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Haddon Hall / One Flew Over... / Broomhill Festival / GNCCF / African Sanctus / Kickov


Situated in the Peak District just outside Sheffield, Haddon Hall is a Tudor stately home which, as well as being packed with 15th-century history, caught the attention of the makers of Pride & Prejudice, The Princess Bride and The Other Boleyn Girl, who featured this elegant building in their movies. In March, it opened its doors to allow us to step back in time and immerse ourselves in 900 years of art and history.

This summer season brings with it events for all the family to enjoy at Haddon Hall, most of which are within the general admission prices – adults £15.75, concessions and students £15, with children under 15 entering for free and a small charge for parking. Visitors can expect guided tours, archery, music recitals, artisan markets and historical recreations across various dates in May, June and July, with more fun to come in the autumn.

Stop for afternoon tea in the restaurant to make the most of the beautiful scenery and browse the gift shop to take more home than just memories. Those looking for a longer stay can visit The Peacock at Rowsley, a picturesque, Grade II-listed hotel with an excellent restaurant and bar.

Book tickets online or find out more at


7-23 June, Crucible Theatre

The cult classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is coming to the Crucible stage this month. The novel by Ken Kesey tells the story of a small-time criminal choosing to spend his sentence in a psychiatric ward rather than in jail. When he realises the reality of his situation, McMurphy is faced by Nurse Ratched, who is determined to continue her disciplinary regime without contest.

Sheffield Theatres associate director, writer and artist Javaad Alipoor is sure to give this much-loved story the treatment it deserves. Staying closer to the novel than the popular 1975 film did, it discusses toxic masculinity while capturing the epic rebellion of the film. Alipoor’s directorial play will be thought-provoking in its political elements, so fans of the film will certainly not be disappointed by the dark nature of the adaptation, but there is also a peppering of light comic relief.

The cast includes Joel Gillman (Silent Witness) as McMurphy, Lucy Black (The York Realist) as Nurse Ratched, and Jeremy Proulx as Chief Bromden. Tickets are on sale now at the Sheffield Theatres box office in person, via phone on 0114 249 6000 or online at, with prices starting at £15.


16-24 June

The Broomhill community is encouraging people of all ages to join them in celebrating local causes, as well as events commemorating 70 years of the NHS at this year's Broomhill Festival.

The Great Broomhill Bake-Off returns, aiming to beat the great cakes of 2017. The Great Get Together Afternoon is hosted in memory of Jo Cox MP and includes games, crafts and music from the Panama Steel Band, with more music at the Schools Concert and Coffee Concert, as well as the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra working their magic in the evening.

Broomhill Library, Infants School, and local homes will all be opening themselves up for the Open Gardens in aid of Sheffield charities. They've also not forgotten about the creative people of the city - Broomspring Writers will be hosting an event for budding writers, and eager actors can join 'a play in a day', hosted in St Mark’s Church.

You can pay on the day for most events, but for full details of everything on offer across this amazing week, visit the website.


27-29 July, Millennium Gallery

The award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is coming to Sheffield at the end of July, and it’s bringing with it 75 of the UK’s most talented designers and makers, each hand-picked by a panel of experts for their amazing work. The fair is in its tenth year, so expect something special.

We’re happy to say that after a competitive application process, some of Sheffield’s very best makers made it into the line-up. These fine creators will be selling work across a range of media, including jewellery, textiles, glass, ceramics, metalwork, art prints and much more, and there will also be the opportunity to commission your own bespoke pieces.

The Millennium Gallery is hosting the weekend event, with a preview on Friday 27 June from 6pm to 9:30pm. It will open to the public on Saturday 28 June, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday 29 June, 10am to 4pm. Tickets are available on the door, but as always they’re cheaper if bought in advance, so for full details as well as a link to buy tickets, head to

Photo: Aoife White silver bowl by Martin Smith


7 July, Octagon

Birmingham-based Keneish Dance and Sheffield Oratorio Chorus join forces on 7 July to perform David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus, blending powerful and emotional athleticism with African music, celebrating diversity and pushing the boundaries of traditions.

The choreography is commissioned by Arts Council England and supported by Yorkshire Dance and MAC Birmingham. With students from Firth Park Academy joining the choir, the 100-strong group will complement the on-stage movements.

The opening half is more hard-hitting and intimate, exploring addiction and recovery in 'High I’m…', which contrasts strongly with the second half, an explosion of religious and spiritual music, with tribal sounds recorded in Egypt, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya.

The evening is hosted at the Octagon, with adult tickets at £15, £12 concessions, and £5 for students and under 15s. Tickets are available on the door, at the Blue Moon Cafe by the Cathedral and via WeGotTickets. Find out more about the collaborators by heading to their websites: and


14 June - 15 July, Abbeydale Picture House

Football, craft beer, street food, an outdoor terrace – what's not to like? Watch the World Cup at Abbeydale Picture House courtesy of Kickov, who will be streaming the matches in HD for an immersive Soviet soccer experience.

Get Wurst will provide currywurst and hotdogs and Pie Eyed will offer South Yorkshire's finest pies for punters who want nothing more than a proper football pie. There is also the opportunity to dress up as your favourite football star for the unique Footy-oke, as well as testing your World Cup knowledge with Kickov’s Superstar Soviet Soccer Quiz, plus table football and beer pong tournaments.

Kickov begins on 14 June with an opening party, when the host nation kick off the tournament versus Saudi Arabia. Entry is free, so no matter what flag you stand under, take a trip to the Picture House and cheer them on. Find out more information about what’s on offer at


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