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

Nigel Barker

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

Tell us about you…

I am a studio and location photographer working on design and advertising projects, based in Sheffield.

What does Sheffield mean to you?

It's the city I was born in. It's the city my children were born in and it's the city I still call my home. I love Sheffield for its varied mix of people, landscapes and culture.

What’s your favourite Sheffield place?

As an S6 lad I would say the Rivelin and Loxley valleys. They both hold fond memories for me and are still great for a walk, run or cycle. I'd have to have the Nags Head on Loxley Road up there as a top pub for a bite to eat and a fantastic pint of Farmers Pale Ale, brewed a stone's throw away in Bradfield.

What would you do to improve the city?

I would try and get more people into the city centre. How? Better shopping, cheaper parking and new architecture.

Latest contributions


Thanks to the careful curation of the shop, you only have to rummage for about five seconds before you stumble across something you must immediately own here – whether that be a floral two-piece or a wolf t-shirt with sequin-clad sleeves.


In the heart of the city centre, Mooch boasts an eclectic range of handpicked vintage gems. Bold prints are Mooch’s calling card – on any given day you can be shifting through paisley, stripes, polka dots, leopard print and everything in between.

Sheffield Pub Heritage Walk

Fri. 13 September 2019

The Fat Cat

Starting at the Fat Cat, this walk will take you through the industrial past of Kelham Island, highlighting the history of beer brewing in the area. There'll be a stop at the Wellington, before finishing at the Gardeners Rest.

Bungalows and Bears

A fire station turned roomy bar, specialising in lively gigs and DJ nights.