This is Y Magazine 2020

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Main picture: Adrenaline fuelled rock climbing in the Outdoor City. Opposite from left ro right: Sheffield City Hall. Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet. Sheffield Cathedral during Tramlines Festival. Cycling at Lady Canning’s Plantation.


SHEFFIELD Discover a city full of surprise and contrast. Sheffield’s enviable location and green backdrop lends itself to exploring outdoors as well as city life.

C U LT U R E There is never a dull moment in Sheffield, with a vibrant and exciting choice of live entertainment across the city. Home to the largest theatre complex outside of London, you will find the world famous Crucible Theatre, the elegant Lyceum with its proscenium arch design and the intimate Studio Theatre. Together they offer a diverse programme of plays and musicals as well as producing original shows, including the hugely successful Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, now destined for the big screen. Music in the Round, the leading national promoter of chamber music, brings people and music closer together through a unique, informal


and informative style of ‘in the round’ performances across the city. This series of events celebrating the 250th birthday of Beethoven will culminate at the Sheffield Chamber of Music Festival in May 2020.

OUTDOOR CITY Sheffield is the only major city in the UK to have part of a national park within its boundaries, in fact a third of the city is inside the Peak District National Park. It also boasts 250 parks, woodland areas and gardens, so it’s no wonder that the self-named Outdoor City has earned a reputation for its plethora of outdoor activities. DC Outdoors offers a range of adventures and instructed sessions, from adrenaline fuelled rock climbing to tranquil stand-up paddleboarding.

Discovering the city on foot is a delight and each September there’s the perfect opportunity to lace up your hiking boots and take in the area during the annual Sheffield Walking Festival. With over 30 routes of varying lengths, difficulty and themes you can explore the city’s abundant heritage and fascinating suburbs on urban strolls, or venture out to Sheffield’s dramatic borders that overlap with the national park. The city is also home to the largest area of ancient woodland in South Yorkshire, Ecclesall Woods. A labyrinth of walking and cycling tracks, it is a great place to escape city life and reconnect with nature. While here, join a course at J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre and weave your own basket or make a rustic stool.