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Things to do this autumn and winter

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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. From walks in our beautiful parks to trying out one of the new restaurants on Sheffield’s foodie scene, there’s something for everyone. Below are just a handful of ways you can keep the whole family entertained…


  • Creepy Kelham at Kelham Island Museum: Explore the museum after hours, with a few spooky surprises and a trick or treat trail! Every child will get a free goody bag and Halloween treat from Island Cafe. Don’t forget your fancy dress!
  • Take part in your local spooky Halloween trail: To stick with the Tier 3 regulations avoid Trick or Treating and explore your local Halloween trail. People across the city are creating fantastic Halloween displays for families to explore together in a covid-safe way.
  • Drive in Cinema – Halloween Experience: Daisy Dukes Halloween Drive-In Cinema rolls into Sheffield Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November, providing three days & nights of socially distanced fun and frights!
  • Spooky Afternoon Tea: Join Wortley Hall this Halloween for a spooky afternoon tea! There will be a selection of themed cakes and treats to enjoy and you can even bring along your little terrors to join in the fun. Booking essential.
  • Bake your own Halloween Treats: Your little monsters will scream for joy at these tasty Halloween treats. From spider pizzas to scary cat cupcakes, these recipes are fun and easy to make.
  • Organise a Halloween treasure hunt within your own household
  • Host a virtual party with themed games and music
  • Watch a scary movie with the family

At home

  • Winter art competition - Design a gritter: Sheffield’s primary school children are being invited to showcase their artistic talents by creating designs for two of the city’s gritting lorries, which form part of the fleet helping to keep Sheffield safe during winter.
  • Podcasts: There are now around 900,000 different podcasts available on iTunes. From food to sport, crime to music, mindfulness to film reviews, practically no subject is left unturned. We recommend The Happiness Lab podcast which has some great episodes on how to look after your wellbeing during a crisis.
  • Yoga online – Can’t make it to your favourite studio? There are lots of Sheffield yogis offering online classes for all ages and abilities. With both physical and mental health benefits, now is a great time to try out some relaxation techniques or stretch out the stresses of the day. Check out these Sheffield Yoga teachers on Instagram who are all offering online classes:
    • @breathingspaceshiatsu
    • @moga_method
    • @unityyogasheffield
    • @glow_yoga_studio
    • @r1seyoga
  • Free online elibrary service - Sheffield City Council’s eLibrary service has been given a £20,000 boost. With audio books and other new reading materials such as many popular e-magazines as well as a huge selection of children’s books and young adult titles for teens, we believe there will be something for everyone to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. Start accessing great books now.
  • Off The Shelf: Off The Shelf, brought to you by Sheffield University, celebrates books, words and ideas. Although the programme of events is coming to an end there is still time to catch the last few or listen back to the events you missed online
  • Order and Collect Library Service: The Order and Collect Service is for customers wishing to receive a pack of 5 books selected for them by library staff at one of our 5 libraries across the city plus Central Library, based on their preferences for genre submitted by online form , email or phone.

Out and about

  • Museums Sheffield and gallery: Weston Park Museum and Graves Gallery are now open. They’ve been busy putting lots of measures in place to keep everyone safe whilst ensuring you still enjoy a warm welcome and a great visit. Details of what to expect and how to pre-book your free visit are available
  • Walking and running routes: From urban walks to hilly hikes, there are plenty of opportunities to explore Sheffield on foot. Check our Outdoor City’s choice-picked some of the best routes and sights here.
  • Doc Fest: Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world-leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival, celebrating the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling. You can book tickets to Doc Fest films at the Showroom Cinema
  • The Great Escape Game: Sheffield’s branch of The Great Escape Game is now open. Book your visit today.
  • This is Sheffield & Push Sheffield Coronavirus Directory - This Is Sheffield have teamed up with Push Sheffield to offer the most comprehensive guide of Sheffield’s independent businesses open whilst the city is in tier 3.