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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Jacqueline Chell

Our Favourite Places would be nothing without our contributors — a massive thanks to all of them!

Tell us about you…

Hallo, I’m Jaq. I like to eat food, watch films, drink beer and have a dance.

I work for Cinema For All, which is a Sheffield-based, national charity that helps volunteers to screen films wherever they may be. I also sing in Neighbourhood Voices, an all-female group singing arrangements of pop, indie and alternative tunes.

What does Sheffield mean to you?

Sheffield is a brilliant bunch of contradictions. It’s full of warmth, but likes sticking up a cheeky pair of fingers to the south. It’s proud but self-deprecating; industrial but green; active but sedentary. Come and have a go at us, and we’ll make you a lovely cup of tea.

What’s your favourite Sheffield place?

I love Walkley. It’s such an eclectic and loving mix of old and new Sheffield.

What would you do to improve the city?

Keep the trees. Oh, and more places that do pizza by the slice.

Latest contributions

Cutlery Works

Two former factory floors filled with traders serving up exceptionally tasty and varied options. Take your pick from South Indian street food, Balkan barbecue, sushi, natural wine, and more.

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Hi, AI

Multiple dates


Exploring the ethical and complex minefield of artificial intelligence as advances bring us spookily closer to familiar stories from sci-fi, Hi, AI looks at stories of people longing for companionship through their connection to the artificial world.

A Conversation with Werner Herzog

One of the greatest filmmakers of all time. The man who ate his shoe after losing a bet, who was shot whilst being interviewed, and who has made countless features and docs exploring man’s eternal struggle against nature. Filmed at Doc/Fest 2019.

Deep in Vogue + performance from House of Ghetto

Sun. 9 June 2019

The Leadmill

A vibrant and exclusive look at the people behind Manchester’s ICONS Ball – a voguing extravaganza celebrating the north of England’s LGBTQIA+ and POC communities. Followed by a performance by House of Ghetto.