Although in some cities it marks the end of summer and a sombre return home from vacation, September in Sheffield is a vibrant and exciting time of the year. With students returning for the start of the new academic year and a new sports and theatre season starting, early autumn months in Sheffield are fun-filled and packed with content.
Take a look at the top 5 events happening in Sheffield this September:
1. Art in the Gardens, 3rd & 4th September 2016
Once a year, the city's beautiful Botanical Gardens are transformed into an arts and crafts village, featuring nearly 300 artists exhibiting their work. This makes Art in the Gardens one of the biggest and most interesting outdoor arts exhibits in England and a must-see for tourists and locals alike. Whether you are interested in purchasing a locally manufactured piece of art, signing up your child for a class on 'art and the environment' or simply browsing contemporary arts and crafts in a beautiful botanical setting, make sure to attend this event the first weekend of September.
2. Gin Festival, 9-12 September 2016
If you are a gin aficionado or interested in learning more about this junipery drink, mark your calendar for the immensely popular Gin Festival this September. Apart from trying some of the best gins from all over the world, you will also be able to hear about the drink's history from industry experts as well as try some of the best foods that go well with gin-based drinks. Live entertainment throughout the evening will set the mood and allow you to wind down and relax with a delicious gin drink in hand.
3. Rail, Ale & Blues Festival, 16-18 September 2016
Another highly successful festival that is making a return to the Sheffield area this year is the Rail, Ale & Blues Festival. Just like the name suggests, the festival combines a selection of over 80 different ales and ciders, a weekend's worth of blues tunes and Cleethropes Coast's steam trains. Whether you are looking to try a new ale or spend some quality time with friends, this event is an excellent option.
4. Nether Edge Farmer's Market, 18th September 2016
For visitors who are interested in exploring some local specialties or local products manufactured by small scale Sheffield businesses, the next Nether Edge Farmer's Market is an excellent opportunity to do so. Much more than your average farmer's market, the Nether Edge is a legendary event that boasts a true community feel, a variety of local entertainment groups as well as a variety of workshops for young people and children.
5. Festival of the Mind, 15-25 September 2016
If you are looking for a festival that will engage your mind rather than leave it in a boozy haze, the Festival of the Mind is just around the corner. The project is a unique collaboration between Sheffield's academics and professionals in the cultural and creative industries. Taking place in venues throughout the city and over 10 days, the Festival of the Mind will cover topics spanning from migration and food production to future technologies and promises to offer something for everyone.