This section is offered primarily for any family that may be coming with you, as the hockey training and the hockey job will obviously occupy so much of your time.
There are 3 "sections" - in and around Sheffield, further afield and, perhaps, heading to Europe.
None of this is definitive; it is given only to give you some ideas.
The Sheffield area
The Sheffield Area
During your time in Sheffield, you'll probably want to see a few of the sights around the UK, but there are some worth seeing in and around Sheffield itself.
Sheffield is also on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District - its beautiful scenery, hills, villages, castles and rivers are only a few miles away.
The village of Castleton, about 10 miles from Sheffield, is well worth visiting; there are plenty of shops, cafes and traditional English pubs. Castleton is home to the famous "Blue John" mines; "Blue John" is a semi-precious mineral found only in Castleton (although recent deposits have been found in China).
There are several show caves leading into the limestone hills, and there are escorted trips down the flooded (and therefore unworkable Speedwell Cavern). Up on the hillside above Castleton is Peveril Castle, which dates back to around 1080 AD.
You'll be astonished at the scenery available within 30 minutes drive of Sheffield - to list suggestions here would be a waste of time; we can help and advise with all that you might ask.
Further afield around Britain
Travelling further afield in Britain
We cannot possibly cover all the possibilities, on a single page, of places to see and things to do. We have tried to pick a tiny sample as a taster, and then give you some resources to carry out your own research.
High on the list of places for any visitor would be London, with its all sights, historical buildings and . . . shopping of course. You can reach London in maybe two hours by train - fast, not too expensive, and comfortable - or a little more by car.
The most famous playwright in the world is William Shakespeare. Stratford-upon-Avon, his birthplace, is less than 3 hours drive from Sheffield.
The history of England can, very loosely, be split into the Norman influence of the south and the Viking influence of the north.
Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in York, with its Viking history, and awesome Minster, winding streets, castles and walls. There are many historic buildings and sites of interest every bit as important, but much less well-known, as in London. It also has very good shopping and interesting things to do for kids.
York is less than an hours drive from Sheffield, but there is also a direct rail link with frequent trains.
For scenery and the countryside there are so many choices, from the very local Derbyshire Peak District, to the far reaches of beautiful Scotland. Very popular places to go are the Lake District and North Yorkshire moors, which are between Sheffield and Scotland, the Cotswolds to the south of us, and on down into Devon and Cornwall in the far south-west.
Cardiff and Edinburgh are approximately 4 hours drive, while Dublin and Belfast can be reached by a short flight from East Midlands airport - and the airport is just an hour away.
Sheffield is centrally placed with easy access to the rest of the country. If you want to take in some soccer matches, both Manchester and Liverpool are less than 2 hours away. Much closer is the countryside and villages that surround Sheffield. We can help with guidance on finding and visiting these places.
Heading for Europe
Getting to Europe
If you and your partner fancy heading over to mainland Europe for a few days, then head to one of the local airports and you could be in for a very pleasant suprise when it comes to flight costs. We're blessed with a number of very good low cost airlines that fly to an enormous number of destinations. A couple of examples :-
- from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster-Shefield Airport ( about 30 minutes away) you can get to most places in Europe for between £20 and £50 with Thomsonfly.
- from East Midlands Airport ( about 40 minutes away ), fly with Ryanair at similar prices to most mainland European destinations or Ireland
Approximately 3 hours after leaving Sheffield, you can be by the banks of the Seine planning a trip up the Eiffel Tower.
How to do this?
- You catch a train at Sheffield
- travel to Kings Cross-St Pancras (London - approximately 2 hours away)
- change to the Eurostar (just a different platform within the station)
- and then journey through the Channel Tunnel, (underneath the busy waterway of the English Channel)
- arriving in Paris approximately 1 hour later.
... and there's none of that "check-in desk hours before departure" stuff.
For those of you with children, there is of course EuroDisney. This is just a few minutes by train outside of Paris - there is a direct train.