Favourite Things: The views of Beverley Nunn, events organiser at Heeley Millennium Park, which has a new climbing boulder
Beverley Nunn was born and raised in Sheffield and has lived in Heeley for seven years. She has sons, Indiana, five, and Lachlan, two, and works for Heeley Development Trust as the events’ organiser for Heeley Millennium Park, running activities such as volunteer workshops, school days, live music and the annual Heeley Festival. The largest community owned park in Sheffield, its new Sheaf Boulder will be launched with a ‘Heeley Hang bouldering’ session on Saturday from noon to 3pm, including music and food.
Heeley Millennium Park
Since I’ve lived in Heeley the park has changed and improved so much. New features, including mountain bike and BMX tracks, nature and art trails and playground equipment mean there are always people using it. The range of boulders now make it a real climbing hotspot. What I like best, though, is how in the spring and summer it can feel very much like you’ve stumbled upon somewhere quite wild. Areas of grass are left to grow, the wildflower bank bursts with colour and the woodland areas create exciting spaces for kids to explore. Having this in the midst of an urban neighbourhood is just fantastic.
I love poking around antique shops, so living so close to the Sheffield Antiques Quarter is fabulous. Heeley Bank Antiques Centre has two floors of antique, retro, vintage and handmade goods, as well as the brilliant Corner Gallery. I did most of my Christmas shopping here! Both The Antiques Emporium on Clyde Road and Sheffield Antiques Centre on Broadfield Road are like Aladdin’s cave sof treasures. And there are cafes selling delicious homemade cake!
When I was small I remember summer trips to Padley Gorge, at Fox House. Since having children I’ve rediscovered the place and now go for picnics and paddling with family and friends several times a year. It’s best to visit when it’s overcast, when there’s hardly anybody there, so we can take over with windbreaks, deckchairs, picnic blankets and food! Friends had their son’s naming day there a few years ago.
I love food from around the world, so I feel pretty spoilt living so near to London Road. The Osmen Turkish supermarket sells amazing freshly baked bread, as well as authentic Turkish Delight and sweet biscuits. At night, there’s a huge choice of restaurants and takeaways. I love Zeugma, which is Turkish, with its wonderful chicken shish kebabs and all the trimmings, and Amigos, which makes amazing beef steak burritos. The hand-pressed apple juice at the falafel bar, Fanoush, is just incredible.
The Crows Nest in the Millennium Park is the perfect spot for looking out over the Sheaf Valley. It’s surprisingly peaceful. Driving down East Bank Road at night you also get an amazing lit-up view of the city. Give me high rise flats and chimneys to admire any day over anything in the countryside!
Live Music in Heeley
Last September we ran our first Big Boulder music event on a gorgeous sunny afternoon in the Millennium Park. We’ve since formed a close working relationship with local music promoters Four Rivers. This year’s Big Boulder is on September 8, and we’re working with Four Rivers to run ‘Big Boulder Rolls On’ live music nights in The Heeley Institute (www.heeleyonline.org).
I’m not hugely into shopping, but I like the Millennium Galleries’ shop for handmade jewellery and cards, and I’m looking forward to the Moor market. The Winter Garden has been a bit of a life saver since having the boys. We can take our sandwiches and enjoy a walk, looking for the hidden creatures on a rainy day.