Sheffield for Instagramers

What if I told you that you live in a place that used to be called the ‘Steel City’, crossed by rivers, full of neo-gothic and contemporary architecture, inhabited by people from many different parts of the world and the cradle of the world’s oldest football club (and The Arctic Monkeys)?

If you are, like me, an enthusiast of sharing your experiences with family and friends through a lens and a smartphone, then this is the post for you! Here, I’ll show you some of my favorite photography techniques to exploit the greatness of Sheffield. At the same time, I’ll share with you some of Sheffield’s great Instagramers.

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Exploring Kelham Island

Formerly the heart and soul of Sheffield’s industry, Kelham Island housed mills that served water wheels, powering workshops during the cities industrial prime. Decades later, the mills, steel works and warehouses provide the most appropriate cultural and historical setting to one of the liveliest and hippest of the eleven quarters of Sheffield. From the effervescent Yellow Arch Studios to the cosiest of pubs, The Fat Cat, there is something for everyone and anyone.

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I’ve seen so many bloggers write about things you must see/do in Sheffield and I always enjoy reading them.  I was sat in the lounge with my housemate the other day when it suddenly hit home that as a fourth year student there are so many things I still haven’t done and I’ll be graduating in the Summer!  I thought if I actually wrote my own bucket list (rather than reading everyone else’s and kidding myself that I’ll actually make a meaningful note to do the things suggested) I might actually get round to ticking some things off!

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Perfect places to take your parents

So it’s the start of a brand new year at university; you are just getting used to having to wake up again for lectures and getting into the routine of nights out and sports practices and labs and seminars. And not being told what to do by your parents.

But without doubt, soon the parents will start appearing again, even though they only dropped you off a couple of weeks ago, most can’t seem to stay away. A weekend visit from your parents may be cherished by some or dreaded by others. But there are lots of advantages to your parents visiting. If you are lucky, they may bring you some treats to eat, or do a food shop for you. And in return you need to decide where to take them for dinner. Unfortunately, this time, a cheeky kebab or Morrison’s microwave meal may not cut the mustard. Continue reading

Staying in Sheffield over summer? Don’t despair…

As a PhD Research Student, summer is the time when the office and labs suddenly empty as all my colleagues depart for exciting international conferences or the holiday they have been dreaming of all through the long dark winter. Sadly, I won’t be joining them this year. With only a few months left to finish all my lab work before my funding ends, I simply can’t afford to take any extended time away from the department. If I was a computational scientist and could take my work with me, things might be different but as a plant scientist, I have to be around to look after my ‘babies’. Continue reading

5 acts you should see at Tramlines this year

Described as Sheffield’s biggest ever party, Tramlines Festival will take place next month at its new 40,000-capacity home of Hillsborough Park.

With a strong line up across three days, both at the park and Fringe venues across the city, there is no shortage of choice.

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3 things to do in Sheffield before you graduate

The year is swiftly drawing to a close in a haze of revision, deadlines and exams, and for sad third years, the final weeks of Sheffield life are passing them by. To help you squeeze every last drop of life out of the city before returning to your drab home town, here’s a bucket list to tick off, to do the things you’ve been talking about doing for the past three years, all before you step on the train to true adulthood. Continue reading

Alternative nights out in Sheffield

Now as I am sure you have been told many times before, amidst all the mounting piles of dissertation drafts and revision notes, it’s important to take a break during this stressful season and have a night off. However, late night drinking sessions are probably not the wisest idea when you want to be up early in the morning for a jam packed day of revising. So instead, I present to you, some alternative nights out in Sheffield that will let you actually relax, rather than simply pushing the pain and panic to the following morning. Continue reading