In 2019 we shared some amazing experiences in Sheffield, and 2020 looks set to be just as exciting. Here’s our guide to the events you don’t want to miss this year…
January – May
Blink and January has almost gone, but it’s already brought us the British Short Track Speed Skating Championships, the Boccia National Cup Finals and Britain’s Strongest Man. February will see the return of national University sporting competition BUCS (14-16 Feb), and if you missed it first time round there’s another chance to immerse yourself in the award winning Sheffield based musical, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (8-29 Feb) at the Lyceum Theatre.
You can hike, run, ride, climb all around the city as the Festival of the Outdoors, featuring the RAB Climbing Works International Festival (2-3 Mar) and SHAFF (20-22 Mar), dominates March, ending with the Sheffield Half Marathon (29 Mar) racing over the hills of Sheffield. We dive in to April with the British Paralympic Swimming Championships (6-12 Apr) and go a little bit potty when Sheffield takes to the international stage for the World Snooker Championship (18 Apr-4 May).
Two of Sheffield’s favourite parks will once again bring free fun days out for all the family in May, with the Highland Fling (3 May) at Graves Park and Weston May Fayre (17 May) at Weston Park, MTB legend Steve Peat brings his all thrills Steel City Downhill race back to Grenoside Woods and taste buds will be tantalised with exciting international and local cuisine when the Sheffield Food Festival (22-25 May) takes over the city centre.
June – August
In June it’s not just the weather that’s hotting up, as event season really takes off. International documentary film festival DocFest (4-9 Jun) will be back for six whole days of thought provoking film and traffic free cycling zooms through Sheffield city centre with British Cycling’s one day festival Let’s Ride (7 Jun). Local festival Peace in Park (13 Jun) stomps in to South Street, and it’s flamboyant costumes at the ready for the parades of the Sheffield Carnival (20 Jun) in Norfolk Heritage Park. Local military groups march through the city centre for Armed Forces and Veterans Day (20 Jun), and teams of runners take on 23km of Sheffield in the Round Sheffield Run (27 Jun).
July brings back the action of the British Bouldering Championships as outdoors festival Cliffhanger (11-12 Jul) swings in to the city centre, and the fearless riders in the Sheffield Grand Prix (8 Jul) speed along the traffic free circuit. The UK’s elite swimmers will splash in to Ponds Forge for the British Summer Swimming Championships (20-26 Jul) and the Swim England National Summer Championships (27 Jul-1 Aug). Endcliffe Park will once again get the rainbow treatment as Pride Sheffield (26 Jul) celebrates the city’s diverse LGBTQ+ population, and on top of all the action, July has the sounds of summer covered, with the return of Music in the Gardens (3-5 Jul), Folk Forest (18-19 Jul), Bassfest (18 Jul), the brand new Legends festival (18 Jul) where six of the world’s biggest arena tribute acts are squeezed into one amazing day, and Sheffield’s award winning Tramlines festival (31 Jul-2 Aug) which sees us from July and in to August.
Alongside Tramlines the city centre will be awash with musical talent as The Fringe at Tramlines (1-2 Aug) takes over Devonshire Green, Barkers Pool and the Peace Gardens, plus pubs and venues throughout the city, for the first weekend of August. Life’s a beach in the Peace Gardens as Sheffield by the Seaside (Jul-Aug) sets up home for the summer. We go back in time to a vintage paradise for Sheffield Fayre (31 Aug) where the city’s best veg growers go head to head for the horticultural crown at Norfolk Heritage Park with a return of the popular Vintage Village from the National Emergency Museum.
September – December
September kicks off with two days of inspiring artworks exhibited at the annual Art in the Gardens (4-6 Sep) in the beautiful setting of the Sheffield Botanical Gardens. Academics and experts from the creative and cultural industries join forces for Festival of the Mind (17-20 Sep), and Sensoria (27 Sep-5 Oct), the UK’s festival of film, music and digital is also back in the city. Those looking to smash their running goals or get a new PB can take on the Sheffield 10k (27 Sep), cheered on by hoards of crowds throughout the route.
The biggest names in literature flock to Sheffield throughout October for Off the Shelf, showcasing their latest publications and discussing their life’s work. People can sample new and classic tipples during October’s beer and cider festival (21-24 Oct) taking place at Kelham Island Museum and from sci-fi and magic to horror and fantasy, people will be digging out their favourite costumes to get wacky and weird for Out of This World (25 Oct).
In November the city will unite for a moving Remembrance Sunday (8 Nov) service at the Cenotaph Monument in Barker’s Pool, before tens of thousands flock to the Peace Gardens for the Christmas Lights Switch On (15 Nov) and festive entertainment throughout the winter season.
A wintry December brings a frozen touch with the British Figure Skating Championships (1-6 Dec) at IceSheffield and swimmers will take their final dive of the year for the Swim England National Winter Meet (17-20 Dec) at Ponds Forge. Kelham’s Victorian Christmas Market takes us back in time for a peep at the season in days passed and the Fargate Christmas Market will be selling all the festive treats and gifts until Christmas Eve.
Keep your eyes and ears out for the thousands of other events that happen all through the year in Sheffield. Check out the likes of Exposed and Our Fave Places to keep up with all the goings on in the city.