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What You Can Do In A Week In Sheffield

If you’re to think of a ‘city break’ here in the UK, you might instantly think of London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool or Newcastle? But what about Sheffield? Sheffield has amazing food in abundance, a bar and nightclub scene that’s up there with the best in the UK, and a never-ending list of things to do catering for all types of people.

A new survey by TripAdvisor, stated that Sheffield is the place to head for the best-value UK city break. I thought I’d produce a day-to-day breakdown of what a couple’s city break here in Sheffield could involve.

Monday

If you’re wanting to stay somewhere luxurious, then you’d make sure you chose one of our serviced apartments. They offer spacious, comfortable and homely accommodation and therefore offer a cutting edge over standard hotel accommodation at an affordable price. The city centre locations that are on offer couldn’t be more central or closer to all that Sheffield offers. So, if you’re wanting to see the availability of these serviced apartments, click the following link, https://www.citycrashpad.com/, and don’t be afraid to contact us regarding any enquiries you may have. Start your week by taking a walk through the city and have a look at all the shops, before heading to The Head of Steam for some amazing pub food, found on their newly revamped menu, http://www.theheadofsteam.co.uk/. Make the most of the entertainment that the city has to offer, by walking down the road to the Lyceum Theatre where you can catch a show that will have received incredible reviews, https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on. The friendly atmosphere of The Head of Steam will make a perfect setting for an evening of cocktails or some of the finest pale ales and craft beer in Yorkshire.

Tuesday

Now I’m sure you’d want to get up bright and early, because you’d want to make the most of your day, right? Well in that case, you could head up to the historical Cholera Monument landmark on the hill behind the railway station to watch the sun rise over the city. You could then head to the Winter Gardens, a calming respite from the busy shopping streets. It’s located next door to the Millennium Galleries, too, so you can go from an indoor oasis into an art gallery with just a few steps. Another photo opportunity coming up now, by heading to the Peace Gardens for photos by the fountains. I can assure you that they’ll be worthy of Instagram! Now for food, Sheffield has such a diverse food selection, it really depends on what you fancy. But why not head to Piccolino for an authentic Italian meal, http://individualrestaurants.com/autumn-at-piccolino/, where you can chose food of their new Autumn menu? From here, you could head over to The Great Gatsby for drinks to see the night in, a perfect place for a couple to share a few drinks, http://www.thegatsbybar.co.uk/.

4 Millennium Square, Sheffield, S1 2JJ

4 Millennium Square, Sheffield, S1 2JJ

Wednesday

For a breakfast you’ll spend the rest of the day thinking about, Tamper Sellers Wheel is definitely a favourite amongst the city, meaning this New Zealand eatery is where you’ll want to spend the morning, https://tampercoffee.co.uk/. You can then spend the day walking through two of many Sheffield city parks. The Botanical Gardens are the first stop, taking a look at plants and flowers from around the world, formal gardens and large glasshouses. And then why not stroll round Endcliffe park, surrounding yourself in one of many green areas that the city has to offer, there are 80 public parks and 650 other green and open spaces after all. All of this walking will be building up your appetite, so stop by Bungalows and Bears for chicken wings and beers, and I chose this night because it’s wings and beers night, https://www.bungalowsandbears.com/! So not only are you getting some tasty food, but you’re getting it at a fraction of the price you’d usually have to pay. For more of a ‘night out’ type night, Bierkeller Sheffield is a great place to sing along to some classic songs, in a great surrounding with more great people. Oh yeah, and don’t forget about the steins of beer! You won’t have to worry about getting back to your serviced apartment either, because Bierkeller is situated just 2 minutes up the road from where you could be staying. I told you that they’re central!

