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Kate Brindley appointed to boost South Yorkshire’s arts and cultural sector

As new Director, Kate will work with South Yorkshire’s cultural sectors to attract investment, grow participation and increase tourism opportunities for the region.

Snake slide at Hillsborough Park in Sheffield

Enjoy our playgrounds responsibly this half term

We want you to enjoy some exercise and fresh air this half term in our parks but please do so responsibly, sticking to the current Government rules and guidance.

Stannington playground in the snow

Improvement plans for Stannington Park Playground

Recent bouts of bad weather have affected conditions at Stannington playground.  We will be making improvements to drainage and the play equipment to make it better for local people.

Person playing table tennis

National Ping Pong initiative welcomes Sheffield to the table

We've teamed up with Table Tennis England to bring ping pong and promote healthy activity to more people in Sheffield

Chapletown Library

Council opens consultation on new proposals for library enhancements

We have launched a public consultation about improvements to libraries, after we announced last year that each community hub library would benefit from a £10,000 cash boost.  

Design drawing of new playground at Westfield site

Go ahead for new Westfield playground

Working with Westfield Big Local Partnership we will be creating a brand-new multi-use playground for families in the Westfield area.

Ducks on mill pond at Forge Dam

Popular Forge Dam set for £300,000 restoration project

More than £300,000 will be spent on a heritage and wildlife improvement project at Forge Dam, after our Cabinet approved funding, adding to years of fundraising by volunteers from the Friends of Porter Valley.

Christmas illuminations in Sheffield Peace Gardens

Tis the season to twinkle and celebrate Christmas in Sheffield

As 2020 - the year that none of us could have predicted - draws to a close, we’re all in need of some festive cheer, and although we can’t celebrate Christmas in the usual style th ...

Councillor Bob Johnson, Councillor Mary Lea and Christine Welburn stand next to snake head slide at Hillsborough playground

Hillsborough playground reopens with ssssspectacular attraction

Hillsborough playground reopens on Monday 14 December, with the brand new spectacular snake's head slide, part of phase one of improvements at the park.

Now Then Then Now artwork on the side of building in Sheffield

An amazing year of Sheffield's visual arts

Despite a difficult year for the cultural industry, there's still been plenty to celebrate in Sheffield's visual arts sector, Museums Sheffield look back at the fantastic works of 2019/2020.

A bike at the top of Shirebrook Valley Nature Reserve in Sheffield

Discover Sheffield’s hidden gem parks, woodlands and green spaces

Visitor numbers are very high in Sheffield's most popular parks which makes it difficult to adhere to social distancing. Try somewhere new with our fantastic hidden gems, to help us reduce covid-19 infection rate and keep people safe.

Kelly-Anne and Monika at Manor Fields Park

Join This Girl Can 25 miles in December challenge

Get active this winter by walking, jogging or running a mile a day as we countdown from the 1st to the 25th of December in This Girl Can 25 miles December challenge.

Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre from the outside

Stocksbridge’s Oxley Park and Community Leisure Centre secures boost of £500,000

A fantastic new playground will be installed at Oxley Park, as well as other improvements to the park area and the community leisure centre, after being awarded £500,000 from the Town's Fund.

Sign for Redmires Plantation on the edge of the forest

Forestry and archaeological improvements for Redmires

Forestry maintenance work will take place at Redmires Plantation this winter, enhancing the natural environment and helping to further expose elements of the historic Prisoner of War camp at the site.

various photos of outdoors locations in Sheffield

Visiting Sheffield’s parks and green spaces during lockdown

Keep visiting Sheffield's parks and outdoor spaces during the national lockdown, but some facilities will not be available.

Collage of Sheffield Locations

Things to do this autumn and winter

With Sheffield now in Tier 3 ‘Very High’ alert category it may seem like finding fun and covid-safe things to do is difficult, but Sheffield is packed with plenty you can still get involved in.

Ponds Forge swimming pool

Ponds Forge reopens to the public

The ‘iconic’ Sheffield City Trust-operated venue opened its doors after receiving financial backing from Sheffield City Council earlier this month.

Design of a trophy for the Rugby League World Cup on a purple background

Rugby League World Cup 2021 ballot opens on one year to go

With a year to go until the Rugby League World Cup 2021 comes to Sheffield, the public ticket ballot opened today until 16 November, enter now to be in with a chance of getting your hands on tickets.

Cafe at the Olympia roller skating rink, Bramall Lane, c.1912

Pictures paint a thousand words and make history

Pictures paint a thousand words and with the announcement that Sheffield City Archives is open again for 'order and view' and that Picture Sheffield has just uploaded it's 100,000 image, there's a lot of Sheffield's history to access and enjoy.

