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What’s on in Sheffield in January 2018

SHEFFIELD CITY HALL

I’m sure you’re already aware that Sheffield is home to some great venues, whether it be for sport, music, comedy or shows. One of which is Sheffield City Hall. It has a very wide selection of entertainment on over the course of the month, varying from stand-up comedy to ballroom dancing throughout the month. It will soon be the last chance to take the little ones to the pantomime with the Christmas period coming to an end, meaning Sleeping Beauty is set to close on the 7th January. It’s the Manor Operatic Society’s annual show, and it would be a shame to miss out on seeing this family favourite, especially if singing, dancing and audience participation is what you’re in to (http://sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Manor-Operatic-Sleeping-Beauty).

If you love Waltzing or Foxtrotting across the dancefloor, then Sheffield City Hall Ballroom is a perfect place to do so. On many dates between 4th January to the 30th, it plays host to the Dancing in the Ballroom Tea Dances, offering a wonderful place to dance as well as eat and drink (http://sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/dancing-in-the-ballroom). If you aren’t much of a dancer or just prefer to watch, on the 18th January Brendan Cole’s All Night Long tour is coming the City Hall. The Strictly Come Dancing star brings a performance full of dazzling choreography and a sensational cast of dancers to the city for one night only (http://sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Brendan-Cole-2018).

Also taking to the stage this month is the scouse comedic genius John Bishop as part of his Winging It tour on the 11th January (http://sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/John-Bishop-2018), Joel Dommett on the 25th January (http://sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Joel-Dommett) and the controversial Roy Chubby Brown on the 13th January (http://sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Roy-Chubby-Brown-2018. John Bishop’s latest tour has received incredible reviews promising it is his best one yet, whilst Joel Dommett is regarded as one of the UKs most exciting comedians. If you want even more humour, Yorkshire’s longest running comedy club Last Laugh Comedy Cabaret, is coming to Sheffield. The comedy takes place on Friday and Saturday each week, 5th and 6th, 12th and 13th, 19th and 20th, 26th and 27th and showcases different comedians each show. There’s food, drinks and a dancefloor for after the show (http://sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/lastlaugh).

International clubbing brand Gatecrasher is coming back to Sheffield, but this time it’s with a twist, Gatecrasher Classical Version 2.1. It’s a night full of some of the biggest trance tracks as you’ve never heard them before, being played by a 50-piece orchestra. With an incredible laser light show included, what’s not to like? (https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Sheffield/Sheffield-City-Hall/Gatecrasher-Classical-V21-/13092515/). The end of the month sees Whitney: Queen of the Night take the stage, on 28th January. A line-up of incredible musicians and singers take to the stage to channel their inner Whitney, performing some of her biggest and most memorable hits (https://sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Whitney-Queen-of-the-Night-2018).

Located in the heart of the city centre, Sheffield City Hall is surrounded by great restaurants and bars, meaning there’s always somewhere to go after the event is over. It is also situated across the road from our West Street location, so if you do decide to come and see something then our apartments will be perfect for you.

Our close proximity to the City Hall

Our close proximity to the City Hall

FLYDSA ARENA

If you’re wanting to travel a bit further afield, such as to the FlyDSA Arena, a low-cost taxi can pick you up and bring you straight there, or you could make the most of the close proximity to a tram stop that would also bring you straight to the venue.

Unlike Sheffield City Hall, this venue has two very special one-off events taking place this January. The first of which is the World’s Number 1 Indoor Motorcycle Trial. The world’s best riders are all coming to Sheffield to showcase their talents by riding over extremely dangerous obstacles in the fastest time they can. It’s fast-paced and dangerous, what’s not to enjoy? (http://flydsaarena.co.uk/whats-on/worlds-no1-indoor-motorcycle-trial-5562/#eventddLink). If this isn’t for you, then instead you might fancy going to watch the legendary Britain’s Strongest Man 2018 contest. The country’s strongest men will all be coming to the Steel City to take part in the ultimate showdown of strength. You’ve seen it on television, so why not head over and watch it in person (http://flydsaarena.co.uk/whats-on/britains-strongest-man-2018-5549/).

SHEFFIELD THEATRES

It’s no surprise that Sheffield has iconic theatres, one of which is the Crucible Theatre. Due to popular demand, the production of the timeless classic The Wizard of Oz, has been extended until the 13th January, meaning you have more time to go and watch the show that’s received 5-star ratings from both The Observer and The Reviews Hub, as well as being described as having ‘laugh out loud moments for young and old alike’ from The Sheffield Star (https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/the-wizard-of-oz).

