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14 Fun Things To Do in Sheffield for Adults

The South Yorkshire City of Sheffield is home to more than half a million people and has a great choice of things for adults to do.

Here are just a few of our favourites:

Locksley Distilling Co

Locksley Distilling Co © CK Golding

Locksley Distilling Co is home to an exciting range of gins and liqueurs that gin enthusiasts will be keen to discover.

They've been distilling their unique gins in the lovely grade 2* listed Portland Works since 2015.

Now, they have opened up their distillery and welcome you with a range of tours and experiences.

There's a Distillery Tasting Visit, including a welcome G&T on arrival, a guided tour of the distillery, a guided tasting session, and a branded tumbler to take home. The tour takes about an hour and costs just £15 per person.

Alternatively, why not try their Gin Distilling Experience, and make your very own gin? You'll be welcomed with a selection of gin & tonics, have a tour of the distillery and guided tasting. But then you go to the Gin School where you can create your very own unique gin, using your choice from more than 100 botanicals.

© Locksley Distilling Co

You can then take home a full 70cl bottle of your gin to show off to your friends, and enjoy from your branded tumbler.

The hands-on Gin Distilling Experience takes about two and a half hours and costs £95 per person.


Battle Axe Sheffield

© Battle Axe Sheffield

Release your inner Viking and have a go at Urban Axe Throwing - one of Britain's fastest-growing leisure activities.

It's a bit like playing darts - but with axes! First, there's a safety briefing to make sure the only thing with an axe sticking out of it is the target.

Then you'll learn how to throw an axe, before a tournament to see who's the champion axe-thrower in your team, and the chance to learn some trick shots. You can even try throwing two axes at once!

© Battle Axe Sheffield

Sessions last about 70 minutes and are designed for axe-throwing beginners.

Soft drinks (no alcohol for obvious reasons) and snacks like crisps and chocolate are available to keep your energy levels up during your session.


The Climbing Works

© Dora Damian / The Climbing Works

If you're looking for a fun challenge, why not try bouldering at The Climbing Works?

Bouldering is indoor climbing without ropes. Each route is a problem that you have to solve by climbing to the top using only holds of one colour.

If you've climbed at a bouldering centre before and are confident you know the rules and can climb safely, you can supervise two novices.

© Dora Damian / The Climbing Works

Alternatively, there's an adult induction session which will tell you everything you need to know, and costs only £20.

On Monday evenings there are free coaching sessions which are the ideal follow-up to your induction and will show you the basics of good climbing techniques.


Ringinglow Archery & Target Sports

© Ringinglow Archery

Have you ever fancied a go at the ancient sport of archery? If so, you'll enjoy a trip to Ringinglow Archery & Target Sports.

Activities on offer include Archery, Air Rifle Shooting, Tactical Rifle Shooting, Axe and Knife Throwing, Crossbow Shooting and Pistol Shooting.

© Ringinglow Archery

Ringinglow cater for groups of friends or family, work colleagues or stag and hen parties and offer exciting multi-activity group packages.

Activities are led by experienced and friendly instructors, and take place on a purpose-built shooting range with covered and heated shooting areas.


Jump Inc Sheffield

© Jump Inc

Jump Inc in Sheffield is one of the UK's largest dedicated trampoline parks with more than 24,000 square feet of trampolining fun.

There are a total of 120 trampolines, as well as Big Air Bags, Jump Tower, Tumble Tracks, Half Pipe, a Ninja Course and lots more features to enjoy.

© Jump Inc

There are no age restrictions on Open Jump sessions, so adults are very welcome. There's even a discount for blue light and NHS card holders.

If you're looking for an activity for a large group, you can book an exclusive hire of the venue, and have the trampolines all to yourselves!


Alpaca Trek at Holly Hagg Community Farm

© Holly Hagg Community Farm

What animal lover could resist going on an Alpaca Trek?

First, you'll be introduced to the herd, learn how to hand feed an alpaca and given a safety briefing before being matched with your alpaca for the trek.

Trained guides will then accompany you on an hour's trek through the beautiful woodlands of Rivelin Valley.

© Holly Hagg Community Farm

There will be plenty of stops for feeding and taking photos. Adults can choose to have one alpaca each or share an alpaca between two.


Owlerton Greyhound Stadium

Owlerton Stadium © Victoria Greensmith Photography / Fenti Marketing

Experience the fun and excitement of greyhound racing at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium just 5 minutes from Sheffield city centre.

There are three bars where you can enjoy the action with a drink or chicken and chips, or book a VIP Box for only £20 per person and watch the races from your private trackside balcony.

Alternatively, you can book a meal in the glass-fronted Panorama Restaurant with full waiting service and Tote betting runners at your table so you can enjoy your meal and you won't miss any of the action.

Owlerton Stadium © Victoria Greensmith Photography / Fenti Marketing

Owlerton takes greyhound welfare seriously, and the greyhound re-homing charity Sheffield Retired Greyhounds is funded by the stadium under the chairmanship of Matthew Hamilton, the stadium's director.


Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre

© Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre

It's not just kids who love animals - grown-ups do too, and there are more than 140 species to discover at the Tropical Butterfly House.

