Laugh, eat and boogie at Sheffield comedy club

Sarah Illidge is an associate solicitor specialising in tax with Yorkshire law firm Lupton Fawcett.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 12:00 am
Sarah Illidge of Lupton Fawcett together with her husband, Tom.

She grew up in the Fulwood area and having worked for international law firms in Leeds for a number of years joined the Sheffield office of Lupton Fawcett in May 2018.

Sarah provides advice on a range of tax matters as well as advising on employee share incentive schemes.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys walking in Sheffield’s local woods and parks and prior to the pandemic was a regular at the Parkrun held at Millhouses Park. She enjoys skiing with her husband and their friends in Morzine/Avoriaz, France – a hobby that allows her to switch off from work, take in the amazing scenery and enjoy great food.

Sarah is currently completing a self-build project with her husband, Tom, and they are expecting their first baby in June 2021.

Ecclesall Woods

As a family, we love to walk and a large part of Sheffield’s appeal is the easy accessibility of the great outdoors.

Ecclesall Woods is right on our doorstep. At 350 acres, it is the largest area of ancient woodland in South Yorkshire and there are plenty of routes to explore. The Woodland Coffee Stop at the Discovery Centre is a great place to get a takeout coffee after a walk.

Located near the Peak District National Park border, it is actually three woodlands combined. It has a fascinating history and was enclosed by Sir Ralph de Ecclesall in 1319. For such a leafy sanctuary, it played a key role in Sheffield’s development as an industrial city, generating timber and charcoal used for smelting iron.

The Limb Brook, which runs through the woods, originally formed the boundary between the Kingdoms of Northumbria and Mercia during the Dark Ages, later becoming the border between Derbyshire and Yorkshire. The woods were purchased by Sheffield Corporation (with the help of Alderman J. G. Graves, who also donated the 248-acre Graves Park to the city) for use as a recreational space.

Last Laugh Comedy Club at City Hall

Yorkshire's longest running comedy club is open every Friday and Saturday in Sheffield City Hall's intimate Memorial Hall. It attracts some top acts and you can laugh, eat and boogie so what’s not to like? We have had some fun nights out here and I can’t wait to go again. We could all do with a good laugh right now.

Chatsworth House

We are lucky in Sheffield to have Chatsworth House – once voted Britain’s Favourite Country House - so close to us. While the historic house itself is beautiful, it is the walks around the 105 acres of carefully curated gardens with its sculptures and water features and the extensive parkland, much of it designed by Capability Brown - that are most popular in my household.

Although popular, there is plenty of space on the 1,000 acre estate to enjoy a peaceful walk. The last year has really made me value having such attractions so local to us. We are looking forward to visiting the fantastic farm shop.

Sheffield Theatres

We have been lucky enough to have enjoyed some great theatre in Sheffield. From the world-famous Crucible Theatre and the intimate Studio to the magnificent Lyceum, Sheffield’s theatres host some of the best UK touring shows and I can’t wait for them to open again.

World class productions we’ve particularly enjoyed have included Everybody’s Talking about Jamie and Living at the Sky’s Edge.

Dining Out

One of our favourite things to do is to eat out. We are well served by amazing bars and restaurants along vibrant Ecclesall Road and in the city centre.

For speciality coffees and teas and locally sourced homemade food, you really can’t beat our local coffee shop and bistro in Bradway, S17 Coffee Shop and Bistro.

In the city centre, VeroGusto is one of our favourites for authentic Italian cuisine. My husband, Tom, and I have holidayed in Italy and the food brings back many happy memories. Finally, Cutlery Works in Kelham has proved a great addition to the city’s food and drink scene. We love meeting friends there and being able to all choose a different cuisine.