Uni Festivals

Throughout November

Over the course of those 'quiet' summer months, busy bees at the University of Sheffield have been working hard to devise a programme of three distinct festivals to run throughout November, each demonstrating the latest in cutting-edge research from their prestigious departments. The list of events is extensive, so we've selected a few highlights to give you a flavour of what's in store for each.

KrebsFest is a celebration of the scientific research of Sir Hans Krebs, winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1953 for his pioneering work at the University of Sheffield. The public night will be held on 13 November, 5-8pm, where you can explore hidden worlds and see things previously hidden to the naked eye, as well as viewing the KrebsFest art commissions on display in Firth Hall. It's a drop-in event, so no need to book.

From 7-14 November, the Festival of Social Science will look at everything from economics and education to urban planning and law, with events for all ages. We recommend checking out the Journalism In Danger debate at the Crucible on Wednesday 11 November from the Centre for Freedom of the Media, and #RefugeesWelcome?, a script-in-hand reading of a dark comedy by writer Leah Chillery in collaboration with the Prospects for Migration Governance research project from the Department of Politics. 

Last up is Being Human, a festival of the humanities (12-19 November). From drinking cultures to folk music, it takes a creative look at how we represent being human, with all its complexities and dilemmas. 

Photo by Luke Jerram

Yellow Arch

30-36 Burton Road, S3 8BX

'A house of creative madness since 1997,' Yellow Arch Studios celebrates its 18th birthday this year, a phenomenal success story in its own right. Recently recording Richard Hawley's latest album, Hollow Meadows, and now the home of the Northern Regional School of Music exam centre, Yellow Arch appears to be going from strength to strength, fast becoming an internationally renowned recording studio which now includes a grand piano room. 

But why rest on laurels? This year Yellow Arch expanded, regenerated and grew into something bigger and arguably more significant for Sheffield. It became a home of live music performance, a venue hosting regular events across all genres, seeking to find and support those artists with real acumen who often slip under the radar of the popular press. Yellow Arch is ahead of the curve in many ways, hosting Nancy Kerr earlier this year before she went on to win the BBC Folk Artist of the Year in April. They also have dubmeister Jah Tubby coming up this month, playing for a solid six hours, a gig set to be one of the highlights for Sheffield music in November, and a further 100 shows already booked in for 2016.

But it's not all about art and music - it's also about job creation and opportunity. Yellow Arch has welcomed 12 new staff members this year and now employs a total of 20, a rare occurrence of expansion in an industry which far too often suffers from cutbacks. Congratulations Yellow Arch. Long may you thrive.

World Toilet Day

19 November

Imagine not having access to a working toilet or proper sanitation, things we so often take for granted. As we approach World Toilet Day on 19 November, we should consider that 2.3 billion people are left without the security, dignity, safety and hygiene that access to toilets and sanitation can provide, meaning that disease is spread much more easily, women and girls are more vulnerable to sexual attacks, and they lack the privacy they need during menstruation.

Local charity The Long Well Walk offers an opportunity to provide these life-saving facilities. Text TLWW22 and your donation amount to 70070, and 100% of your donation will go towards Long Well Walk projects. Not a penny spent on anything else.

Portland House

286 Ecclesall Road

Situated on Eccy Road, Portland House is a pub you’ll want to keep your eye open for. They serve quality food and drink with the simple aim of avoiding gimmicks and serving everything really well, an honest, down-to-earth approach that Sheffielders will appreciate.  

Whether it’s beers, wines, spirits or freshly baked bread and local cheeses you’re after, Portland House has you covered. The pub is run by Welbeck Abbey Brewery, so you'll find their own brews alongside plenty of others, and the meat, cheese, bread and chutney all come from Welbeck Farm Shop and Welbeck Bakehouse. The menu is seasonal and made up with drinks pairings in mind. If you're after something mellower, there's tea from Birdhouse Tea Co, coffee from Welbeck’s Sundlaug Coffee and Tipple Tails fruit cake on offer.

Party For The People


Philanthropist party pioneers PFTP are setting a high bar this November with two heavyweight line-ups over consecutive nights, as the Night Kitchen continues to cook up a storm heading into the winter months.

First up, on Friday 13 November, the renowned drum & bass label Critical Music will shake the main room, leaving their home at Fabric in London to satisfy Sheffield's thirst for all things D&B, while the basement will be graced by Tumble Audio with garage and grime. The warehouse will play host to a Roots Takover, offering some reggae-oriented respite.

The following night TNK puts on a showcase of talents from acclaimed electronic label AUS Music, with seven fresh acts in intimate surroundings. Tuck in.

Montgomery Theatre


For over 200 years, the historic Montgomery Theatre has been a bastion of the arts in Sheffield city centre, home to myriad plays, musicals and theatrical performances of all varieties.

With such a rich heritage, the building's multi-purpose spaces are the perfect place to get creative, whatever your age, discipline or level of experience. With the main 420-seat theatre, a flexible studio space and three rehearsal/exhibition/workshop spaces at your disposal, you'll find just the right environment to suit your needs.

In the run-up to Christmas they're also offering a hefty 15% discount on bookings, making it all the more affordable to boot. For more information and a what's on calendar, take a look at their site.



A gadabout is someone who roams about in search of social amusement. We're doing just that with our new gig series of the same name, curated by local performer Neil McSweeney. The aim is to bring music and good times to a different venue each month.

Last month's Gadabout with Steven James Adams and Eastern Seaboard Radio Station at Shakespeares was great, but now we're looking forward to Vera Van Heeringen at Cafe #9 on Sunday 8 November and A Gadabout Christmas (details TBA) at the University Drama Studio on Saturday 19 December. The latter will include a whole range of local and national performers doing short sets, some of them appropriately festive. Christmas jumpers encouraged.

Info is available on the above link and tickets can be obtained via WeGotTickets.

Peace in the Park Festival


It’s back! Or at least it will be next year, with your help.

Work has already begun on Peace in the Park 2016 and you can help make it happen, from running a fundraising event to straight up donating, from volunteering as a steward on the day to working year-round on planning. There’s an open meeting on 12 November, 7-9pm, at the Hallamshire House to talk about ways you can get involved.

If you’d like to help but can’t make it, contact sara@peaceinthepark.org.uk or go to localgiving.com/peaceinthepark to donate directly.