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

Tom Roper

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

Tell us about you…
I moved to Sheffield from Norfolk to study. Like most people, I fell in love with the city and didn’t want to leave; now I work at the University of Sheffield.

I enjoy making music, doing pub quizzes, playing cricket and watching documentaries.

What does Sheffield mean to you?
To me, Sheffield means having the opportunity to be creative. It has a great DIY culture where people who want to make things or start new projects can.

What’s your favourite Sheffield place?
There are so many! I’m lucky enough to live next to Two Steps fish and chip shop on Sharrow Vale Road which makes it a real challenge to not eat their delicious, well priced, generously portioned food every single day. In a similar, but slightly healthier vein, I love Blue Moon Cafe next to the Cathedral – it serves great vegetarian food at a low price and you get loads on your plate!

Bear Tree Records is my favourite new shop in Sheffield, Joe gets some great stuff in so it’s always worth a visit. Likewise, the Showroom always has something interesting to watch and is a great place to go for a cosy evening. My favourite places to go for a drink are the Sheffield Tap next to the train station, the Sheaf View in Heeley, and Picture House Social on Abbeydale Road.

What would you do to improve the city?
I’d ban the needless demolition of buildings and encourage renovation of all the beautiful empty spaces.

Latest contributions


Sat. 27 July 2024

Jabbarwocky, 308–310 London Road, S2 4NA

A small but high-impact affair featuring some of the best acts from Sheffield's underground. With krautrock inspired two-piece Åyusp, americana inspired folk rock from Loic J Tuckey, and headliners Yo Dynamo, known for their frenetic live shows.


Thu. 25 July 2024 — Sun. 28 July 2024

Dorothy Pax

The Dorothy Pax host four days of fun. Thursday is curated by WaterBear College of Music. Grunge-pop oddballs Been Weavil headline Friday. Jazz, funk and soul band Mappin Street Collective are a Saturday highlight. Chorlton Country Club close Sunday.

The Fringe at Alder

Fri. 26 July 2024 — Sun. 28 July 2024


Friday night's lineup includes Sheffield soul and jazz stalwart Jackie Moonbather and high-concept electronica from Dimitri. Saturday sees sets from indie-poppers Wurlitzer and 'alt-dad' band Airport Dad. On Sunday, the Dig Deep record shop returns.

Hope Works x WUB Club (OffTramlines) Summer Sizzler

Sat. 27 July 2024

Hope Works

Party specialists Hope Works are throwing a 12-hour day/night party. They’ll be leaving ‘no stone unturned’ as Sheffield’s finest underground DJs play from 4am to 4pm, covering: speed garage, bassline, house, jungle, DNB, amapiano, reggae and disco.