Top things to do in and around Sheffield

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Here are some top things to do in and around Sheffield this weekend and next week.

1. Cross Scythes Extravaganza

Sheffield by the sea.......twins Matthew and Ellis Caldwell from Longley aged 5 enjoy the sand

Sheffield by the sea.......twins Matthew and Ellis Caldwell from Longley aged 5 enjoy the sand

Cross Scythes pub, Sheffield, today, 12pm- 2am

A jam-packed day of live music, food and fun to celebrate its first birthday. Noon onwards Free. Tel: 0114 2585850

2. Alfred Denny Guided Tours

Alfred Denny Building, University of Sheffield, today, 10am, 11am and 12pm

A secret museum of weird and wonderful natural history. Free entry, but you need to book your place on a tour. Tel: 0114 2229308

3. Medieval Mayhem

Tropical Butterfly House, Sheffield, daily, 10am-5.30pm

Archery and falconry and medieval-themed crafts, games and activities. Adult: £8.95, child: £7.95 (under threes admitted free). Tel: 01909 569416

4.Midsummers Night’s Dream

Winter Garden, Sheffield, Tuesday to Saturday, 7pm

Benjamin Britten’s’ operatic adaption of the Shakespeare play, part of A Boy Was Born celebrating the composer. Tickets £15, £12 concessions. Tel: 0114 2565567

MORE THINGS TO DO:

sunday

Pride & Prejudice

Cusworth HLL

Outdoor theatre performance by Chapterhouse Theatre Company, Cusworth Hall, Museum and Park, Cusworth Lane, Doncaster, DN5 7TU, 6pm. Tel. 01302 782342.

Fun in the Sun Pt4

The Earl Marshall Playfield

East Bank Road, Sheffield, S2 3PZ, 12-9pm. Rides, bouncy castle, bouncy slides, facepainting, limbo and more games. Food and drinks all day.

sunday service

The Oak Tree Spiritual Centre

Batemoor and Jordanthorpe Community Centre, Dyche Lane, S8 8BT, 6.30pm. Speaker Danny Lewis, all welcome.

Anty Antics

Longshaw Estate

Come and meet Sam, the ant investigator, a PHD student from the University of York, and find out about his research about the northern hairy wood ants. 10-3pm.

sunday night comedy

New Barrack Tavern

Tickets are £5 in advance. 7.30pm doors, 8pm start. All info and bookings www.funhousecomedy.co.uk

Laughing Gravy

Clowne Rock & Blues Club

Villa Park, Recreation Close, Clowne, Nr Chesterfield, S43 4PL, doors 7.45pm, start 8.30pm. No membership needed. Tel. 01246 819546. www.clownebluesclub.co.uk

Martin & Friends

Rotherham Rugby Club

Clifton Lane Sports Ground, Badsley Moor Ln, S60 2SN, doors 7pm, band 9pm,free entry. Tel. 01709 388544.

ON NOW:

Animals look back at us in art shows

The Animal Gaze Returned is one half of a joint exhibition by Sheffield’s two universities which looks at how humans and animals interact with each other and questions how animals are represented in art. The show, at the Hallam University Institute of Art gallery in Howard Street, runs until September 2.

Chloë Brown, senior lecturer in fine art at Hallam, said: “This exhibition explores the way humans look at animals, how animals return that look, and how this shapes human interactions with animals. Ultimately it’s about how people connect, and often don’t connect, with other beings.”

A related exhibition, An Animal Space, takes place in the Jessop West Building foyer at the University of Sheffield in Upper Hanover Street. It showcases new works that combine sculpture, drawing and text, and explores the connections between the animals who undertook early space flights and their representation in literary fiction.

NEXT WEEK:

Braving the elements-ary for sherlock

The Pantaloons present their own knockabout version of Sherlock Holmes on their latest visit to the Botanical Gardens, Sheffield next Thursday evening.

So how can one open-air show with just four actors possibly contain so much action and adventure? Elementary, my dear reader!

The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company put dynamic detective duo Holmes and Watson through their paces as they tackle their most fiendish case yet in this “delightfully inventive and hilarious show featuring live music, audience interaction and more mystery than you can shake a magnifying glass at”.

They say that the open-air performance will continue in all weather except a full-blown tempest.

Bring a picnic and something to sit on. The show is suitable for all ages.

Box office: call 0114 2496000 or go to www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

MUST SEE EVENTS:

Family fun day

Hillsborough summer gala, The Old Running Track Club, Hillsborough Sports Arena, Middlewood Road, Sheffield, S6 4HE, Wednesday 11-4pm, free entry.

Family fun day for all ages, Activity Sheffield entertainment, music, games, fun fair, bouncy castle, go-karts, owls, fire engine museum, face painting, craft and food market and much more, supporting local charities.

For more information contact Irene

Tel. 0114 2347232

Email irenegdy@aol.com