With all the pre-conference meetings, conference sessions, welcome reception, football game, social tours and conference dinner, there is little time to explore Sheffield and the surrounding area.
However, if you feel like exploring, here are 5 suggested things to see and do (aside from the social tours):
1. Millennium Gallery
A landmark attraction right in the heart of the city. As well as hosting some of the finest touring exhibitions in the country, the gallery is home to Sheffield's unique collection of metalwork which combines the city's heritage of craftmanship with today's contemporary art.
2. Botanical Gardens
The 19 acre garden was originally designed by Robert Marnock in the Gardenesque style and opened in 1836. Fully restored, the garden now has 15 different areas including collections of plants from around the world. The National Collections of Weigela, Diervilla and Sarcococca are sited here.
3. Weston Park Museum
From Prehistoric to Present Day Sheffield, this award winning, family-friendly museum is a great place to let the children explore amongst favourite exhibits such as Snowy the Polar Bear and Spike the Woolly Rhino. WIth plenty of treasures for adults too, and the beautiful landscaped park land for everybody to enjoy.
4. Go Climbing!
Sheffield is home to a suprisingly high number of climbers due to its proximity to the Peak District National Park. Why not take a trip to Awesome Walls and get active? Supervised sessions are available, including equipment hire, for a minimum of 2 people. Pre-booking for supervised sessions is essential.
5. Ecclesall Woods
Ecclesall woods are situated in the south west of Sheffield, and cover over 140 hectares (350 acres). They are a great place to go for an evening stroll, or a morning jog. The woods also contain a number of important prehistoric and early historic monuments. For more information, click here.