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.
Ale trails, happy 20th birthday to The Full Monty, dolls’ houses, and Shakespeare in the open air. There’s more than enough to fill your August days in Sheffield.
Summer is the perfect season to check off the taverns on our Sheffield Ale Trail. Nowhere does beer better than Sheffield, and our trail will take you to some of the finest watering holes between the city centre and Kelham Island. And for those sunnier days, take some notes from our top 3 guide to Sheffield’s beer gardens.
On the subject of trails, we have a brand new one out, written by the lovely folk at Magic Lantern Film Club. Sheffield on Film maps out the many roles the city’s streets and buildings have played on film, dating as far back as 1903. Get your copy for just £1, put the popcorn on, and revisit some of the Steel City’s finest moments on the silver screen.
No film tour of Sheffield would be complete without The Full Monty. The film turns 20 this month and to celebrate the Showroom is hosting a one-off screening. Also in our film picks for August, the Village Screen is bringing the Goonies to Castleton's Peak Cavern. That's right. The Goonies. In a cave. There's also cult office life satire Office Space at the Curzon, an uplifting doc on sisterhood and dance in Step, and a John Carpenter-Kurt Russell double whammy with The Thing & Big Trouble in Little China at Abbeydale Picture House. Find out more about the 1920s picture house in our Nat's Q&A with CADS, who are bringing this Abbeydale Road icon back to life.
Meet mini people and their mini houses at Weston Park Museum this month, as Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls' House opens. Elsewhere in Sheffield's galleries there's shortlisted works from the John Ruskin Prize, new work by S1 Artspace bursary artists, and art inspired by pilgrimage. "Many things change, but our enjoyment of gardens never seems to fade" – read more on An Earthly Paradise in our Hannah's review and catch it yourself before it's turfed out of the Graves Gallery on the 12th. And get arty and inky yourself at Sheffield Print Club's first Summer Fair, where there'll be stalls, have-a-go screen printing sessions, and cake.
There are some cracking gigs coming up in August too. Prolific indie rockers Parquet Courts, indie-pop from Alvvays, a super group of sorts in the form of Living Body, cult post-punk outfit Half Man Half Biscuit, and anti-folk veteran Regina Spektor. Find out more in our monthly music picks. As ever, start the month with music + beer + street food at Peddler. And come back soon for news of a bank holiday bash from DIY label The Audacious Art Experiment at Picture House Social.
Enjoy Shakespeare in the open air this month when A Midsummer Night's Dream comes to the Botanical Gardens, and follow Opera on Location to Kelham Island Museum for an 80s interpretation of the classic tale Carmen. Now's a good time to book for shows coming up in September – including haunting and erotic tragedy Desire Under the Elms at the Crucible, dark comedy Of Kith and Kin at the Studio, and Sartre's No Exit at The Montgomery.
Time to get some autumn festival dates in your diary too. The first announcements for Sensoria's 10th year are out, including the perfect pairing of Factory Floor's live soundtrack to Metropolis in Magna, the return of Synth-Fest, and more. Also on the horizon are Off the Shelf, Celluloid Screams, and the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival.
Get out there and enjoy your August 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.