So, this is Sheffield.
New to the city or an old acquaintance? Visiting Sheffield for an afternoon or a long weekend? Tourist or local, we hope you find something to excite you on our site. Below you'll find our monthly cultural roundup. And a bit below that is the practical stuff: tips to help you get to Sheffield and get by when you arrive.
It's May, and Sheffield's looking particularly colourful, with bluebells blanketing the woods and cherry blossom petals carpeting the parks. Let's have a look at what else the city has going for it this fine month...
May's a month of festivals in Sheffield. Yorkshire Silent Film Festival is a month-long, county-wide lineup of early cinema and live music, coming to Sheffield's Showroom and Abbeydale Picture House. Festival of Debate and Festival of Arts and Humanities are both bringing fascinating programmes of concerts, talks, screenings and exhibitions to venues across the city. Music in the Round's May Festival is back, with nine days of Russian-inspired chamber music. Meanwhile there's readings, open mics and poetry walks at South Yorkshire Poetry Festival, stories from the library's stacks at Multi-Story, and three (hopefully) sunny days of street food, beer and more food at Sheffield Food Festival.
This May, museums and galleries across the country will join in Museums at Night, opening their doors after-hours to showcase their treasures in new and unexpected ways. Kelham Island Museum is joining in the fun on the 18th with a celebration of 100 years of women in engineering. Earlier in the month, Peddler will give you another reason to visit Kelham Island, when the night market brings its trusty combination of good food, beer and music to an old warehouse.
From Julius Caesar at the Crucible to immersive theatre in the pub. A two-wheeled Shakespeare troupe to an interactive comedy show. A performance festival of up-and-coming artists to a modern take on a Greek myth. Tons of shows are taking to the Sheffield stage this month. Meanwhile at the cinema our top picks include Moulin Rouge! at Abbeydale Picture House (complete with absinthe cocktails), "documentary-style feminist science-fiction" unearthed by the folk at Rare Giants, Eurovision on the big screen, and another chance to catch Oscar-winner Moonlight. Heavy metal legends Iron Maiden. Electronic music in the dark at Sound Junction May Weekend. Minimalist electro in an art gallery. An album release show from one of Sheffield's most exciting bands. You’ll find all this and more in our music picks for May.
In Sheffield's galleries this month there's everything from a surreal take on the modern world to a look at gardens in art over the centuries. Between that, Millennium Gallery continues to play host to What Can Be Seen, taking a playful, intriguing and inquisitive trawl through the city's collections, and Protest Lab, sharing ideas about Sheffield's history of activism. Just in time for spring, B&B Gallery presents a colourful new exhibition of works by six international artists that each, in some way, provide a sense of renewal. And the art fun doesn’t end in the galleries; Open Up is back this month, offering us all the chance to nosey around artists' studios across Sheffield.
On top of all the festivals, Shakespeare and art, this month also happens to include two bank holiday weekends. And one thing they’re good for is a pub crawl. Give the Sheffield Half Pint Marathon a go – thirteen pubs, supporting Sheffield Mind. If you want to continue your crawl even further, get your hands on our Sheffield Ale Trail, taking you to eleven of our favourite taverns between the city centre and Kelham Island.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy a colourful, culture-filled May in Sheffield.
How to get here and get around
Sheffield is a well connected place, with direct trains to most of the country’s major cities running regularly. Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham are each less than 1 hour away by train; London St Pancras 2 hours; and Edinburgh 4 hours.
National Express coaches regularly pull up at Sheffield Interchange, right in the city centre. Megabus drops off and picks up at out-of-town shopping monolith Meadowhall, a tram ride away.
To avoid navigating the ring road and one-way routes of the city centre, Park and Ride is the way to go. Coming from the M1, park at Nunnery Square or Meadowhall, or from the west park at Middlewood, and catch the Supertram into the centre.
Hop on the Supertram at various points across the city – stops include the station, the University, Sheffield Cathedral, and Shalesmoor (right by Kelham Island).
Sheffield’s bus network reaches far and wide, and offers the best option if you fancy exploring the city’s glorious back garden: the Peak District. Pick up a timetable from Sheffield Interchange (over the road from the railway station), or use their handy journey planner.
Don’t let the hills put you off. 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! And, as its paths slope up and down, your view of the city will constantly change when you walk around.
Since we live here, we don’t have much cause for frequenting the hotels and B&Bs. Our Sleep pages can offer a few pointers, though, if you need a place to rest your head after a busy day of culture and tourism in Sheffield. For more, see Welcome to Sheffield.
Make use of our map below, get out there, and discover your favourite places. Let us know what you find.