A list to be grown as to why Sheffield is city of culture.

After being shortlisted for city of culture for 2013 which made the council aware of the finicial burdens of hosting such an event then Sheffield will not be bidding for city of culture in 2021. The benefits of being a city of culture for a year; have not yet been realised. Sheffield may not be a city tourists think to visit but it does have lots of culture to offer. I have a couple of German colleagues who even after working in Sheffield for 9 months and a year respectively, Still loved it enough to return for trips. Perhaps as Sheffield is so close to Hull, it is unlikely even if bided for 2021 city of culture to win.

I can keep adding to this list but these are the cultural assets I can think of. What have I missed?

  • The elephants prove we can host big, city wide art events. With varied places to display large scale arts from city centre locations like Winter Gardens, Peace Square to spaces further out of the city; Endcliffe park, Graves Park, Hillsborugh walled garden.

The mini Elephant Herd

Top 5 Large Elephants (Children’s Hospital Trail Sheffield 2016)

I saw all the big and mini Sheffield elephants; but where are they now????


  • Lyceum theatre shows everything from panto to ballet.
  • The crucible has seating around the stage as well as being home to championship snooker host plays, musicals and talks. The Nap in 2016 about the snooker was one of the highlights of 2016.

Top theatrical performances 2015 and 2016

  • The studio within crucible is an intimate space for performances which I have seen configured many different ways.
  • The Deli theatre which was formally Woolworths is a massive space. I have seen Pic and Mix down in the Woolworths basement and The Great Gatesby immersive theatre.

Great Gatesby:Incredible Immersive Theatre (Deli Moor Theatre Sheffield)

  • Montgomery theatre
  • Universty drama studio theatre.
  • Lantern theatre; a small quirky Victorian theatre in Netheredge who offer similar quirky offerings


  • Tramlines which features multiple music venues throughout the city; many free.
  • In 2016 cliffhanger included a music stage on Devonshire green.
  • Outline festival
  • Jazz at the Lyceum monthly
  • Music stage at Heeley festival where you get the authentic festival experience of sitting on the grass.
  • Carol singing at various pubs November and December. Featuring Sheffield’s traditional carols that are not known outside Sheffield.
  • Chorus and semi chorus concerts. Next Chorus concert at the city hall featuring the community choir of over 200 is on 2nd April 2017 and features songs from films.
  • Once a month a folk train leaves Sheffield station to travel to Edale. On one of these nights we spotted Sheffield born Jarvis Cocker in the beer garden. Music is also played on the train.


  • Showroom shows some main steam films and some quirkier films.
  • Curzon never been as seems expensive but shows some less mainstream films like showroom.
  • Many are not keen with Odeon, it is not grand but I have found it adequate to watch films in.
  • Centertainment, large multplex which shows all the blockbusters and some Bollywood films.

Visual Art

  • The winter gardens is a great venue where local art groups sometimes show their pictures, mobiles can be hung from the ceiling and sculptures placed within the foliage; for example the Arctic Monkey elephant now lives here and some of the mini elephant herd lived here during summer 2016.


Hello again, to Arctic Monkey elephant🐘 in his new home in the Winter gardens.

  • Annual art in the garden in botanical gardens.
  • Graves art gallery.
  • This painting is in the O2 shop in Fargate.

Films filmed in Sheffield

  • Full monty which has later been converted to a stage play. Go to Cocoa for a full monty hot chocolate.
  • 4 lions.


  • Off the shelf literature festival.
  • Mosque
  • Night food markets with music: Peddlers Market and Street City.

Celebrating Chinese New Year at Sheffield Street City Food Market avec Music

To be continued ….

The best hot chocolate in Sheffield.

The  best hot chocolate is served in Cocoa Choclate shop on Ecclesall road.  Well  the type I like best anyway! Which is being very near to melted chocolate. The best ever example being in a hotel that I can not specifically recall in Spain. That hot chocolate was so thick a skin started forming on it. For some this type of hot choclate would be too rich, but it is what I like!

My favourite hot chocolate at Cocoa  is the black Forrest which includes two strongly brandied cherries 🍒 which sink to the bottom of the pretty tea cup. I also like the full monty without the nuts. Or best of both worlds; full monty with no nuts and addition of the bandied cherries. I was also impressed by the Snowball hot choclate (a coconut concoction) that I sampled before Christmas; very festive.



The mini Elephant Herd

The mini herd were all designed by schools and I  believe were all returned to the school that designed them.

My favourite was Betty Buttons, so called because she had buttons all over which made it very colourful and an interesting texture.

Lizzie provided comprehensive information about the original Lizzie that inspired the elephant theme.

It was endearing to see the elephants with children’s handprinuts, drawings or writing about their hobbies.








I saw all the big and mini Sheffield elephants; but where are they now????


Magical Mystery Tour… Liverpool — humbugshouse

Magical Mystery Tour… Liverpool Mr C and I like going on days out and finding things… this usually involves post boxes but could just include visiting a historic venue or two or just wandering around one of our amazing cities or towns in the UK. Our latest Magical Mystery Tour was to Liverpool in search […]

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Gold Post Boxes — humbugshouse

Gold Post Boxes Royal Mail has painted more than 100 of its iconic and much-loved red post boxes gold to celebrate every Team GB and ParalympicsGB gold medal won during the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The post boxes will remain permanently gold to mark the achievements of the athletes and the historic […]

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Tiger Moths — 30daysofwildparenting

My classroom has had a new addition to go alongside my beetles. As we are taking part in Hull City of Culture we are spending the year studying different aspects of Hull. This term we are looking at the history and will be covering Amy Johnson. Across the city giant moths have sprung up to […]

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A new gallery, light installations and masterpieces set for Hull city of culture 2017 — features and photography about how humans live today

Hull will see its buildings lit up with art installations for city of culture 2017. “Made in Hull”will kick off the year with open air illuminations by local and international artists which will aim to tell the city’s story. Italian arist Silvio Palladino will design a large scale light installation on the buildings of Thorton […]

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Top 5 Large Elephants (Children’s Hospital Trail Sheffield 2016)

5. Start by cheating with a double entry: great to see elephant’s featuring Sheffield landmarks: Our City our Home and In It Together.


4. The Elephant in the Hive for it’s vivid colour.


3. Inside out. The full impact did not immediately hit me as I saw her during a session running round the city zapping elephants on the app. It was the second time that I noticed and admired the baby elephant inside the Mother to be that my appreciation grew for Inside Out.

2. Inconelly I could see this one from a distance as I approached Fargste, shining in the sun. Given his conienent location, he has receive do several oats from me, when I have been passing. I have also had some fun trying to take pictures in the reflection.

It was interesting to learn about the material he is made from; inconel which, is made by Sheffield company Pressure Technologies. Apparently this super alloy of chromium and iron is very hard wearing so I would be happy to have him in my garden sparking for years to come. Where is he now?

I saw all the big and mini Sheffield elephants; but where are they now????


1. Another one that was in a convient place for me to visit often over summer was Interst Elephant. As soon I saw him, I was drawn to him because of his bright colours. Up close there was features to see all over; from the different rockets blasting off, either side of the trunk to the stars, space ships all over his body and legs. The earth was centeral on his body with a rocket 🚀  above and an astronaught space walking out of the rocket.

What is / are your favourites?

The Herd have come to Sheffield! — We Are Sheffield Students

Razzle Dazzle ’em Lizzie — Postcard Cafe

Herd of Sheffield 🐘 — bohemiart.co.uk


The Herd have come to Sheffield! — We Are Sheffield Students

“They’re really nice but…why elephants?!!” A typical reaction to ‘The Herd of Sheffield’: the latest creative spectacle to hit Yorkshire. Between July 11th – 5th October, you will find 58 fibreglass elephants (and 72 mini-elephant calves) dotted around the city centre. In fact, it’s pretty hard to miss them: each one is a bespoke creation […]

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