What’s On guide

Sheffield Film & Comic Con at Motorpoint Arena on August 15 and 16.
Sheffield Film & Comic Con at Motorpoint Arena on August 15 and 16.

Friday, August 14

Family. Sheffield By The Seaside, featuring a beach, rides and entertainments, takes over the city centre until August 26.

Photography. The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, an exhibition of 60 portraits by contemporary photographers around the world, is at the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, until August 16. Free entry. The gallery is open from Monday-Saturday 10am–5pm and 11am to 4pm on Sunday.

Heritage. Guided tours of the historic Renishaw Hall every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during August, 1-2.30pm. Adults £12.75, concessions £11.75, children £8. Book by calling 01246 432310 as places are limited.

Garden crafts. A summer lavender workshop at Haddon Hall. Learn to make wands and fans with freshly picked plants. 10am to 3pm, £45 per person including materials and lunch.

Theatre. Nottingham Playhouse summer school presents the musical Grease at the Playhouse at 1.30pm and 5pm, also on Saturday, August 15, at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets £8. Contact 0115 9419419 or www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

Storytelling. The Yarnsmith of Norwich will be making his debut at Haddon Hall with captivating tales from days of yore. Performing throughout the day, normal admission rates apply.

Circus. Voted the nation’s best circus for the last two years, the brilliant Zippo’s is back for 2015 at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield until Tuesday, August 18. Expect clowns, horses, acrobats and death-defying high-wire stunts. Performances 7.30pm Friday, Saturday, Monday, 3pm Saturday to Tuesday, plus 12 noon on Sunday. Book online at www.seetickets.com.


Saturday, August 15

Health and fitness. Enjoy the Clumber Park 5km run through woodland and parkland, starting from the Burrow at 9am. Free event, register at www.parkrun.org.uk/clumberpark before attempting your first run.

Heritage. Take a behind the scenes tour of Chesterfield museum and find out how curators preserve its treasures for future generations. 10.30am 11.30am and 1pm, free, book on 01246 345727.

Sport and leisure. Join Cycleabout Clumber for a relaxed, one-hour ride around the park. Meet at Cycle Hire to depart at 10.30am. Free event, normal admission charges apply. For more information call 01909 544928.

Outdoors. Make a home for a wild animal in a workshop at Eyam Hall, Saturday or Sunday, 11am to 3pm. £3 plus normal admission charges, call 01433 639565 for more details.

Heritage.As part of the Bakewell Baking festival, Haddon Hall will be offering free 45 minute tours focusing on the history of food. Departing every half-hour, 12.30pm to 3pm. Normal admission rates apply.

Music. Never the Bride, live at The Greystones, Sheffield. Tickets £12.

Sunday, August 16

Wildlife. Is it real? Come and find out by meeting Mambo, a Gorilla Beringei on a temporary residential at Matlock Farm Park, DE4 5LH. Learn all about his natural habitat, diet, physical features and behaviour. Park opens 10am to 4.30pm. Adults £7, children £6, families £24.50. For information call 01246 590 200.

Walk. Join qualified rangers on a tour of Kinder, Edale and the Dark Peak to see the best of the summer heather and find out about how the moors are being looked after for future generations to enjoy. Meet at Bowden Bridge car park, 10.30am. Booking is essential, phone 01433 670368.

Motoring. Ilkeston Heritage and Classic Vehicle Show with barbecue and food stalls. 10am to 4pm, Market Place, DE7 5SG, free admission and parking.

Monday, August 17

Heritage. Discovery week starts at Crich Tramway Museum, with special events bringing the history and science of trams to life for all ages. Expect costumed interpretations, the Great Tram Race, behind the scenes talks and tours, craft activities, demonstrations and experiments. Open daily 10am to 5.30pm, adults £14, children £8, families £37. See www.tramway.co.uk for furtherinformation.

Tuesday, August 18

Sport and leisure. The Mill Adventure Base bring their climbing wall and archery range back to Clumber Park, 11am to 4pm. Trained supervisors will provide all the necessary equipment and instruction for you to scale the heights or hit the target. Suitable for all ages at instructors’ discretion. £3 for two climbs or six arrows, cash only, no booking required. For further information call 01909 511015.

Wednesday, August 19

Children’s. The Matilda summer camp at St John’s Old School, Mansfield, will give young performers the opportunity to produce a musical in just three days. 10am to 4pm, Wednesday to Friday, £70. Details at www.newyouththeatre.co.uk/mansfield.

Outdoors. Join Clumber Park rangers and have a go at building a den in the woods before sitting down to enjoy marshmallows around the campfire. A great activity for all the family. Meet at the Discovery Centre, two sessions 10.30am to 12noon and 1.30-3.30pm. Free activity, normal admission charges apply. For more information call 01909 544928.

Childrens. Wollaton Hall, aka Wayne Manor in the Dark Knight Rises, hosts a super hero picnic 11am to 2pm. Dress as your favourite superhero and join in a super fun day. With craft making, face painting, archery and games. Bring a superhero teddy for the chance to win a prize for the best dressed. Free, parking charges apply, some activities may cost extra.

Outdoors. Take a trip to Hardwick Hall for a Wild Family Funday with activities including bug hunts, wild crafts, kite making and den building. Meet at the Stableyard, 11am to 4pm, all activities £1, normal admission charges apply. Call 01246 850430 for more details.

Outdoors. The monthly ladies’ evening walk at Clumber Park departs from Hardwick village at 7.30pm, lasting around one hour. Free event, normal admission charges apply. For details call Roy Turner on 01673 878785.

Theatre. Buxton Opera House offers a one-day back stage pass so visitors can take a look behind the scenes at one of the country’s finest examples of a Frank Matcham theatre. The guided tour will allow you to discover the fascinating history of an iconic building. 11am and 2.30pm, £10 per person.
Opera. Eugene Onegin will be presented by Opera on Location at Sheffield City Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets from £19.80. Contact 0114 2 789 789 or www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk

Thursday, August 20

Comedy. Bafta award-winner Alan Carr brings his new show Yap, Yap, Yap to Buxton Opera House. Nightly to Saturday at 8pm. Tickets £31 from www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.

Opera. Eugene Onegin will be presented by Opera on Location at Sheffield City Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets from £19.80. Contact 0114 2 789 789 or www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk