I am lucky enough to be part of a great blogger group chat set up by Bee from Mind. Beauty. Simplicity. We support each other with everything from technical difficulties to creative ideas. Although we are unable to travel at the moment, we decided to each share the hidden gems that our cities have to offer. I will link everybody’s posts at the bottom of the page and I encourage you to pop over, have a read and add a couple more places to you bucketlist.
It is know as the Garden City and lies on the banks of five rivers and seven hills – let me tell you that hills in Sheffield are something else, I dread learning to drive and having to do hill starts. We are incredibly lucky in Sheffield that we are surrounded by green space, there are over 250 parks, gardens and woods within the city limits. 1/3 of the city falls in to the Peak District National Park and 61% of the city is categorised as green space. Most of my favourite walks and parks are a little bit further out, but even within the City, there are some real treasures.
Sheffield Winter Garden and The Peace Garden.
We spent 6 months living in hotels after our house flooded in November 2019 and one of them was right next door to the gardens, if I remmeber correctly there was a direct enterance but I think it was closed off. On the days I wasn’t working we would go down for breakfast and then have a little walk around, with Rosie quite often still in her pjs as there is zero point in changing a toddler before breakfast.
Directly outside the Winter Garden is the Peace Garden. Originally the churchyard of St Pauls Church, it was cleared to make way for an extension to the Town Hall. Not long after, war broke out and although the extension was never built, the church walls remained in place. The gardens were built and known as St Pauls Gardens until they became known locally as the Peace Garden. One of the main draws of the Peace Garden is the use as an events space, with it being a key part of numerous food and drink festivals, housing the very popular Thors Tipi Bar at Sheffield’s Christmas market and finally, being home to Sheffield by the Seaside. Taking place every August, Sheffield by the Seaside brings all the fun of a traditional British seaside town, to a busy city in South Yorkshire. A towering Helter Skelter, candyfloss and a Punch and Judy show are just a few of the attractions on offer. The Peace Garden is an ideal spot for families too as when the weather is warm, children run in and out of the sprinkler fountains.
Just past the City Hall and the now closed John Lewis building, is Division St – a shopping district with a eclectic mix of independent retailers.
Established in 2014, Lucky Fox Diner is the place to go for fried chicken and waffles in Sheffield. The restaurant itself is tiny and incredibly popular so it is not uncommon to have to wait for a table, but the wait is worth it. My go to is the Chick ‘n’ Waffles with cinnamon butter and maple syrup. Dan usually gets the Drop It Like Its Hot Wings with hot sauce and we share a portion of the OG fries which super crisp, salty, shoestring fries. The staff are always friendly and everything is cooked fresh in the open kitchen.
If you fancy something a little bit lighter, or perhaps something sweet then I suggest you drop in to Steam Yard. Apparently the most Instagrammed coffee shop in the UK, serving the best produce from independent small businesses including Caravan Blend coffee, 4 Eyes Patisserie Kronuts and gluten free, refined sugar free DoughNots from Olive and Joy. The courtyard is one of the biggest draws to SteamYard in the warmer months and is the perfect place to sit and people watch.
A walk down Division St would not be complete without a visit to Moonko. A carefully curated collection of artisan products, handmade jewellery and artwork. Nestled among the copious plants and succulents you will find bouquets and bunches of dried flowers, lovingly dried by Debbie herself. Although nothing beats a browse around the shop in person, you can find a selection of her stock on her website.
Weston Park Museum.
I was brought up regularly visiting museums and art galleries, they are all completely free in Scotland which I am sure has something to do with it but we would actively chose to head to the many museums of Glasgow at any opportunity. So much so that my little sister even headed up there to study her Masters in Museum Science.
We are lucky in Sheffield to have quite a few museums to choose from but our favourite is the Weston Park museum. Based on the edge of Weston Park, opposite the Sheffield Childrens Hospital, the museum itself is child focussed, they are encouraged to carefully touch the different exhibitions and get involved. They even ran a toddler morning on a Friday pre pandemic under their Get Stuck In programme. We also managed to get a spot on their very popular ‘Drag Queen Storytime’ talk that they hosted as part of their nationwide tour.
Rosie particularly loves Spike the Wooley Rhino and and Snowy the polar bear and as part of the Artic World area, you can even make your own igloo. I am hoping we can visit again soon as they have just installed a 4 metre long skeleton of a Pilot Whale which I think Rosie will be intrigued by.
I hope that you enjoyed this whistlestop tour of my top 3 places in Sheffield City Centre. I have left links for the other participants below so that you can see what their hometown has to offer.