12 things you’ve (probably) never done in Sheffield
Sheffield’s a reyt city, isn’t it?! It’s deceptively big, full of culture and independence, and there’s always something new popping up. Wow247 have compiled this list of great things to do, that may be an unknown entity to you!
1. Make your own jewellery
Sheffielders are fiercely proud of their rich metalworking past, so what better way is there to immerse yourself in this historical tradition than to join in? Using all the most modern technology, the good people at Handmade in Netheredge will help you with everything you need to make your own, totally unique, piece of silver jewellery.
37 Steade Road, Netheredge, S7 1DS – more info
2. Support the emergency services
Sheffield’s emergency services museum is hidden away down at West Bar in a beautifully historic old fire station. For a family-friendly day out it is perfect, but its proximity to Kelham Island (and its pubs!) means it is well incorporated into an afternoon pub crawl.
Old Police/Fire Station, West Bar, S3 8PT – more info
3. Get your paranormal on
While not necessarily thought of as one of Britain’s old cities, don’t let this fool you: parts of Sheffield date back as far as the Norman Conquest. With history comes ghosts, obviously, and Sheffield is full of ’em. Join the knowledgeable Mr P. Dreadful for one of his renowned Steel City Ghost tours, and learn the history of Sheffield from a paranormal perspective – more info
4. Drink beer at the source
The brand, spanking new Sentinel Brewery Tap has just opened its doors to the beer-guzzling public. Beer literally does not get fresher than this, and those environment-conscious among us can sleep easy knowing that the delicious beer we enjoy has practically no carbon footprint.
178 Shoreham Street, S1 4SQ
5. Play golf… with your feet!
Hands up who has heard of FootGolf? No? It’s new to us too. The premise is exactly as it sounds, take a football, a nine hole course, your mates, and a sunny afternoon, and then just follow the rules of golf. Loxley Driving Range, Myers Lane, S6 6RZ – more info
6. Eat ice-cream on the farm
If beer is not your cup of tea, get yourself down to Our Cow Molly farm shop and ice cream parlour. Not only is there very local dairy delights, but at this time of year there are also baby cows, lambs, and hens to coo over.
Cliffe House Farm, Hill Top Road, Dungworth, S6 6GW – more info
7. Go spelunking
If only for the opportunity to use the word ‘spelunking’, get yourself down to the caves at Mam Tor, near Castleton. The most popular of the caves is the Blue John mine, one of the best known sources of Britain’s rarest mineral, which the Romans went mad for almost 2000 years ago. A highly recommended day out involves the caves, a nice stroll through the surrounding hills, and lunch and some tasty beers in one of Castleton’s many outstanding public houses – more info
8. Lose yourself in vintage heaven
If you don’t spend much time in the south of the city, you might not know of the vintage metropolis that is the Antiques Quarter around Abbeydale Road. You could easily lose an afternoon, if not days, browsing the treats offered. From specialist antique mirror shops, to beer shops, retro furniture and vintage clothing, and kitsch little tea emporiums, you’re guaranteed to find something that takes your fancy.
9. Take in some street art
As you walk through the streets of Sheffield, you’ll notice the odd piece of guerilla street art. Luckily for us, this is just the tip of the iceberg. We’re surrounded by graffiti by some of the world’s leading artists, including Faunographic, Phlegm, Kid Acne, and many many more. The derelict warehouses Matilda Street and Sidney Street are covered, offering us our very own free, open air art gallery.
10. See some tropical butterflies
Sheffield’s very own falconry, butterfly, and wildlife centre offers animal lovers a hands-on experience. From meerkats to snakes, and moths to owls, there’s something to keep everyone occupied. There’s even a dinosaur trail, just in case all the real animals weren’t enough. Woodsetts Road, North Anston, S25 4EQ – more info
11. Defy gravity
Take to the skies with an Altitude High Ropes adventure. Featuring rope bridges, swinging logs, and death-defying leaps, this isn’t one for the faint hearted.
IceSheffield, Coleridge Road, S9 5DA – more info
12. Have a drink in a musical pub
The Brother’s Arms in Heeley has one massive claim to fame – it is owned by Sheffield’s very own Everly Pregnant Brothers. The real ale joint sees regular live music from artists from all over the country, but its pièce de résistance is the occasional show from the band themselves, which brings people in from far and wide.
The Brothers Arms, 106 Well Road, S8 9TZ – more info
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