Big wheel on Fargate in Sheffield dressed with Christmas lights

Autumn and winter events update

Sadly events over the autumn and winter season will not go ahead this year. Let's see how creative our communities can be in celebrating the seasons.

Cllr Mary Lea and Jill Thompson holding the green flag in the Sheffield Botanical Gardens with colourful plants in the background

Sheffield’s parks and green spaces recognised with 13 Green Flag Awards

13 parks and green spaces in Sheffield have been awarded the international quality mark, Green Flag, from Keep Britain Tidy. Sites are being lit up in green to celebrate this year's awards.

Football game at Olympic Legacy Park Sheffield

Community pitch re-opens at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park

Local sports and community groups are celebrating the re-opening of the 3G pitch at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park after a six-month Covid closure.

5 books in a pile

Library Services October update

We’ve been providing an Order and Collect service in a number of libraries since early August so that as many people as possible could borrow books and resources across the city. The correct Covid-19 measures are in place so that all libraries are as safe as possible. Every library building is slightly different and naturally the most important part of reopening has been about safety.  

Cllr Mary Lea, This Girl Can officers, Jenny Eells Radio Sheffield interview

£100,000 Sport England funding gets girls moving in Sheffield

More women and girls in Sheffield will take up sport and exercise after we were awarded £100,000 of Sport England’s This Girl Can funding.

The catacombs at Sheffield General Cemetery

Mystery of the catacombs revealed

This week investigative work is taking place at the catacombs at Sheffield General Cemetery, as part of the ongoing National Lottery funded £3million project.

Hillsborough Park, site of the new bike park

New £250,000 bike park development for Hillsborough Park

A new £250,000 bike park development to be installed in Hillsborough Park

Playground in a Sheffield park

Playgrounds reopen across Sheffield parks

*Updated 18 August 2020* More than 100 playgrounds are now open, and being cleaned and inspected on a regular basis. With the exception of Hillsborough Park, all remaining playgro ...

Outside of public toilets in parks

Toilets reopen in Sheffield’s busiest parks

*Updated 18 August 2020* Toilets are now open at: Graves Park, Rose Garden Café ...

Art flowers in front of real flowers

Countdown begins to 17th annual Art in the Gardens

Sheffield Botanical Gardens, 5 - 6 September 20202 sessions per day, 10:30am – 1 ...

Crowd of runners in Sheffield 10k

Events and leisure affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)

In line with Government guidance, events and leisure venues across the country a ...

Drive-in cinema comes to Sheffield, Don Valley

Drive-in cinema comes to Sheffield, Don Valley

BREAK Films and Scanner-Rhodes Productions are proud to announce the film line-u ...

Statement: Libraries plan for reopening

Statement: Libraries plan for reopening

At the beginning of July we announced that library staff are working as quickly ...

Business grants for city’s night time economy

Business grants for city’s night time economy

As part of the second round of the Coronavirus Business Grants Scheme, Sheffield ...

Sheffield share in £1m Sport England legacy award for UEFA WEURO2022

Sheffield share in £1m Sport England legacy award for UEFA WEURO2022

Sport England has awarded £1m of National Lottery funding to England’s hosting o ...

Sheffield's RLWC2021 fixtures revealed

Sheffield's RLWC2021 fixtures revealed

Sheffield to host nine fixtures   Wheelchair semi-final double-header staged ...

Popular animal farm set for reopening 

Popular animal farm set for reopening 

One of Sheffield’s most popular free family attractions, Graves Park Animal Farm ...

Reopening of sport, exercise and leisure in Sheffield

Reopening of sport, exercise and leisure in Sheffield

As leisure and fitness venues across the country prepare for reopening from 25 J ...

City’s playgrounds will not reopen until safety measures in place

City’s playgrounds will not reopen until safety measures in place

UPDATE: 17 July 2020 Playgrounds update   Sheffield City Council is working very ...

Sheffield Town Hall in the sun

Statement on Sheffield City Trust

Below is Sheffield City Council's response to The Star report which was unfortun ...

Two boys stand next to a fairy garden they have made

Sheffield’s Children’s University launch Summer Festival of Fun

Sheffield’s Children’s University are offering over 70 free activities for child ...

Sheffield's Central Library

Libraries working hard to welcome you back soon

Libraries and their staff have missed you and we are working hard to reopen as s ...

Sheffield city centre skyline at night

Stay safe as pubs and hospitality venues open

Director of Public Health at Sheffield City Council, Greg Fell said:"The further ...

William Mitchell frieze

William Mitchell frieze to be safely removed and relocated

Work is set to get underway next week to meticulously remove the William Mitchel ...

Sheffield city centre skyline at night

Make Yourself at Home, Sheffield

The aim of the campaign is to give confidence to residents as they begin to inte ...