Thursday

Have you ever played a real-life escape game? Well there’s plenty of them to choose from in Sheffield. See if you and your partner, friend or family member have what it takes to make it out in time. It’s something different and it’s bound to make you both laugh, even once you’re finished you’ll be talking about it for weeks! After all the cocktails, beer and wine you’ll have been drinking so far this week, you can have a night off! It means missing out on some more great pubs and bars, but why not take it easy at one of the many cinemas scattered around the city centre? The Light Cinema Experience is Sheffield’s newest cinema and offers the biggest blockbusters currently on the big screen, all whilst surrounded by mouth-wateringly good restaurants, including The Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Zizzi’s and Nando’s. You can then stroll back down The Moor, looking at the city centre lit up at night, before heading back to your accommodation. Spend your night relaxing in front of the TV with your feet up, in your homely apartment.

St James House, Vicar Ln, Sheffield, S1 2EX

St James House, Vicar Ln, Sheffield, S1 2EX

Friday

Today’s the day you go to Meadowhall. Can’t save it for tomorrow else it’ll be super busy, I know that from experience! It’s the largest shopping centre in Yorkshire, and is the home to 230 stores, ranging from international brands to top independent stores. The Oasis dining quarter is home to many restaurants, meaning you can have some great food before you head back to the city centre. Once you’re back in the city centre, Be At One Sheffield will be waiting for you, http://www.beatone.co.uk/cocktail-bar/sheffield.  2-4-1 cocktails is a favourite amongst locals and students in the city alike. There’s such a wide selection to choose from, and the staff will help you pick the one most suitable for you! From here, there’s a short walk to many other bars on West Street and the many bars in the surrounding area.

Saturday

For breakfast today, you can treat yourself to one of the best breakfast eateries in the city centre, the quirky Steam Yard on Division Street, known for their amazing independent coffee and friendly atmosphere, http://steamyard.co.uk/. Make sure you get there early to ensure you don’t miss out on their delicious brownies. From here you can walk to many of Sheffield’s Museums, such as Kelham Island Museum, or even Weston Park Museum. If this isn’t for you, then there are galleries throughout the city, all there for your enjoyment. The evening can be spent at Sheffield City Hall, whether it’s music, comedy, or shows that you’re into, Sheffield City Hall has it all, offering a wide array of entertainment. Are you into your spic food? Then why not go to one of Sheffield’s finest Indian restaurants, Aagrah’s, http://www.aagrah.com/restaurants/sheffield/. This restaurant is situated right in the beautiful Leopold Square, meaning you can treat yourself to something spicy in a perfect environment. From here it’s just a short walk to the bars, but I’m sure you’ll know your way around now. Whether it’s a pub atmosphere you want, a quiet bar or a lively bar, there’s still so many places that you could choose from.

Unit 1, Leopold Square, Leopold Street, Sheffield, S1 2JG

Unit 1, Leopold Square, Leopold Street, Sheffield, S1 2JG

Sunday

This incredible week had to come to an end at some point, and sadly today’s the day. There’s still time to get up and have lunch one last time before it’s time to leave, so why not try Bill’s Restaurant by the beautiful Peace Gardens for some brunch, https://bills-website.co.uk/? Or you could always return to one of the incredible places you’re already eaten at this week?

As you’ve just read, there’s so much to do and enjoy here in Sheffield, and there’s still so much more that I couldn’t squeeze into one week. That means you’ll have to make time to come back and do everything else too, whether it’s with your partner, family or friends. Sticking to a schedule could be almost impossible here, so one of the best pieces of advice I can give you is to just go and have fun. Embrace all that the Steel City has to offer, and I can promise you that you won’t regret it.

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What’s on in Sheffield in August 2018

FlyDSA Arena

A very busy month at FlyDSA Arena, with events for all audiences! First up, is Walking with Dinosaurs from 10th until the 11th August. Michaela Strachan presents this incredible production, which features state of the art technology. Watch the 18 life-size creatures walk, roar, and fight right in front of your eyes. This is the must-see live arena experience for audiences of all ages (http://www.flydsaarena.co.uk/whats-on/walking-with-dinosaurs-5571#eventddLink).

