Sheffield travel guides won’t miss the festivals and events happening almost every day, from special museum exhibitions, art and dance workshops, comedy nights and concerts. Home to one of Britain’s best live venues and a huge percentage of students, you’re sure to find all sorts of things to do in Sheffield no matter which month you visit. Here are a few of the highlights, as well as the most famous festivals that take place annually:
January: New Years’ festivities in Sheffield include good food and warm drinks, all in the company of the local townspeople.
June: During the sultry (well, by Sheffield standards) month of June, one can take shade at the annual Sheffield Doc Fest, an international documentary and digital media festival, the third largest documentary festival in the world. It’s been voted one of the coolest festivals in the world, as well.
July: July is a busy months with festivals galore. There’s the famous Tramlines Festival, a must see, which is a free music festival that attracts upto 200,000 people every year! Blues, Indie, Rock and Dance acts get the vibe charged up. Expect oodles of students and music lovers. Then there’s the visually lovely Hot Air Balloon Festival, where all the balloons tied up at the beautiful Graves Park are released. The child in you will love it, as well as the child with you. Fire jugglers, puppeteers and fascinating novelty balloon shows just make the experience even more exciting.
August: Home to DefLeppard and Joe Crocker as well as a gazillion twenty somethings, it comes as no surprise that concerts feature heavily in Sheffield’s calendar. Big acts have played in this popular city, as well as their doubles! The Sheffield Fake Festival is a novel musical concept; a touring tribute tour with bands that pay tribute to musical greats such as the Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
September: The Food and Drink Festival is sure to tickle your tummy and tantalize your tongue. Fun for the whole family, this delicious festival is well loved in Sheffield, especially since the city is home to so many different kinds of restaurants!
October: October is another seriously busy month with all kinds of crazy festivals lined up. Expect to see lots of young faces at the city’s annual comedy festival Grin Up North, that’s starred numerous established comedians. Fright Night is Britain’s largest Halloween party and has been running since ’99! Stilt walkers, street artists, haunted taxis and people running about in costume will be more treat than trick. For those looking to warm themselves indoors, there’s the Beer and Cider Festival.
November: Every year on the night of the 5th of November, the darkness of the city is broken with ferris wheels, festive lights, music and stunning fireworks in the After Dark Fireworks at Don Valley Bowl.
December: If you’re spending Christmas in Sheffield, expect it to be filled with snow, warm cider, steaming meat buns and lots of happy faces. There’s the Kelham Island Victorian Christmas Market, full of local goodies and great food.