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

Half-term picks

Dodge half-term boredom in Sheffield this February with our guide to the best cultural events for kids and families – from a family film adventure to a sound workshop to a free four-day arts extravaganza in Barker's Pool.

For more things to fill the week of 17th-23th February with fun, try a visit to the city's resident board game cafe Treehouse, watch the Don engine chug into action at Kelham Island Museum, take some notes from our outdoors guide, and see our Sheffield for Tots tour, featuring fire engines, alpacas and an ice-cream farm.

Half Term Workshop with Lucy Vann

Tue. 18 February 2020

Site Gallery

Join Platform artist Lucy Vann for a workshop exploring sentimentality in the language and construction of pop music. For ages 14+.

The Invention Station: Meet and Make

Multiple dates

Kelham Island Museum

Join Kelham Island Museum to make your own mini 3D birdhouse. Experiment with different materials in the Engine Room at this workshop inspired by the museum's current exhibition Stand.

Making Planters for Families

Wed. 19 February 2020

Bright Box Makerspace

A relaxed and friendly woodworking workshop suitable for beginners. Pairs of children and adults can come together to create their very own planter to take home – all tools, materials and protective equipment provided, as well as teas and coffees.

Creative Works: Stories and Scones

Multiple dates

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Join characters from the hamlet for storytelling sessions and learn how to make the Victorian pancakes known as drop scones – just in time for Pancake Day!

Space Week

Mon. 17 February 2020 — Thu. 20 February 2020

Manor Lodge

Manor Lodge is blasting off this half-term with a week of holiday crafts all on the theme of space. Make space dust rockets, solar system scenes and pocket rocket gliders – and, while you're there, play in the sandpit and lavender labyrinth too.

The Runaways

Mon. 17 February 2020 — Fri. 21 February 2020


A new Sheffield-made family adventure film, following three kids on the run with a couple of donkeys.

Beats with Joseph Bond

Sat. 22 February 2020

Site Gallery

Join artist and basketball coach Joseph Bond for a family workshop exploring sound recording, sampling and beat making using samples from Site Gallery's current exhibition.

FreeDome Festival

Thu. 20 February 2020 — Sun. 23 February 2020

Barker’s Pool, S1 2JA

A free four-day arts extravaganza, in a dome that was originally built in the Jungle refugee and migrant camp in Calais. Creating a welcoming space for new connections, conversations and creations through music, poetry, dance, painting, and more.

Green Hill Zone

Fri. 14 February 2020 — Sun. 23 February 2020

National Videogame Museum

This February half term sees the National Videogame Museum celebrate everything Sonic!

Discovery Days: Incredible Egypt

Mon. 17 February 2020 — Sun. 23 February 2020

Weston Park Museum

Celebrate the opening of Weston Park Museum's brand new Ancient Egypt gallery with Egyptian-themed crafts and fun. You'll be getting inspired by everything from mummies and myths, to pyramids, pharaohs and the art of hieroglyphics.