5 reasons you should make Sheffield your next city break

Surrounded by rolling hills that form part of the Peak District in South Yorkshire, Sheffield is mostly known for the city’s role in the industrial revolution. Although it is still a major steel producer, there’s much more to the city than heavy industry.

Today, Sheffield is awash with green spaces and has a laid-back atmosphere that belies its lively nature.

So pack your walking boots and your glad rags and get ready to dance your socks off.

Here’s why you should make Sheffield your next city break.

Sheffield is The Outdoor City
Did you know that Sheffield is the world’s greenest city, with 61% of it being green space? Or that it contains more trees per person than any other city in Europe?

No wonder Sheffield has been nicknamed The Outdoor City. There are lots to see and explore here, and if you arrive by train, the first place to start is the Winter Garden. It is the largest urban glasshouse in the UK, where you can discover more than 2,000 plants from around the world.

The Winter Garden is also conveniently located next to the Millennium Gallery, a free art gallery showcasing Sheffield artists and currently featuring an exhibition called “Earthbound” that investigates humanity’s relationship with the environment.

Art fans should also check out the newly reopened Graves Gallery, which is currently displaying work by sculptor Mark Firth along with a new exhibition curated by pioneering artist Keith Piper and the “Pandemic Diary”, a series of drawings by internationally renowned street artist Phlegm.

Getting active in Sheffield
With its hilly geography and plethora of parks, Sheffield attracts keen mountain bikers, runners, swimmers, and climbers eager to explore the boulders and rocky crags of the Peak District. On 26 September, Sheffield will host their iconic Half Marathon and 10k runs, which zigzag through the city streets, with spectators lined up cheering the runners on.

If you prefer a slower pace, you can take part in the Sheffield Walking Festival this September, which offers more than 30 walking routes to learn about the city’s heritage.

The annual Photomarathon Sheffield, taking place each July, is always an adventure suitable for all ages, and a great opportunity to explore some of the urban trails. This year’s subject was the Sheffield Round Walk, a 15-mile route in the southwest of the city.

Foodie heaven
With artisan cafes, delicious street food markets, innovative restaurants complemented by a thriving craft scene, Sheffield is also a hub for foodies.

Check out Peddler Market on Burton Road, an outdoor food market with street vendors sporting names such as “The Cookie Mumster” and “Disco Fries”.

Kelham Island is a manmade island and former manufacturing site that has been converted into a series of indie restaurants, and artists’ workshops. It’s a bit of foodie heaven and home of the iconic ale trail.

If you are feeling fancy, Joro, a restaurant influenced by nature, holds three AA Rosettes, and scores five in The Good Food Guide for its forward-thinking small plates and tasting menus.

Shop til you drop: Sheffield arts, crafts, and clothing
Hedgerow Market is a vibrant street market with street food, live music, and a variety of craft makers. The brand new market is located in the city center and opens on September 18th from Midday to 6 pm. Local traders include Gravel Pit, Nyro Store, and The Wood Enthusiast.

You can also get your craft filled at the Waterfront Festival at Victoria Quays, which incorporates culture and nature with entertainment and plenty of outdoor activities. As well as arts and crafts stalls, there will be stonemasonry workshops and free boat trips take place all day long.

Later in the year at the end of October, which will see traders from across the country come to celebrate culture and diversity, with performances and events also taking place.