Things to do around Sheffield and South Yorkshire - January 11-18

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1. Oliver!

Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, running through to January 25
London 1853. A young orphan arrives on the streets of London with no friends, no money and nowhere to live. He meets a cheeky pickpocket who shows him a whole new way of life. But as chance would have it, Oliver stumbles upon a gentleman who might just hold the key to his mysterious past. Following on from the huge success of My Fair Lady, Artistic Director Daniel Evans will direct Lionel Bart’s sensational musical Oliver! Packed full of joyful songs including Consider Yourself, You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two, Oom-pah-pah! and the exuberant Food Glorious Food, this will be the theatrical highlight of your year. Tickets start from £17, show times vary by day.
Tel: 0114 249 6000

2. The Nutcracker
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, Saturday January 11, 3pm &7.45pm
The world-renowned Moscow City Ballet return to the Lyceum stage with The Nutcracker Discover the magical story of Clara, swept away to a spectacular winter wonderland by the Nutcracker prince. With a full orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and featuring unforgettable dances, this is the perfect festive treat for all the family. Show times vary by day. Tickets start from £19.
Tel: 0114 249 6000

Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Branton, Doncaster, Daily, 10.30am -4pm
Situated just outside Doncaster, the park occupies 70 acres of a 260 acre site, offering a unique view into the world of animals with walkthrough areas including the Lemur Woods, Wallaby Walkabout and South America Viva. The most endangered carnivore in Africa, the Painted Hunting Dog, can also be seen at the Park, and on the ‘African Plains’, zebra, antelope, ankole cattle and ostrich roam free. Other animals include the popular meerkats, raccoon dogs, Bactrian camels and the park’s newest recruits- giraffes! Admissions fees: Adults £10.50, Children (aged 3 - 15 ) £8.50, Children (under 3) Free.
Tel: 01302 535 057

4. Padley Gorge
Padley Gorge, Longshaw Estate, Derbyshire, open daily
What better way to start the New Year than blow away the cobwebs and explore a little bit of the Peak District. Situated in the scenic Longshaw Estate, Padley Gorge is a stunning little valley of ancient woods and tumbling streams. Either start at Grindleford Station and work your way up or park at the Fox House to meander you way down. Free public access all day, but please check sunset times to make sure you’re not rambling in the dark.
Tel: 01433 637904

5. Rother Valley Country Park
Rother Valley, Mansfield Way, Sheffield, Open daily 8.30am-5pm
Try your hand a range of both wet and dry outdoor pursuits, from canoeing, water skiing and wakeboarding to archery, cycling and golf. Or you could just go for a nice walk round the scenic lakes. Refreshments and toilet facilities are available from the Visitor Centre. Admission is £3.50 per vehicle to park. Book activities in advance to avoid disappointment.
Tel: 0114 2471452
6. Colour Coded Exhibition
Weston Park Museum, daily, running until 26 January, 10am – 5pm
Come along to Weston Park to see the new Colour Coded Exhibition. This brand new exhibition, dye which set the Victorian fashion world ablaze, to the colourful art of Patrick Caulfield, Colour Coded will celebrate the emotional power which colour continues to hold over us. This exhibition is completely free. 
Tel: 0114 2782600

7. Canon Hall Farm
Daily throughout the holidays, 11.30am-4pm
Every day throughout the school holidays there will be a full programme of sheep and ferret racing and animal feeding at the round-house. The fun starts at 11.30am and continues through until 4.00pm. The small animal petting area and children’s craft activities will be open between 10.30am and 4.30pm. On Mondays and Tuesdays the farm will be running tractor & trailer rides. The rest of the week, from Wednesday to Sunday, farm friends from SMJ Falconry will be there with their magnificent birds of prey. £5.95 each for both adults and children aged 3 and over. Senior Citizens are £4.95. A family ticket is £22.00
Tel: 01226 790427

8. Inside the Circle of Fire: A Sheffield Sound Map
Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, daily, running until February 23 2014
In an ambitious new exhibition, the Millennium Gallery will be transformed into an immersive ‘sound map’ of Sheffield, charting its boundaries on the edge of the Peak and travelling its waterways to the bustling heart of the city. Recorded over the past 18 months at locations in and around the city, the sound map will use the latest technology to create a sound which changes throughout the gallery, depending on the listener’s location. Free entry. Monday-Saturday 10am–5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.
Tel: 0114 278 2600

9. The Wicked Witches of OZ
Shiregreen Community Centre, Sheffield, Thursday January 16- Saturday January 18, 7.15pm
Follow the yellow brick road all the way to Shiregreen for the annual pantomime! The Wicked Witches of Oz follows Dorothy and Toto to the Land of Oz where she meets some familiar friends, including a confused lion lost from Narnia, a scarecrow that’s no Einstein and a tin man rusty from a stint in the Axe Factor. The Wicked Witches of Oz is an all new show with the thrills and spills of a traditional panto. Boo the baddies and cheer the goodies in this must for all the family. Adult tickets £4.50 and Children £3.50. Doors from 6.30pm.
Tel: 0114 243 8248

10. Animal Encounters at Tropical Butterfly House 
Tropical Butterfly House, Sheffield, daily, 11am-4.30pm
Encounter the exotic and discover a wild family day out! Meet Meerkats, owls, snakes and other amazing animals during unforgettable Animal Encounters throughout the day. Free-flying Bird Displays take place daily, featuring spectacular birds of prey, parrots and more. Explore the indoor rainforest, home to butterflies, birds, bats, crocodiles and creepy-crawlies from around the world. Discover the charismatic primates of Lemur Heights, a state of the art walk-through enclosure and meet the inquisitive residents of Otter Springs new for 2014! Adult admission £8.95, Child £7.95 and under 3′s admitted free.
Tel: 01909 569 416
For information on events taking place in and around Sheffield check out and for ideas about what to see there’s no better place to start than The team at Sheffield’s “Welcome to Sheffield” Visitor Services (on Surrey Street next to the Winter Garden) can be contacted on 0114 221 1900.