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

Photos by Owen Richards

Castlegate is the historic heart of Sheffield. The area gets its name from the fact that it was once the site of the town’s castle. In the centuries since, it's housed bustling marketplaces, while its riverside has recently been transformed with green public spaces. Join in Castlegate Festival 2021 this September to celebrate the area's past, present and future, with music, street art, markets, walks and family fun.

Heritage Open Days
10–19 September
Your chance to explore hidden places rich in history, for free. Events around Castlegate include a tour of the remains of the Sheffield Castle and the Old Town Hall, an evening 'behind the screens' at the National Videogame Museum, and more. See our picks of Sheffield's Heritage Open Days events and check the HODs website for more.

Sheffield Walking Festival
10–19 September
The Walking Festival takes place across the city. Near Castlegate, join in the Tales of City Centre Music Halls walk on 14 or 16 September.
Find out more.

Music Festival & Market
11 September, 4–10pm
Broad Street and Exchange Street
A free, one-day music festival and market. With live entertainment, family-friendly activities, art and market stalls, and local food and drink vendors. RiteTrax will host an outdoor stage featuring live music from The Mouse Outfit, Otis Mensah, K.O.G. and more. On Exchange Street, there'll be a skate jam (2–6pm) and live street art (4–10pm). After 10pm, the entertainment moves indoors, with after parties at Bal Fashion Social and Plot 22.
Find out more.

Delicious Clam Canal Party
11 September, 3pm–4am
Delicious Clam
DIY music venue Delicious Clam is opening its doors for a free afternoon and night of music, with bands including Naguals, Sister Wives, Bobby Lee, Buzz Lightyear and Big Break.
Find out more.

12 September, 4pm–midnight
Plot 22
A celebration of the contributions that immigrants make to the city. With music including DJs braai, an African BBQ, craft beer and gin, and art and fashion stalls. Raising funds for City of Sanctuary Sheffield.

11–12 and 18–19 September
Two weekends of family events, workshops, food and music, including: Macramé Workshop (11 September, 3–5pm, £30), DJ nights (18 and 19 September, from 6pm, free), the launch of the Sheffield Resilience exhibition, and more.
Follow @kommune_ch on Instagram for details.

Sheffield Waterfront Festival
18 September, 10am–4pm
Victoria Quays
The Canal and River Trust will transform Victoria Quays and Attercliffe Don Valley Moorings into a free festival of activity, entertainment and stalls. In Victoria Quays there'll be boat trips throughout the day, canoe and paddle boarding taster sessions, stonemasonry workshops, theatrical walking tours, street performances and more. Over in Attercliffe, try your hand at Bollywood dancing, storytelling, street art or ice skating, and enjoy a range of street performances. Between the two sites there'll also be a canal creature and art trail to explore.
Find out more.

A Celebration of Grey to Green
18 September, 10am–4pm
Castlegate (off Lady’s Bridge)
The Grey to Green project has transformed Castlegate, with green spaces, pedestrianisation and cycling paths. To coincide with to the official opening ceremony, there'll be local community market stalls, Caribbean food, refreshments and musical entertainment along Castlegate (the street).

Pollen Market
19 September, 10am–4pm
Castlegate (off Lady’s Bridge)
From the team behind Peddler market, Pollen is a monthly celebration of all things botanical. With greenery, live music, art, local produce and more.
See @pollenmarketsheffield on Instagram for more info.

Art workshops
18 September, 11am–3pm
Yorkshire Artspace: Exchange Place Studios
Join the artists of Exchange Place Studios for free drop-in art workshops, suitable for all ages.

artSocial and brewSocial
10–19 September
The Social
The Social is an inclusive new space for events, exhibitions, food and drinks, at at 24–26 Snig Hill. Pop in during the Castlegate Festival on weekday afternoons and weekends for drawing, painting, sculpting and origami workshops as well as some food and drink.
Find out more.

Great Aunt Bea – The Life of an Ordinary Sheffield Woman
Fronteer Gallery
18 September, 2–7pm and 19 September, 11–4pm
On Exchange Street, Fronteer is hosting an exhibition drawing on the photos and stories of an ordinary Sheffield woman whose life was full of adventures.
Find out more.

They Lived in Castlegate
Follow a trail of plaques to learn about some of the notable people who lived, worked or had fun in the Castlegate area over the last 400 years – including the UK's first Black circus master Pablo Fanque (c1810–71), mushy pea pioneer Ella Gasking (1891–1966) and more.

See the full Castlegate Festival 2021 programme.

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