For the 5th consecutive year, The Sheffield Film & Comic Con is back at the FlyDSA Arena, and it takes places on the 18th and 19th August. More stars from TV, Film and Comics come to Sheffield, as well as lots of fun activities including photo shoots, panels and autograph sessions. There’s also a video game zone, hundreds of stalls selling collectables, exhibits, and you’d be correct in thinking there’ll be incredible cosplay (http://www.flydsaarena.co.uk/whats-on/sheffield-film-comic-con-2018-5578#eventddLink)!

From the 22nd to 26th August you’ll be able to catch one of seven Cirque du Soleil presents OVO performances. This brand-new UK arena tour is a celebration of nature and co-existence, and the fun-filled production is coming to the FlyDSA Arena. It comprises of 50 performing artists from 17 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts, many of whom are the best in their fields. Click the link below to understand what this marvellous performance is really about, and then buy your tickets for a truly astonishing evening (http://www.flydsaarena.co.uk/whats-on/cirque-du-soleil-presents-ovo-5580#eventddLink).

Sheffield Theatres

Starting at the end of July, the show that Ant & Dec have described as being ‘the funniest show we’ve seen’, and the New York Times hailed it as ‘gut-busting’, runs until the 4th August. The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but don’t expect everything to go smoothly, as this is ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’! It’s a must-see comedy that will have you in stitches (https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/the-play-that-goes-wrong-2).

From the 7th August until the 11th, you’ll be able to see the Strictly Come Dancing star Joanne Clifton in Flashdance the Musical. Prepare to sing-along to the iconic soundtrack, including the smash hits, Gloria, I Love Rock & Roll and the title track Flashdance – What a Feeling. The phenomenal show will have you singing and dancing in your seats (https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/flashdance).

O2 Academy Sheffield

There’ll be two incredible nights of music in August, just at the opposite ends of the month. On the 3rd August you’ll be able to catch Pete Gallagher’s Rocket Man, which is a wonderful tribute to Elton John’s iconic music. The second night of live music is on the 31st August. A complete change of music in the form of HRH Highway to Hell IX, a competition 10 bands will battle it out in front of a sold-out HRH crowd as well as some judges from the music industry (https://www.hthrocks.com/).

Sheffield City Hall

Each weekend this month, you’ll find Toby Foster’s Last Laugh Comedy Cabaret. You can spend the evening laughing at the three comedians taking to the stage, eating the food on offer, having a few drinks throughout the show, and then dancing until you can’t dance anymore at the after-show disco. What’s even better, is that throughout August, Sheffield City Hall are offering 2-4-1 tickets on all seats in the Circle when using the promotional code: LAUGH241

Sheffield City Hall during this heatwave

Sheffield City Hall during this heatwave

If you see something you like here, then give us a call on 0114 241 2566, or send an email to bookings@citycrashpad.com, and we’ll be happy to find you a quote.

What’s on in Sheffield in April 2018

Sheffield City Hall

At City Hall, you’ll find a range of acts, from singers, dancers, ballet, and now even a circus of horrors. On 2nd April 2018, Circus of Horrors: Voodoo VaudEvil takes to the stage for what can only be described as a spectacularly bizarre performance. This show plays over 100 UK theatres and even travels the world, with Simon Cowell claimed that he loved it, so of course it must be good! (http://hospitality.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Circus-Of-Horrors-2018).

Award-winning comedian Jenny Éclair has recruited Dillie Keane and Lizzie Roper for a live show based on the BBC Two series and best-selling book, Grumpy Old Women. It’s a 90-minute celebration of the female condition, and great for women of all ages (https://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/grumpy-old-women-live).

Gregory Porter’s voice has been described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘impossible to resist’, meaning this double Grammy award-winning jazz and soul singer’s return to Sheffield will be one not to be missed on 15th April 2018 (http://m.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/view/13011/). One of his generations leading bluesman, Eric Bibb will also take the stage on the 22nd April, performing songs from his many albums that span 5 decades (http://m.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/view/13160/).

Another something a little bit different now, but former Labour party leader Ed Miliband and radio presenter Geoff Lloyd will be presenting a special one-off live episode of their hit podcast, ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’, at Sheffield City Hall (http://m.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/view/13226/).

