Sheffield Festival of Science & Engineering

Throughout March

Sheffield’s festival celebrating world-class research in science, technology, engineering and maths returns in March with another packed programme of inspiring events open to all ages.

The city’s two universities have teamed up to deliver over 50 free talks, activities and events being held all over the city in labs, lecture theatres, museums, pubs, the Winter Garden, the Moor Market and more. You can just turn up to many, but some require booking in advance, so go to the website for details.

Our pick of the offerings includes Queen of Air, a 'poem film' celebrating University of Sheffield alumni Amy Johnson, which was created by Now Then sister project Wordlife. The first woman to hold an authorised mechanics licence, Johnson went on to break flying records across the world. The film is being projected onto the outside of The Diamond on the evening of 15 March.

Also unmissable is the interactive robotics exhibition, Co-botics: Our Future Shared with Robots, being held at The Crucible on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 March. Exploring robots’ role in our future society, the exhibition offers the chance to get up close (and not-so-personal) with robots which could transform our daily lives, as well as the opportunity to quiz the researchers making them.

There’s also a talk on the phase of foetal development where we turn from “a single egg, to a flat disc, to a worm-like creature.” Some of us are still in that last stage.

Mirage Vape Stores

Mirage have been a mainstay - arguably the mainstay - on the Sheffield e-cigarette scene since the smoking alternative began its global rise a few years back.

Vapourising is clearly a much better idea than smoking, but having trust in the liquid you use is a must. Mirage have led the way in e-liquid manufacturing from their own labs and distribution centres, and the company formed the Electronic Cigarette Trade Association (ECITA) in 2010 to help set new standards in quality and legal compliance across all of their e-cigarette technology.

All Mirage e-liquids are tested independently in the UK for quality and contaminates, very much justifying their 'Made in Sheffield' brand mark. They have also fully submitted products to the MHRA for the upcoming EU Tobacco Products Directive to ensure the safety of their entire range.

Over the next few months, Mirage are refurbishing all of their existing stores in line with their recent rebrand. They have also manufactured their own mechanical mod using the best Sheffield stainless steel, cutting no corners to bring you a sturdy, stylish and beautifully-crafted product that is a joy to hold in your hand. They have also recently started exporting their Made in Sheffield liquid ranges to Europe, China and the US.

Old Crown Inn

137 London Road

The Old Crown on London Road has seen something of a rise from the ashes of late. It’s had a reshuffle, a lick of paint and its focus has been well and truly turned to live music.

Well-loved local artist and promoter Martin Bedford will be one of the refurbished venue’s regular fixtures. His monthly night, Kick Out The Jams, has already pulled the crowds in, with plenty more to follow. There’s also a respectable collection of Bedford's prints on display, echoing The Leadmill in the 80s, of which he was a founding member.

Kick Out The Jams isn’t all that’s on offer though, with reggae and roots night Riddimtion, new night Bouquet of Steel and 'Adam Beard Does A Thing', to name just a few of their upcoming events.

The new bodies behind The Crown are also continuing to work on their 'ever-expanding range of real ales' and have recently nodded towards the introduction of a food menu in the not-too-distant future…

Keep an eye on their website and social media for details.

Festival of Debate 2017

Opus, the social enterprise behind this here mag, also runs Festival of Debate, a series of events themed around political, social and economic issues. In 2016, we ran around 80 events, large and small, with no small amount of help from many local individuals and groups, from big keynote speakers to small discussion groups.

This year we are aiming to programme events between April and June. If you're reading this in February, there is still time to get in touch. We are interested in co-running any and all kinds of events which get audiences thinking about important topics, and we may be able to help with some funding to make things happen. All events will be included in a widely distributed print brochure, as well as promoted online through our website and social media.

We can help with logistics and planning, marketing, equipment, venue hire and volunteers, so if all you've got is a good idea, that's grand. Go the site and click 'Events' to get a feel for past events, and get in touch if you want to be involved.

Hagglers Corner

586 Queens Road

The Antiques Quarter of Sheffield holds many a hidden gem, including the excellent Hagglers Corner. Dave and Sarah took on this run-down building complex and with a lot of time and effort have lovingly transformed it into a home for intimate gigs, personal weddings, creative makers and doers, a yoga studio and a wonderful cafe.

Kaffihús has been serving locals its tasty treats and coffee since Hagglers opened, but now they’re branching out. Not only are you able to get their classy and classic sandwiches in house, but they will also deliver to your office. Hagglers is also home to the Diamond & Frogs and Copperbelle shops.

The most exciting thing that’s happened recently at Hagglers is the opening of their new bar. Open from 4pm every Wednesday to Sunday, it’s the perfect place to grab a post-work pint or while away the evening with good cocktails and good company. They're all geared up for Valentine's Day, with flowers, food and cocktails, so it's the perfect time to take a look.

Thrifty Store

Castle House

Sheffield loves a good vintage shop, holding hidden gems and regalia that remind us of times gone by.

Thrifty Store is by far the city's biggest vintage shop. Based at Castle House, the old Co-op building next to the old Castle Market on Angel St, it’s a warren of vintage finds.

There’s vast arrays of items from the swinging 60s and rocking 80s, as well as contemporary takes on classics. From top to toe, Thrifty Store has what you need to create a unique and individual outfit.

Thrifty are specialists in a huge range of designer clothes, but though they will deck you out for life, they can also help you discover forgotten vinyl gems and some amazing second-hand furniture pieces.

With over 30 tonnes of stock, Thrifty Store is Sheffield's biggest and cheapest vintage outlet, so it's definitely worth heading down for your fix.