outside the city. Coming from the M1, park at Nunnery Square or Meadowhall, or from the west park at Middlewood, and catch the Supertram into the centre.
supertram.com Sheffield’s bus network reaches far and wide. Pick up a timetable from Sheffield Interchange (over the road from the Railway Station), or use their handy journey planner. yorkshiretravel.net/journeyplanner
On foot The city centre isn’t huge, and you’re bound to discover more of the little things to love in Sheffield when you’re able to amble any which way you fancy! theoutdoorcity.co.uk/walk
Sound as a pound! Park your car in a council car park or use an on-street parking space after 4.30pm on weekdays and in most cases it’ll only cost a quid. Then you’ve got the whole evening to explore all that the city centre has to offer. sheffield.gov.uk/home/parking/car-parks
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Sheffield BID In 2015, over 500 businesses in Sheffield city centre collectively decided to invest in improving their environment. They wanted a busier, more vibrant city centre. They wanted a city centre that’s cleaner, safer, and easier to access and navigate. And they wanted a stronger voice. That’s where Sheffield BID comes in. The BID (Business Improvement District) is the very centre of Sheffield – marked out by the boundary of the old inner city ring road. Within the city centre, Sheffield BID’s five-year action plan is to deliver projects and services across all sectors to enhance both the physical and trading environment.
Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID)'s guide to enjoying Sheffield city centre in the summer.