Endcliffe Park

Please bin it or take your rubbish home...

Following further complaints and litter being consistently left behind in Sheffield's parks, Sheffield City Council has ...

Photograph of a skate park

Skateparks, basketball courts and multi-use games areas to reopen

More facilities in Sheffield’s parks are to reopen, with skateparks, basketball courts and multi-use games areas now available across the city.

child's painted hand

Half term virtual adventures during lockdown

Sheffield Children’s Services work to support many children who are often some of the most vulnerable in society. Find out more about who we're working with to keep children entertained this half term.

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Sheffield Coronavirus response – Culture, Parks and Leisure

The coronavirus pandemic and resulting national lockdown has had a huge impact on the leisure, entertainment and hospitality industry.All bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms, playground ...

Tennis courts reopen in Sheffield parks

Following the Government’s most recent update to lockdown restrictions, tennis c ...

Green parkland

Enjoy Sheffield’s parks but stay alert and stay safe

Following the Government’s latest guidance, allowing us to spend more time in outdoor spaces, Sheffield City Council is urging people to stick to social distancing measures while e ...

Outside of the Crucible

New Dates For Betfred World Snooker Championship

The Betfred World Snooker Championship has been rescheduled, subject to government policy, to run from 31 July to 16 August at the Crucible Theatre.Snooker’s biggest tournament was ...

UEFA coming to Sheffield

UEFA Women’s EURO to take centre stage in summer 2022

The UEFA Executive Committee today confirmed that the postponed UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 will be played in England from 6 July to 31 July 2022. It is planned to use the same venues t ...

Pond, trees and blue skies

Coronavirus - Sheffield parks and countryside updates

16.04.20 - Grass cutting to resume in some parks Grass cutting in some of our parks will re-start from 20 April onwards. This is to help us keep our parks and green spaces safe and ...

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£20k boost to eLibrary content for Sheffield Libraries

Sheffield City Council is pleased to announce that the eLibrary service has been given a £20,000 boost. This online reso ...

Sheffield central library

Libraries and archives closures

Notice of closure of Libraries and Archives   In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Sheffield City Council will close ...

Cllr Mary Lea

Council announces extra £10k funding for every library

Sheffield City Council is pleased to announce that every library across the city is set to receive an additional one off ...

Volunteer at UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 in Sheffield

Pre-registration now open for amazing volunteering experiences as UEFA Women’s E ...

festival of the outdoors poster

Festival of the Outdoors returns to Sheffield

Sheffield is set to showcase the strength and breadth of its outdoor communities once again, when The Festival of the Ou ...

3 men at a Pride event

Essential events guide 2020

https://youtu.be/cAR1lVVJ63Q In 2019 we shared some amazing experiences in Sheffield, and 2020 looks set to be just as e ...

Botanical Gardens

Radio 4 Gardeners Question Time at Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Just outside the city centre Sheffield Botanical Gardens were opened in 1836 and ...

Man with garden tool

Make a difference with a Community Fund grant

Our Housing and Neighbourhood Service is calling on community groups that work w ...

Invictus Frame

Sheffield recognised for outstanding role in Invictus UK Trials

Sheffield City Council has been recognised and thanked by the Invictus Board for the exceptional contribution the city a ...

Rugby League trophy

Volunteer Launch - Rugby League World Cup 2021

The Rugby League World Cup is coming to the UK - including Sheffield, with games taking place at Sheffield United's Bram ...

pygmy goats

Council statement re attack on goats at Graves Park Animal Farm

Police call for witnesses after devastating attack at Graves Park Animal Farm  Since receiving the shocking news regardi ...

Lowfield footie wall

New footie wall scores highly with local youngsters

Young people in Sheffield tested their flicks, tricks and shooting skills at the official opening of the new Jupiter Pla ...

Ponderosa Park

Work to restore Ponderosa Park

After heavy rainfall during Bassfest at Ponderosa Park, some areas of the ground are in poor condition. Sheffield City C ...

Colley park improvement team

Colley Park set for playground transformation

Colley Park in Parson Cross is about to get a makeover as part of the council’s ongoing work to improve parks and playgr ...

Amey contractors

Streets Ahead give budding gardeners a root to success

Employees at Streets Ahead in Sheffield have been making valuable contributions ...

Art in the Gardens 2018

Scarborough set fair for Art In The Gardens

The annual event, now in its 16th year, takes place on 7 and 8 September set in the beautiful canvas of the Botanical Ga ...

Town Hall fountain view

Sheffield Wednesday FC and Sheffield City Council work together to address crowd safety

New road traffic measures designed to help fans leave Hillsborough Stadium following Sheffield Wednesday games have been ...

