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 2018 and your crisp new diary is eager to be filled, so let’s get straight to it.
First, let’s make sure we’re all properly awake again after those days spent in eat-sleep-repeat mode over the festive break. A visit to one (or two, or all) of our top 6 Sheffield coffee shops will sort you out with the delicious caffeine hit you might need to kick-start your new year. A brisk stroll around one of Sheffield’s many wonderful parks, woodlands or farms should blow away any remaining cobwebs. And if you fancy bringing a little playfulness to your new year walks, try a pack of Other Ways to Walk cards; conceived by artist Rachel Howfield Massey and designed by us, they’re on sale in our online shop now.
Now, time to venture into the city for anything from a dazzling musical to a landscape photography exhibition via a night of feminist film and poetry, with a few excellent gigs in between.
The Crucible Christmas Musical has become an institution in recent years, with the likes of Annie Get Your Gun, My Fair Lady and Showboat warming the hearts of audiences over the festive season. Christmas may be over, but there’s still a little time left to catch the spectacular Wizard of Oz before Dorothy and co dance off the stage and back to Kansas. Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet also take to the stage in the Lyceum this month with The Nutcracker. And one night this month, on a stage in a secret venue, Andro and Eve are hosting The Revival: Women and the Word, an evening of film and live poetry celebrating work by queer women of colour.
Head out on an art crawl this January starting at Graves Gallery, where Dan Holdsworth’s Mapping the Limits of Space explores the relationship between landscape photography, science and technology. Over the road in Millennium Gallery there’s still chance to see the results of last October’s Photomarathon Sheffield: one day in Sheffield, from 250 perspectives. If you’re quick, you’ll catch Ravilious and Co there too – “not just a celebration of an impressive catalogue of work but of the sort of creativity that can abound when in the presence of like-minded and encouraging friends”, as our Hannah put it in her review. At Yorkshire Artspace, meanwhile, is Yesterday/Today/Tomorrow: Traceability is Credibility, an immersive video experience, narrating stories of refugees across Europe. And at Weston Bank Library there’s a spotlight on a pioneering 17th-century natural scientist in The Wonderful Mr Willughby’s New Natural History. From the 12th, extend your art crawl with a visit to Bloc Projects, where Ben Jeans Houghton’s film installation 2ndlife will map an inner and outer journey from northeast England to Japan.
There’s no room for January blues in our Tom’s Sheffield music picks this month. They feature a member of Gomez gone solo, a DJ set from Crazy P, Californian post-punk, one of the best bands to come out of Yorkshire in the past 15 years, a bit of Beethoven, and an anti-folk pioneer in cosy Cafe #9.
Look out for our printed 2018 Culture Calendar doing the rounds in late January, and have a happy new year!
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.