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

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar is now focused on promoting virtual events. Helping you continue to enjoy art and culture from Sheffield, at home.

Pixelheads

Multiple dates

Play games, talk games and make games at the National Videogame Museum's summer holiday Saturday club. For children and young people aged 7 to 14.

Secret Postcard Show

Create a postcard-sized artwork for Cupola gallery's Secret Postcard Show. All pieces will go on display in an exhibition and sold to raise funds for the gallery's survival campaign, with the names of the artists a secret until the artwork is sold.

Create Your Own Pixel Art Character

Have you ever wanted to make your own Mario character? Perhaps you’ve always been inspired by the artwork of old school RPGs? Follow this guide from the National Videogame Museum and create your own pixel art character!

The Big Art Lock In

Get creative and join The Art House community online for #TheBigArtLockIn. A safe space to express creativity and share encouragement until the creative hub can open its doors to everyone again.

Project in a Box

Writer Chris Bush has written a story, but she’s having trouble finishing it – she needs your help! Download this activity from Sheffield Theatres and Sheffield Children's University to finish the script and create your own shadowbox puppet theatre.

Game Makers

Ever played a game and thought 'I want to make this!'? Well now is your chance! Follow this guide from the National Videogame Museum and dip your toes into game creation using free children's programming language Scratch.

Colouring Sheffield

When you can't visit your favourite places, the next best thing is colouring them in! Download this selection of pages from our Colouring Sheffield book, print them out, scribble all over them, and share your pictures with us. Happy colouring!

Connect: A Poetry Collaboration

What is community? Sheffield People’s Theatre and Sheffield poet laureate Otis Mensah are inviting young people to share their response – words, stories, lyrics, anything! Otis will then create a piece of spoken word poetry using your contributions.

Storyframe: Pause, Imagine, Create

Bring the joy of storytelling and theatre-making into your home with downloadable activity sheets from Sheffield Theatres. Press pause on the classic tale of the Three Little Pigs, to imagine a world of possibilities before you create your own show.

The Bank Vault

The Bank Vault from Sheffield Theatres is a place for theatre makers to submit anything they've created in the time of lockdown.

Office Hours

Sheffield Theatres' weekly Office Hours sessions are now online. This is a chance for you to chat to a member of the theatres' team – whether you have a specific question or idea you need help with, or just need another perspective on a project.

Great Games To Keep you Busy at Home

"One benefit to having to stay at home, is that’s where the videogames are!" Take some tips from the team at the National Videogame Museum, and discover fun educational and family games that will keep the kids (and big kids) busy whilst in lockdown.

Our Sheffield is...

Help Sheffield Libraries create one BIG poem for the city during lockdown!
Write a few words about what Sheffield means to you, and contribute to a poem that will be collated and edited by writer Nik Perring before going on display in a special way.

LGBTQ* Writing List Challenge

To mark Pride Month, Sheffield Libraries have put together an LGBTQ* writing list challenge. Featuring 120 books all available from the libraries – including memoir, fiction, comic books, graphic novels, oral history, and poetry.

Become an Interactive Storyteller

Ever wanted to write your own interactive stories? The National Videogame Museum have put together a guide on how to do just that using Twine – free software that enables you to make your own story-based videogame!

Chance to Dance: dance at home

Sheffield’s dance festival Chance to Dance is postponed for 2020, but its organiser Nisha has pulled together a list of the city's dance sessions taking place online. Take your pick from flamenco, Bollywood, parent and child sessions, and lots more!

COVID-19 Archive in Sheffield

Help record this moment in time for future generations by contributing to Sheffield City Archives' COVID-19 Archive. They want to capture the everyday experiences (good and bad, exceptional and mundane) that make this period in history so unique.

Celebrating Your Videogame Collection

The National Videogame Museum is rightly pretty proud of its collection of videogames and videogamey stuff. But they want to hear about yours too! Get thinking about your own collection of videogames with these downloadable activity sheets.

Creatively Exploring Videogames

Let’s get creative! Download these activity sheets from the National Videogame Museum for fun ways to get creative whilst thinking about videogames – by designing your own arcade cabinet or videogame controller.

Library Spotlight

A regular series of blog posts from Sheffield Libraries, shining a spotlight on all manner of fascinating topics through online resources – images, podcasts, e-books and more.

Make Your Own Museum

Pay a visit to the best museum in the world… your home! While you’re stuck indoors delve into your collections, sift through photographs, find your first bear, or investigate the junk drawer.