Enjoy exotic insects such as spiders, stick insects and giant grasshoppers and reptiles including snakes, tortoises and geckos.

They also have beautiful birds including several owls, cute mammals like otters, lemurs and wallabies, and of course the amazing tropical butterflies.

© Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre

There are three eateries where you can buy a range of food, from a home-cooked meal to a healthy lunch or just a quick snack. Alternatively, you can bring a picnic to eat at one of the many picnic benches.


Old Queens Head Pub

© Old Queens Head Sheffield

No trip to Sheffield would be complete without having a drink in The Old Queens Head - the oldest domestic building in Sheffield, dating back to 1475!

Serving a range of cask ales including several from Thwaites Ales, you're guaranteed a great pint in atmospheric surroundings.

© Old Queens Head Sheffield

The Old Queens Head also has a full menu of pub food, including lunches from Monday to Friday, and Traditional Roast Dinners every Sunday.


Mayfield Alpacas Animal Park

© Mayfield Alpacas

With more than 170 animals in 45 acres of the beautiful Mayfield Valley, if you're an animal lover you're sure to enjoy a visit to Mayfield Alpacas.

As well as alpacas, you'll meet llamas, dwarf mongooses, meerkats, exotic birds, horses, farm animals and a lot more.

Mayfield also offers educational packages of an hour's classroom session followed by an hour's tour and animal interaction.

© Mayfield Alpacas

These are ideal for adult and community groups and cover subjects like Conservation & Biodiversity, Animal Health, Animal First Aid and Animal Husbandry.

When you're in need of refreshment there's a coffee shop serving drinks, sandwiches and desserts.


Treasure Hunt Sheffield

© Treasure Hunt Sheffield

If you're visiting Sheffield and want to have fun and make sure you see all the best bits, then Treasure Hunt Sheffield is for you.

Using maps and clues on your phone, you'll be guided on a carefully designed route around the city, spotting hidden details and solving tricky clues.

© Treasure Hunt Sheffield

Along the way, you'll see local highlights like Kelham Island, The Peace Gardens, Sheffield Cathedral, The Town Hall and The Winter Garden. You'll need to spot the sort of details that most people miss, like The God of Metalworking.

Rest assured Pirate Captain Bess will be on hand with banter and some helpful clues if you get stuck.

Best of all you can play at your own pace, so if you find an area or a pub you like, you can take the time to enjoy it.


Awesome Walls Sheffield

© Awesome Walls Sheffield

Awesome Walls Sheffield is the biggest climbing centre in Sheffield, with a combination of bouldering, and giant rope climbing walls. Whether you are new to the sport or an experienced climber, you and your friends can have a great time here together.

There are taster sessions for new climbers which involve an hour of instruction and harness hire, or you can specialise with a bouldering induction which includes 30 minutes of instruction, or rope climbing induction for 60 minutes of instruction. 

© Awesome Walls Sheffield

The two induction packages include climbing at the centre for the rest of the day!

With auto-belays, free Wi-Fi and hot and cold refreshments, there’s everything you need for a great day out climbing at Awesome Walls Sheffield.



Cryptology Escape Rooms

© Cryptology Escape Rooms

Can you unscramble the clues, solve the fiendish puzzles and escape within the hour?

Your first challenge is to choose which of the three exciting themed rooms you want to try:

Alien-themed "First Contact" sees you board a stranded spaceship in orbit around Mars. You have an hour to find out what happened to the crew. Your decisions could change the course of human history.

In "The Mysterious Case of Hugh Dunnit" you must solve the murder of Hugh Dunnit and bring his killer to justice. You only have an hour - but watch out - there's more to this case than meets the eye.

© Cryptology Escape Rooms

Or choose "Welcome to Your Afterlife" where you must die, escape the grave and then return to life or be doomed to wander the Afterlife for all eternity.

All rooms will be an exciting challenge for adult groups - though there are no age restrictions if your group includes anyone younger (any under 16s must be accompanied by an adult).


Laser Quest Sheffield

© Laser Quest Sheffield

All the fun of a computer game but with exciting, adrenaline-pumping real-world action, Laser Quest Sheffield is an awesome activity.

Play solo or in teams - each session is 20 minutes long, played in the atmospheric Laser Quest labyrinth with swirling fog, lights and music.

How many opposing players can you zap with your laser without getting zapped yourself?

© Laser Quest Sheffield

While you're there - why not try out the exciting 2-seat VR experience that combines virtual reality, motion, wind and audio to simulate a jetpack ride, rollercoaster, an aquapark and more.


Lane7 Bowling

© Lane7 Sheffield

10-pin bowling is always great fun, and Lane7 takes the experience to another level.

As well as bowling there's ping-pong, pool, darts and more. There's even a selection of classic arcade machines.

Lane7 has an excellent bar, and a range of great burgers and sides from Fat Hippo, so you definitely won't go hungry

© Lane7 Sheffield

All the ingredients for a great night out with friends or colleagues.

Lane7 is strictly over 18s only after 7 pm.


As you can see, there are lots of fun things for adults to do in Sheffield, so whether you're looking for a fun night out with friends, an after-work get-together or a stag or hen night, Sheffield has lots of great activities to choose from.

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