Another iconic theatre in Sheffield is the Lyceum theatre. Throughout January it has shows for all types of audiences, including The Nutcracker from 9th until the 13th January (https://sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/the-nutcracker), Strangers on a Train from 15th until the 20th January (https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/strangers-on-a-train), and Hairspray: The Musical from the 29th January (https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/hairspray-2). The shows have already received remarkable reviews, and vary from powerful ballet, to a dramatic mystery, to an upbeat feel-good classic. These two theatres are also within walking distance from our West Street location as well as the Cathedral Quarter, and are surrounded with restaurants meaning you won’t be going hungry.

Crucible Theatre (Left) and Lyceum Theatre (right)

Crucible Theatre (Left) and Lyceum Theatre (right)

As you’ve just read, Sheffield has so much to offer this month, so make the most of what the city has to offer and book accommodation with us so that you don’t miss out. Why not make your new years resolution to be to come and spend some time in Sheffield in 2018.

How To Celebrate Halloween The Right Way In Sheffield

Places to get costumes from

So, whether you are heading off into town to get drunk, going to a family party, or just taking your kids trick-or-treating, you’ll still have to go through the annual struggle of deciding what to dress up as. Lets  not leave it to the last minute this year, so I’ve put together a short list of places you can get all the essentials from, whether it be full costumes, hairspray or that face paint that’s a nightmare to get off the next day, these have them all.

I’ll start with one of two city centre stores on my list, the first being Halloween HQ on Pinstone Street, right by the Peace Gardens. As you can tell from its name, its sole purpose is to help you with your Halloween needs. The other city centre store on the list is Party On, situated on Division Street. Don’t leave it until the last minute however, as it does get very busy near the end of the month! Any Sheffield students will already be aware of Party Town on Ecclesall Road. With Donald Trump masks in the shop window, surely that’s your Halloween costumer sorted? And if you still can’t find what you’re looking for then there’s still It’s Party Time Fancy Dress on London Road. Now your costumes are sorted, lets move onto what you can get up to.

What To Do (Families)

For many, Halloween falls in the school half-term this year, meaning that you can make the most of the whole day rather than just the evening. But why wait until Tuesday 31st. Why not make the most of this child orientated celebration and do things on the days leading up to the day too?

On Saturday 28th October, experience the Tropical Butterfly House best event of the year. Boasting a haunted house, a witch and her owl, a ghoulish tractor trailer ride, scary storytelling, a disco, Halloween crafts, face painting & pumpkin carving, as well as being given the chance to handle creepy-crawlies, snakes and lizards, this event is up there with the best Halloween events in Yorkshire. Your kids would not want to miss this. There’s even a fancy-dress competition, so if that doesn’t convince you to not leave it until last-minute then I don’t know what will!

It is a ticketed even, so make sure you buy your tickets as soon as you can. But if you can’t make this date, then don’t worry. The event runs each night from Saturday 28th October to Tuesday 31st October

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On Sunday 29th October The Moor Sheffield will be hosting The Moors Little Monsters Halloween. This free event will run from 11.00am until 5.00pm and offers activities varying from dancing, music and funfair rides to a caged Mummy and a giant Frankenstein. As you’ll be in the city centre for it, it’s also a perfect time to get your inevitable last-minute costume additions.

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The big days finally arrived. Your children are super excited to get sweets and get all dressed up, but you’re worried if you bought enough sweets this year to hand out? Well before you take them around the neighbourhood, head to the Halloween Spooktacular at Whirlow Hall Farm from 2.00pm until 5.00pm for an afternoon packed full of Halloween events. And you won’t have to worry about making them tea before they stuff their faces with sweets, because the famous Whirlow BBQ will be making sausages as well as other snacks and drinks. Tickets do sell out early though, so make sure you book them in advance!

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What To Do (Young Adults)

I’m a young adult myself, so I know that its not just children that look forward to Halloween. Yes, we don’t like it for the same reasons that they like it, but it is up there with one of our favourite nights of the year. Just like I did with the family Halloween ideas, I’m not going to focus on just the one date. There’s plenty of places to go leading up to that date too (it helps that Sheffield is a massive student city).

