Sheffield has changed quite a lot in the last twenty years with new buildings a revamped university and a brand new attitude. It is becoming more tourist friendly with more and more information becoming more available. Dont get me wrong it will never be a number one holiday destination but it is worth taking a look around if here. The fondest memory of Sheffield has to be when I was a child and competed in Sheffield city center road racing.........smaller version of Tour De France....but much smaller ;O) for a team called Sheffield Phoenix.
Photos will come later when my mothers found them ;o)
The photo is of the Winter Gardens inside has a host of local tourist information and also has various exhibitions and displays. It is situated right in the middle of the city and is pretty hard to miss.
Hen Nights/Stag nights
Traditionally held the night before the wedding i.e Fri night, but hangovers etc, meant a move to Thurs night. Nowadays for some reason, these pre wedding "last night of freedoms" are held at least a week before the nuptuals, some being held abroad, Barcelona, Prague, Amsterdam being popular destinations.
However, In Sheffield, on Thur/Fri/ Sat nights be prepared for groups of women , headed by one,attired in bridal veil, and adorned with a nylon nightie covered in condoms/L plates/porno pics/messages etc etc, followed by a gang of shrieking mates, wearing devil horns/Beware Hen Party on the lose sashes etc.. wielding bottles of alcopops, or dubious looking cocktails!
Stag groups, although not usually dressed in a similar way, can be spotted, again downing vast quantities of beer, lager etc etc.
Usually frequenting West Street, Division Street, Carver Street areas, Flares, Yates's, Ice Bar, Reflex, Lloyds, RSVP, Kingdom nightclub etc....Again to be spotted at chucking out time, weaving an unsteady route to the nearest taxi.
Sheffield Tigers ( Seedway )
Excellent night out here I do like this and used to go and watch the Tigers as a child. It is speedway on strange looking motor bikes that do not have brakes.....what can I say....action action action
Price is about 8-9 pounds and children go free.....meetings are usually held on a thursday night at around 730pm and last untill around 10 pm. There is always a good crowd of good natured people at these events and is a true family atmosphere. Beleive it or not it is at the same place as the dog track...see Dog Racing or Casino for directions. You need warm clothing in the cold months. One thing to watch out for is if you stand close to the track the motor bikes can kick up a lot of grit that will hit you at head height....you have been warned.
One friend of mine who hadn`t been before decided to take photos of the riders as they was racing...not a good idea when they are racing into a corner and see your flash light.
All the tracks photod here are quite accesable for walking, mountain biking and some times horse riding. Tourist information offices are quite good at high lighting the routes you can and are allowed to take.
THE FORUM CAFE BAR
The Forum is one of the few bars in Sheffield that holds a late licence until 1 am. Situated in the heart of the DEVONSHIRE QUARTER, it nestles in amongst the other trendy bars, shops and restaurants that make the area so popular. Everything about the place is what you could call 'FUNKY'! from the decor, to the music, to the staff. It's one of Sheffield's places to see and be seen in, but it hasn't got any pretentious vibes about it- it's just a place to go and relax and have fun. The great thing about the place is that it's just as good during the day as it is at night. By day it's more like a cafe, serving great coffee and delicious meals and it's a lovely cosy place to watch the shoppers passing by on a cold afternoon! There is also a mini shopping centre attatched where you can buy all sorts of cool stuff, but there's more about that in another section. All in all THE FORUM is the place to go to carry on the fun when all the normal pubs close! Anything goes.