Your grandparents listened to them, your parents listened to them and no doubt you’ve probably heard a few of their songs, but the 28th April is time for The Hollies to entertain what will most likely be a capacity audience. Having been around for well over half a century, that amount of experience will guarantee an incredible show (http://sheffield.carpediem.cd/events/5980558-the-hollies-at-sheffield-city-hall/).

Our close proximity to the City Hall

Our close proximity to the City Hall

Sheffield Theatres

Described as a ‘pitch-perfect, impeccably acted production’ by The Independent, you have until 7th April to see The York Realist, a show is about two young men who fall in love in 1960’s Yorkshire. It has received great reviews from a wide array of papers and critics, showing that this show is not one to be missed (https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/the-york-realist). As mentioned in last month’s blog, Shrek: The Musical is also here in Sheffield as part of it’s UK tour. Here until 8th April, this all-singing and dancing, musical comedy will be taking place on the Lyceum Theatre stage, and is a sure hit with families, kids and young adults (https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on).

The Northern Ballet bring the story of Jane Eyre to the stage through ballet, with The Telegraph saying it’s a ‘beautiful and expressive new ballet’. The live show only runs between 10th April until 14th April, meaning you’ll have to get your tickets early if you want to witness this performance for yourself (https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/jane-eyre-2).

Back for its 8th year is the staging of the Senior’s Masters, with 6 of snookers legends and 2 amateurs will compete for the title across two sessions at the home of snooker, the Crucible Theatre. If you’re a fan of snooker then you’ll love this (https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/snooker-legends-2).

Having been described as a masterpiece, this winner of all major theatre awards is now coming to the Lyceum Theatre. Nigel Havers, Dennis Lawson and Stephen Tomkinson all appear it one of the most successful comedies ever between 16th April until 21st April.

The Lyceum Theatre will play host to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winner, Sunset Boulevard. Ria Jones and Danny Mac perform in this incredible stage show between 23rd April to the 28th April, meaning you’ll have to get your tickets fast so you won’t miss out (https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/sunset-boulevard).

Crucible Theatre (Left) and Lyceum Theatre (right)

Crucible Theatre (Left) and Lyceum Theatre (right)

Fly DSA Arena

Bound to bring a different crowd to Sheffield this April compared to the likes of the theatres, is the Unibet Premier League Darts 2018! This 12th April will see the world’s leading darts players take to the arena for the 12th time as part of the 16 week campaign (http://www.flydsaarena.co.uk/whats-on/unibet-premier-league-darts-2018-5565#eventddLink).

On 14th April, with 300 million global streams and a UK number one album, The Vamps will take the main stage as part of their UK tour, with the supporting acts teen sensation Jacob Sartorious and New Hope Club, both of whom grew to fame on YouTube (http://www.flydsaarena.co.uk/whats-on/the-vamps-5566/#eventddLink).

Lastly on this list of incredible events this month in Sheffield, is Fast and Furious Live, from 27th April to the 29th April. From one of the most popular film franchises of all-time, this action packed live-arena tour brings Fast & Furious to the global stage. Incredible stunts, special effects, and even nicer cars, complete this adrenaline-fueled spectacular with precision performance driving to wrap it up. Not to be missed by the fans of the franchise as well as car fanatics across the UK (http://www.flydsaarena.co.uk/whats-on/fast-furious-live-5564#eventddLink).

What’s on in Sheffield in March 2018

Another month, another list of great things to do throughout the month. Just like in previous months, I thought I’d break it down into different venues to try and help you spot something you might like! Whilst you’re here in Sheffield, make the most of your stay and book one of our brilliantly convenient serviced apartments.

Sheffield City Hall

Wednesday 14th March, Sheffield City Hall will play host to the prog-rock group, YES, as part of their 50th anniversary tour. They’ll be playing all their biggest hits, proving why they are true pioneers of their unique music genre (http://www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/YES-50th-Anniversary-2018). Next up in City Hall’s calendar is something a little different. Strictly for those aged 18 and over, (and it’s 18 years for a reason!), the worldwide sell-out touring Dreamboys are heading to Sheffield to provide the ultimate girl’s night out. They’ve even appeared on some of the UK’s most watched TV shows! (http://www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Dreamboys-2018).

