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.
Ah, Sheffield in June. A month of documentary films, music extravaganzas and, for many, a well deserved post-exam wind down. Read on for our top tips for making the most of the next 30 days.
For six days each June, the city's cinemas – plus some free outdoor screens – showcase the very best in factual filmmaking at Sheffield Doc/Fest. The festival is one of the highlights of the city's cultural calendar. Take some notes from our day-by-day picks of the films, and explore the limits of virtual reality at the festival's Alternate Realities exhibition.
On the same day as Doc/Fest opens, the whole of the city will come alive with a 24-hour celebration of music. From raga in the railway station to a silent disco in the market, Sheffield Makes Music returns to bring amazing sounds to unexpected places on Friday 9 June. The day ends with the No Bounds festival launch, a late-night party of music, art, technology and dancing across two warehouse venues. And the music extravaganza doesn't end there: on the following two days, electronic artist Mark Fell curates Lush Spectra in Sheffield General Cemetery – a weekend of experimental and acoustic music from around the world in a venue unlike any other. See our music picks for June for more highlights.
Sheffield's galleries are playing host to some excellent exhibitions this June too. At Millennium Gallery there’s Everything Flows, showcasing works by some of Sheffield’s most exciting contemporary artists, all united by a sense of motion. Later in the month the gallery also hosts Master of all Trades, bringing together shortlisted works from the John Ruskin Prize 2017. Meanwhile at the new Bl_ank Space Gallery at Roco, The Body Electric explores the ways we design and engineer our bodies. And as the academic year ends, the Degree Show begins at Sheffield Hallam Uni, giving us all chance to see everything from animation to fashion to games design from the city’s creative graduates.
On the city’s stages this month there’s everything from Shakespeare to an interactive theatre game, a powerful drama about deafness to a drag night. Find out more. Meanwhile the Migration Matters festival will celebrate culture, creativity and diversity through performance. Saturday 10 June sees the return of the much-loved free community arts and music festival Peace in the Park, as well as Bank Street Arts’ Independent Publishers Book Fair. Meanwhile comedy, protest songs and a Girl Gang party are still to come in our Festival of Debate picks this month. And don't miss this month's open weekend at Manor Lodge's turret house, discovery centre and Tudor ruins.
As usual, kick start the month with a feast at Peddler, and make the most of the sunnier days with our top three park cafes, picnic spots and beer gardens. Enjoy your Sheffield June!
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.