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.
There's been more than one daffodil sighting in Sheffield. It's official: the countdown to spring is on. But as we look ahead to longer days, lolloping lambs and the buzz of bees, there's plenty to keep us entertained in Sheffield this month.
March is a month of festivals in 2017. It all starts with Outlines, Tramlines’ little sibling, on the first Friday and Saturday of the month. Then it’s time for SheFest, a week of female-fronted fun surrounding International Women's Day. Sheffield Beer Week follows, packing seven days with craft beer and real ale-fuelled talks, tastings and tours. Get some revision in beforehand with our Sheffield Ale Trail round Kelham Island. Beer Week also shares its Friday, Saturday and Sunday with Classical Weekend and the Outdoor City Weekender – so you can fill three days with a dream combination of excellent beer, mini-concerts in beautiful locations, and outdoor adventure.
Festival season extends into Sheffield’s theatres this month. Theatre Delicatessen is hosting Let’s Talk About Sex, a festival bringing audiences in on conversations around sex, identity and gender in a fun and welcoming way, through a series of performances, musicals, film screenings, and workshops. Meanwhile Sheffield University’s stunning Drama Studio is launching Enable Us, a season of new independent theatre from across the north. Also taking to the Sheffield stage this month are Northern Ballet’s Casanova and Sheffield’s funniest singer-organist John Shuttleworth on his farewell tour.
What Can Be Seen, by Tim Etchells & Vlatka Horvat, is one of the highlights of the city's art offerings this month. Read our Hannah's review of the exhibition, which takes a playful, intriguing and inquisitive trawl through the city's collections, and pay a visit to Millennium Gallery to see it in person. From 18 March, the gallery also opens Protest Lab, a social space where you can share views and find out more about the history of protest and activism in Sheffield. And on the 25th, it plays host to Robot: an illustration and creative arts convention.
From Millennium Gallery, pop round the corner to Graves Gallery for a last look at Street View: Photographs of Urban Life (ending 11 March) or (from 25 March) An Earthly Paradise: Gardens in Art. Site Gallery is about to close for a year of exciting expansion work – before it does, be sure to visit the John Berger-inspired exhibition Material Truths. And head up to Weston Park Museum for Stories from the East: The Grice Ivories, which shares some of the UK’s finest examples of Chinese craftsmanship and explores the history and impact of the ivory trade.
Our music picks for the month include the Moog Sound Lab – a truly unique live experience that can never be recreated, featuring Sheffield’s very own aggrobeat pioneers Blood Sport, and Fay Milton and Ayse Hassan of post punk band Savages. There’s also hotly tipped Liverpool trio Trudy and the Romance, Elvis Costello, indie oddballs Dutch Uncles, a taste of Russian classical music, and Joy Orbison and Leon Vynehall, two DJs at the top of their game. And, as ever, more of the best jazz artists from around the world thanks to Sheffield Jazz. Meanwhile our film picks feature everything from an International Women’s Day screening of Wadjda to an immersive screening of Matilda to a cult horror film in the Abbeydale Picture House, and more.
Beer, outdoor fun, theatre, art, music and film: that should be plenty to keep you happy for a month.
Have a great March 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.