RetirementMove City Guides: Retiring in Sheffield
In this latest instalment of our series of RetirementMove City Guides, we’re looking at what its like retiring in Sheffield and discover what's available for older people in the city.
Where to go
If you’re looking to retire to a friendly city with lots of lovely fresh air and green trees, then the city of Sheffield’s for you! Sheffield’s probably one of our greenest cities in England as 2/3rds of it are rural due to it being in great proximity to the Peak District.
The city’s proud to boast over 80 public parks. One of these beautiful parks is Peace Gardens which sits in the heart of the City centre with its impressive water fountains and memorials to enjoy, you are bound to have a relaxing time. Other Parks dotted around the city include: Crookes Valley Park, Weston Park, Endcliffe Park, Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Heeley People’s Park, Norfolk Heritage Park and Manor Fields Park. Further North out of the city is Hillsborough Park, Forge Dam Park, Graves Park and Meersbrook Park.
One of the more popular hangout spots in the city is Ecclesall Road - it’s the social meeting point of Sheffield and contains two miles of bars, restaurants and shops. If you enjoy being outside, Sheffield also has its very own outdoor amphitheatre! The theatre shows classic movies from the 1980’s such as Top Gun and Dirty Dancing.
Top tip! Why not check out the amphitheatres website to see what films are being shown and don’t forget to check out the weather forecast too!
In addition, there are many things to see and do in Sheffield, including visiting one of the many insightful museums such as the National Emergency Services Museum or the Kelham Island Museum. If you prefer walking round gardens or just being outdoors, there’s Sheffield Botanical Gardens or Weston Park Butterfly House or Sheffield’s Antiques Quarter to enjoy and explore. Find out more about what’s going on in Sheffield for the older person.
How to get around Sheffield
Sheffield’s well serviced by buses, trains and trams. If you want to find out if your train’s running on time, Travel South Yorkshire have a train tracker page on their website showing live train departure times for trains in and around the city.
In addition, if you enjoy travelling but are put off by the cost, Travel South Yorkshire provide an elderly person travel pass offering older people free off peak travel on buses across England (plus additional concession in South Yorkshire) to those who live in Sheffield and are over state pensionable age.
Clubs and associations for older people
Sheffield Age UK run a host of regular events and activities such as day trips and classes including a digital drop-in class where older people can learn how to use or brush up on their computers and internet skills.
If you enjoy meeting people, why not try joining or setting up your own club? There are over 100 lunch clubs for the older person in operation in Sheffield and The Voluntary Action Sheffield provide a handy booklet on how to set up your own lunch club.
Top tip! Check out your local Age UK group online to see if they have a group near you and find out what’s on offer!
There are a few shopping centres in Sheffield, the main ones being Meadowhall – the largest shopping centre in Yorkshire, Crystal Peaking Shopping Mall and Retail Park – offering over 100 independent shops and there’s the Orchard Square Shopping Centre which is a small open-air court shopping centre.
Hospitals and Medical Facilities
Sheffield’s lucky to boast five adult hospitals including: Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Northern General Hospital, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Jessop Wing, Weston Park Hospital and Charles Clifford Dental Hospital. They provide over one million appointments and operations each year.
Where to Live in Sheffield
Sheffield’s a great city to live in, however, if you’re looking for a quieter environment it might be better to live on the outskirts of the city. Areas which are popular for retirees include: Windsor House which is close to the city, or just outside the city is Companions Court in Rotherham, or there’s Charter Court in Retford.
Retirement Properties for Sale in Sheffield
Check out the retirement properties that are for sale in and around the Sheffield area.
Do you still like the idea of retiring to a city, but decided that retiring to Sheffield’s not for you? Why not read another article in the series, including Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Birmingham, Manchester or London to find your perfect city to retire to.
*Source: Halifax quality of life survey 2016 http://static.halifax.co.uk/assets/pdf/mortgages/pdf/161217-Halifax-Quality-of-Life%202016-FINAL.pdf?srnum=3