Top 8 events (and more things to do) in Sheffield this August
A survey in February by business psychologists OPP counted Sheffield as the sixth happiest city to work in the UK. A mix of a small, community-feel within the steel city, with plenty of arts, culture and diversity make it a great place to live and visit.
As the school holidays get into full flow, there is plenty to be doing around the city and here we’ll take you through some of the best events on offer for Sheffield days out. With the UK enjoying plenty of sunshine, you won’t miss out.
Keep your children active with activity days at the popular Underbank Reservoir. Surrounded by woodland you can go climbing or walking, while water-based activities include canoeing and kayaks. Until 26th August there are daily spots for a day of activities - from 9am until 3pm.
Showroom Cinema is putting on a celebration of legendary Welsh novelist Roald Dahl. Perfect for all the family, you can see all of his creations brought to life on the various screens in the cinema. The BFG came out last month but the films James and the Giant Peach, BFG, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Porco Rosso, The Witches and Matilda are all being shown in a build up to the centenary of his birth on 13th September.
Offering classes for young children, teenagers and adults, this is a great place to engage and get creative for a couple of hours. Each Friday there are classes for 7-11 and 9-14 year olds between 4pm and 5:30pm.
Returning for the third consecutive year at the Sheffield Arena on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August, families and friends will enjoy the iconic Comic Convention. Featuring Cosplay, writer and artist meet & greets, drawing inspiration, merchandise and the Video Game Zone, it is sure to be another successful year. A family ticket can be bought for £22.
Apparently the company is “celebrating 30 years as Britain’s favourite circus” so it’s not one to be missed when it rolls into Sheffield on the 17th. Fun for all the family, the show is at Endcliffe Park and will be there until the 21st. The new show for 2016 will see the adrenalin fuelled Wheel of Death, Trapeze, the acrobatic Kenya Boys as well as Mr Lorenzo the clown.
Throughout the summer, the Gruffalo has taken up his spot at Meadowhall and he’ll continue to be there until the end of August. This interactive journey lasts 35-40 minutes as you embark on an adventure. Step into the pages of the picture book and discover where all the creatures live!
Head down to Devonshire Green between now and Sunday 7th August to drink steins of beer and eat bratwurst. All while you listen to some live music. This is one for the adults (apart from Sunday when children are welcome and there are family activities on) but can’t be missed in the 1,500 people venue (tent!). It’s open until 11pm, aside from Sunday when it shuts at 7pm. Go get your fill.
Throughout the summer, the company has been offering Monday and Tuesday morning dance workshops (9am to 12pm) and this is still going for another three weeks. Whether you’re a dancer or not, you can try out different styles of dance in the three hour classes. Available for ages six and up, sessions are £15 each.
- Monday 8th August - Fun in the Sun (2 day workshop)
- Tuesday 9th August - Fun in the Sun (2 day workshop)
- Monday 15th August - Commercial Practice
- Tuesday 16th August - Lyrical Hip Hop
- Monday 22nd August - Kung Fu Panda
- Tuesday 23rd August - Little Mix
Best of the rest
With plenty of events going on, there is lots to do in the city, but there’s always more to consider for day trips. For example, the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre is ideal for keeping young children entertained and the Botanical Gardens are perfect for a walk on a sunny day. Kids will love Graves Park, on the outskirts of the city, Endcliffe Park and Rivelin Valley Natural Trail for a day out.
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