Sheffield Fayre

Sheffield Fayre’s horticultural show returns for bank holiday fun

Now in its 18th year, Sheffield's bank holiday family fun day, The Sheffield Fayre, is back in Norfolk Heritage Park thi ...

Party in the Park poster

‘Bublé, Williams, Jersey Boys and Madness’ to perform at ‘Parties in the Park’

‘Bublé, Williams, Jersey Boys and Madness’ to perform at ‘Parties in the Park’Three family-fun ‘parties in the park’ are ...

Firth Park litter pickers

New litter bins for cleaner, greener parks

Sheffield’s parks are about to get cleaner and greener as new litter bins are installed at 20 different locations across ...

Womens Euro 2021 image

Final venues selected for England UEFA Women’s Euro 2021

The FA has today confirmed the final venues selected for the next edition of the UEFA European Women’s Championship, whi ...

Green flag parks 2019

Flags fly high in Sheffield’s award winning parks

Sheffield’s wonderful parks and green spaces have once again been recognised by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, ...

crowd at tramlines

Opinion: A very good week for Sheffield

I write this column at the end of what has been a very good week for Sheffield.  Tramlines played to record crowds, and ...

images of Fringe at Tramlines Festival

Images of Fringe at Tramlines 2019

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rainbow coloured flag

Look out for our LGBT+ adopters at Sheffield Pride

Proudly volunteering at the stand will be Lee. Lee started his adoption journey just under three years ago, adopting two ...

monki fashion store

New Swedish fashion confirmed for Heart Of The City II

NEW SWEDISH FASHION BRANDS SET FOR HEART OF THE CITY II Sheffield’s Heart of The City II scheme is hotting up with the a ...

Street cleaner

Streets Ahead prepare for busy weekend at Tramlines

Thousands of music lovers are expected to descend on the city between Friday and ...

childrens university students

Free summer fun planned at Children's University festival

There are over 40 activities planned for the summer festival, including a treasu ...

the fringe on devonshire green

Fringe at Tramlines programme announced

The Fringe at Tramlines (in association with Sheffield BID) takes place from Fri ...

ski village

Critical milestone for £40m Parkwood Springs leisure destination

Plans to create an internationally-recognised sport and leisure destination at P ...

basketball court

Newly renovated court proves a big hit in Sheffield city centre

From Basketball England Following on from the successful refurbishment of Sheffi ...

Ponds Forge leisure centre

Kids can take the plunge with new discounted swimming lessons

Learning to swim is an essential life skill and in Sheffield, SIV and Places Leisure are proud to follow Swim England’s ...

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Everything you need to know for Cliffhanger weekend

Once again the event will be taking place in association with Sheffield BID and ...

couple sat on a bench

High Hazels Park protected by Charitable Trust status

High Hazels Park, which was formerly held by Sheffield City Council on trust is ...

Tramlines stage

Tramlines stage renamed in memory of late Festival director

Tramlines 2019, which takes place at Hillsborough Park from Friday 19th – Sunday ...

Lets Ride festival

Route confirmed for traffic-free family cycling festival

Paralympic champion Jody Cundy joins fellow world beater and Sheffield City Regi ...

Graves Park trees

Better Parks - Our vision calls for creative business ideas.

Our role is to look after Sheffield’s wonderful parks, woodlands and green space ...

Park runners

All the park runs, so many park runs

Nearly 30 city athletes took a (very) early morning summer tour of Sheffield as ...

Stocksbridge clock tower

Centenary Field for Stocksbridge Clock Tower and Gardens

Set in landscaped gardens, with public footpaths running through, the site is a ...

Invictus Team UK

Sheffield Shapes Invictus UK Trials: Plans Revealed

Sheffield will gain another notch on its sporting belt this summer as it hosts t ...

Botanical Gardens

Notice of park closures for events in 2019

Sheffield City Council gives notice that it proposes to partly close the followi ...

Alfie Boe

Big Gig to celebrate opening of Invictus UK Trials

Headlined by Alfie Boe, The Big Gig will take place on Monday 22 July at Sheffie ...

Cllr Mary Lea at High Hazels Park

Vision for parks and green spaces calls for creative ideas

Following the introduction of Sheffield City Council’s Building Better Parks ini ...

Star Wars characters

Popular May fayre combines the now and the nostalgic

Taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Weston Park from 11am to 5pm, the ...

Tossing the caber

Spring in to May Day with all the fun of the Highland Fling

The free May Day event, which has fun for all the family from 10.30am to 5.30pm, ...

Phil Jupitus

Tramlines Festival Announces 2019 Comedy Lineup

Plus a further wave of breaking music talent has been confirmed to play the city ...

Hillsborough Park proposed cafe image

New images of proposed cafe in Hillsborough Park

Originally released by Age UK Sheffield   Plans to revive Hillsborough Park’s li ...