Something on the opposite end of the spectrum now compared to what I’ve just spoke about, is the Opera and Ballet International, performing Verdi La Traviata. Back by popular demand, this performance is made up of international soloists, a well-renowned chorus and full orchestra, and it’s taking place on Thursday 22nd March (http://www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/La-Traviata-2018). Following along the music theme, on Saturday 24th March, the world’s best Fleetwood Mac tribute band, will be taking to the Oval Hall main stage to perform the world-famous Rumours album, in Rumours of Fleetwood Mac: 40 Years of Rumours. If you’re a Fleetwood Mac fan, this id not to be missed! (http://www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Rumours-of-Fleetwood-Mac-2018).

I think we can all agree that 70s music is brilliant! No matter what decade you were born, the music of the 70s is always great to listen to. Do you know which other decade had great music? The 80s. So Friday 30th March, Sheffield City Hall is playing host to That 70s Reunion plus I Love 80s, meaning that’ll be a night of fantastic music that’s the best to sing a long and dance the night away to (http://www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/That-70s-Reunion)

Our close proximity to the City Hall

Our close proximity to the City Hall

FLY DSA Arena

Another great venue, more great acts and events. First up, is the Sam Smith: The Thrill of it All Tour. The multi-Brit award winning artist will take to the stage on Tuesday 20th March. It’s not just Brit awards that he’s won, he’s won a large collection of them, and has been nominated for countless others after rising to sudden fame in 2012. He’s an artist who will be around in the charts for many years to come (http://www.flydsaarena.co.uk/whats-on/sam-smith-5568). The Dancing on Ice 2018 tour arrives in Sheffield on Tuesday 27th March with the final night being a few days later, Thursday 29th March. The best stars from this series show, as well as some of the better celebrities the show’s ever seen, will take part in live performance each night, with the shows being judged by the great Torvill and Dean (http://www.flydsaarena.co.uk/whats-on/dancing-on-ice-2018-5577). If you’re a big Dancing on Ice fan then it’s definitely worth coming and watching the live show here in the steel city.

Sheffield Theatres

There’s something to see for all types of audiences, whatever the age. If you read our February blog, you’ll see that Frost/Nixon and Mamma Mia is on throughout this month until Saturday 17th March. Mamma Mia has received some incredible reviews from it’s UK tour. It’s an upbeat, feel-good, smash-hit musical, with The Sunday Express giving it a full 5 stars. If you can go and see it before it leaves Sheffield, then I highly recommend that you do so!

Oscar winning family favourite, Shrek, takes to the Lyceum Theatre stage starting Wednesday 28th March, for an all-singing and dancing, ‘must-see’ musical comedy. The Daily Mirror said it’s “the most fun you’ll ever have”, so why not treat your kids (and big kids) for a night full of laughs at the end of this month? (https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on).

There you have it, a list of fantastic live shows, musicals, dances and performances for you all to enjoy. If you do fancy spending some time in Sheffield, then give me a call on 0114 241 2566, or send an email to bookings@cityrashpad.com to enquire about any availability we may have. You’ll be glad you do!

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.

Our Top Choices For A Night Out In Sheffield City Centre

Sheffield is a great place for a night out as the possibilities are endless for where to start and finish your night. For instance, speaking strictly city centre there are all the top clubs, pubs and restaurants. So to help you have the perfect night out, we have devised a list of all the best places to eat, drink and socialise.

Restaurants:

  1. The best restaurant for the City Centre is without a shadow of a doubt BB’s Italian Restaurant on Division Street. It sells arguably the best Steak in Sheffield and is more than reasonably priced. The restaurant has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and the staff are all very welcoming.
  2. The next is Piccolino’s and this is a very, very close second. Serving up some of the best food in the city centre and have one of the best interiors for a restaurant in the whole of Sheffield. The recommended meal here is certainly the Pizza Piccante.
  3. Third on the list is Brown’s. A small restaurant located near the peace gardens that is very popular on a night out. Selling not only delicious food, it is also very popular due to its array of drinks. Unlike the other two on the list, Brown’s is popular at all times of the day due to people going in for coffee or a general drink. The meal recommended here: Browns classic Burger. It is divine!

