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

Sheffield summer holiday picks

School's out!

While the summer holiday is an absolute joy, it's not always easy to keep the good times going throughout the full six weeks. Thankfully many of Sheffield's museums, galleries and cultural organisations make it that much easier.

Here's our roundup of some of the arts and culture activities and events for families, kids and young people taking place in Sheffield over the 2022 summer break. From a musical in a park to a live street art showcase to an opportunity to learn some circus skills.

For children eligible for free school meals, Sheffield Healthy Holidays is also running tons of free activities. Led by Voluntary Action Sheffield (VAS), the programme is all about children trying new things and eating well – find activities in your postcode.

For more tips for adventures with young'uns, see our Sheffield for Tots tour.

Let's Lockkeep

Multiple dates

Tinsley Marina, Lock House Walk, Tinsley, S9 2FN

Join the Canal and River Trust at the beautiful and historic Tinsley Marina for family-friendly fun. Have a go at moving a lock gate, watch people navigate the lock in a pontoon, and join in Lego and crafts activities.

Children's Trail and Craft – Superheroes

Sun. 7 August 2022 — Thu. 11 August 2022

Manor Lodge

Use your super hero powers and super crafts to defeat the villains hiding across Manor Lodge. Follow the trail to find their hideouts, and make your own gauntlets and masks.

Family Garden Party

Thu. 11 August 2022

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

Have fun with gardening activities and watch the interactive family-friendly musical Errol’s Garden.

Errol's Garden

Wed. 10 August 2022 — Thu. 11 August 2022

An interactive musical for ages 3 to 11 and their grownups, with catchy songs, big ideas and a passion for plants. Take your pick from performances at the Montgomery theatre or outdoors at Gathering Ground in Hillsborough Park.

Outdoor Adventurers

Fri. 12 August 2022

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

Learn the skills you need to survive in the forest and break out of the outdoor escape room. For ages 11–15.

Alpaca Life Drawing

Multiple dates

Holly Hagg Community Farm Alpacas, Stephen Hill, S10 5AG

Get creative as you draw these wonderful creatures at Holly Hagg Community Farm, overlooking the Rivelin Valley. All drawing abilities and children are welcome.

CTD Community Roadshow: Street Dance

Multiple dates

Olive Grove Sports Club, Heeley Bank Road, S2 3GE

The folks from Chance To Dance, Sheffield's community dance festival, are bringing a series of youth street dance sessions to Olive Grove Sport Club this August. Join Simone Thompson to give it a go – all for free!

Children's Trail and Craft – Magnificent Mini Beasts

Sun. 14 August 2022 — Thu. 18 August 2022

Manor Lodge

Find magnificent mini beasts in the meadows at Manor Lodge and join in a card craft session to make your own mini beast and a bug hotel to take home.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Thu. 18 August 2022

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Bring a teddy and a picnic for a lovely day for the family in Sheffield's Botanical Gardens. With an archeology stall, a story corner, a bear hunt, and fun colouring and crafts.

Aardman Animation Season

Fri. 22 July 2022 — Thu. 18 August 2022

Showroom

Join the Showroom as they bring back to the big screen a season of films from Aardman Animation. The world-renowned studio are known for films using stop-motion and clay animation techniques – particularly with the plasticine duo Wallace and Gromit.

Spy School with Timothy Oddwood

Tue. 16 August 2022 — Fri. 19 August 2022

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

RivelinCo's fun and exciting holiday club for children aged 7-10: take part in group games, puzzles and challenges on an outdoor adventure around Hillsborough Park.

Circus Skills Workshop

Sat. 20 August 2022

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

Try out circus skills in Hillsborough Park with RivelinCo. For ages 11–15.

Sheffield Bricktropolis

Sat. 6 August 2022 — Sun. 21 August 2022

Calling all Lego fans young and old. Join in some dino-themed brick-building fun this August. With a trail of dinosaur models, a showcase of unique creations from super builders, a Lego and Duplo play zone, and chance to help build a giant mosaic.

