Moving to university is an exciting time and you’ll probably spend your first few weeks in Sheffield exploring and finding out what’s on offer. However, just because of COVID-19, it doesn’t mean you can’t get out around the city or miss out on fun events and activities. To help you get to know the city a little better, we’ve put together a list of safe things you can do in Sheffield. Before we reveal what these are, remember to:
- Look out for COVID-19 safety guidelines everywhere you go and follow the standard safety practices of social distancing, sanitizing/washing your hands and wearing a face covering
- Pre-book anywhere you’re wanting to go as most places now require you to do this (if you’re wanting to head out for just a few drinks, some places are allowing walk-ins, but always check the website first and follow all of the social distancing measures)
Check out local parks
Sheffield is home to some of the most beautiful parks with amazing scenery and fun things to do. Some of the most popular city parks include Endcliffe Park, Botanical Gardens and Peace Gardens which boast lots of green space and stunning views. You can also take a trip to the Peak District if you fancy a day of walking and exploring. Although the Peak District is a little further out of Sheffield, you can hop on the train which will take around half an hour then get a taxi, or driving straight there will take you around the same time.
Visit some of Sheffield’s finest bars and restaurants
Sheffield is known for some of its unique independent bars and restaurants. If you fancy trying some exciting cocktails, head to Picture House Social in Nether Edge where you can also tuck into some Italian street food including Neapolitan style pizzas. For something a bit closer to the city centre, check out Bungalows and Bears on Division Street, which used to be an old fire station! With a handpicked range of craft beers and cask ales, cocktails and low or non-alcoholic drinks, there's something for everyone. For food, expect juicy burgers, chicken dishes, pub classics and a range of veggie options.
Go for dessert
Dessert places are becoming more and more popular with all ages and if you're a dessert fan, Sheffield has plenty of dessert parlours. For a classy and 'Instagram-worthy' place, try Alyssum Café Bistro which offers a range of freshly-baked cakes, brownies, crepes and more. London Road is also home to many popular dessert restaurants including La Crème, Treatz, Sugar and dessert takeaways if you fancy staying at home and tucking into something sweet and tasty.
Hit the shops
There are lots of places to go shopping in Sheffield so you can shop 'til you drop. The Moor is home to high-street favourites such as Primark, JD Sports and Game, while Orchard Square has FatFace, TK Maxx, The Body Shop and more. If you fancy showing your support for local, independent shops, the city centre is also home to gems such as R.A.G Vintage and Don’t Feed The Bears. If you want variety, Meadowhall has it all including Debenhams, Topshop and Apple. Meadowhall is also the largest shopping centre in Yorkshire and is open until 9.00pm in the week.
Head to the cinema
Going to the cinema is the perfect thing to do if you fancy a quiet evening. Sheffield has several cinemas dotted around the city including Light Cinema, ODEON Luxe, Curzon and Cineworld (Cineworld is temporarily closed). If you're up for watching a European Art House film or a re-release of an old-school favourite, Showroom Cinema is the place to go which is one of Europe's largest independent cinemas. It's also situated directly across from the HUBS so you can't miss it!
Get food delivered to your door
If you’re self-isolating or would just rather get food delivered than going out, download the City Grab app which is in partnership with local taxi firm, City Taxis. City Grab allows you to get your favourite local food and products delivered straight to your door. Choose from a range of restaurants in the city, select your order and pay via the app, then sit back and wait for your food to arrive!
Visit Sheffield’s top museums
Sheffield has a rich industrial heritage, having played a major part in the Industrial Revolution of the 1900s, and is home to many interesting museums. Discover Sheffield’s history by visiting Kelham Island Museum or find out about Sheffield’s geological roots at Weston Park Museum.
Check out theatres and galleries
Sheffield Theatres is the largest theatre complex outside of London, comprising the Crucible Theatre, Lyceum Theatre and Crucible Studio, and has won two awards at the 2020 Stage Awards. The Sheffield Lyceum, Crucible Theatre and Studio Theatre are located in Lyceum Square and host a variety of plays and live performances. From October, only the Crucible Theatre will re-open to host a ‘pop-up’ festival of work, with the Lyceum and Studio Theatres opening in spring 2021.
For galleries, Graves Gallery and Millennium Gallery are very popular, as well as the city’s flagship contemporary art gallery, Site Gallery, which is just down the road from the HUBS!
For a fun-filled night with your mates, why not go bowling - Sheffield has many bowling alleys within the city. If you’re staying in the city centre, try Lane7 at The Moor, or if you really fancy challenging your mates, head to Hollywood Bowl at Centertainment which also has a range of amusements and games.
Take part in online activities
Although lots of places have now reopened, you can still get involved with online activities if you’re self-isolating or just fancy staying in. Your Students’ Union is running lots of fun and exciting virtual events from digital fairs, online activities and meet and greets via Zoom, so there’s plenty for you to do. You can also check out Eventbrite under ‘Things to do in Sheffield’ which includes a list of online and physical activities you can get involved in and Welcome To Sheffield for other ideas on what to do in the city.
Stay safe and happy exploring!