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Posted by: Maria Iliffe
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Here's a list of free, local, outdoorsy activities to help you once again enjoy Sheffield outside in the sun

With the sun seeming to stay, it brings new energy, positivity and motivation into our lives, persuading us to go outside and bask in its glory. As tempting as it is, at this point in the year, many of us struggle to find the time or money to relax outside. With this list of free, local, outdoorsy activities, you can once again enjoy Sheffield outside and in the sun.

 

Markets

Providing arrays to delicious food, beverages, artisan crafts, live music, local talent, entertainment and more, markets are one of the best free days out. Of course, if you choose to treat you or a loved one it could cost a little, but just browsing stalls and enjoying the atmosphere is free of cost and a great summer pastime.

 

The first Saturday and Sunday of each month is marked by Peddler Market and all the exceptional street food on offer. Now held in a dedicated space, Peddler Warehouse, will celebrate all things food, with great drinks, music, treats and more.

 

Next held on the 27th April, Pollen, the inner city flower market delivers an abundance of greenery, live music, art, local produce and more. Looking over the river Don at Grey to Green in Castlegate, the Peddler team are excited to bring you another unique market experience.

 

Sharrow Vale, known for its quaint independent shops and businesses, holds great seasonal markets throughout the year, with summer marking the next on 12th June.  Running since 2008, the Sunday market attracts hundreds of visitors to enjoy stalls, music, live acts and delicious food and drink.

 

Parks

Of course one of the best free activities to enjoy in the sun, parks; providing a great base for a day out, walk around, nature appreciation, fun in the playgrounds or enjoying greenery. Sheffield is renowned for having a great selection of parks spread out across the city.

 

Most of the parks celebrate spring with fresh flower beds and blossoming buds, heading to the Botanical Gardens on Ecclesall Road, you won’t be short of a beautiful flower display.

 

Sheffield Winter Garden, home more than 2,000 plants from all around the world, is the largest urban glasshouse anywhere in Europe and well worth a free visit.

 

Perfect for a day out, Graves park not only has a popular café, massive tennis courts, acres of land for walking and an exciting playground, but an entire animal farm!

 

Containing a beautiful forest, steams flowing into the lake, a massive field with an ice cream van, two children’s playgrounds and a café, Endcliffe Park has it all. Bustling with people when the sun comes out, this park is a classic summer favourite.

 

Museums

Museums are another great option for getting out and about in Sheffield without a cost. The city is blessed with so many incredible galleries, museums and art spaces that residents and visitors alike are spoilt for choice.

 

A go to when the sun’s shining, Western Park Museum is a great space to explore art and the exciting exhibitions on display. Located in the scenic Western park, visitors almost always enjoy the museum and adjoining park, making it a great day out.

 

Millennium Gallery is a local favourite, located in the city centre, the museum holds exciting events, exhibitions and collections well worth a visit. Walking through the gallery you arrive at Sheffield Winter Garden for the option of a scenic end to your route.

 

Graves Gallery is the home of Sheffield's visual art collection, situated above the Central Library, the Gallery is a peaceful haven for visitors to explore and enjoy. Perfect for taking friends, family or browsing on your own, the location means it’s easy to continue the day around town.

 

When visiting the renowned Kelham Island Museum expect an outdoor collection, main museum, transport galleries, Hawley gallery, Crucible shop, open store and conservation workshop, onsite café/bar and popular pub; teaching you all about Sheffield’s industry and steelmaking history.

 

Woodland

Known to help with health, mental well-being, sight-seeing and getting a tan (if you’re lucky), walking is one to the best ways to have fun outdoors. With all the vast woods and forests in Sheffield, it’s no challenge to find a beautiful walking spot.

 

Ecclesall Woods is the largest ancient semi-natural woodland in South Yorkshire, expect 15km of public footpaths running through the woods as well as the Abbeydale miniature railway!

 

Only 20 minutes out of the centre, Grenoside Woods provides excellent opportunities for wildlife watching, exploration and recreation, with 169 hectares rich in animals and history.

 

With walking routes that can be followed to nearby Shepherd’s Wheel, Forge Dam, Endcliffe park and even right out into the Peak District, Whiteley Woods is bursting with beautiful woodland ideal for exploring.

 

Views

Luckily for locals, Sheffield’s infamously built on 7 hills, meaning the land makes for stunning views looking down onto different areas in the city. Located in various destinations, there’s a high chance you’re a short distance away from gazing across the city.

 

Located on Chesterfield Road, Meersbrook Park is set on a steep hillside, offering stunning panoramic views over central Sheffield to the north. Within the park are two historic buildings: Bishops' House and Meersbrook Hall, perfect to complete a day of sight-seeing.

 

With views of the city’s stunning skyline, Cholera Monument marks the top of a hill with a small set back park and woodland (Clay Wood). Showing Sheffield’s most iconic buildings, this spot is known as one of the best and most central viewpoints in the city.

 

Not only does Bolehill Recreational Ground have a fantastic outdoor play area, basketball courts, a BMX track, football pitches, a bowling club and woods /parklands, but the best view in Sheffield for a sunset! Looking out over the Loxley and Rivelin Valleys you’re given a panoramic vista straight out to the Peak District.

 

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