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Kelham Island: Plenty to shout about

by Now Then Sheffield
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Characterised by those imposing yet beautiful red brick buildings, and recently named Best Neighbourhood in the UK, Kelham Island has grown to become a go-to destination for those seeking the independent and the artisan.

In the October issue of Now Then, we put together a page featuring six Kelham Island businesses. As a thank you to them for advertising with us, we thought we'd show them a bit of extra love.

Kelham Island Books & Music

If you enjoy spending blissful hours browsing books and vinyl, look no further. Kelham Island Books & Music is a veritable treasure trove of second-hand literature, records and CDs, renowned for the high quality of its stock. With beautiful collections of first folios, leather-bound hardbacks, and Sheffield and Peak District pamphlets, you can lose yourself in ghost tales, poetry and industrial history. They also sell a superb collection of new books at reasonable prices, along with greetings cards, prints and small gifts. Perfect for treating someone nice - or yourself.

Oh cheese, how we love thee

Sheffield Cheesemasters

Oh cheese, how we love thee. And now our curd dreams have come true, because Sheffield has its very own cheesemaker. Sheffield Cheesemasters is an urban dairy making three artisan cheeses: Little Mester, a soft camembert, Yorkshire Poutine Cheese Curds (poutine = chips + curds + gravy), and Sheffield Blue, a soft matured Cambozola. They also create cheese wedding cakes and run monthly cheese-making workshops and cheese and wine evenings. The workshops and evening events are both available to purchase as vouchers through their website.

Church - Temple of Fun

Beautiful religious iconography, gorgeous florals and a jaw-dropping ceiling fresco make Church - Temple of Fun the perfect place to while away the hours with friends during the day and at night. Vegan trailblazers Make No Bones are on full-time food duties, serving up a truly innovative range of sweet and savoury treats. On the bar you'll find drinks to suit all tastes, including speciality gins, craft beers and signature cocktails. Be sure to keep an eye on their listings because the venue has also become a hotspot for film screenings, gigs and retro games tournaments.

Kelham Deli & Produce

If, like us, you thoroughly enjoy having a good nosey in a nice deli, be sure to make some time for Kelham Deli & Produce. Having opened earlier this year, they've curated a lovely space brimming with fresh food and everyday essentials, including cured meats, cheese, olives, bread, freshly-roasted coffee to go, craft beers, wines, fresh veg, flowers and more to boot. They also have a strong environmental focus with weigh-and-pay dried goods and store cupboard essentials available to buy plastic-free.

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Kelham Island Food Tours

Whether you're a Sheffield resident or just visiting, what better way to enjoy the food and drink of Sheffield than with someone who knows all the best bits? Kelham Island Food Tours offers a unique way of experiencing the area's many independent traders, including Sheffield's only urban cheesemaker, a bean-to-bar chocolate maker, coffee roasters, bakers, local gin and beer makers, plus independent restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars. The Taste of Kelham Island Tour is described as "the ultimate long lunch", while The Artisan Tour takes you on a whistlestop journey of 12 producers. Look forward to enjoying lots of lovely samples. Check out their website for upcoming tour dates and to book.

It's fully skater-owned and operated

The House Skatepark

Sheffield's finest skatepark was opened by two friends in 1998. It's fully skater-owned and operated and has become a local institution. They offer private hire, skateboard lessons and run competitions, as well as skateboard and scooter hangouts. They also have the only indoor concrete bowl in the North, alongside a fully stocked shop selling skateboard and scooter parts and, arguably most importantly, a constantly changing street course and some of the oldest street art by renowned Sheffield artists.

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