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

Will Roberts

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

Tell us about you…

I was born in the north east but Sheffield is in my blood. My nan lived near Hunter’s Bar so I’ve been feeding those greedy ducks in Endcliffe Park all my life. I went to Sheffield University to study journalism and, after a year in Taiwan and a few more in Darlington working for a regional paper, I’m back home.

Now I run a multimedia content business called Vox – taking photographs, creating videos and writing copy for businesses and organisations of all sizes.

I like football, food, photography and alliteration.

What does Sheffield mean to you?

Sheffield is the most charismatic, charming, attractive city I’ve ever spent time in. There isn’t much I dislike about this beautiful place. I love the contrasts which run throughout the city. Vast green spaces and imposing brick factories. An industrial city hugged by rolling countryside. Old and new. Haute cuisine and the best pork sandwiches in the world.

What’s your favourite Sheffield place?

As a child, the drive down Brightside Lane past Forgemasters used to spook me and enthrall me in equal measure. That was twenty-odd years ago and not much has changed. It’s like a scene out of Gotham City and I love it. Driving down that road and gazing up at the beautiful, towering architecture is pretty much the only good thing about going to Meadowhall.

What would you do to improve the city?

I would like to see more done to encourage walking and cycling in the heart of Sheffield. The city centre is remarkably compact and everything should be done to make it easy, safe and fun to make your way around the different neighbourhoods on foot or on a bike.

Latest contributions

Rhyme and Reason

For over two decades this colourful, charming shop has specialised in books for children. In recent years it’s expanded into a place where adults too can treat themselves to a new read.

Jojo's General Store

A hotspot for collectors of iconic menswear and the flagship shop for the Rag Parade brand. Get to know owner Jojo Elgarice in this chat about his unique vintage finds and building a shop that looks like it's been around for a hundred years.

Kelham Island Tavern

If there's such thing as a quintessential cosy pub then the Tav meets the criteria. It has corners that are best described as nooks, an open fire in winter, and an affectionate pet cat. It's also pretty much plastered in CAMRA certificates.

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Park Hill Photo Walk

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Park Hill

Grab your camera and join professional photographer and card-carrying urbanist Stephen Marland for a walk around the grounds of mid-regeneration 1960s Park Hill.