Things to do around Sheffield and South Yorkshire 22 February- 1 March

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Chatsworth Farmyard

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, Saturday February 22 & Sunday February 23, 10.30am-4.30am
Chatsworth’s farmyard and adventure playground will be open for the school holidays. Join in the Wild West themed fun on the trailer ride, dare to handle the spiders and snakes, take a shot in Tin Can Alley, let off steam in the adventure playground and meet all the animals in their family friendly farmyard. Admission £6. Tel: 01246 565300

1. Happy Days the Musical
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, Saturday February 22, 
Happy days are here again with the première of a brand new UK tour based on the hit TV series, featuring the unforgettable ‘King of Cool’ Arthur ‘The Fonz’ Fonzarelli. Join your favourite ’50s family, the Cunninghams and the rest of the gang – Potsie, Ralph Malph, Joanie and Chachi as they battle to save their beloved diner Arnold’s from demolition.
Show times vary by day. Tickets from £19. Tel: 0114 249 6000

2. National Emergency Services Family Fun Day
The Moor shopping precinct, Sheffield, Sunday February 23, 11am-4pm
Sheffield is home to the National Emergency Services Museum and ambulances, fire engines and police cars from all over the world will be on display. The museum’s loveable team of mascots: Bleeper, Welephant, Blaze Bear, PC Lenny Lion and Ambulance Responder Paw-Lee Bear will be on The Moor all day. Children can enjoy the fire engine bouncy castle, Fire Engine rides and a range of hands-on activities. As well as the usual great selection of shops on the Moor, there’ll be stalls and stands from a variety of groups. Free admission. Tel: 0770 220 8533

3. Canon Hall Farm
Canon Hall Farm, Barnsley, Daily, 11.30am-4pm
It’s going to be busy at Canon Hall Farm this half term. As lambing season gets into full swing the farm is expecting over 200 new-born lambs over the next couple of week and several litters of piglets also expected. They also have a baby llama, alpaca and donkey so it’s a great time to visit. The fun starts at 11.30am and continues through until 4.00pm. The small animal petting area and children’s craft activities will be open between 10.30am and 4.30pm, with tractor & trailer rides also on offer. Tickets are £5.95 each for both adults and children aged 3 and over. Senior Citizens are £4.95. A family ticket is £22.00
Tel: 01226 790427

4. Inside the Circle of Fire: A Sheffield Sound Map
Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, finishing Sunday February 23
Last chance to catch the exhibition which has transformed the Millennium Gallery into an immersive ‘sound map’ of Sheffield, charting its boundaries on the edge of the Peak and travelling its waterways to the bustling heart of the city. Recorded over 18 months at locations in and around the city, the sound map will use the latest technology to create a sound which changes throughout the gallery, depending on the listener’s location. Free entry. Monday-Saturday 10am–5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. Tel: 0114 278 2600

5. Rother Valley Country Park
Rother Valley, Mansfield Way, Sheffield, Open daily 8.30am-5pm
Try your hand a range of both wet and dry outdoor pursuits, from canoeing, water skiing and wakeboarding to archery, cycling and golf. Or you could just go for a nice walk round the scenic lakes. Refreshments and toilet facilities are available from the Visitor Centre. Admission is £3.50 per vehicle to park. Book activities in advance to avoid disappointment. Tel: 0114 2471452

6. Soapbox Science
Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield, Monday February 24- Thursday February 27, 11am-3pm
This year it is 150 years since the Great Sheffield Flood. Kelham Island was one of the areas of Sheffield that was affected by the powerful torrent of water on 11th March 1864.As part of National Science & Engineering Week at Kelham Island Museum you can find out more about the science of water. There will be “science on a soapbox” demonstrations and an opportunity to experiment by creating your own soap bubble art work. There will also be a re-enactment of the Von Guericke experiment on Sunday 16 March. Admission Adult £5, concessions £4, accompanied children (U16) go FREE. Tel: 0114 272 2106

7. Animal Encounters at Tropical Butterfly House
Tropical Butterfly House, Sheffield, daily, 11am-4.30pm
Encounter the exotic and discover a wild family day out! Meet Meerkats, owls, snakes and other amazing animals during unforgettable Animal Encounters throughout the day. Free-flying Bird Displays take place daily, featuring spectacular birds of prey, parrots and more. Explore the indoor rainforest, home to butterflies, birds, bats, crocodiles and creepy-crawlies from around the world. Discover the charismatic primates of Lemur Heights, a state of the art walk-through enclosure and meet the inquisitive residents of Otter Springs new for 2014! Adult admission £8.95, Child £7.95 and under 3′s admitted free. Tel: 01909 569 416

8. Museums Sheffield present Sheffield & the First World War 
Weston Park Museum, Sheffield, Wednesday February 19- Sunday March 1 2015
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, a conflict which impacted on millions of people all over the world. As museums around the UK mark the centenary, Weston Park launch a new exhibition which explores Sheffield’s experience of a global tragedy. From poignant personal possessions, to mementoes brought back to Sheffield from the front, the exhibition will illustrate the very local and personal impact of the war to end all wars. Admission is free, exhibition open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday 11am-4pm. Tel: 0114 278 2600

9. Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Branton, Doncaster, Daily, 10.30am -4pm
Situated just outside Doncaster, the park occupies 70 acres of a 260 acre site, offering a unique view into the world of animals with walkthrough areas including the Lemur Woods, Wallaby Walkabout and South America Viva. The most endangered carnivore in Africa, the Painted Hunting Dog, can also be seen at the Park, and on the ‘African Plains’, zebra, antelope, ankole cattle and ostrich roam free. Other animals include the popular meerkats, raccoon dogs, Bactrian camels and the park’s newest recruits- giraffes! Admissions fees: Adults £10.50, Children (aged 3 - 15 ) £8.50, Children (under 3) do free. Tel: 01302 535 057

10. National Table Tennis Championships
Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield, Friday February 28- Sunday March 2, 
Ponds Forge sees the English National Tennis Table Championships 2014 come to Sheffield. Any spectators are more than welcome to attend any of the days, but tickets need to be purchased in advance and then collected on the door. Friday’s events are free to attend. Admissions for Saturday & Sunday start from £6.50 for adults and £3.50 for children. Times vary by day. Tel: 01424 456210

For information on events taking place in and around Sheffield check out and for ideas about what to see there’s no better place to start than Welcome to Sheffield. The team at Sheffield’s “Welcome to Sheffield” Visitor Services (on Surrey Street next to the Winter Garden) can be contacted on 0114 221 1900.

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