Our FREE festival of music, art and the pleasure of sharing with friends and family is back for a 4th year! Expect great music, inspiring art activities and good times for all the family, as well as some brilliant food and drink. So, tell your friends, bring your deck chair and sun screen (we hope you'll need it) and head on over to Heeley People's Park on Sunday, 6th September for 12 noon. It's a lovely, friendly event and we’ve got a fantastic line-up plus it’s in Heeley People’s Park, the first community-owned, community-funded, People’s Park anywhere! Really hope you can join us to make the most of this brilliant space, see you there!
Microcosmic entertainer, mystic and clown, there is no other like Martin Stephenson. Playful, thoughtful, full of warmth and tenderness in music that merges the country blues that he loves with the soulful songwriting that introduced him to the world in the '80s. No two shows are the same, with musical rabbits being pulled from hats at regular intervals in amongst the stories and laughs and cosmic wanderings. Truly someone to treasure as a person as well as a performer, it is a huge delight to be able to promote one of his shows at The Institute - it is long overdue! Support comes from the much loved Helen McCookerybook fusing rockabilly and a gentle independence to great effect, creating quirky and beautiful songs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITWJVlAw7jA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSKEAw7mze0 Tickets £12/£10
Wildflower Seeding Workshops
We are transforming spaces in the park with meadows of wildflower!
Join us at our Seeding Workshops.
1-3pm on Albert Road and 3.30pm - 5pm on Goodwin Road.
Everybody welcome - the more, the merrier! Wear clothes and shoes suitable for working outdoors and we'll bring the rest.
Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables.
A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity. He cites his major influence as “Anon”.
His eagerly awaited next album for release in spring 2016 includes reflections on minor league football, empty nest syndrome, learning to swim, Cook-in Sauce and, not least, the Gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society.
Hollow Point; his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles Menezez, won a BBC Folk Award (he's won six.) and emphatically secured Wood’s place as a serious speech-master for the unofficial history of England.
Collaborators have included Martin Carthy, Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Andy Cutting, Andy Irvine, Karine Polwart, Jean Francois Vrod, The Imagined Village, Hugh Lupton, Martin Butler and many others.
On stage Chris has the air of a craftsman who no longer needs to be precious about his art. Without any apparent effort he reaches deep into an enviable repertoire of songs before revealing another gem.
"... at art school they said I had a remarkable eye for trivia, like it was a bad thing."
The Herald ***** 5 Stars “As close as it gets to a perfect union of voice and guitar, lyrics and melody, compassion, irony, realism, wit, and humanity.”
THE IRISH TIMES ***** 5 Stars “Nobody comes even close to equaling his bird’s-eye-view.” MOJO **** 4 Stars “a rarefied talent, both as writer and interpreter.”
Praise for ‘None The Wiser’:
INDEPENDENT ***** 5 Stars “The title track alone is a masterpiece”
EXPRESS ***** 5 Stars “Wood has honed his songwriting to perfection here… heartbreaking purity.”
Heeley Festival 2016
The biggest community event in Heeley, offering dozens of stalls, live music and entertainment, children's funfair, car boot sale & flea market and classic vehicle show.
The Handlebards Production
Since 2013, the HandleBards have pedalled over 5,000 miles across the world, carrying all their set, props and costumes on just four bicycles. ReCycle Bikes at Ash Tree Yard have been thrilled to host several of their Shakespeare productions over the years.
This year will see the four-strong, all-male troupe of cycling actors return to Heeley with what promises to be a hilarious, knee-slapping production of Shakespeare favourite, Richard III. Live music from Sheffield-based Americana folk band, Jackalopes Tales will make this an evening not to be missed!
Bring friends, family, something to sit on, a blanket and a picnic. A bottle bar will be available on the evening along with delicious ice-cream courtesy of Emily’s Ices.
No ticket or booking - just pay what you can on the night!
The Little People's Holiday Club
Our holiday club for little people returns to the park for a second year!
A partnership project between Heeley Development Trust and Anns Grove School, our exciting programme covers everything from sport, games and crafts through to nature exploration and fancy dress - all with a strong focus on outdoor play.
Running daily on week days, 9am to 12pm, from Monday 18th July through to Friday 29th July, the club is open to all primary school aged children and costs just £4.50 per child, per day.
Booking is essential. For all queries contact Beverley Nunn on (0114) 250 0613 or email [email protected]
The Taming of the Shrew
ReCycle Bikes at Ash Tree Yard are thrilled to be hosting a performance by The Handlebardettes of Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of The Shrew’.
The four-strong, all-female troupe of cycling actors, are taking their inaugural tour around the UK this summer, stopping off in Heeley to perform their hilarious and eccentric production of this well-loved classic. Live music from Sheffield-based Americana folk band Jackelopes Tales will make this an evening not to be missed!
Bring friends, family, something to sit on, a blanket and a picnic. A bottle bar will be available on the evening, along with delicious home-made ice-cream and cordial slush brought to you by Livvy's Ice Cream
No ticket price or booking necessary, just turn up early to find a space to sit, and pay what you can on the night! Gates open 6pm.
Big Boulder Festival 2016
One of the best free community music and arts festivals in Sheffield, Big Boulder returns for its fifth year with a fab line up of live music, street food, arts, crafts and and a whole lot more.
Held in Heeley People's Park, Sheffields first and largest community owned green space, built and looked after by Heeley Development. All proceeds raised on the day contribute directly to the park fund.
Fruit tree pruning workshop
Learn the art of fruit tree pruning with James and Daniele - The Polite Pruners
In collaboration with Heeley Development Trust, we are offering this practical workshop covering: • Improving the fruit harvest • Tackling disease and improving the health of the tree • Shaping/training trees
We'll be looking at and pruning some of the fruit trees in the Heeley People's Park