Staying with us at The Pinnacles over the summer? Looking for something to do? The usual events might not be happening but there’s still plenty to keep you busy so we’ve pulled together a selection of ideas. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for a night in or a socially-distanced day out, check out this list.
Close to home…
Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Just a short bus ride from The Pinnacles, this is a great place to make the most of the summer weather. With acres of gardens to wander around, if you’ve had a busy week, make this part of your weekend plans – and best of all, entry is free. Check out the listings page for events, like outdoor theatre, which may be able to take place later in the year.
Just a couple of miles south west of the city centre, there’s lots to see and do at this fantastic park. From woodlands, rivers and lake to walk around, sculptures to see and a café for refreshments, there’s also a wide expanse of grass so it’s a perfect picnic spot on a summer’s day. It’s likely that events will be updated throughout the summer so keep looking at the website for the latest info.
If you fancy finding out about Sheffield’s past and enjoying some well-earned down time, you’ll absolutely love this place. One of Sheffield’s oldest manufacturing sites has undergone a transformation in recent years. You’ll now find a museum nestling alongside some of the hottest places to eat and drink – from Kelham Island Tavern to The Cutlery Works, not to mention Peddlar Market (but more of that below). Keep an eye on their website for information on opening and events.
Sheffield’s famous monthly night market has a reputation for being the city’s must-have place for food and drink. With street food from across the globe and craft beer galore, they’ve adapted to lockdown with the innovative Peddlar to your Door, so you don’t have to miss out on your regular Peddlar favourites. As the situation changes, be sure to check them out on social media or website for updates.
Just a short walk from The Pinnacles, this uber-cool destination brings together independent kitchens and traders from across the country. It’s an all-day dining experience in a unique Grade II listed building at the heart of the city, so whatever you fancy tucking in to, you’ll find it here. Check out the website for more details of how you can get your Kommune fix this summer.
Sheffield Food Festival
A celebration of the city’s vibrant food scene, this popular annual event celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. A showcase of local produce, talented chefs, mouth-watering street food and outstanding brewers and distillers, it will spread across the Peace Gardens, Winter Gardens, Millennium Square, Town Hall Square, Fargate and Orchard Square. Due to the current situation, it’s been postponed until Friday 18 – Sunday 21 September 2020 so make a note in your diary because you won’t want to miss it. Their social media pages are the best place to find updates on what you can look forward to this year.
Sheffield Hallam Students Union
Located in the iconic HUBS building, this is the go-to place for students. It’s the home of societies, activities, events and trips, a bar and coffee shop, and so much more. Their Corona Community is an online hub with everything you need to keep you occupied and connected in these times. But as things start to open up again, you’ll be warmly welcomed at HUBS again.
And a bit further out…
The largest ancient woodlands in South Yorkshire, this destination makes a fantastic day out. You can walk, explore, relax and take in the wildlife, stop at the café and enjoy events which are hosted here. So why not head down here with friends, escape the stresses and strains of study and get back to nature! Their website is packed with history and information.
This National Park is a must-visit if you’re studying in Sheffield. Around a 40 minute drive from The Pinnacles finds you in stunning countryside – for hiking, cycling, horse riding or even camping trips. There are buses and trains to all the popular spots, and plenty of car parking too. Plan your trip to get the most of out of it using their website as an information-packed starting point.
For shopaholics, there’s no better place to spend a few hours than Meadowhall. And it’s not just about the retail experience – there’s a Vue cinema and plenty of food outlets to choose from, too. It couldn’t be easier to get to, either. It’s just 15 minute on the tram – and with a tram stop just two minutes from The Pinnacles, you have no excuses!