A city break with a soundtrack

Music & Sheffield - we do this all the time.

Music lover? Like to combine a weekend getaway with a gig or two? You’ve come to right place.
Whether you've got tickets booked already or like the thrill of discovering new music in unexpected places, there’s a whole lot more to explore in our musical city… and it’s not all blokes in bands either.

Throw in a legendary beer scene, amazing foodie places, indie shopping and great outdoors on the doorstep, and you’ve got a pretty enjoyable weekend away sorted, or so we like to think.

Sounds like your kind of city break? See more inspiration for the perfect weekend in Sheffield below…


Gigs to remember

Great gigs can make moments you'll never forget. They may be the sole reason for your city stay or an unexpected bonus.

There are loads of venues in our city that host brilliant musicians from all genres throughout the year, so you'll never be short of a great performance and you might just be watching the next big thing.

Delve into our event listings to see what’s coming…

See upcoming music events

The best kind of arrival

Sheffield has a legendary beer scene and, conveniently, the city's main railway station is the perfect place to start some beery exploration. The Sheffield Tap is a microbrewery and pub based on Platform 1, ready and waiting the moment you step off the train.

Housed within the former Edwardian Refreshment Rooms of Sheffield Station, the original art deco interior has been lovingly restored, creating a grand backdrop to enjoy a pint. If you choose to sample one of their house Tapped Brew Co. beers, you'll be sat right next to where it was brewed too. 

It's certainly a fitting gateway into one of the craft beer capitals of the world!

See more on Sheffield's Beer Scene

'The UK's foodie hotspot'

So says The Observer Food Monthly, and we're not going to argue with that. Passionate producers and local enthusiasm have really helped nurture a thriving independent scene in Sheffield, one you should be hungry to delve into. 

From the best brunches and street food on the go to fine dining, you can find quality places to eat and drink in all corners of the city. But, it’s in some of Sheffield’s vibrant suburbs where friendly neighbourhood bistros have really been winning over locals and national food critics alike… allow us to introduce you to them.

Eat & drink with us
A three piece band plays live in front of a crowd at Alder.

Home-grown festivals

Festivals are the ultimate escape for music lovers, because why watch just one gig when you can spend a whole weekend seeing a plethora of bands, artists, DJs and more.

It's no surprise then, with music heritage as strong as ours, that Sheffield has plenty of home-grown festivals to choose from. From multi-venue festivals like Get Together, No Bounds and Float Along to the city’s summer outdoor extravaganza Tramlines, there’s something to suit all tastes. 

Events & Festivals 2024

Street art

If you like a little cultural exploration when visiting a new place, Sheffield has some fantastic free galleries, plus you'll find street art all over the city, but we've also got the augmented reality rooftop kind too, in the form of Look Up.

The world's first permanent, augmented reality art exhibition Look Up transforms the city's buildings with unique virtual creations. It's completely FREE to see, you just have to download the app and let the map guide you to one of the outdoor locations. If you like what you see, you can also capture photos and videos from within the app to share on your social.  

Discover Look Up

Unique outdoor markets

We're known as The Outdoor City, mainly because of our incredible access to greenspace - but we bring that ethos into the city centre too. Pollen Market set up in 2021 on the amazing Grey to Green regeneration area in Castlegate, a short walk from the train station. It's now a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike, showcasing the best of independent retailers specialising in all things floral - with food, drink and music all mixed in.

See all markets

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An alternative LGBTQ+ guide to Sheffield by Andro & Eve


Discover what Sheffield is all about when it comes to nightlife, from clubs and venues to late bars and hangout spaces.


Wherever you want to rest, you'll find it here in Sheffield. From four star hotels and family run B&Bs to homely self-catering cottages or caravan sites, you'll find accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.

Headline Events

Some of Sheffield's biggest annual events and festivals are internationally renowned within their own right, attracting audiences from across the globe to the city.

Food & Drink

The best of our independent scene! From food halls to fine dining, street food to cosy cafes, across the city you'll be spoilt for choice.

Funding information

The advertising campaign promoting City Breaks in Sheffield is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus