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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

John Gelder

Our Favourite Places would be nothing without our contributors — a massive thanks to all of them!

Tell us about you…

Graphic designer and professional northerner.

What does Sheffield mean to you?

I have often pondered over where my perfect place to live would be. Whilst Sheffield isn't exactly it, I really can't think of anywhere better in the UK. Yes, some other cities have more going on. But for its people and its location, Sheffield suits me just fine.

What’s your favourite Sheffield place?

Other than a certain large sporting venue, I'd have to say Loxley Valley – picture postcard scenery within 5 miles of the city centre.

What would you do to improve the city?

The city centre – let's make a plan and stick to it.

From the Moor to Victoria Quays is a big sprawl of unrealised urban planning from the past, without an obvious centre. We can't compete with bigger cities, but as a shopping destination we currently lag behind much smaller towns. A concentrated area of independent shops and a few more well-known names would make the city more of a destination.

Latest contributions

Nat Johnson

"A little bit country, a little bit folk, a little bit indie."

Lantern Theatre

Sheffield's oldest and smallest (and most utterly charming) theatre is tucked away in the leafy suburb of Nether Edge. Go see anything you can here, even if it's just to get a peek inside.