Herd of Sheffield: Five shy elephants you must go and visit

The Beat Goes On. Photo: Tim Glasby
The Beat Goes On. Photo: Tim Glasby
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Whilst some of the Herd elephants like to spend their time in the thick of it, grabbing as many selfies with visitors to the city centre as they can, there are also those whose sense of adventure has led them to further-flung corners of Sheffield.

You’ll need to find all 130 elephants before you can call yourself an official Herder so here’s a round-up of some of the more shy elephants to help you along the way!

Symbiosis elephant. Photo: Laura Gray

Symbiosis elephant. Photo: Laura Gray

Lady’s Bridge – Peace Elephant

Sitting on top of the oldest bridge that crosses the River Don in Sheffield is the Peace Elephant, created by Rocket01. He likes to spend his time watching the water flow by and making sure visitors to the bridge keep the river nice and tidy. Wander out towards the Wicker if you want to grab an elfie with this sculpture!

Crystal Peaks – The Beat Goes On and Blossom

South of the City Centre lies Crystal Peaks, a hotspot for shopping and the home of The Beat Goes On elephant, created by Tom J Newell. “I hadn't been to Crystal Peaks for many years before I visited recently and spoke to the team there about them hosting my elephant,” says Tom. “I saw Jurassic Park at the cinema there when I was a kid! I've designed footprints that will be stuck around the place, leading people to the elephant. There will also be a colouring in project based around my artwork for a new generation of the kids visiting Crystal Peaks to get involved with.” Once you’ve ticked The Beat Goes On off your list, head to the main entrance of Crystal Peaks where you’ll find Blossom, created by Susan Webber.

Graves Animal Park – Symbiosis

There’s a lot of elephant love flying around Sheffield at the moment. But if you haven’t had your fill of animal fun you can step on the No.20 bus and take a trip out to Graves Animal Park. As well as hosting Laura Grays’ Symbiosis, its first ever elephant guest, the park is also home to pigs, cows, goats and much more besides.

Victoria Quays – Forest Spirit and I Follow a Different Herd

Once known as Sheffield Canal Basin, Victoria Quays, which lies just outside the city centre, used to be a bustling trading port. After a period of regeneration in the 90’s it’s now a picturesque area with Grade II listed buildings and shops built into the railway arches. Pay a visit to the Quays to find Faunagraphic’s Forest Spirit and Creative In Crystal’s I Follow a Different Herd elephants. They’ve both stomped into the area and have no plans to leave anytime soon!

Hillsborough Walled Garden

Tucked away in Hillsborough is a beautiful Walled Garden which dates back to 1779. In the past the garden was used to grow food for the owners of Hillsborough Hall but now it’s open for all of the community to enjoy. Alongside the flowers growing in the garden is Jonathan Wilkinson’s Yorkshire Rose, a stunning tribute to the region which celebrates Sheffield’s industrial past on a gargantuan scale!

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