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

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar. Filled with picks of the city’s arts, culture and heritage events, both in-person and virtual. Plus reviews and festival guides.

Family Activities: Play With Paint!

Multiple dates

Millennium Gallery

Create your own gloriously imaginative and colourful masterpiece at Millennium Gallery's family session.

DINA Young Producers


An opportunity for a small group of young people to join in free workshops and training, working towards creating their own music event in November in Sheffield. Apply now!

Family Activities: Festival of Archaeology

Sat. 31 July 2021 — Sun. 1 August 2021

Celebrate the Festival of Archaeology at Kelham Island Museum and Weston Park Museum, with all kinds of exciting interactive activities.

Reclaiming the Rainbow Photo Challenge

Mon. 21 June 2021 — Sun. 1 August 2021

A new photo challenge organised by Andro and Eve, aimed at increasing the visibility of the South Yorkshire LGBTQ+ community.

Family Activities: Sheffield Inventions

Multiple dates

Sheffield people have invented all sorts of things – from stainless steel to shorthand; from artificial bones to bobsleds. This is your chance to design your own Sheffield invention that could make the world a better place!

Family Activities: Thaumatropes

Multiple dates

Before TVs and Tiktok, children had to make their own moving pictures and special effects using just paper and pencils and string. Try your hand at this Victorian craft – and find out how it helped scientists understand how our eyes work.

Nature Tour: Kelham Island’s Goit

Tue. 10 August 2021

Kelham Island Museum

Find out about the diverse botany and wildlife that call Kelham Island’s ‘goit’ home.

Hillsborough Park Explorers

Multiple dates

Hillsborough Library, Middlewood Road, S6 4HD

Join Ignite Imaginations' artist Jordanna to explore this beautiful park through fun creative activities.

Jump Onboard: Lifeboat Tours

Multiple dates

National Emergency Services Museum

Take a tour of a lifeboat on dry land at the National Emergency Services Museum. Discover the story of these lifesaving vessels and the people who work on them.

Family Activities: Multi-Purpose Tool Inventions

Multiple dates

Ever thought how handy it would be to always have a metal-detector or a magic wand in your pocket? Here you can design and make a prototype for a multi-purpose tool that will satisfy even the most imaginative needs.

Family Activities: Transport Inventions

Multiple dates

Lots of us have been in cars and buses and trams and trains – and some might even have been on a boat or a plane. But the world is ready for a new kind of transport, and this is your chance to design it.

Summer Circus

Wed. 28 July 2021 — Tue. 24 August 2021

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

Join Greentop Circus for a fun and friendly of circus and aerial skills classes this summer holiday. For 8–16-year-olds.

School Holiday Crafts

Sun. 25 July 2021 — Sun. 29 August 2021

Manor Lodge

Head to the Discovery Centre at this 16th-century ruin to take part in hands-on activities on a different theme each week, and to explore the outdoor trail.

Photomarathon: Sheffield Round Walk

Thu. 1 July 2021 — Tue. 31 August 2021

A photography adventure for all ages. While the main event takes a break for 2021, join in a mini version at your own pace this summer. This time, it’s a special Sheffield Round Walk edition.

Gang Beasts Takeover

Thu. 22 July 2021 — Tue. 31 August 2021

National Videogame Museum

From 22nd July to 31st August, the National Videogame Museum will be open every day, with a special exhibit about Sheffield’s best wobbly brawler – Gang Beasts!

Sheffield Museums – Ramble with Ron

Fri. 3 September 2021

Weston Park Museum

Sheffield Museums invites you to Ramble with Ron: from Weston Park Museum to the Millennium Gallery.

Meet the Curators sessions – University of Sheffield Library

Multiple dates

Western Bank Library

The University of Sheffield Archive and Collections team present Meet the Curators sessions.

Circus Stars

Tue. 27 July 2021 — Fri. 3 September 2021

Grimesthorpe Family Centre, Wansfell Road, S4 8BE

Join Greentop Circus for free circus skills sessions, with classes for 4–16-year-olds. Part of Sheffield Healthy Holidays.

Sheffield Showcase – Sheffield Central Library

Sat. 4 September 2021

Sheffield Central Library

Sheffield Central Library will be hosting a range of activity for all ages, reflecting their focus on sharing stories, creating common cultural experiences, and helping Sheffielders explore their city’s heritage.

Greentop Circus – introduction to aerial disciplines

Sun. 5 September 2021

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

Greentop Circus give an introduction to aerial disciplines.

Regather – Community Gardening Session

Sun. 5 September 2021


A community gardening session from Regather venue.

Makers Mill

Sun. 5 September 2021

The Leadmill

An afternoon of arts and craft activities at The Leadmill.