The Sheffield Student Summer Guide
Now that we are closing the heavy door on the student exam season, we can officially open the light and breezy door to a world of summer experiences. A lot of students will be packing up and moving into their new homes for the next year now, but that shouldn’t get in the way of having the best summer yet. Sheffield is a great city to live in this season (unless you have hay fever, sorry) due to the gorgeous greenery and outdoor activities on offer. In this blog, we have compiled a Sheffield Student Summer Guide of just a few of all the brilliant happenings in our favourite city.
Peace in the Park held in Ponderosa in Crookes is always a fantastic way to start the summer. And what a start it was this year, with the free all-day festival drawing in an amazing amount of people. It was a fantastic event for lovers of music, art and food or people who just love being outside. In this same weekend, Sheffield Doc/Fest returned, drawing in film lovers from across the country to experience a choice of fantastic documentaries. It is a popular festival with students and they also do a range of free films available in public spaces. It provides students with some well-earned down time to get stuck into a great story.
Fear not if you missed either of these events, as they return every year for us to enjoy. There are also a multitude of other local events to go to.
On the 17th of June, the Nether Edge Farmer’s Market is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with another glorious excuse to buy things for your new student house. The market offers a selection of shops and stalls for those of us who enjoy a little spending. The event has free entertainment, live music and a buzzing atmosphere. The market is run entirely by volunteers and the event continues to raise thousands for various charities. Going to Nether Edge Farmers’ Market is a great way to spend the day getting to know a part of Sheffield that students don’t often get to see. It is easy to get to from the city centre and Ecclesall Road on foot or on the bus.
Now don’t worry Crookes dwellers, there are a wealth of things to do in your area too. The Hallamshire House pub regularly holds the Secret Garden event. Their Summer Garden Party is held on the 23rd June. Secret Garden is a phenomenally popular gathering in which the Freak Street Café provides attendees with delicious freshly cooked Himalayan dumplings and an eclectic selection of music. It is an event that remains popular with students – so arrive early to get a seat! If you fancy something a little more extremely colourful, the Sheffield carnival is back! This free event is perfect for the culture and food lovers. The event is held as part of the Migration Matters Festival and is being held in Norfolk Heritage Park. Sheffield Carnival is sure to have an amazing turnout of summer lovers and families enjoying the sunshine and carnival traditions.
By this time, you’re likely to be all moved into your new place, or maybe you will have stayed in the same accommodation as many students do between their second and third years. Regardless, it’s likely that July will be the month where you begin to feel well settled in and long have forgotten exam stress.
On the 14th July, Plug are holding a Crazy Cat Fest. No, we almost can’t believe it either. But for cat lovers, this is actual heaven. The event will feature cat-themed cocktails (Meow-garita, anyone?), a range of “cat-goodies,” street food and talks held by professional cat lovers. It is certainly an acquired taste, but we can’t ignore an event this edgy and it is sure to be a huge success.
Tramlines Festival commences on the 21st July and if you’re lucky enough to have a ticket, it is sure to be a fantastic experience. A host of big bands and artists will be playing in Sheffield’s top indoor and outdoor venues. You don’t have to have a ticket to enjoy Tramlines – the city’s general ambience is electric and a lot of the best bars and pubs are hosting their own free events. We’ll provide you with a Tramlines briefing next month!
July also sees the return of Sheffield LGBTQ+ Pride! This event will again be held in and around Endcliffe Park and will feature a full parade as well as live music, a bar and a marketplace. Sheffield Pride is extremely popular with the LGBTQ+ community, allies and families/supporters looking for a fantastic community gathering.
August is a month that signals the end of our summertime is coming soon. Term starts again in September, and we seem to be ushered into the autumnal season with gallons of rain that accompanies the sunshine. This never stops Sheffield from coming together though, and there is a wealth of activities to choose from to get you through those ending-of-summer blues. Sheffield welcomes August in with a lovely community festival and market called RiteTrax on the Bole Hills on the 4th of August. This is yet another free local festival that offers its’ visitors live music, art, workshops and retail/food stalls. Bole Hill Park is the perfect location for this gathering as visitors are gifted with endless nature and gorgeous views.
Street food market Canalside Night Market returns on the 25th of August, and it makes the perfect opportunity for visitors to socialise and make friends over music, ale and delicious food. This event takes place at Southbank Warehouse on the last Saturday of August!
Essentially, we know the importance of filling our summers with friendship, and things we enjoy and are excited by. What better way to usher in the new academic year than a summer of exploration with friends old and new.