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

Kathryn Hall

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

Tell us about you…

I like the smell of fresh ink on paper and cashing in loyalty cards for coffee.

What does Sheffield mean to you?

Quite simply, it’s where I feel at home.

What’s your favourite Sheffield place?

Rare and Racy. Maybe it’s the free jazz and the incense emanating from out back, but its air is always calming. I’d set up camp in there indefinitely if they’d have me. And if things like that were socially acceptable. [Update: Rare and Racy has sadly now closed.]

What would you do to improve the city?

A funicular up to Park Hill. Cable cars between Kelham Island and Parkwood Springs. But really I’d settle for more independent, city-centre stockists of good books and music, and fewer beautiful buildings left standing sad, empty and crumbling.

Latest contributions

Chloë Brown

An artist-filmmaker investigating the histories of post-industrial cities and amplifying voices that have traditionally been silenced.


A collective of artists with learning disabilities.

S1 Artspace

An artist-led gallery on the Park Hill estate, responsible for one of Sheffield's most exciting contemporary art programmes.

Society of Explorers

A curious, enthusiastic and creative collective of 14-to-19-year-olds, chatting, making and curating art from their Site Gallery base.