During the congress in Sheffield, there will be plenty of opportunities to explore the city and its region. Sheffield’s reputation as a haven for brewing has been steadily growing in recognition, with the city even namechecked as a Britain’s Best Beer City in a tourism article by the New York Times.
The hub of Sheffield’s Beer scene centers around Kelham Island, where a cluster of award winning pubs were at the forefront of Sheffield’s brewing scene well before it became trendy. It’s easy to take a DIY tour of the area, but for more insight and tasters direct from the source, organised Ale Trails are available.
Meanwhile, at the forefront of Sheffield’s cultural reputation is the award winning Sheffield Theatres, who offer the largest theatre complex outside of London and where West End musicals rub shoulders with cutting edge drama.
In particular the Crucible Theatre, while renowned for its in-house productions, is by contrast also famous as the host venue for the World Snooker Championships played over April/May each year. Next year, marks a particularly significant year for the Crucible as it celebrates 40 years of hosting the championship. Special backstage tours of the theatre can also be arranged on request.
In Sheffield city centre there are plenty of opportunities to go shopping. Ideally you start at the cathedral and make your way up to the town hall from where you get to the Moore markets. A short ride on the super tram, will lead you to Meadow Hall a shopping centre with more than 80 stores.
With one third of the city situated within the Peak District National Park, some of the most stunning countryside in the UK need only be a 15 minute journey from the bustle of Sheffield’s cosmopolitan centre. This close proximity to the great outdoors presents plenty of adrenaline pumping opportunities for adventurous downtime, and is the reason the city has become a haven for climbers, mountain bikers, walkers and fell runners- something which has led to Sheffield branding itself as The Outdoor City. (www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk)
For those seeking less adrenaline and more countryside serenity, the idyllic villages, beautiful moorland and major attractions of the Peak District, such as Chatsworth House, are only a short journey away.