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1. The Great Outdoors – Paintings by Stanley Royle, Graves Gallery, Sheffield, running until 30 May

Stanley Royle was one of the most popular Sheffield painters of the 20th century. This major retrospective exhibition, the first in almost 30 years, will showcase Sheffield’s magnificent collection of his paintings, the largest in the country. This exhibition will include works from throughout his career including iconic paintings such as Morning on the Derbyshire Moors, Sheffield from Crookes, and his last ever painting Mevagissey, Cornwall (1960). Free entry. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-4pm (Wednesdays 1pm-6pm). Tel: 0114 278 2600

2. A Pocket History of Sheffield Theatre, Tudor Square, tomorrow, 2pm

Sheffield’s early theatres all stood within a few hundred metres of Tudor Square and included; The Assembly Rooms, The Music Hall 1824, the 1st Theatre Royal, Olympic Circus and the Surrey Music Hall. Visit the sites of the Empire Palace of Varieties, Sheffield Hippodrome and the Albert Hall – with tales of the architects, theatre managers and the stars who trod the boards. The tour also visits Sheffield Playhouse in Townhead Street with a short history of Sheffield Repertory Theatre and tales of the actors and directors, not forgetting larger-than-life actor-manager Donald Wolfitt. The tour costs £5 per person and departs from Tudor Square at 2pm. Tel: 0114 2683697

3. Blood Brothers, Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, today 3pm and 7.45pm

Few musicals have received such acclaim as the multi-award-winning Blood Brothers. Written by Willy Russell, this legendary musical tells the captivating tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True. Wet Wet Wet’s Marti Pellow stars as the narrator. Tickets from £18. Show times vary. Tel: 0114 2496000

4. Anything Goes, Crucible Theatre, today, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Last chance to catch Sheffield Theatres’ critically acclaimed production of Cole Porter’s uplifting masterpiece of song, dance and romance. Anything Goes promises tap dancing sailors, sassy heroines and is a thrilling treat. Tickets start from £17, show times vary by day. Tel: 0114 249 6000

5. Animal Encounters, Tropical Butterfly House, 11am-4.30pm

Meet meerkats, owls, snakes, Victor the polar bear, giraffes and other amazing animals, free-flying bird displays 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. Tel: 01909 569416

6. The Snow Queen, Library Theatre, Sheffield, Friday 23 & Saturday 24 January

Come and join Gerda on her journey as Easy Street Theatre present the enchanting tale of The Snow Queen. Myth, legend and fantasy combine in this spell-binding story told in true pantomime tradition, scripted by Alan Frayne. Friday at 7.15pm, Saturday 2.15pm and 7.15pm. Tickets: Adults £9 Concessions (u12s / OAPs) £7. Tel: 07542 131449

7. Picturing Sheffield, Millennium Gallery, until Sunday, April 12

This new exhibition journeys through Sheffield past and present to examine the relationship between views of the city and the identity of the people who have lived and died here. Picturing Sheffield includes work by key artists from the 1700s to the present day, including JMW Turner, Joe Scarborough, Bill Brandt, Frank Constantine, Godfrey Sykes, Linda Benedict Jones and John Hoyland. Free to attend. Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm. Tel: 0114 2782600

8. Padley Gorge, Padley Gorge, Longshaw Estate, Derbyshire, open daily

Situated in the scenic Longshaw Estate, Padley Gorge is a stunning little valley of ancient woods and tumbling streams. Either start at Grindleford Station and work your way up or park at the Fox House to meander you way down. Free public access all day, but please check sunset times to make sure you’re not rambling in the dark. Tel: 01433 637904

9. The Hallé, Sheffield City Hall, Friday 23 January, 7pm

World-class classical music on your doorstep. Each year the Sheffield International Concert Season, hosts an array of internationally acclaimed orchestras, soloists and conductors and what’s more, ticket prices for these premier classical concerts are amongst the cheapest in the country. Sir Mark Elder is a masterly interpreter of Elgar and The Hallé’s first concert of 2015, he conducts the composer’s remarkable Second Symphony. Tickets £20, £18, £15, £5 students and under 18s. Tel: 0114 2789789

10. Hansel and Gretle, Montgomery Theatre, Sheffield, Friday, January 24, 4.30pm

With succulent music and film, puppets and masks, Horse + Bamboo have baked up a delicious treat of a show – dark, chewy and delicious at heart, yet coated with a sprinkle of something light, sweet and zesty. Hansel and Gretel promises to be a feast for the senses. Ages 5+. Tickets £8.

Please note disabled access is not available at this venue. Tel: 0114 249 6000