10 things to do this weekend

10 things to do
10 things to do

Looking for something to do with the family this weekend? Why not try one of our 10 things to do?

1. Art in the Gardens

Botanical Gardens, Sheffield, today and tomorrow, 10.30-5pm.

Now in its 11th year, Art in the Gardens is arguably the largest outdoor art exhibition in the north of England with artists, craft makers and visitors coming from all over the UK to exhibit. This year’s event, sponsored by Pinders, includes open art exhibition, portrait of distinction competition, outdoor sculpture on the lawns and a huge variety of artist and craft exhibitors. With a dedicated Children’s Art Activity Village, young painters of the year exhibits and a live music and performance stage, all in the beautiful surrounding of the Botanical Gardens. Adults £6, accompanied children under 16 free. Tel: 0114 2736839

2. Alfred Denny Museum

Alfred Denny Building, University of Sheffield, today and tomorrow, 10am, 11am and 12pm

Open to the public on the first Saturday of every month, the Alfred Denny Museum is a secret museum of weird and wonderful natural history. Artefacts include the enormous skull of an extinct man-size eagle, known as the ‘Terror Bird’, a half porpoise, fossilised tiny flying dinosaurs, and Sun Spiders with their ferocious, poisonous jaws. Free entry, but you need to book your place on a tour. Tel: 0114 2229308

3. Emily West Band

Leopold Square, Sheffield, 2pm-4.30pm

Leopold Square’s summer programme of live music continues this Sunday with two of Sheffield’s finest vocalists. Jem Hewitt and Emily West, front a five-piece band featuring a super tight rhythm section. Jem’s soulful falsetto and Emily’s warm lyrical style intertwine beautifully to give a refreshing live twist on jazz, blues, soul and pop classics. Free to attend.

4. Picture The Poet

Graves Gallery, Sheffield Central Library, running until Saturday, November 29

Benjamin Zephaniah, Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy are just a few examples of the poets included in this new touring exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery. Picture the Poet brings together images of some of the most important poets of our times by equally well-known and respected photographers living today, providing an insight into the people who have crafted images for our imaginations out of words. Open Wednesday-Friday 10am-3pm. Saturday 11am-3pm. Admission is free. Tel: 0114 2782600

5. Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Branton, Doncaster, daily, 10.30am – 4pm

Come meet the new resident Victor, a 15-year-old polar bear who has been retired from the European breeding programme and the first to inhabit the park’s new Project Polar reserve. Tel: 01302 535057

6. The Saturdays

City Hall, Wednesday September 10, 6pm

Since The Saturdays formed in 2007, the multi platinum-selling band have become a household name in the UK. They’ve scored 11 Top 10 singles (including signature hits like All Fired Up and Higher) and three Top 10 albums. Doors 6.30pm. Prices £27.50 (subject to booking fees). Tel: 0114 2789789

7. Lee Evans

Motorpoint Arena, 11-13 September, 8pm

Legendary comic, Lee Evans embarks on his most ambitious tour to date with Monsters. Having previously played 10 sell-out shows in front of over 100,000 fans, the wired and wonderful comedian returns to Sheffield once again. Lee’s manic energy, uncanny observations, hilarious delivery and side-splitting material have made his live performances a must-see for comedy fans worldwide. Suitable for those aged 15 and over. Tickets £33. Tel: 0114 25656 56

8. Recording Britain Now

Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, running until Sunday, October 12

Celebrating the city’s connection with the artist, critic and scholar John Ruskin, the Millennium Gallery hosts an exhibition of work shortlisted for the 2014 John Ruskin Prize. In Recording Britain Now artists present fresh, contemporary visions of their urban, rural or social environment. The exhibition of finalists’ works goes on show alongside the major V&A touring exhibition Recording Britain, which chronicles the changing face of the nation during the Second World War.Mon-Sat 10–5pm, Sun 11-4pm. Free entry. Tel: 0114 2782600

9. War Work: Sheffield Industry & The First World War

Kelham Island Museum, until July 30, 2015

War Work tells the story of the impact of war upon the companies, manufacturing and workers of Sheffield through objects and documents from the museum’s collection. From the products that fed the guns of the nation’s war machine, to the personal stories of the city’s workers, this exhibition explores industry in the Steel City during the world’s first global conflict. Adult admission £5, concessions £4 and accompanied children (under 16s) go free. Monday-Thursday 10-4pm, Sunday 11-4.45pm. Tel: 0114 2722106

10. Heritage Open Days

venues across Sheffield, Thursday September 11-Sunday, September 14

Now in its 20th year, Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Sheffield’s 2014 programme includes an eclectic mix of venues offering tours, walks, talks, and exhibitions. Visit 11th century Beauchief Abbey, take the Helter Skelter at Electric Works, see the Cutler’s Hall treasures, take in a 1930s tea dance at Sheffield City Hall or even have a go at being a presenter at BBC Radio Sheffield. www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/hods