Bars and Clubs:

  1. Revolucion De Cuba is certainly one the trendier places to visit and this is largely down to its exceptional atmosphere. It has live bands playing on a weekly basis and an unbelievable selection of cocktails. Definitely a place to visit for a night to remember.
  2. Closely behind is The Wick at Both Ends. Renowned around Sheffield for its wide array of real ales and stunning selection of classic cocktails this pub is one place to visit when going a night out around Sheffield.
  3. Last but not least is Be At One. A lovely bar with a London nightclub feel to it and has a late night license meaning you can party later than the standard bar! Boasting the best selection of cocktails in Sheffield whilst having barstaff trained to the highest ability to make your night of cheeky cocktails that little bit special.

Sheffield City Centre and Pokémon Go

Everybody is jumping on the Pokémon Go bandwagon since the launch of the game over  a month ago. Trainers are travelling across the lands, searching far and wide to catch ‘em all and for the folk of Sheffield, the city centre is definitely the place to hunt. Below is a list of all the places a trainer must visit.

Cathedral Quarter:

The Cathedral Quarter is a must visit for any trainer wanting to be the very best due to its endless amount of PokeStops. The Cathedral is surely the first place to visit due to it having a gym along with two PokeStops and being a 30 second walk away from some of our apartments. The gym is said to be the most sought after in the whole of Sheffield. If you wanting to be a Pokémon master, defeating this gym has to be one of your goals.

The next landmark is the Peace Gardens. This is known as lure module heaven! Literally every hunter sits there, catching an endless amount of Pidgey’s and hoping that they sight something a little more special (I’m still waiting for a Gyarados to appear!) After you’ve done there, 30 seconds away is the Winter gardens. The Winter gardens is the home to three PokeStops, once again meaning it is lure central!

West Street:

The place to be in Sheffield City Centre for all things Pokémon is certainly West Street! Littered with bars that are PokeStop hotspots it is the ideal place for Pokémon Go players to enjoy a night out whilst catching the odd Caterpie here and there. One of the bars to Pokémon Go to is Reflex 80’s bar for sure. Bang opposite of one of our apartment buildings and one of the places to be to start a weekend night out.

After you’ve caught more Rattata’s than you can count on ten hands you might feel like a change of scenery, and the Hallamshire Hotel is the next on the PokeStop hit list. With a beer garden the size of Viridian Forest it is the ideal place to sit, have a drink and catch a Drowzee or two.

Devonshire Quarter:

The illustrious areas of West One and nearby places are another Pokémon Go goldmine. Some of the actual apartment blocks of West One are actually PokeStops themselves!

Devonshire Green however is certainly an interesting place to do your Pokémon hunting as there is a Pinsir nest there. There is also a PokeStop, meaning when people are relaxing or skating on the park, there are lots and lots of Lures, resulting in rarer Pokémon for you to get your hands on.

If you like the sound of these locations and wanting a short term accommodation to help you on your quest, why not check our availability for apartments in each of these area on www.citycrashpad.com

City Crash Pad Food Guide – Sheffield

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After covering the other cities we’ve expanded to, we’ve saved the best for last – Sheffield! Here are a few of our favourite budget eats that are not only value for money, they are real tasty eats that we think you should try. Best of all, all these places are close to the city centre and located near all our serviced apartment locations so if you’re staying with us, do pay a visit to these great places in Sheffield!

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For a quick and affordable meal on-the-go, we love getting a falafel wrap from Fanoush.  This Falafel Salad Bar serves up middle-eastern wraps and salad boxes that are vegetarian-friendly and absolutely delicious. Expect a wide range of hummus, vegetables, fresh falafels and hot grilled halloumi. They also serve up aubergines and cauliflower if you want more to choose from. All around, one of our favourite places to get a meal to go.

