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The Shed's Weekly Top Picks

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Welcome to the shed's weekly round up. We endeavour to bring you the best bits of the non cycling world of Sheffield, but also give you some tips on how to get there by bicycle. 

I dont normally like to pick favourites from my blog article children, but if I had to, then this one would get all of my inheritance. There are some great things going on in Sheffield at the minute. Some really unique, interesting and bizarre events. Here are a few of our favourites.

Friday Night Ride - Zeppelin Over Sheffield - 6:30pm - 9th September - Sheffield Tap

One site of the Zeppelin raid.

One site of the Zeppelin raid.

"Sheffield’s first air raid was in Sep 1916 when a single Zeppelin flew over on the night of 25/26 Sep. The crew dropped its whole complement of 36 bombs, which killed 29 people (all from Pitsmoor), injured another 19, and destroyed or damaged nigh on 90 buildings. The first bomb dropped in Burngreave Cemetery near the Melrose Rd entrance and the subsequent bombs dropped along the path of the flight from Pitsmoor across Attercliffe with the last bombs falling in Darnall" - Friday Night Rides

The FNR group have put together a route which explores the sites of the bombings and curates the ride with historical input. If you are looking for a sociable, easy going and interesting evening on the bike then this is right up your street. Meet at the Sheffield Tap (Sheffield train station) ready to go for 6:30pm. Bring lights and a lock too!

Festival of the Mind - 15th - 25th September

Festival of the Mind is a joint piece of work between Sheffield University academics and the the clever creative types of Sheffield. The festival aims to eplore loads of different aspects of the human condition and how they relate to global and local themes. All done in way that results in some fantastically interesting projects.

The festival kicks of this Thursday and there is too much stuff going on for us to pick only one. Although, this short film project stands out as being intriguing and entertaining in a dark and macabre way.

"Mike Futcher and Mark Gwynne Jones’s short film is a Gothic thriller about a man who thinks the voices in his head are coming from his teeth. His quest to extract them (eek!) leads to a shocking revelation" - Festival of the Mind Programme.

To see what else is going on during the festival, have a peak online at their event programme. If travelling by bicycle there will be plenty of options for parking as the most of the events are on or around campus. 

Drainspotting walk - A guide and tour of Sheffield's pavement features - 10th & 11th September - 1pm - 2:30pm - Walkley Library

Alright, when thinking of fun things to do on a Sunday, a walk to explore drainage and street furniture doesn't usually spring to mind. However, with a knowledgeable guide this could be a great way to learn about your built environment and it's history.

"The event will be a walk from Walkley Library to Broomhill via Crookesmoor. We will be looking at examples of Sheffield's historic pavement features. We will see tramway remnants, Victorian company names and dates, mid 19th century anti-Cholera measures, early telephone and electricity installations among other interesting, or unique, pieces of surviving local history. The walk will be around one and a half miles and a gentle downhill or flat journey throughout. Each event will finish in a local cafe where we can have refreshments and an optional Q&A session to follow."

The walk start at 1pm from the Walkely Library. For more info then check out their webpage.