Children's Trail and Craft – Terrific Tudors

Sun. 21 August 2022 — Thu. 25 August 2022

Manor Lodge

Geddon (short for Armageddon) was Mary Queen of Scots' beloved dog. Follow Geddon's trail around Manor Lodge and explore more about Mary's time spent in captivity here.

Growtheatre

Multiple dates

Ecclesall Woods

Hear the story of extraordinary and enchanting characters and join them in their adventures in a beautiful ancient woodland setting. For families with children under 12.

Greentop's Five Day Summer Circus

Mon. 22 August 2022 — Fri. 26 August 2022

Greentop Community Circus Centre, St Thomas Building, 74 Holywell Road, S4 8AS

Learn skills like tightwire, diabolo and stilt-walking, and create routines for a show for friends and family.

Fun in the Park

Tue. 23 August 2022 — Fri. 26 August 2022

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

RivelinCo's summer holiday club for children aged 7-10, full of fun, games, and adventures in Hillsborough Park!

The Not So Grimm Twins

Fri. 26 August 2022

Sheffield Amphitheatre, South Street Park, S1 2BP

A family adventure where fairytales really do come true. Taking place outdoors at the amphitheatre in South Street Park, as part of The Montgomery theatre's Monty on the Move programme.

Future Filmmakers

Sat. 27 August 2022

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

Learn some of the skills you need to put a film together, and have a go at making your own. For ages 11–15.

Playground Concerts

Sun. 28 August 2022

Highfield Adventure Playground, Crowther Place, S7 1BJ

Enjoy live music and musical play in the fresh air with Concerteenies this summer – and have lots fun in the adventure playground. Suitable for babies, toddlers, and big kids of all ages.

Troupe Taster Session

Wed. 31 August 2022

Greentop Circus Centre, St Thomas Building, 74 Holywell Road, S4 8AS

Join Greentop Circus to have a go at troupe performance skills like trapeze, hoop, silks, tumbling, tight wire, juggling and diabolo. For ages 11–25 with no circus experience at all.

Children's Trail and Craft – Music & Mind

Sun. 28 August 2022 — Thu. 1 September 2022

Manor Lodge

Make a dream catcher and mini guitar and take a moment of calm on a mindfulness trail around Manor Lodge.

Spirit of Adventure

Fri. 2 September 2022 — Sat. 3 September 2022

Sheffield Cathedral

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival brings the wild outdoors into the heart of the city. With adventure films, an immersive caving-themed exhibition and live storytelling, all in the amazing surroundings of Sheffield Cathedral.

Central Library Sheffield Showcase

Sat. 3 September 2022

Sheffield Central Library

A free day of fun and inspiring activities for all ages. Discover local history from the archives at a series of talks. Get social over board games. And get creative with craft and art activities.

Peddler

Multiple dates

Peddler Warehouse, 92 Burton Road, S3 8DA

Food, music and art in a former warehouse, one weekend a month. Plus kids craft activities on the Saturday afternoons.

Sheffield Showcase

Fri. 2 September 2022 — Sun. 4 September 2022

A collaborative weekend-long event, showcasing the variety of cultural activity that takes place in Sheffield. With film screenings, music performances, art exhibits, family-friendly activities, and more.

Showcase Workshop Weekend

Fri. 2 September 2022 — Sun. 4 September 2022

National Videogame Museum

Learn the basics of videogame design at fun drop-in workshops. Plus, handle rare objects from the collection, take selfies with the Game Boy Camera, and enter Hi-Score competitions. Get 10% off entry when you pre-book – read on for the offer code.

Play Together this Summer

Mon. 25 July 2022 — Sun. 4 September 2022

National Videogame Museum

Discover and play new games with family and friends at the National Videogame Museum – open every day over the summer holidays. Take part in Hi-Score competitions, design games at drop-in workshops, and handle rare objects from the collections too.