In Family

If you and your family are looking for fun-filled events and activities this summer, Sheffield is a city packed with events, activities, and attractions that the entire family can enjoy. We’ve pulled together the ultimate guide to family attractions in The Outdoor City this summer…

1. Go on a Bear Hunt
The Bears of Sheffield is huge public art trail with 160 distinctive bear sculptures now installed in public places across the city, all ready and waiting to be found. 60 2-metre big bears have been designed by renowned local and national artists, while 100 smaller bears have been decorated by schools, nurseries and colleges. These beautiful bears are also helping raise funds to build a new Cancer and Leukaemia ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital too and they’re on display until 29 September. 

2. Discover Sheffield’s past at 6 FREE Museums
Sheffield Museums Trust is the independent charity that operates six of the city’s leading museums/heritage sites and the brilliant thing is, they’re all FREE to visit! Learn about the city’s industrial heritage at iconic Kelham Island Museum or see it in action at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and Shepherd Wheel.  Discover the full story of Sheffield, from pre-history to present day, at Weston Park Museum or see one of the world’s largest collection of metalwork at the Millennium Gallery, along with contemporary art exhibitions. The Graves Gallery is also set to reopen soon with an exciting new exhibit. Plus, there’s also a host of summer family activities and events happening at some of the sites. See more here.


3. Take a trip to the Seaside in the City Centre
Bringing the fun of a trip to the seaside into the heart of the city! Each year ‘Sheffield by the Seaside’ sets up in the Peace Gardens bringing all your seaside favourites including family friendly disco, children’s entertainment, hook a duck, fairground rides, mini golf, traditional Boat Swings and a Helter Skelter, plus there’s paddling in the fountains and (of course) a huge sandpit.  The event is FREE to attend but some of the activities and rides charge a small fee. Runs until 30 August. See more here.

4. Get your wizard on at The Steel Cauldron
Tearoom by day and tavern by night, The Steel Cauldron is Yorkshire’s premier wizarding themed café, inspired by all things fantasy, folklore and fun. In addition to a magical menu, including Wizard’s Afternoon Tea (complete with chocolate frog) and potions for both children and adults- you can also craft while you eat, book in for Wizard School sessions and even meet some owls. Located in the Broomhill, just outside Sheffield City Centre and open every day during the School Holidays. Booking is advised- see more here.


5. Visit a City Animal Farm
Love animals? Sheffield has an amazing choice of city farms. Just outside the city centre, Heeley City Farm is a certified rare breed centre celebrating their 40th Birthday this year, while Graves Park Animal Farm is located in Sheffield’s biggest park- both are FREE to visit. Meanwhile, Mayfield Alpacas, Whirlow Hall Farm and Our Cow Molly (the latter produce the most amazing ice cream) are all located in more rural parts of the city, with countryside scenery to enjoy in addition to animal friends. Finally, Holly Hagg’s Alpaca Treks are a truly unique experience that will also take you into the beautiful woodland of the Rivelin Valley.  See more about all the farms in our guide here.  

6. Gorgeous Green Spaces
With 61% green space, Sheffield has an abundance of beautiful parks, gardens and ancient woodlands for you to explore- in addition to the Peak District National Park right on our doorstep. With a city built on hills there are some great views at parks such as Meersbrook, Bolehills and Norfolk Heritage Park, see more in our guide here. While the city’s valleys also offer plentiful exploration. The Rivelin Valley Trail’s winding waterways are punctuated with fascinating reminders of the city’s industrial past, plus it has a splash park for hot days, as does Millhouses Park. Likewise, Endcliffe Park connects with the beautiful Porter Valley, which you can fallow out to the Peak District- be sure to stop off at Forge Dam along the way. Graves Park is Sheffield’s biggest park, with acres of parkland and lots of sports facilities, while Sheffield Manor Lodge is home to a 16th century Turret House and remains of a mansion, amidst wildflower meadows and gardens. For a taste of the Peaks without venturing too far from the city, head to reservoirs in/around Bradfield or the Longshaw Estate, just over the city boundary.


7. Fantastic Family Events
There’s a whole host of great events to get stuck into this summer in Sheffield. Join the Family Picnic Day at Sheffield General Cemetery gardens and try your hand at circus skills, meet the animals and more, at Graves Park Animal Farm’s Fun Day or enjoy Sounds Under the Sky with the Concerteenies Woodlands Concerts. Festival on the Square will be setting up Tudor Square with the best of Sheffield’s creative arts scene, there’s live music in Leopold Square throughout the summer, while smash-hit musical Hairspray is coming to the Lyceum Theatre. Art in the Gardens returns to Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens to bring one of the largest outdoor art markets in England, while the Hedgerow Market is set to transform Division Street in the city centre along with the Sheffield Harvest Fayre in September- all with family activities. Have a go at paddle boarding or kayaking at Sheffield Waterfront Festival or experience Jurassic Park on a big the screen with The Village Screen’s open-air cinema at Kenwood Hall.  For the full listing of summer events in Sheffield, head to the Summer in The Outdoor City webpage.

8. Outdoor Adventure Activities  
Experience providers like Adventures Are Us and Gritstone Adventures offer a great range of activities in/around Sheffield, from rock climbing, bouldering and abseiling to weaseling and caving. When the weather is too wet for the grit, you could also head to one of the city’s many indoor climbing walls. If you fancy giving paddle boarding or kayaking a go on Sheffield’s urban waterways, DC Outdoors run experiences down at Victoria Quays. Alternatively, head to Rother Valley Country Park for more adrenaline fuelled water adventures, with cable wakeboarding and the Sheffield Aqua Park. If you like adventures on two wheels, you’ll find family friendly MTB trails at Lady Cannings and Parkwood Springs. Bike hire is available from Russell’s Bicycled Shed in the city centre, plus Bike Garage and Derwent Bike Hire, nearby in the Peak District.

9. Indoor Activities for Rainy Days
A Great British summer wouldn’t be the same without some rain, so when wet weather hits there’s some fab indoor attractions to keep you entertained in Sheffield too. While away some hours exploring the National Videogame Museum and National Emergency Services Museum. Burn off some energy at Air Haus, Jump INC or Ninja Warrior UK or test some brain power at The Great Escape Game or Treehouse Boardgame Café. If you need to cool down, get your skates on and head to Ice Sheffield.  

10. Family Friendly Food Places  
A lot of Sheffield’s parks are well equipped with some great cafes, such as The Rhubarb Shed at Manor Lodge, Endcliffe Park Café, Rivelin Park Cafe and Forge Dam just a few to mention. Elsewhere in the city, Ambulo is located at both Weston Park Museum and the Millennium Gallery, while you’ll find two Marmadukes cafes in the city centre and their newest in an old Post Office on Ecclesall Road. Food hall Kommune right next-door to the National Videogame Museum with a plethora of choice to suit all tastes, likewise Cutlery Works is based and Kelham Island and offers some great kid’s activities throughout the holidays, as well as tasty food. There are lots of great pubs to combine with outdoor adventures too, such as the Waggon and Horses next to Milhouses Parks, The Old Horns at High Bradfield and the The Norfolk Arms at Ringinglow, plus many more.




  1. NicoRay
    Thank you!

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