Make Yourself at Home and Rediscover Sheffield

Sheffield’s fantastic businesses have been working really hard for re-opening and many more are getting excited to welcome you back. This page is a collection of stories and updates showcasing what they have to offer, along with the great things to look forward to and inspiration ideas for rediscovering your city.

We’ll also be sharing more positive community stories about the everyday heroes and organisations, who’ve been putting in the extra effort to make Sheffield feel like home again. If you have a story you’d like to share, please get in touch with us at or tag us in your posts @VisitSheffield #SheffieldMakes.

Sheffield’s ‘Make Yourself at Home’ initiative is all about supporting local businesses and communities as life gradually moves forward - anyone can get involved! Find out how and help yourself to our FREE toolkit here.

Bringing together families and friends, businesses, schools, artists and the community, the Bears of Sheffield trail has now begun, with 160 distinctive bear sculptures now installed in public places across the city.

Sheffield’s steel heritage is to be celebrated through a new contemporary exhibition taking place at Sheffield Cathedral this Summer. The Foundry runs 16 July - 2 September and will be FREE to attend. 

Sheffield is set to celebrate its reputation as The Outdoor City this summer as the council launches a new campaign to encourage people to enjoy all the city has to offer in the coming months.

Tramlines is set to go ahead with a full capacity festival at Hillsborough Park, 23 - 25 July, as part of Events Research Programme. This means that the Sheffield event will be the biggest music event in Europe since the pandemic started.

A new exhibition at the Millennium Gallery set to present some of the last paintings made by one of Britain’s leading abstract artists, Sheffield-born John Hoyland. The exhibition will display several works that have never been shown publicly before.

Fancy seeing how Yorkshire’s first bean-to-bar craft chocolate maker, take cacao from around the globe and turn it into award-winning chocolate? Join Bullion Chocolate for a tour and tasting at their new Chocolate Factory in Sheffield.

If you weren’t already spoilt for choice with the vibrant independent food and drinks places on offer in Sheffield, here’s a whole of new cafes, bars and restaurants to try and some developments to keep an eye out for later in the year…

Beat the Street is now live in Sheffield and thousands of people are playing! This FREE interactive challenge encourages people of all ages to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives by turning the city into a six-week game. 

The Roberts Institute of Art (RIA) and Sheffield Museums are delighted to announce details of an exhibition of works to be displayed from David and Indrė Roberts Collection this summer.

A former cutlery works in Sheffield is set to open its doors to theatre audiences later this month, as resident theatre company Only Lucky Dogs host a line-up of promising performers in the Makerspace at Portland Works, 18 June- 24 July.

Given all the hills in Sheffield it’s no surprise that many of our favourite parks find themselves incorporating a steep gradient or two, offering stunning views across the city- here’s some of the best to enjoy.

Another special weekend of music, art, technology and dancing and will take place in Sheffield, 15 -17 October 2021 when No Bounds Festival returns with full capacity venues and body shaking sound systems.

When the Sheffield Arena Vaccination Centre closes on 23 July 2021 over 400,000 patients will have received their vaccination at the venue, with the 173 consecutive event days creating a Sheffield Arena record unlikely to ever be beaten.

New Era Square at St Mary’s Gate features restaurants, street food kiosks, the city’s largest oriental supermarket and shops – all located around a modern public square, complete with giant panda art installations.

It's been a while since we could enjoy browsing in person & there are lots of fantastic independent retailers right across Sheffield ready to welcome you back.

Here in Sheffield we are all incredibly lucky to be able to easily get to amazing green spaces and the outdoors – which is what has given us the nickname ‘The Outdoor City’.

With the next stage of lockdown restriction easing now officially going ahead, from Monday 17 May we'll start to see the welcome return of some of Sheffield’s best loved indoor visitor attractions and cultural venues.

Recent times have highlighted how valuable outdoor spaces are. That’s why it’s very important we look after these vital spaces & everyone does their bit to help. Here’s a rundown of the key things we should all remember while enjoying The Outdoor City…

Whether you're an independent business, community group, or work for a larger organisation- we’d really like you to be part of 'Make Yourself At Home'-  find out how you can get involved and download the FREE toolkit. 


Make Yourself at Home has been partly funded by the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), as part of the Reopening High Streets Safely (RHSS) project. More info here. 

The project is receiving up to £500,000 of funding from ERDF as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF.

Established by the European Union, ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community