A major event on the Halloween calendar is FF17 (fearfest 17), on Saturday 28th October at Magna Science Adventure Centre. It is Yorkshire’s biggest Halloween dance music festival, and will be celebrating its 5th and biggest year to date, with DJ EZ and Giggs being just two of the major names in music gracing one of 4 stages at the event. Tickets have almost sold out however, meaning you’ll have to be quick to by the remaining ones, but if you miss out then don’t worry as there’s still so many other places to celebrate Halloween

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Monday 30th October, the day before Halloween. Do you go out, or do you save your costumes and money for the next day, the big one? Well if you do want to go out and celebrate then The Leadmill are having a Halloween Overdraft Monday and Hashtag Halloween will be taking place at Corporation, meaning you won’t exactly be struggling for choices. But say you don’t want to go out, why not do something most of you probably haven’t done before? Spend the evening laughing and having a great time with your mates at one of many escape games in Sheffield. There’s the Great Escape Game Generation 1, 3-7 Sidney Street, S1 4RG, there’s the Great Escape Game Generation 2, Vicar Lane, S1 2EX, and there’s even Crack the Code, 10 Carver Street, S1 4FS. TripAdvisor have ranked the escape games as 1st and 3rd best things to do in the fun and games category in Sheffield, meaning there’s no excuse for being bored.

Halloween 2017. Where are you going to spend your night? The day only comes around once a year so you don’t want to make the wrong choice, right? If you’re after a crazy night then Area Sheffield are hosting The Nightmare Project. Fright and delight yourself with our crowd of misfits and monsters ready to get down for the biggest and spookiest night of the year. This event will bring your darker fantasies to life just for one insane night, allowing you to dance the night away in an immersive vision of gore. Halloween decorations, litres of fake blood, inflatables, and terrifying and talented Halloween performers who will show you what this time of year is all about. It will be sound tracked by a top team of resident DJs, keeping your dancefloor popping all night long for everyone’s favourite freaky holiday.

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If you are not wanting a night as full on as the one described above, then The Leadmill are putting on a Halloween Silent Disco. And you can’t say that you don’t like the music at this venue, because with three channels of music to choose from there’s something for everyone! Who doesn’t like telling their mates to change to channel one because a banger has just come on

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What To Do (Something for everyone)

It may surprise you, but I’m aware that alcohol isn’t for everyone. So, whether you’re a student, a child or a professional, this event can be for everyone. On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October, Sheffield General Cemetery will play host to the Haunted Screenings for Halloween. This perfectly eerie location adds atmosphere that can’t be mimicked anywhere else. There will be two films showing on each of these dates, The Saturday will feature Ghostbusters and The Others, with the Sunday offering The Addams Family and The Sixth Sense. Head down and buy your tickets on the door, and enjoy these films in a way you won’t have experienced before.

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I hope this goes to show that there is plenty to do in Sheffield whatever your age or profession, and that it’s not just a celebration for children, it can be celebrated in many ways by many people. Tweet us @CityCrashPad and let us know what you think of the blog, and make any recommendations on what you’d like to read more about in future blogs.

Who benefits most from serviced apartments?

Many people have seen the benefits that Serviced Apartments provide as an alternative to hotel rooms. As Serviced Apartments cater to all, here are three specific groups which serviced apartments perfectly cater to:

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Business travellers

Our Serviced Apartments are great for both long-term and short-term stays and we have a dedicated corporate team to ensure your stay is stress from right from the booking to the check out. Our locations are central, with many offices and amenities within walking distance. Our spacious apartments also give you the privacy to both relax and work in comfort with proper living room space rather than having to do your work in a bedroom. Travelling as a group of staffers? No problem – we have apartments that accommodate to groups that are financially cheaper than booking individual hotel rooms.

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Special needs tourists

If you have specific diet or require specially prepared meals, serviced apartments are better suited to your needs as we provide a fully equipped kitchen and fridge/freezer if you need to store your food. We ensure that just because you are travelling, you don’t have to change your routine.

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Families

Our serviced apartments range from 1-2 bedrooms, meaning we accommodate for families with children better than a hotel would. No more being cramped up in a hotel room or having two separate rooms across the hall, having a whole apartment to yourself makes a much more pleasant and easy stay.

So the next time you’re visiting Sheffield, book your stay with us at City Crash Pad and we promise you will enjoy yourself. We also have locations in Manchester, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh on offer as we are constantly expanding. Contact us at: info@citycrashpad.com