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Sheffield shines during Summer in the Outdoor City

Three young children play in the fountains outside Sheffield Town Hall

The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity across the city, as Sheffield has celebrated Summer in the Outdoor City following the easing of Covid restrictions.

People have taken the opportunity to make the most of the sunshine and enjoy the fantastic food, nightlife, and outdoor spaces our city has to offer – all with the quirky and vibrant twists Sheffield is famous for.

More than 1.65million people flocked to the city centre throughout August – with more than 50,000 on the busiest day, 28 August alone - keen for a change of scene at some of the fantastic events that have been taking place throughout the Summer: from artisan markets on Division Street and al fresco dining to the major festival weekend of Tramlines. 

Crowds gather at Art in the Garden Festival in Sheffield Botanical Garden

People gathered for Leadmill in the Square event

As the city looks ahead to Autumn, the next few weeks are packed with events to get involved in. Last weekend saw the city centre come alive with the Amazon Prime Video premiere for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which was filmed in Sheffield, and the Sheffield Harvest Fayre in the Peace Gardens. The Waterfront Festival at Victoria Quays and Attercliffe, and the first Pollen Market were packed out - both of which were part of Castlegate Festival, celebrating this historic quarter of the city.

Still to come there’s The Run for All Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon and 10k, Off The Shelf literary festival, plus No Bounds Festival and the Creative Guild makers’ market to name a few.

Many of the events taking place in Sheffield this summer have been funded by the council’s Economic Recovery Fund, aimed at supporting businesses to bounce back from the challenges of the pandemic.  The funding has created the opportunity for creative, new initiatives to thrive, such as the Division Street Hedgerow and Pollen markets, live Music Trails across the city centre and an extended Bears of Sheffield exhibition.

Dancers perform on the pink carpet a the premiere of Everybody's Talking About Jamie at the Crucible, Sheffield

Large crowds of music fans gathered in front of the stage at Tramlines Festival

Loz Barker, of Peddler Market and organiser of the Pollen Market, said: “As a team, we were (and still are!) amazed by the incredible reception the first Pollen Market received. Seeing thousands of people descend on a once forgotten part of the city, and speak so highly about the positive changes that Grey to Green has brought to Castlegate confirmed we have chosen to perfect spot for our monthly market.

“What better place to celebrate the great array of local plant, flower and produce traders than in one of the UK’s greenest cities! We’re incredibly proud to call Sheffield our home, and we’re prouder still that we get to be a part of its evolution into one of the country’s most exciting and welcoming cities.”

Bob Worm, of Events Collective Ltd, organiser of Sheffield Harvest Fayre, said: “The first ever Sheffield Harvest Fayre was a huge success, with around 20,000 people visiting over the weekend.

“Despite ongoing challenges of Covid and Brexit related issues we achieved great results and it was fantastic to see the city centre more vibrant and engaged.”

Sheffield Walking Group take part in the Walking Festival in the Peak District with views of Sheffield

Sheffield by the Seaside event 2021 outside Sheffield Town Hall

Councillor Julie Grocutt, Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council and Executive Member for Community Engagement said:

“Summer in the Outdoor City has had a fantastic impact, bringing vibrancy back into the city after months of lockdown. It’s been a great opportunity for our independent businesses, performers and creatives to showcase their talent and skills, and I’m really pleased and proud that so many people have got involved and helped us to celebrate our city.

“We’re really lucky to have green spaces in every part of Sheffield and the events over the Summer have shown how we can use them to their potential and encourage everyone to enjoy spending time outdoors.

“As we go from summer in to autumn there’s still plenty more to come across the city, so check out the upcoming events, don’t miss out, we want to see you all there enjoying the things that make Sheffield such a great place..”

A full list of Summer in the Outdoor City events can be found on the Welcome to Sheffield website, here: https://www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/summer.