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Restrictions relaxed for Libraries, Archives and Information Services

There is no longer a limit on the number of customers who can enter our buildings at any one time and you can now stay in our libraries for as long as you want, within our current opening times. Public toilets are also now open and tables and chairs are back in place so that you can use your library as a study space. Soft seating is being reintroduced. We will be increasing the number of computers in our libraries where possible so that social distancing is still maintained.

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Covid, Claire and Collective Creativity – Writing Exhibition 11th August to 1st September

People across the city and staff at Sheffield City Council worked incredibly hard to keep our city moving and hopeful during Covid. We were all experiencing a range of emotions as many of us were forced to change our daily lives when we began to realise that the pandemic was something very different to what we had ever experienced before.

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Sheffield City Trust update on Ponds Forge leisure pool

Essential work at Ponds Forge leisure pool is progressing well but the pool will remain closed for a while longer while other works are brought forward to minimise disruption in the long term.

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Rugby League World Cup confirms new dates for 2022

After announcing the postponement of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 to next year, new dates for the tournament have now been confirmed, from 15 October to 19 November 2022.

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Council wins planning appeal to stop housing development on Loxley Valley

The Planning Inspector has upheld our decision to decline a planning application for housing development on important Green Belt land in the Loxley Valley. 

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Rugby League World Cup to be staged in 2022

Organisers have announced that the tournament, which was due to take place in October and November this year, will now take place in 2022.

Restoration work at Forge Dam

Forge Dam restoration project awarded £247,000 in funding

The Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund is giving over £247,000 to Sheffi ...

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Sheffield launches new promotional video featuring Shauna Coxsey

The Outdoor City have launched a new promotional video showcasing what Sheffield has to offer for visitors, residents and businesses alike.

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Greenground Map of Sheffield launched to kick off Love Parks Week

A new Greenground map of Sheffield is now available to download - showing how accessible the city greenspaces are, wherever you are, just in time for Love Parks Week.

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New tree in Carter Knowle park kicks off two-year community planting project

With support from the Woodland Trust, Sheffield has expended its community forestry team and will deliver community tree planting activities across the city over the next two years.

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Plans submitted for new pocket park in the heart of Sheffield

Following public consultation earlier this year, a planning application for Pound’s Park – the proposed new public space within the Council’s Heart of the City scheme – has been submitted today.

Flowers beds and the pavilion at Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Grant award success for Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens

Sheffield Botanical Gardens has been awarded a funding package from the National Lottery Heritage fund for a two year education programme, planned to start this autumn.

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Tramlines Festival 2021 is going ahead

The sold-out event will go ahead as part of phase 3 of the Government's Event Research Programme on the weekend of 23-25 July, at Hillsborough Park.

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Cliffhanger back for Summer in the Outdoor City

Cliffhanger is back on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July, with all the action of the BMC British Bouldering championships across the weekend, and plenty more excitement for everyone to enjoy throughout the city centre.

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Keep your neighbours onside and play on responsibly!

It’s great that we can come together for the football and have something to celebrate but while you’re enjoying yourselves please make sure you stick to the guidelines and don’t trash the city!

Children from the Oasis Academy Don Valley at the launch of the Beat the Street Sheffield game

New commitment to create healthier, happier, more connected Sheffield

Sheffield’s Move More Month 2021 is being recognised this June with the launch of a new physical activity strategy and a free interactive city-wide game that more than 45,000 people are anticipated to play over a six-week period. 

Great Crested Newt pond at Holbrook Marsh

Addressing the impact of a Nature Emergency in Sheffield

We acknowledge the nature emergency that is affecting plant and wildlife species in Sheffield and have set out our aims, ambitions and what we're already doing to try and address this crisis.

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Legacy of UEFA Women's EURO 2022 launches in Sheffield

Today we launched the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 legacy programme, that will create opportunities like never before, and released ticket pricing and roadmap to how you can secure your seat at the tournament.

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Parkrun returns to Sheffield's parks

Parkrun returns to Sheffield's parks

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Sheffield schools invited to take part in RLWC2021 competition

We want schools in Sheffield to us shout about why our city is the perfect place to visit, stay and host games during the Rugby League World Cup 2021. Get involved...

Endcliffe Park

Extra measures to support increase in Endcliffe Park visitors

In partnership with South Yorkshire Police, additional measures and patrols will take place in Endcliffe Park to make sure visitors can enjoy spending time there in a clean and safe environment.

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The Beat the Street physical activity game is coming to Sheffield!

This summer Beat the Street, a six week free, interactive challenge that encourages people of all ages to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives, is coming to the streets of Sheffield. Find out more.

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Investing in Sheffield’s green open spaces

As we commit to further investment in our wonderful green open spaces, we also look back at all the hard work and improvements in to our parks, woodlands and countryside during the last year.

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Sheffield Cemeteries Remember the Great Sheffield Flood

The 11th of March sees the anniversary of the Great Sheffield Flood of 1864 an e ...

Sheffield City Hall in Barkers Pool

Funding for sport, arts & culture

Cllr Mary Lea welcomes the Government's announcement of £millions in funding to support sport, arts and cultural organisations, and highlights the importance of the sectors for Sheffield's economic recovery.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.