Picnic in the Park
Sheffield is the perfect place for a picnic with over 80 public parks. Our favourites include Endcliffe Park, Crookes Valley Park and Graves Park but these just a few. Grab your nibbles, a bottle of wine and hope it doesn’t rain for this cheap date idea.
Enjoy a Pint in One of Sheffield’s Many Pubs
A budding new beer hotspot, with over 23 breweries in the city a pint is a chill and cheap date. Student favourites including the Closed Shop in Commonside, have loyalty cards so your pint will be even cheaper. Check out our list here.
Tennis in Weston Park
Address: Weston Park, Sheffield S10 2TP
If your date is sporty, this is a fun option for a sunny afternoon. Book an hour slot on the pitch using Premier Tennis’ online system for only a couple of quid. Not only is there tennis but a lake where you can feed the ducks and plenty of room to chill and have some after game snacks.
Address: 90 Surrey St, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2LH
The Winter Gardens, nestled in the city centre, are a cheap option for colder days. Explore the many plants and sculptures in the gardens before having a warming hot chocolate in the cafe and exploring the independent shops.
Address: 48 Arundel Gate, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2PP
Hidden in the Winter Gardens is the Millenium Art Gallery. With an ever-changing selection of exhibits, this is a unique date option if your date likes art and culture. Also, a gallery provides lots of topics of conversation, so it’s a great first date idea. After browsing the museum, check out their cafe, Ambulo, for an Instagram worthy coffee.
Address: 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2BX
Showroom is Sheffield’s independent cinema situated in the heart of Hallam’s campus. They show a range of international films if you fancy something a bit different and at only £4.50 a ticket for under 26-year-olds this is a great choice whilst saving your pennies.
The Peak District
Just a bus or train ride from the city centre is the Peak District. With loads of options for walks, hikes, picnics and much more, the Peak District has a wealth of options of cheap date ideas. Try a walk around Forge Dam or a hike up Mam Tor for a picturesque afternoon with your other half.
Address: Cliffe House Farm, Hill Top Rd, Dungworth, Sheffield S6 6GW
Our Cow Molly is Sheffield’s only dairy, providing milk and ice cream to the city. Once at Rivelin Valley Trail, take a short walk over the hills to reach Our Cow Molly where you’ll be rewarded with delicious ice cream and great views of Sheffield’s countryside.
Bole Hill Views
Address: 62 Moorsyde Ave, Sheffield S10 1QH
With panoramic views of the city, Bole Hill is romantic and free. In the evening, watch the sunset over the Steel City. If you fancy, some wine and nibbles would go down a treat as you contemplate the view which stretches from the city centre to the Peaks.
Address: Quicksaw Farm, Fulwood Ln, Sheffield S10 4LH
At £4.50 per ticket, this Alpaca farm is cheap as chips and a fun choice for a date. The farm houses loads of animals from reindeer to meerkats and you can even buy feed to get up close and personal with the alpacas. There’s also a cafe and great views of Sheffield’s countryside. Slightly outside of the city centre but worth the trek, Mayfield Alpaca Farm is great for animal lovers.
Take your date to one of Sheffield’s great coffee shops. If you’re a coffee addict, try Tamper Coffee with its carefully selected range of high-quality coffee. If your date has a sweet tooth, try Steam Yard, whose doughnuts are to die for. Whatever your choice, there’s a coffee shop for you in Sheffield.
Address: Mount Pleasant Park, S2, Sheffield
Every year in Mount Pleasant Park, the Sharrow Lantern Carnival takes place. Attendees bring a lantern based on the assigned theme which this year was ‘The Wild Wild Wood’. Take part in free lantern making workshops and if that date goes well, explore the festival together. The carnival itself is very romantic with the warm lights of the lanterns overlooking the city, and it’s all free, making it one of the top cheap dates in Sheffield.
Address: Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TP
The museum, which is located in Weston Park, is a great location to let out your inner child and learn about the city. The collection of exhibitions change over the year so you can go again and again, especially because the museum is free. This is a nice option for those on a budget as not only is the museum free but there’s a couple of lovely parks nearby for a romantic stroll.
Address: Unit B2, Centenary Works, 150 Little London Rd, Sheffield S8 0UJ
Sheffield is known as the ‘Outdoor City’ for its many options for hiking, biking and even skiing. But on a rainy day, the Climbing Works makes for the perfect date. At only £7.50 for a student, you could spend hours scaling the walls for an active date option.
Over the year, there’s plenty of markets all over the city to enjoy. From the permanent Moor Market to Peddlar Night Market, there’s an option for everyone, whatever your mood. A market is a good date option as you can spend as much or as little as you want, even if you’re a little tight on cash.