Bucket list: 20 fun things everyone in Sheffield should do during their lifetime

There is so much to explore in Sheffield, from cultural venues and fascinating heritage to a vibrant food and drink scene.

Thursday, 27th August 2020, 3:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th August 2020, 10:48 pm
The Abbeydale Miniature Railway in Sheffield. Picture: Dean Atkins.

Indeed, it's hard to see and do all the city has to offer. So to help residents and visitors alike, here is a bucket list of 20 essential things – many of them brilliant hidden gems – that are well worth experiencing at least once.

For a true representation of Sheffield's industrial might, seeing the powerful River Don Engine 'in steam' at Kelham Island Museum is hard to beat.
Children and grown-ups can hire boats to merrily paddle around the lake at Millhouses Park - there isn't anything like it elsewhere in Sheffield.

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The Grind cafe in Kelham Island is renowned for its exceptionally tasty sausage rolls - Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys love them so much they placed an enormous order to serve at their Don Valley Bowl homecoming shows in 2011.
The Sheffield Round Walk is one of the most scenic long urban routes in the UK, blending city and countryside to wonderful effect. Stretching for 15 miles, it follows a circular network of paths starting and finishing at the Hunters Bar roundabout, taking in Endcliffe Park, Ecclesall Woods, Beauchief Abbey and Bishops’ House - pictured - along the way.
The award-winning bar Public was created in the former gents' toilets underneath Sheffield Town Hall - it has an intimate atmosphere inside with booths, and serves food too.
Sheffield is incredibly lucky to have the Peak District on its doorstep - a good proportion of the city actually falls within the National Park boundary. Stanage Edge, pictured, is one of the most dramatic spots and can be easily accessed on foot by following a track that leads off from Redmires Road.
Elaine Sharp runs Mayfield Alpacas - a farm in Fulwood with a large herd of the friendly creatures that people can visit.
The Cutlers' Hall is arguably Sheffield's most prestigious building, the home of the city's centuries-old Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire. There are occasional open days when people can admire the grand interior and the displays inside - including the remarkable Norfolk Knife, pictured.
Two Steps, on Sharrow Vale Road, is often spoken of as the place that serves Sheffield's best fish and chips - so why not put the claim to the test?
Sheffield's buildings are adorned with some spectacular pieces of street art. Trails such as this one - https://www.ourfaveplaces.co.uk/our-guides/a-sheffield-street-art-trail - have been put together allowing people to spend time seeing some of the best. Pete McKee is pictured working on 'Muriel' on the side of the Art House on Carver Street.
The Sheffield General Cemetery between Ecclesall Road and Cemetery Road took burials between 1836 and 1978 - as such, it acts like a hillside museum, chronicling the city's history through the stories of those laid to rest there. These include the Cole brothers and sweet maker George Bassett. The catacombs, Egyptian Gateway and other structures are all listed.
Abbeydale Picture House opened in 1920 and closed in 1975, but the building has survived to become the last remaining cinema of its era in Sheffield. It retains many of its original features, making it a captivating place to visit. Screenings are still held there from time to time, as well as other events such as markets.
Abbeydale Miniature Railway is run by the Sheffield and District Society for Model and Experimental Engineers - families can ride on mini steam trains that travel round a proper track in Ecclesall Woods.
Visitors can go to the Our Cow Molly dairy farm at Dungworth in the Sheffield countryside to enjoy delicious ice cream - and see the herd of cows that produce the milk it's made with.
Sheffield has some highly acclaimed restaurants, such as Rafters in Nether Green, Jöro at Shalesmoor and the Old Vicarage at Ridgeway, which is just over the border with North East Derbyshire and held a Michelin star for many years. The meal pictured is from the latter - it's roast fillet of saddle of wild fallow deer with chestnut forcemeat, buttered local porcini and roasted rosemary potatoes, with cranberry and ginger compote.
The Alfred Denny Museum of Zoology at Sheffield University is a little-known treat - it was established in 1905 and named after the department's first professor of biology. It is normally open for tours on the first Saturday of each month. Highlights include a rare Japanese giant salamander and casts of a fossilised pterodactyl.
Meersbrook Park has one of the finest views over Sheffield - it's the perfect place to go on Bonfire Night to see fireworks in the skies.
The Lantern Theatre in Nether Edge is Sheffield's oldest - and smallest - theatre, with a capacity of only 84. It was once an industrialist's own personal venue but is now used for shows by the Dilys Guite Players and hired out for performances.
The Sheffield Tap is ideal for greeting - or bidding farewell to - the city. The restored Grade II-listed building opened in 2009 alongside platform 1b at Sheffield station and, because of its very high standard for a railway bar, was once named one of Britain's coolest pubs by The Times newspaper.
The walk from Endcliffe Park to Forge Dam is a picturesque stroll through woodland and places to paddle with wildlife to spot along the way. And at the end of it there is the Forge Dam Café, namechecked in the Pulp song Wickerman.