From sun-gazing and comedy night, to Tramlines and interactive theatre, there's plenty of fun to be had in Sheffield this next week.
1) After an absence of a year, Sheffield Astronomical Society is heading back to the Botanical Gardens for an evening of sungazing, this Sunday July 22.
Safely observe the sun in all its glory using the society’s specialist equipment, and learn all about our nearest star.
Sheffield Astronomical Society would like to issue a warning to people never to look at the sun without the correct equipment.
2) The countdown to Sheffield’s Tramlines festival is nearly up, as the three-day music extravaganza - which marks its 10th year in the city this year - gets underway this Friday July 20. Stereophonics, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Craig David’s TS5 are the headliners for this year’s festival, taking place at Hillsborough Park.
3) Last Laugh Edinburgh Express is being held at Sheffield City Hall Every Friday throughout July, bringing to the city some of the best comedians from the upcoming Edinburgh Fringe ahead of this years festival.
This is a fantastic opportunity to see the huge stars of the future in longer-than-normal club sets. There will be two acts per night, each doing an hour-long show, with a 30 minute interval. There will be food served, and the bar will be open. Doors for the event open at 7pm, and you must take your seats by 8pm.
Tickets for this night of comedy are just £12 each. Call 01226 743048, or visit buy.sivtickets.com to book single or group tickets. Email CityHallCatering@siv.org.uk for more details on pre-ordering food and drinks for tomorrow, or next Friday night.
4) ‘The Tales of Beatrix Potter’ is a fantastic interactive theatre production for all ages, and it’s coming to The Ampitheatre, South Street Park, this July 25 and 26.
With a national reputation for creating imaginative twists on classic family stories, Gobbledigook Theatre has joined forces with Theatre Deli Sheffield to bring together a show inspired by three of Potters’ favourite tales –as well as details of her life and what she achieved. Join Beatrix Potter and her characters on an adventure, with all pay-as-you-feel performances taking place during Theatre Deli’s Rain or Shine Festival. Look out for our Rain or Shine volunteers with collection boxes after the show.
Shows next Wednesday and Thursday will be held at both 2pm and 6pm each day.
5) Enjoy Peak District trail running as the sun goes down -approximately five miles done at an easy pace, lasting about 75 minutes.
To take part in the run, you will need trail or fell running shoes, a waterproof top, and a hat and gloves depending on the weather.
Those wishing to take part should meet in Fox House Inn car park, Hathersage Road, this Friday July 20, for a 7pm start The cost is £3 per person, payable on the night.
6) Heartbreak Outdoor Theatre returns to Sheffield for its 19th year with an open air performance of Shakespeare’s classic comedy ‘Much Ado About Nothing,’ brought to life in the beautiful setting of Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens. Bring your picnic, blanket, and comfy chairs or cushions for this family-friendly adaptation. Get caught up in the banter between Benedick and Beatrice, and watch Hero and Claudio’s love at first sight put to the test. Next Thursday and Friday, from 7.30pm.
7) Ringinglow Archery & Target Sports Centre will host an ‘introduction to archery’ session this Saturday July 21, designed for those with little or no experience with archery. An Archery GB Qualified Instructor runs all courses and will provide coaching in correct and safe shooting, as well as all equipment. Once you have attended this session, at 1pm, on Ringinglow Road, you will be very welcome to return and join the team at their regular Thursday evening practice, or Sunday themed fun shoots.
8) Sheffield Children’s University Festival of Fun 2018 kicks off this Saturday July 21 with a fantastic launch event in the Moor Market, running from 9am-3pm.
Families across the city will be able to have a go at a number of fabulous free taster activities, collect some CU credits, and find out about all the brilliant activities happening in the coming weeks, so they can start planning their summer activities. Visit Sheffield Children’s University’s Facebook for details.
9) The 2018 British Summer Championships will take place across six days at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, running from July 24-29.
The championships will continue to form part of a broader Performance Pathway Strategy aimed at increasing and supporting junior talent on the journey towards senior medal-winning performance, as well as offering more athletes across the home nations an opportunity to compete at one of the end of season events. Visit siv.org.uk for details.
10) For those who grew up in South Yorkshire, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the region’s history started predominately in the nineteenth-century – with local history classes museums focusing so much on our industrial heritage. But now, a workshop at the WEA Sheffield Learning Centre, Vicarage Road, will explore an engrossing story of rebellion and resourcefulness, examining nationwide events and smaller, intriguing details of medieval life in the region. Call 0300 3033464 to book, for July 25.