Remember The Full Monty? The Human League? Gravelly Sean Bean? What do they all have in common? They’re all made in Sheffield! Oh yes, once the heart of Britain’s steel industry, Sheffield has come a long way since those flat-cap days. Now it has its own Sheffield Walk of Fame down to being the hometown of the Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, Def Leppard (air guitars ready!), talented Michael Palin and amazing athlete Jessica Ennis, oh and Dr Helen Patricia Sharman who was not only the first Briton in space, but also the first woman to visit the Mir space station in 1991. Goodness, we’ve come over all Prometheus!
Thanks to its two Universities, Sheffield is also one of the UK’s biggest student cities and this lively population has ensured a demand for great nightlife, an abundance of activities, and lots of places to eat and drink. Along with this there’s a cultural vibe that brings many festivals for music, art, food and performance greeted by that wonderful northern welcome.
How could George Orwell have branded this ‘the ugliest town in the world’? Maybe that’s why it has now transformed into its current status of the country’s ‘Greenest City’; In contrast to its still thriving industrial side, it presents lush green spaces, beautiful Botanical and Winter Gardens, and iconic buildings from its heritage to visit or converted for cultural purposes.
Spend some cash on someone else’s attic at the amazing Antiques Quarter, indulge in London Road’s extravaganza of food from all corners of the world, experience 92 Burton Road’s monthly Peddlers Night Markets; street food, artisan brews, live music and art, or go up market in the trendy bars of the Devonshire Quarter (hmm, we know, Devon’s down south, but just roll with it).
Whether you want to admire the Town Hall and its grounds or mooch around the new Moor Market, Sheffield will keep you occupied with culture, creativity and cool ways party day or night …try a weekend ‘oop nerth’.