CITY BUZZ: Family fun at city’s iconic theatres

Sheffield Theatres Family Weekend
Sheffield Theatres Family Weekend
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A day of theatrical fun awaits you and your family this weekend at Sheffield Theatres - and it’s completely free!

This city features some of the most impressive theatre outside of London, and - for one weekend only - Sheffield’s famous theatrical venues will be throwing their doors open with a mind-boggling schedule of activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Warm up your vocal chords and learn to harmonise in a singing class, strut your best moves in a dance workshop or - if you have a mini diva in your midst - head for the family drama workshop, or dress up in costume and strike a pose in the Theatrical Photo Booth. Record a professional voice-over with the Sound Department, choose your sound effects and turn the volume up as your voice rings out across the stage. Join the Lighting Team to take the spotlight in the Studio, or set the stage, check the props and call the actors before the show with the Stage Management Team.

Work alongside the talented Wardrobe Department to design a stage costume or create a floral corsage, shock your friends with a fake battle scar - courtesy of the Makeup Team - or take an Extreme Tour and explore the hidden depths of the Lyceum (suitable for 16+ only) or go behind the curtains of the Crucible.

Fulfil a sporting dream and play snooker at The Crucible or head out to Tudor Square to help Sheffield Theatre company Third Angel rename the streets to create a very special Sheffield Map of Dreams in Desire Paths.

Younger children can take time out in the soft play area, hunt down all the snowflakes hidden around the buildings in The Snow Child trail or splat their grown-ups at the Panto Custard Pie Splat stand! When you’re read for a breather, drop in and grab a seat while you create your own edible gingerbread pantomime dame.

You could take a tour of the vast theatre archives and see what shows were onstage the year you were born, or grab a pen and try your hand at window drawing - let your imagination fly!

There will be a whole host of workshops, tours, craft activities, side-shows and even some do-si-do’ing among the hay bales at the Crucible’s first ever Barn Dance with Bobbing Joe’s Band.

Last year’s annual Fun Palaces weekend was enjoyed by over 2,500 visitors and this year is looking to be even bigger and better. The weekend of fun will kick off at 10am on Saturday. Visit or the Box Office on Tudor Square for details or to pre-book any activities. See for yourself why our city’s theatres are the best!