Sheffield Hour

Our @SheffieldHour account over on Twitter is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses and organisations to talk about a range of topics relating to the city we all love.

Sheffield Hour runs on the first Thursday of every month from 8 to 9pm. Each month we have a different topic and we tweet a range of five questions around this to help interactions and discussions. To reply to these questions, you simply start with A1 if answering Q1 or A3 if answering Q3. Remember to add #SheffieldHour to your tweet and you are good to go!

Remember to read other tweets sent with the #SheffieldHour hashtag and get interacting with other businesses.

To find out more, make sure you follow the @SheffieldHour Twitter account. If you have any questions, simply tweet us and we will help.

12 Things Which Make Sheffield Great

It may not be the biggest city in Yorkshire, but Sheffield is still amongst the region’s best places to live, and here’s why:

#1 It produces brilliant bands
From the 80’s delights of The Human League and Heaven 17 through the 90’s indie legends Pulp to the fantastic noughties acts Reverend And The Makers and The Arctic Monkeys, which other city has produced so many amazing bands? The solo acts aren’t bad either, covering every taste from crooner Tony Christie to DJ Toddla T. With a music scene this good, we can even forgive the Arctic Monkeys for teaching Southerners the meaning of ‘mardy bum’.

#2 It throws a fantastic festival
With so many great acts originating in Sheffield, it comes as no surprise that it is also home to probably the best inner-city music festival in the UK too. Tramlines Festival first took place in 2009 and has grown in popularity ever since. Taking over the city for 72 hours every July, the festival has attracted big names such as Pixie Lott, Basement Jaxx, and The Charlatans. It is also a great opportunity for local artists to showcase their talents at one of the 70-plus venues involved.

#3 The footballing rivalry is unbeatable
Are you United or Wednesday? Every Sheffielder knows that things can get pretty tense when there’s a derby match – few cities have such a deep divide between local supporters! But this just goes to show how good both Sheffield football teams are to inspire such loyalty. Despite currently being in League One, Sheffield United put on a good show in 2015, reaching the semi-finals of the League Cup, and Sheffield Wednesday could well be on the up too, having achieved their highest league finish in recent times last year.

#4 The street art is stunning
Wander off the beaten track in Sheffield city centre and it won’t be long before you come across some incredible street art. The local budding Banksys have blessed their home city with a huge array of interesting, and at times challenging, art work and graffiti – something the city has fully embraced. The area to the south-west of the city centre provides a particularly rich supply of street art to discover.

#5 It’s full of parks and gardens
Sheffield is believed to be the greenest city in the UK, with trees outnumbering people 4 to 1 and there are over 80 public parks to choose from, including the 15 hectare Endcliffe Park in the south-west and the 20 hectare Hillsborough Park in the north-west of the city. Sheffield also has some great gardens to explore, from the traditional Botanical Gardens to the more modern and urban Peace Garden and Winter Gardens.

#6 The countryside is never far away
If the inner city greenery isn’t enough for you, don’t worry – whether you’re in the car or on public transport, you’re only ever minutes away from the glorious Peak District. You can hop on the Hope Valley train line to travel to beautiful villages such as Hathersage, Hope and Edale, get a bus to Matlock or Chatsworth House, or drive off wherever the mood takes you – the Peaks always offer somewhere new to discover.

#7 It has two of the best theatres
Standing almost side by side, the Crucible and Lyceum Theatres are an incredible contrast of modern and traditional architecture, but both theatres are equally strong and complement each other wonderfully. The Crucible specialises in large-scale in-house productions, while the Lyceum plays host to touring productions, especially musicals. For smaller, more cutting-edge productions, head to The Studio within the Crucible Building. Oh, and has anyone mentioned that there’s a snooker tournament held at the Crucible too..?

#8 There are two excellent universities
As well as two great theatres, Sheffield also has two great places to study. The University of Sheffield is the more established of the two and usually ranks among the top 20 universities in the country – and the top 100 in the world! Sheffield Hallam is not to be sniffed at though – having climbed an impressive 15 places in the 2015 Times Good University Guide, it is now the top modern university in the UK!

#9 It’s perfect for a pint
Moving from universities to pubs seems oddly appropriate, and Sheffield is blessed with plenty of fantastic watering holes, including The Old Queens Head which dates back to 1475. Real ale is a big thing in Sheffield too, with a plethora of microbreweries and pubs serving real ales. Kelham Island is a great haunt for real ale fans, boasting five pubs and a brewery. Or you could go to one of the many beer festivals which take place in the city throughout the year.

#10 There’s a great range of shops
If you need some retail therapy, Sheffield has a wide choice of shops for you. For big name brands, you can’t beat a quick trip out of town to Meadowhall which offers nearly 300 shops and services. Fans of independent shops should take a trip along Ecclesall Road, which combines high street names with specialist and designer stores. Retro lovers will also be well served by the many vintage shops dotted around the city.

#11 It feeds the film world
Surprise 90’s blockbuster The Full Monty was set in Sheffield and was so successful it spawned a stage musical! Sheffield has also produced some successful film actors, including Dominic West, Richard Coyle, Brian Glover and, of course, the legend that is Sean Bean, perhaps most famous for the Lord of the Rings trilogy – and for dying. A lot.

#12 It is the birthplace of Henderson’s Relish
No homage to Sheffield would be complete without mentioning ‘Hendo’s’, a staple of Sheffield cuisine. South Yorkshire’s best-kept secret has been produced in the city since the late 19th century and is loved by locals – so much so that it is available in practically every chippy in town. (Note to non-locals: DO NOT get it confused with Worcestershire sauce. Therein lies trouble.)

With so much to shout about, no wonder residents of this city are proud to be Sheffielders!

Sheffield Directory

Sheffield is a thriving city with fantastic organisations, businesses, blogs, and websites! We have listed some of them below. If you’d like to list your site alongside these, please contact us.

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