Ten things to do in Sheffield this bank holiday weekend

The beginning of May is always welcomed by the British population, due to the first weekend of the month being a traditional bank holiday.

With the weather usually beaming, ‘May Day’ is usually a fair excuse to have a day out with family and friends.

Sheffield is a haven for events and things to do, and can cater for all ages and interests. Here we list the ten best things to do in Sheffield this weekend, with a little bit for everyone.

Sheffield Highland Fling

A craft fair featuring newborn spring animals, face painting and strongman demonstrations is taking over Graves Park on Monday.

The Highland Fling proves immensely popular with families every year and there’s no reason it will change in 2019.

The event is free of charge and runs from 10.30am to 5.30pm.

World Snooker Championships

The stage is set for a grand finale at the world famous Crucible theatre

Sheffield is the home of snooker, and the World Championships are set to conclude this weekend at the Crucible theatre.

Even if you are unable to get your hands on a ticket, there are big screens outside with many people stood outside soaking in the atmosphere.

The final is this weekend, with Judd Trump, Gary Wilson, David Gilbert and four-time winner John Higgins set to battle the semi-finals for a place in the grand finale.

Tour de Yorkshire

Sheffield may not boast the splendid views along the way of Tour de France, but the Tour de Yorkshire certainly runs it close.

Kicking off on Thursday in Doncaster, the route will pass through many surrounding areas of Sheffield, with the likes of Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish cycling in the contest.

UK Coffee Week

The picturesque setting of Marmadukes coffee shop

Coffee shops in Sheffield are taking part in a nationwide celebration of coffee to raise money for Project Waterfall – a charitable initiative bringing clean water, education and sanitation to coffee-growing communities.

Not only is there an opportunity to sample the wealth of independent coffee shops in Sheffield this weekend, but money from every cup will help provide clean water to those that need it most.

Marmadukes, The Steam Yard, and The Devonshire, are three of the finest coffee spots involved and provide the perfect opportunity for combining a work break with a charity donation.

The Steam Yard ice cream

The quaint settings of the Steam Yard coffee shop

A brand new range of ice cream was launched this week by Sheffield independents the Steam Yard and Bullion Craft Chocolate.

Yesterday, five new additions to menu were debuted to the public, including ‘the Fro-Nut’ – a freshly baked ring donut stuffed with ice-cream.

Located on Division Street, the Steam Yard will be serving up the UK’s first ever bean-to-bar chocolate ice cream, which means the entire process from the cacao bean stage to the final creation is handled by one brand.

The result is beautifully and carefully curated chocolate ice cream, perfect for a hot bank holiday’s weekend.

National Walking Month

It is ‘National Walking Month’ and Sheffield is the so-called walking capital of Britain with the Peak District on its doorstep.

There are a number of groups in Sheffield that arrange organised walks for people of all ages, but there are also a number of good paths that are easily accessible by car or public transport around the Peaks.

If you don’t fancy venturing that far, Sheffield is home to a plethora of stunning parks with walks of both short and long distances. A recommended walk would be to loop around Endcliffe Park and then the Botanical Gardens across the way, which is around 4km in total.

Student colour run

Students pass through the finish line at the 2018 event

Sticking with the fitness theme, there is a student colour run this Saturday, where the awesome atmosphere of student life is combined with fitness in a fun race.

You can choose to either partake in the run, or stand on the side and shower the competitors with an array of colourful paints and powder.

Beer gardens

Sheffield is home to some of the best beer gardens in the country, and was recently described as one of the leading beer cities in the UK.

See below for our map of the best ten craft beer pubs in Sheffield…

Spring market

There are stores that cater for all tastes at the markets

A collection of street food and small bespoke pop up shops currently resides outside the town hall in the centre of Sheffield.

Having personally sampled traditional Baklava, the JUS news team can confirm the Turkish street food tent is exceptional.

Other highlights amongst the huge variety of food stalls include paella, Dutch pancakes and Greek gyros.