7-9 July, Catton Hall, Derbyshire
The entire world has been destroyed, governments have been overthrown and cities have fallen. You’ve spent a year looking over your shoulder, running in terror. But there’s hope. You’ve heard whispers in the deep of a sanctuary, a place where there’s life, music and, most importantly, community.
If you’re finding the end of the world a little hard to imagine, then let Rebuild take you there.
Not your run-of-the-mill festival, Rebuild aims to make us think about our place in the world and how we interact with the environment. With themed venues, decor and even interactive characters wandering around the site, it will be a highly immersive experience, with theatre, interactive games, discussions, foraging walks and workshops encouraging new skills and self-reliance. As the organisers, local crew Mesters Events, noted in their crowdfunding campaign: "It's not a festival about the end of the world – it's a festival about the world we could build."
But what would the collapse of society as we know it be without a good old knees-up? With live music from Molotov Jukebox, Zion Train and K.O.G. and the Zongo Brigade (many more TBC), alongside Sheffield party starters OffMeNut Records, LSS Sound System and Roots Sheffield, it’s bound to be a memorable experience.
Tickets are available now via Party For The People with a super early bird price of £70 plus booking. Catton Hall is about an hour from Sheffield, with separate coach tickets available soon.
17-19 March, iceSheffield
For the fifth year in a row, the Society of Independent Brewers' (SIBA) BeerX industry event returns to Sheffield, taking place on the weekend of 17-19 March.
This year they've added BeerAlive!, a new and improved beer festival in a pop-up beer hall next door to iceSheffield. To get there, just hop on the BeerAlive! Vintage Routemaster at The Fat Cat in Kelham Island, which will take you all the way for free.
BeerAlive! sets itself apart by being a festival organised by award-winning brewers, meaning every pint is pulled to perfection. With over 120 gold-winning cask and keg beers, plus hundreds more beers in bottle and can, the real creme de la creme of the beer elite will be there. These award-winning brews have been entered into SIBA competitions from all over the country, so this is a real opportunity to try beer from outside the local area.
Local live music and food are also in abundance, with sustenance from Sheffield's best street food traders, including Percy and Lily's, Pie Eyed and Fancy An Indian?. On the Sunday, SIBA are slowing things down with a family-friendly brunch session. There'll be music provided by SoFar Sounds, coffee and, of course, more beer (under 14s go free, under 18s to be accompanied by a responsible adult).
Tickets are on sale at BeerX.org for £7, which not only gets you a ticket, but also a commemorative glass thrown in for good measure.
Whirlow Hall Farm
Whirlow Lane, S11 9QF
The days are getting longer, flowers are starting to bloom and spring is officially in the air. Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief that the darkness of winter is finally starting to lift, and what says spring more than a trip to the local farm?
Whirlow Hall Farm offers more than your average farm. With a focus on education, it’s the perfect place for a day out of the city with the family. There are ponies, rabbits, goats and pigs – all your farm yard staples – and to really get you in the spring fling mood, on 19-20 April they’ll be hosting their lambing event. Nothing says spring like watching little lambs gambling into the world.
There’s a fully functioning cafe serving up delicious daily specials and the shop is stocked full of tempting treats to take home for the whole family.
The farm is open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, with tours happening on the hour between 11am and 3pm (weather permitting).
Let's Talk About Sex
1 March - 1 April, Theatre Delicatessen
Vagina. Penis. Penetrate. Anal. All words that normally incite giggles in even the most stoic of us – if not giggles, then looks of horror and disapproval.
Isn’t it silly, though? Sex is on all of our minds a lot of time, whether we’re interested in having it or not. We are living proof that our parents have a sex life, but it's still spoken about almost solely in drunken conversations or gossiped about behind closed doors.
Sheffield’s Theatre Deli is breaking the taboo open this March with its very own festival, aptly titled Let’s Talk About Sex. They’re kicking off in style on 1 March withBefore (The Line is Lost), a frank and open discussion around consent online, and Alphabet, a look at modern masculinity.
Following on with film screenings and professional workshops to complement the performances, and Buzz, a musical about the history of the vibrator, Let's Talk About Sex is not to be missed.
Tickets For Good
We've been convinced for a long time now about the importance of businesses having social aims, so it's a constant pleasure to be operating in a city where this is so often a foregone conclusion.
In close partnership with well-loved philanthropic ticketing platform Party For The People, Tickets For Good is a project aiming to improve health and wellbeing and increase access to independent arts and culture events, connecting social life and social good. When people buy tickets through T4G, the booking fees raise money for good causes through partnerships with events and festivals.
The next step for T4G is setting up its Access programme, an admirable venture to offer disadvantaged and isolated people free tickets to events, as well as support such as travel expenses and friendly company on the night.
If you're a promoter or organiser, think about selling your tickets via T4G. If you're a punter, visit the site and get booking.
If there’s one thing we’re good at here in Sheffield, it’s community – banding together for a project or cause that captures and inspires us. Sheffield Soup, spearheaded by the unstoppable forces that are Pennie Raven and Jonny Douglas, aims to catapult community causes to the forefront of our minds.
The audience pays on the door and four four-minute pitches take place over an evening of socialising and soup. Whoever convinces the audience that their idea is the best takes home the pot at the end of the night.
There are loads of ways to get involved, whether as an applicant or shortlist judge, serving soup on the night or just coming down to the regular events at The Print House with a fiver in hand and voting for your favourite project.
There are hundreds of good ideas around us, so why not put your money where your mouth is and help one on its journey?