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Monday, 2 November 2009

City and countryside breaks combined

WHERE could you be caught up in the vibrancy of the city one minute and relaxing in the peace and quiet of rural tranquility the next?
Sheffield and the Peaks of course!
With the stunning scenery of The Peak District only 15 minutes from Sheffield, with many free attractions and activities and accommodation ranging from boutique to budget, you can enjoy the perfect combination for a day, weekend or week-long break for any budget.

Peak Perfect
Take time to ‘Take a Peak’ into a world of grandeur at the Palace of the Peaks - Chatsworth House. Well worth a visit at any time of the year, A Candlelit Christmas (01 November – 23 December), offers an extra special reason to visit, with traditional Christmas decorations and candlelight attracting visitors from far and wide. Just 15 minutes from Sheffield lies The Peak District National Park. Experience adventure on all levels, from climbing and bouldering, to picturesque strolls and scenic walking trails. Visit the delightful villages of Bakewell, Castleton and Hathersage, stay in the Peaks to walk in the footsteps of the BrontĂ«’s, enjoy a delicious cream tea or some traditional pub grub in front of a roaring open fire. The renowned Old Bakewell Pudding Shop in Eyam Village is well worth a visit for a taste sensation and don’t forget to wrap up warm for Treak Cliff Cavern!

Sensational Sheffield
Fill the senses with a Sheffield winter events programme, full of sights and sounds for all ages. Towering almost 60 metres above the city, view it day or night from the warmth with The Wheel of Sheffield (until 10 January 2010). Escape the cold with a trip to Sheffield Winter Garden, this green oasis in the heart of the city houses the largest temperate glasshouse in any European city centre. Enjoy an illuminated, magical winter wonderland with a Real Magical Christmas at Sheffield Botanical Gardens (11-13 December). For your Christmas shopping needs visit Kelham Island Museum Victorian Christmas Markets (5 -6 December) or Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Europe’s largest undercover shopping centre.

Culturally Cool vs Family Fun
Sheffield’s music festival is available 365 days a year which may be music to your ears! From the impressive Don Valley Stadium, which has recently hosted U2, to superb live music venues such as The Plug and Leadmill. Art, culture and literature are celebrated by Museums Sheffield and the many cultural festivals unique to the city. Make a silver bowl or a copper spoon or take a Steel Walk with Galvanize Sheffield: Festival of Contemporary Metal Design ( 6th November – 6th December). If you missed out on the Magner’s Sheffield Grin Up North Comedy Festival (1-31 October), why not sample some Yorkshire humour The Last Laugh Comedy Club held every Friday at Sheffield City Hall?

Spooky fun isn’t just for Halloween, ghoulish entertainment continues throughout winter with the Steel City Ghost Tours. Wrap up warm and discover the darker side of Sheffield with haunting tales and gruesome stories told by tour guide, Mr Dreadful. No winter trip to the theatre would be complete with a family pantomime. Find out where the funniest panto of them all is, with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Lyceum Theatre (10 December - 10 January 2010). Witness the dazzling spectacle of glitz, sweat and sequins as the Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour 2010 comes to Sheffield Arena (29-31 January 2010).

Feeling Peckish?
Sink your teeth into top notch, locally reared produce at Sheffield’s first true gastropub and winner of the local Restaurant of the Year award, The Milestone Restaurant & Bar near Kelham Island, take a trip to Hunter’s Bar and enjoy a traditional Italian treat at the illustrious Nonnas restaurant on Ecclesall Road or venture to Moran’s Winebar & Restaurant on Abbeydale Road for a critically acclaimed feast. For a tasty treat in the heart of the action, try Leopold Square, a secluded retreat of Grade II listed buildings, packed full of bars and restaurants with a varierty of world cuisine on offer. Sample small plates at Platillos or Kashmiri cuisine at Yorkshire’s famous Aagrah. Try modern Yorkshire cuisine at The Wig & Pen in the stunning Georgian Cathedral Quarter, while nearby Silversmiths, (housed in a former Silversmiths) celebrates Sheffield’s industrial past with unique displays of the city’s culinary trademarks and it’s choice of Sheffield cutlery.

Bars & Stars
The evening wouldn’t be complete without a tipple or two. On West Street, boogie in former fire station at Bungalows and Bears, enjoy glass of fizz in Sylvester’s Piano Bar, or star gaze at Crystal, with its stunning glass roof. For an alternative beat, try The Showroom CafĂ© Bar with it’s unmistakable art deco exterior or The Forum Cafe Bar in the trendy Devonshire Quarter, a bohemian microcosm, where you can shop, eat, drink and dance. Relax in The Lounge Bar and Restaurant on Glossop Road and be wined and dined by the brothers Szurko who have previously entertained the likes of Noel Gallagher and Mick Jagger.

The new ‘Take a Peak’ Sheffield and the Peaks short break packages are great value for money and offer fantastic flexibility for creating your own unique getaway. With prices starting from as little as £62.00 per night for a B&B stay for two, you can certainly beat the winter blues whatever the budget, occasion or activity. Take a Peak – you won’t regret it!

For further information about Yorkshire South visit www.yorkshiresouth.com or call 0871 700 2214

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