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

Livia Barreira

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

Tell us about you...
I am Livia (or Olivia without the “O”). I am a Brazilian journalist who moved to Sheffield in 2016. I love delicious food (especially from independent places), I'm a big fan of real ale and I collect wine corks. I am curious, a natural explorer and an adaptable person. People say that I am creative, funny, friendly and full of energy. Well I try to wake up in the morning with the most positive feelings and thoughts. I also share my impressions of Sheffield on my Instagram profile (@livinginsheffield).

What does Sheffield mean to you?
My home, sweet home. It is where my heart found its other half.

What’s your favourite Sheffield place?
Kelham Island. I like to see how the area is changing its face and being more trendy and interesting each day. I love the harmonic mix between the traditional historic pubs and the new cool, modern independent places to eat.

What would you do to improve the city?
1. I would expand the tram network to encourage more people to use public transport.

2. I'd clean up all of the litter I see lining the roads. It drives me crazy to see it!

3. I would like to see more great independent cafes and restaurants in all areas of the city. The kind of good vibe we have at Abbeydale Road and Sharrow Vale Road could be spread to other neighbourhoods.

Latest contributions

Sheffield Assay Office

Fri. 13 September 2019

Sheffield Assay Office, Guardians Hall, 2 Beulah Road, S6 2AN

This tour is an opportunity to learn how the Assay Office has been testing and assessing precious metals in Sheffield for 245 years. Discover the history of hallmarking and how the Office has evolved to continue to serve costumers around the world.

Tudor Open Day

Sun. 22 September 2019

Manor Lodge

Explore the ruins of the place known for being where Mary Queens of Scots was held prisoner. Take a tour around the turret house and gardens, have fun enjoying the lavender labyrinth, take a picture in the stocks, and visit Sheffield’s oldest toilet!

Herdings Heritage & Harvest

Sat. 21 September 2019

Herdings Heritage and Community Centre, Morland Road, S14 1TD

A travel back in time – specifically to 1675. Visit Sheffield’s second oldest building and see what's going on in the garden, where this year’s crops will be harvested and healthy food will be cooked. History, food and fun for all the family.

Endcliffe Park Heritage Walk

Sat. 21 September 2019

Endcliffe Park

Through historical pictures and a guided tour, get to know the history of one of the city's most popular green spaces – from 1885 when it was opened to the public to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee to the present.