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

Summer holiday picks

School's out!

While the summer holiday is an absolute joy, it's not always easy to keep the good times going throughout the full six weeks. Thankfully many of Sheffield's cultural venues make it that much easier.

Here's our roundup of some of the activities and events for families, kids and young people taking place in the city's museums, galleries and heritage sites over the 2019 summer break – from puppetry at the theatre to space-themed crafty fun to hands-on videogames workshops.

For more tips for adventures with young'uns in Sheffield, see our Sheffield for Tots tour, including a mini railway, an ice-cream parlour, and more.

Site Gallery Summer Camp

Wed. 21 August 2019 — Fri. 23 August 2019

A three-day series of creative activities/workshops for 12-16 year olds, programmed by Sheffield-based artist Ashley Holmes. Each day a different artist will share their creative process and give you opportunity to develop your own work and ideas.

Art & Wonder Discovery Days

Multiple dates

Millennium Gallery

Inspired by the themes of the exhibition John Ruskin: Art & Wonder, Millennium Gallery is hosting drawing and painting sessions looking up-close at some of the wonders of the natural world.

Holidays Under 5s

Multiple dates

Weston Park Museum

Join Weston Park Museum every Friday during the summer holidays for a session especially tailored towards under-5s, with no big kids to get in their way.

Movement, Space and Choreography Family Workshop

Sat. 24 August 2019

Site Gallery

Join artists Siân Williams and Takako Hasegawa for a free, fun and energetic family workshop exploring space, movement, and choreography in Site Gallery's Project Space this summer.

Sheffield Fayre

Mon. 26 August 2019

Norfolk Heritage Park, Guildford Avenue, S2 2PL

Bringing horticultural and family fun to the beautiful Norfolk Heritage Park for the seventeenth time this August bank holiday. Expect street entertainers, a massive horticulture show, classic cars, kite flying, woodland crafts, and tons more.

Star Wars (1977)

Mon. 26 August 2019

Abbeydale Picture House

See where it all began, with the original unforgettable adventure across the galaxy in the beautiful surroundings of the 1920s picture palace.

Hey Diddle Diddle

Tue. 27 August 2019

The Montgomery

Join flying cows, jazzy cats and runaway crockery in this new take on the magical classic nursery rhyme – featuring original songs and puppetry.

The Invention Station

Multiple dates

Kelham Island Museum

Take inspiration from Sheffield's industrial story, and have a go at building, designing and experimenting. Make your own buffer girl puppet, handle and draw objects from the collection, invent the machines of the future, and more.

Creative Works

Multiple dates

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Design your own clock like Benjamin Huntsman, make a miniature crucible pot out of clay, and lots more, at this series of family activities inspired by Sheffield's industrial heritage. Each Wednesday this summer.

Sheffield Bricktropolis Giant Mosaic Build

Multiple dates

Sheffield City Hall

Help make a huge mosaic from LEGO in the beautiful City Hall ballroom.

Summer of Crafts and Living History

Wed. 31 July 2019 — Fri. 30 August 2019

National Emergency Services Museum

As well as all the usual vehicles to climb on and uniforms to climb in, this August kids can get hands-on with activities each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Make your own beach flag, discover the story of water rescue and climb on board a lifeboat.

A Summer of Family Classics

Mon. 29 July 2019 — Fri. 30 August 2019


A weekly-changing lineup of family classics with the likes of The Goonies, Babe, and Neverending Story. Plus there's the added bonus that when the heatwave comes, there's no place better to cool off than a cinema screen.

Under The Jolly Roger

Wed. 28 August 2019 — Sat. 31 August 2019

The Local Theatre

Two young people find themselves in world of piracy and mystery. You control their destiny, in this high sea adventure for ages 8+.

Summer of Buttons

Wed. 24 July 2019 — Sun. 1 September 2019

National Videogame Museum

A family-friendly programme of playable exhibits and workshops dedicated to the humble button.