Top Things To Do: Sheffield and region

Peter Pan at Rotherham Civic Theatre.
Peter Pan at Rotherham Civic Theatre.

HERE we highlight top things to do in and around Sheffield this week - January 13 to 20, 2013.


* City Life Captured In Digital Portrait, Sheffield Town Hall.

From Jessica Ennis to New York, the hot topics that get Sheffield talking online have been captured for the first time ever in a unique digital portrait of the city created by world-renowned digital artist Brendan Dawes. It is the last few days of the artwork being displayed, and it’s worth going along if you haven’t already. Admission free. T: 07584 683643

* Peter Pan, Rotherham Civic Theatre.

It is the last day (Sunday, January 13, 2013) of this fantastic pantomime and Rotherham Civic Theatre invites you to experience the magical story of the boy who never grew up. This is a great pantomime for all the family where you can fly away into the magical world of Peter Pan. Please contact the venue for ticket availability, times and prices. 01709 823640

* Craft Club, Millennium Gallery, Monday January 14, 10.30am-noon

Visit the Millennium Gallery and join in at the craft club. You can get involved with making and creating using knitting, stitching and crochet in a laid back, creative atmosphere. This is a relaxing activity to start the new year. Free admission. 0114 2782600.

* The Ruskin Collection, Millennium Gallery, daily, 10am

While you’re at the Millennium Gallery, why not visit The Ruskin Collection exhibition? You will discover a collection created for Sheffield’s workers over 130 years ago; a collection designed to inspire creativity and to be a haven from the busy workday world. John Ruskin, who formed this collection, was a Victorian writer who searched passionately for beauty in the world around him. He explored nature from the smallest pebble to the mightiest landscape and examined art from the daintiest brush stroke to soaring architectural structures. The items on display from the Ruskin Collection are changed twice each year. Explore the collection through the changing displays, and find out if you share Ruskin’s thoughts on beauty. Admission free. 0114 2782600.

* LearnFest Sheffield Family Fun – Melting Shop, Kelham Island Museum, January 16 – 17, 10am – 4pm.

LearnFest Sheffield is the fringe festival of the North England Education Conference. It’s an opportunity for families to learn something new together. You can get involved at The melting shop, an interactive, imaginative play zone suitable for children aged between two and nine at Kelham Island Museum. Children are processed like steel: melted, rolled and steam-hammered! Admission: adults £4.50, concessions £3.50, children free. 0114 2722106.

* Sleeping Beauty, Pantomime, Shiregreen Community Centre, Thursday January 17, 7.15-10.15pm

It is time for the annual pantomime at Shiregreen Community Centre. This year they will take you into the realms of Sleeping Beauty’s castle where the evil fairy Wicked and her sidekick, the burger-eating rook, will snare Beauty and make her sleep for 100 years. This pantomime is non-stop fun for all the family with popular music and cheesy jokes as well as the scary bits. Take the family along and join them on their adventures through pantomime land. Help your favourites defeat the baddy, and rescue the princess. Tickets: adults £4.50, concessions £3.50. Tel: 0114 2438248.

* Christmas Crackers, Millennium Gallery, Friday, January 18, 10am-5pm.

It is the last few days of the Christmas Crackers Exhibition at the Millennium Gallery. Why not drop in and see if you can pick up some gifts – for next year? You can take a look at the range of affordable presents, from beautiful jewellery to stylish glassware and ceramics, all handmade by UK-based crafts people. Entrance free. Tel: 0114 2782600.

* Culture Lab, Chapeltown Library, Saturday, January 19, 10.30 – 11.30am

Take the children along to Chapeltown Library for a morning of free activities. There will be arts and crafts activities where you can have a go at making origami and decorating your own good luck doll for the New Year. This is a fun activity for all children. Free. Tel: 0114 237000

* Junior Rangers, Rother Valley Country Park, Saturday, January 19, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Junior rangers is a club aimed at children aged nine to 14. If you are interested in the environment, enjoy wildlife, like being outdoors and want to meet other like minded people, Junior rangers will be perfect for you. Sessions cost £4 per child. Tel: 0114 2471452, ext 1.

* Greentop Pantomime Cabaret, Greentop Community Circus Centre, Today, 8-10pm.

Ring in the new year with the Greentop Pantomime Cabaret. Come along to the Greentop family circus show with variety acts, humour and circus entertainment. There will be aspiring local talent, world class acts, gravity-defying aerial acts, astounding acrobats, comedy, juggling and much more. This is a fabulous event for all the family. Don’t forget to dress up in a pantomime costume for the chance to win a special prize. Tickets: adults £12, concessions: £10, children free. Tel: 0114 2448828

Greentop is the principal centre for circus arts education in the north of England. It is the only such centre in the Yorkshire region including the only custom-fitted trapeze rig.

IT was established in the 1990s through hard work by local circus artists including Swamp Circus, and by Anneka Rice’s TV makeover programme Challenge Anneka.

Professional performers include daring trapeze artists, clowns, acrobats, magicians and a whole host of weird and wonderful entertainers – all available to hire for events.