NESM Home Activities

During lockdown, Sheffield's National Emergency Services Museum has put together an ever-expanding bunch of free activities to try at home. Make your own 3D ambulance, lifeboat or police van, colour in everyday heroes, and lots more.​

Creativity During Corona

Join Sheffield Libraries on Facebook for its series of creative prompts, encouraging you to write, draw, paint, photograph, knit, sew, sing, anything! Share your creations and they'll go on display at the Central Library when life returns to normal.

Sensory Scavenger Hunt Trail

Join in this fun Sensory Scavenger Hunt around your home or in the garden, created by Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust. See if you can hunt down everything on the list and write or draw what you found!

Musical Mark Making

A home activity from Concerteenies. You might think listening to music is only about using your ears. But what if your favourite piece of music could inspire your latest artistic creation?

Can You Draw a Triangle?

Join Concerteenies for some at-home music-based fun, using song to encourage children to draw shapes and patterns to gain confidence using a pencil.

All About Ears

Join Professor Walter Marcotti’s Hearing Research Group for a journey inside the ear, with audio-visual illusions, a simulation of age-related hearing loss, and more. Live from 10am on Friday 29 May. Recommended for ages 10+, some activities 7+ / 5+

Detangling DNA

Join materials scientist Dr Alice Pyne and learn about the fundamentals of DNA topology. Get your hands on DNA structures with DNA Origami and learn how scientists are using 3D scanning. Live from 10am on Friday 29 May. Recommended for ages 13+

Vaccinations: Keeping us Healthy

Explore the role of vaccinations in preventing diseases with Dr Helen Marriott. Learn about the structure of viruses and get to grips with how vaccines combat pathogens with crafts and games. Live from 10am on Friday 29 May. Recommended for ages 7+

Mapping Alcohol Consumption in Great Britain

Compare numbers of alcohol outlets in different parts of England and explore the drinking habits of people in Sheffield with maps developed by health statistician Dr Ines Henriques-Cadby. Live from 10am on Monday 1 June. Recommended for ages 13+

Run For Your Life!

Learn about the work of cardiologist Dr Paul Morris and medical physicist Dr David Randall to produce 3D computational models of diseased coronary arteries and develop a virtual reality game. Live from 10am on Tuesday 2 June. Recommended for ages 10+

DNA Repair to the Rescue

Delve into the world of DNA damage and repair with Professor Sherif El-Khamisy and his team of molecular biologists. Play games that explore how our cells repair DNA damage. Live from 10am on Sunday 31 May. Recommended for ages 10+

Through My Window

What do you see through your window? Ignite Imaginations invites you to explore the experience of migration in the context of lockdown during a global pandemic. Watch the digital installation and join in with your own creative response.

Stone Flowers

Join in an interactive online music event with Stone Flowers, a music collective using music to support refugee and asylum seeker torture survivors. With musical activities and a performance of their latest composition written in English and Swahili.

Stories from Quarantine

Imaginary characters in their own homes tell stories from quarantine. From Side by Side, a community drama group working with refugees, asylum seekers and other people local to Sheffield, using drama as a tool for community cohesion and integration.

International Clinical Trials Day 2020: COVID-19 Research in Sheffield

Researchers and clinicians from the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust host a live online panel discussion, answering your questions about COVID-19 research. Part of International Clinical Trials Day 2020.

Small Pleasures Project: Give us a Gif

A digital patchwork stemming from the theme of small pleasures during these uncertain times, made up of 64 gifs sent in from Sheffield and around the world. To be launched online on 24 July. Submit your gif now!

Sheffield Adventures – Hocus Pocus Potions

Fancy making some super-power potion, some magic medicine or a spell or two? Take a look at some science mixed in with lots of fun, but be careful… It could get messy!

Sheffield Adventures – musical mark-making

You might think listening to music is only about using your ears. But what if your favourite piece of music could inspire your latest artistic creation?

Sheffield Adventures – Sheffield in pictures

The Picturing Sheffield exhibition at Weston Park Museum shows how our city has reinvented itself over the centuries. It showcases everything from 19th-century oil paintings to 21st-century street art to remind us that change is pretty much constant.

Sheffield Adventures – your city is a film set

Tue. 21 July 2020 — Wed. 31 July 2030

As a film fan, you might think movies only get made in places like London, Paris and New York, but films and TV are made in Sheffield all the time. Can you make one too?

Sheffield Adventures – adventures in architecture

Way back in the 1970s our city was home to some of the most radical modernist architecture in Europe. Who are the architects of the future? Could it be you?

Sheffield Adventures – our heritage

Tue. 21 July 2020 — Wed. 31 July 2030

Create your own guide to the city’s heritage, such as a video, a magazine or a map.