100 Pinstone Street, Sheffield S1 2HQ, England / +44 114 327 3134

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Another great takeaway place that is fiercely loved by locals is Edo Sushi Takeaway, a small Japanese-run takeout place in the heart of the Sheffield City Centre. They pride themselves on quality ingredients, meaning customers get to taste fresh sashimi and sushi at affordable prices. Lunch Specials run from 12-2.30pm every weekday, including one hot special and a variety of sushi boxes to choose from. Deliveries start in the evening which make it the perfect dinner choice when you’re too lazy to leave the house (free deliveries to S1 & S3, conveniently where our serviced apartments are located). Our personal favourites are the Godzilla Rolls and Salmon Deluxe Sashimi.

 24 – 26 High Court Chambers, Sheffield S1 2EP, England / +44 114 275 5123

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Tucked away at Westfield Terrace is Tamper Coffee, an independently opened Kiwi-style coffee shop. This specialist place offers boasts a wide range of coffees on offer, including a brew bar for coffee fanatics. To accompany your beverage, Tamper offers up some real good sandwiches and pies that we highly recommend. With much popularity this place has gained through the years, Tamper has opened another branch at Arundel Gate with more seating space and a bigger food menu – the perfect place for a heart weekend brunch.

 9 Westfield Terrace, Sheffield S1 4GH, England / 0114 327 1080

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Fancy some Chinese food? Dim Sum Restaurant is a contemporary Cantonese, Seafood and Dim Sum Chinese Cuisine that serves up an authentic meal. If you love to ‘Yum-Cha’, this is the place for you as Dim Sum is served all day and is rated one of the top 10 dim sum restaurants in the UK. Staff here are really friendly and always welcoming, another plus that makes us love this place.

 201 London Road, Sheffield, England / 0114 255 0467

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Head down to The Great Gatsby for a Mexican-oriented pub grub. They’ve teamed up with Shy Boy Cantina to bring you quesadillas, burritos, tacos and other delicious Mexican food.  While the food menu may seem limited, every dish packs a punch! Tip: leave room for desserts, the churros are freshly made and are piping hot when they are served, perfect for dipping into the accompanying melted chocolate. If you visit later in the night, choose one out of the many cocktails on the menu. Can we declare this the best cocktails in Sheffield? Try their Pina Coladas and judge for yourself!

 73-75 Division Street, Sheffield S14GE, England / +(44)1142763939

 

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Situated right in the heart of West Street is a gem of a pub called the Wick at Both Ends. This place serves up an extensive selection of cocktails and wine but the real star is their modern British food on offer. They don’t just serve your usual pub grub, they turn it up a notch and put their twists on traditional favourites like fish and chips. The menu also changes seasonally, keeping diners excited for what new dishes will be on offer. We once had an earl grey crème brulee which was so memorable that we cross our fingers they bring it back soon. PS: book a table in advance if you’re heading there on a Friday or Saturday night as it can get quite busy.

149-151 West Street, Sheffield S1 4EW, England / +44 114 272 3039

This is just one of many more posts to come about Sheffield! We love this city and can’t wait to share more about it with you. Let us know what are your favourites and who you think we should feature in our next blog post.

Happy Birthday Peter Stringfellow!

Happy Birthday to Sheffield-born world-renowned nightclub owner, Peter Stringfellow

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Stringfellow was born on the 17th October 1940 in Sheffield where he attended Pye Bank Church of England Primary School before moving onto Sheffield Central Technically College. He worked odd jobs from working at the Wicker Cinema to a trainee waiter in the Merchant Navy for 2 years. He returned to Sheffield in 1962 and began his career as a nightclub owner, managing clubs such as The Black Cat Club, The Blue Moon and King Mojo Club. He continued to open more clubs in Leeds, Manchester, London and even America where he became known as one of the most famous nightclub owners in the world, earning his spot in the Nightclub Hall of Fame. His autobiography was released in 1996 and became a best-seller.

Stringfellow and his family now live in London and Marllorca, where has a boat he’s kept for years.