Sheffield students’ guide to a low-cost summer

With expensive music festivals and concerts looming over students wanting a cheap yet fun break, many may be thinking about a low-cost summer.

Unifresher’s guide of affordable things to do will provide you with the inspiration you need to enjoy yourself while saving those all-important pennies.

Whether you’re a Sheffield local, live nearby or are contemplating staying a bit longer in Sheffield, there’s plenty of things to do on a budget, with all of the following events being free entry and, therefore, entirely student-friendly.

Peace In The Park


When: Saturday, June 9
Where: Ponderosa

With Sheffield’s vast green spaces, it’s a given that you’ll want to spend the warmer days basking in the sunlight in one of its many parks. Returning to the city for 2018, Peace In The Park is the perfect opportunity to relax while being entertained by plethora of musicians and acts, with the city set to flock to this free, all-day independent festival of art and music. It celebrates a shared love of humanity, the power of peace, and the diversity and achievements of Sheffield’s communities.

Sheffield Carnival 2018


When: Saturday, June 23
Where: Norfolk Heritage Park

The Sheffield Carnival returns with vibrant costumes, a street parade, music, food, culture and good vibes, reflecting the diversity of Sheffield’s international cultures within the city. Alongside the Carnival will be a main stage showcasing local music and dance performances, a funfair and stalls.

Kelham Island 1940s Festival

When: Saturday, July 14 to Sunday, July 15
Where: Kelham Island Museum

Don your best red lipstick and tea dress and time travel to another era with this 1940s weekend and vintage fayre. There’s live music of war-time classics, retro cars, home front re-enactments, vintage stalls and, if you’re feeling brave, you can join a Sunday afternoon tea dance.

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