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Sheffield Guide




Getting around

Most areas of Sheffield are easily reachable by foot – especially the nightlife, which tends to be densely concentrated for ease of bar-hopping. There are three tram lines running through the city for longer journeys, or a reliable bus service. Taxis aren’t plentiful around the city, but are your best bet of getting home safely. Book in advance, or ask GoHen for the number of a good taxi firm.

Venues

Music

Sheffield’s music pedigree is evident – they’re the home of Def Leppard, of Pulp, of Jarvis Cocker and of the Arctic Monkeys. Sheffield is also one of the biggest cities in the UK, and so it’s not surprising that every big name star heads through here on tour at some point – the A listers flock to Sheffield. If you’re eager to see the biggest names around, the Motorpoint Arena has performances from huge international stars like Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, and our very own Gary Barlow. There’s also comedy from stand up gods like Russell Howard and Jack Whitehall, as well as performances from the X Factor Tour and Cirque de Soleil.
The 02 Academy Sheffield has similarly big-name stars like Rizzle Kicks, John Newman and Jason Derulo, but it also gives a platform to lesser known and local artists, giving hen dos in Sheffield a wide variety of entertainment on their night out!

Theatre

If you want to see a show, you’ll want to head straight to Tudor Square – the UK’s second largest theatre complex. Two of the main theatres you’ll find there are the Crucible – repeatedly voted the best theatre in the region, and one time winner of Barclay’s Theatre of the Year award. Alternatively, try the Lyceum if you’re hoping to catch a musical – with performances of Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, Fame, Dirty Dancing, West Side Story, and, uh, Shrek the Musical, you’ll have everyone’s toes tapping in no time.

Out in the open

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Just outside the city centre, the Sheffield Botanical Gardens is beautiful even if you’re not a botany boffin, with gardens full of exotic flowers to see – the Rose Garden is our favourite, if only because the sight of all those red roses makes us want to swoon like a romance heroine. When you get tired of all the shrubbery and florals, check out the bear pit. There’s not a bear there (anymore), but there is a statue of the bear that used to hang out in the botanical gardens in Victorian times.

Winter Garden

All the beautiful flowers (and tonnes crazy exotic plants too), none of the inconvenience of actual gardens. The Winter Garden is right in the city centre, and, as the largest urban greenhouse in Europe, it’s always nice and toasty inside, making it the perfect place to warm up come winter. Alright, it’s not technically getting out in the open – but you can sit down and have a cuppa, so we’re not going to split hairs.

Shopping

Sheffield is a huge shopping destination, so either leave your credit cards at home or prepare to return laden with bags – Meadowhall alone has over 280 stores inside, including highstreet giants like All Saints, Debenhams, French Connection, H&M, Miss Selfridge, New Look, and Urban Outfitters, as well as some higher-end retailers like Armania Exchange, Hugo Boss, Karen Millen, and Kurt Geiger.

Festivals

  • July – Hot Air Balloon Festival, combines hot air balloons with fireworks (which seems like a terrible idea, but who are we to judge?)
  • July – Tramlines Free Music Festival, which is one of the biggest music festivals for unsigned artists, lasting three days and attracting around 180,000 people to the city.
  • September – Food and Drink Festival, and an excuse to blag as many free samples as you can carry.
  • October – Fright Night, a huge annual Halloween event that involves rides, street performers, and about 30,000 visitors.
  • The Last Laugh Comedy Festival, (formerly Grin Up North) has seen visits from world class comedians like Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle, Michael McIntyre, and Alan Carr, as well as many, many others.

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