Five fun half-term ideas to keep the kids entertained in Sheffield that won't break the bank

Stuck for something to do around Sheffield going into this half term weekend? Here’s five ideas for the younger members of the family to enjoy.

By Julia Armstrong
Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 11:19 am

Learn a bit about Sheffield history at Shepherd Wheel, which reopens on Saturday (June 5) and is open at weekends and on bank holidays. See the restored working waterwheel and machinery in action, along with the tools of the trade for cutlery grinding, and hear stories about the grinders who worked here back to the 16th century.

You can walk to Shepherd Wheel in Whiteley Woods, off Hangingwater Road, by following the River Porter from Bingham Park, next to Endcliffe Park. It’s a beautiful area to explore.

Head to the Millennium Gallery on Friday (June 4) from noon to 3pm for a free badge-making session, inspired by your favourite object in the museum. It could be something you missed seeing over lockdown, or an exhibit you’ve just discovered.

Good, clean fun at Magna Science Adventure Centre

Activities are drop-in but it’s recommended to pre-book the gallery:

Explore Sheffield Manor Lodge and find out more about dragonflies and damselflies on Saturday. Follow the special discovery trail, then make a dragonfly out of wool and pipe-cleaners.

The Rhubarb Cafe is also open.

Exploring the lavender maze at Manor Lodge

Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is running free strength and fitness exercise sessions for 11-to-16-year-olds, run by qualified coaches and suitable for all levels of ability, on Friday at 3pm. Book at

Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham has reopened its outdoor splash park and playground, as well as indoor attractions such as the Big Melt Show.

There’s also slime-making workshops. Ew!

Book at and claim your annual pass. Outdoor-only tickets are cheaper.