COVID safe things to do in Sheffield


If you are not self-isolating there are plenty of face to face activities you can do, your student experience doesn’t all have to be virtual! 

Head to HiDEOUT

Hideout is your Students’ Union bar serving up a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and bringing you delicious, fresh food from burgers, salads, wraps, desserts and much more! We can’t WAIT to welcome you back and we have a brand new menu ready for you to view with lots of tasty and affordable dishes, including veggie, vegan and halal options! All you need to do is just turn up – you don’t need to book! Come along with your bubble of up to 6 people.

Head into the city

There is plenty of face to face COVID friendly events and activities you can get involved in across the city! Keep checking this page as we will be giving you the lowdown of the best COVID safe places to visit! You can also join the corona community on Facebook and check out our What's On guide. 


Off the Shelf Festival of Words

Date - 9th - 31st October

Welcome to Off the Shelf, brought to you by the University of Sheffield celebrating books, words and ideas.

Off the Shelf is delighted to share their festival programme for 2020. In the light of the global pandemic, there are changes to their usual festival but they are aware that books, reading and conversations are more important now than ever. Off the Shelf have worked throughout lockdown to produce uplifting and thought-provoking events that reflect the world around us and can’t wait to share the whole programme with you. Much of the festival activity will be online but there will also be live events in real venues where you can safely listen to some wonderful speakers in person.

The opening weekend is book-ended by a live conversation with Lee Child and a poetry drive-in with the Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, who has been commissioned by the festival to write new poetry inspired by Ted Hughes’ time living in Mexborough.

New this year is a strand of events celebrating black women’s voices, Black Women Write Now, curated  by Sheffield writer Désirée Reynolds. Off the Shelf is also delighted to bring several Dutch writers and illustrators to the festival in a collaboration with the Dutch Literature Foundation.

Please do read the festival information section as special measures have been put in place this year to help keep everyone safe.

Tickets and more info - offtheshelf.org.uk/tickets


Sheffield Doc/Fest

Date - 2nd October – 15th November 

Venue - The Showroom

Sheffield Doc/Fest has revealed an Autumn line-up of film and art featuring premieres from Agustina Comedi, Edgardo Cozarinsky, Jérôme Bel, Jia Zhang-Ke, Lynne Ramsay, Marc Isaacs, Mike Hoolboom, Oreet Ashery and Sofia Bohdanowicz. 

The Autumn selection includes 40 films of all lengths, spanning 20 countries around the world and representing 17 spoken languages. There are 7 World Premieres, 7 International Premieres, 3 European Premieres and 19 UK Premieres, with 7 first-time feature filmmakers included.

While the Covid pandemic has raised fears in communities and inhibited live access to cinema and art, the festival has worked closely with partners to present an Autumn programme of events to enrich audience appetites and encourage them back into Sheffield city venues.


From 2nd October – 15th November Sheffield Doc/Fest will deliver 4 weekenders at the Showroom Sheffield. Tickets are now on sale from the Showroom Cinema.


  • Into the World: 2nd - 4th October, with films online in parallel until 15th October. Tickets are now on sale.
  • Rebellions: 16th -18th October, with films online in parallel until 29th October. Tickets are now on sale.
  • Rhyme & Rhythm: 30th October - 1st November, with films online in parallel until 12th November. Tickets will go on sale 19th October. 
  • Ghosts & Apparitions: 13th - 15th November, with films online in parallel until 26th November. Tickets will go on sale 2nd November.
  • Four films from Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020 retrospective: Reimagining the Land, to screen across each of the above weekenders. 
  • Alternate Realities digital art exhibition at Site Gallery, Sheffield: 11th - 15th November featuring artists Keiken & George Jasper Stone, Kitty Clark, Maria Court & Trinidad Piriz and Paula Albuquerque.
  • A series of online and live streamed talks and industry sessions including DJ and presenter Yinka Bokinni discussing her new film for Channel 4 and BBC interview with journalist and filmmaker Mobeen Azhar.
  • Industry panel sessions online throughout October and November exploring themes such as how to get into the film industry (with BAFTA), sustainable filmmaking, decolonizing the industry (with Girls in Film); new Northern talent and stories (with BBC) and the BBC Three docs pitch returns. 
  • The online programme Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects – is the festival’s VOD platform with pay-per-view and subscription options for UK-based public audiences including a free Exchange film programme and Q&As with filmmakers selects.sheffdocfest.com


Tickets - sheffdocfest.com