Visiting Goldsmiths North from outside the region? Why not turn it into a weekend away and make the most of all that the Sheffield City Region has to offer?
Here are our top suggestions for places to visit, explore, stay and eat out as part of your visit to Goldsmiths North in July.
Goldsmiths North 2023
Of course, attending this year’s Goldsmiths North selling fair has to be top of the list! We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the Cutlers’ Hall this summer. This magnificent Grade II listed building in the heart of Sheffield is regarded as the finest livery hall in the North of England and looks at its best when we roll out our signature white carpet and fill it with beautiful jewellery and silverware. Goldsmiths North 2023 will be your chance to view, try on and buy some of the most extraordinary contemporary pieces to come to the market this year. Not only that, it’s a rare opportunity to meet and connect with the makers themselves, ask them about their craft and benefit from some expert advice.
Tickets are now available to book online. Book yours today.
Makers at Persistence Works
Persistence Works is an award-winning, purpose-built studio facility in Sheffield City Centre, a short walk from the Cutlers’ Hall. It accommodates around 80 artists and makers, working across many different disciplines including metalsmiths, sculptors, binders, painters, jewellers, ceramicists, photographers, textile artists and designers.
Discover more about the artists and makers based there by visiting their website. Visits are by appointment only so if you would like to meet any of the makers, contact them directly to arrange a visit to their workshop. Contact details can be found on the artspace website.
For information visit Artspace
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
For a day’s fun with art, it’s hard to beat the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Set in a beautiful, landscaped garden laid out in the 18th century, it’s a place to wander, discover and be amazed. Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is the leading international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture which mounts a world-class, year-round temporary exhibitions programme including some of the world’s leading artists across six indoor galleries and outdoors.
For more information visit YSP
For those visitors with a well-loved, hand-me-down bracelet or family heirloom of unclear provenance, the Sheffield Assay Office was on hand at last year’s Fair with their XRF machine which conducts a non-destructive analysis on a piece to settle once and for all the question of whether or not it is ‘real silver’. They were also doing live demonstrations of how a hallmark is ‘struck’ on a finished piece – a technique that has remained unchanged for centuries.
Chatsworth, sometimes described as ‘the Palace of the Peaks’, is a Baroque house set in a Capability Brown landscape, surrounded by wooded slopes with the River Derwent running alongside. Over the last five centuries, sixteen generations of the Cavendish family have lived there and today the house is occupied by the 12th Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Chatsworth House is a lovely day out and we would highly recommend a visit here whilst in Sheffield and Derbyshire. Discover elegant interiors and one of Europe’s most significant art collections in the house, while in the garden you’ll find historic and modern waterworks and sculpture at every turn.
Chatsworth has always been a centre for creativity, with successive generations of the Cavendish family commissioning art and design contemporary to their times. This year a special exhibition ‘Mirror Mirror: Reflections on Design at Chatsworth’ reflects on that history and introduces new works to the house and garden, continuing this legacy into the present day. Access to the exhibition is included with all house and garden, and house, garden and farmyard tickets for visits between 18 March – 1 October 2023. The artworks are on display throughout the house at various points on the visitor route.
To find out more about exploring Chatsworth visit Chatsworth
Once the beating heart of industry, Kelham Island is one of Sheffield’s oldest manufacturing sites. This manmade island was formed in the 1100s, when a stream was diverted to power a nearby mill. However, as industrial activity has moved on, the area has undergone a significant transformation in recent years and quietly become one of the most exciting parts of the city. The remains of the numerous cutlery and steel works, factories and workshops is part of what gives the area its distinct charm, except nowadays these buildings house everything from indie shopping arcades to microbreweries and galleries.
With its iconic Bessemer Converter and Europe’s largest working steam engine on display, Kelham Island Museum stands as a proud reminder of Sheffield’s industrial history and is a great place to learn more about this significant heritage. Explore the story of making in the city, from master craftsmen to mass production. Experience life and work during the Industrial Revolution, follow the sights and sounds of progress through the Victorian era, celebrate the Women of Steel and see how industry forged the modern city.
The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm. Entry is free.
For more information visit Sheffield Museums
The Leopold Hotel
Formerly the old boys grammar school, The Leopold Hotel is Sheffield’s first luxury boutique hotel. Just moments from the Cutlers’ Hall, the hotel is located in the heart of the city centre with beautiful views, from the hotel’s Terrace Bar’s arched windows, over the new Spanish inspired Leopold Square where visitors can experience a peaceful haven of select bars and restaurants, fountains and trees.
To check availability visit Leopold Hotel
Brocco on the Park
Nesting just on the edge of Sheffield’s expansive Endcliffe Park, Brocco on the Park is perfectly placed for the city’s green spaces as well as the city centre and your visit to Goldsmiths North. Once you come through Brocco’s front door, everything feels like home. From the birds the bedrooms are named after to the Scandinavian luxe of the décor, guests can sleep soundly and dine in style. Their neighbourhood kitchen serves fresh seasonal food, whether it’s a bounteous breakfast, luscious lunch or sociable supper you’re after.
To check availability visit Brocco
Retreat to the land in comfort and style and stay on the Chatsworth Estate. Choose from a collection of hotels, inns, Boltholes and restaurants owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, offering breathtaking locations to rest, eat, marry and a return to the land in comfort and style. Situated in tranquil and unspoiled locations in Yorkshire and Derbyshire, these suites, rooms, and cottages offer style and quietude in the heart of the country.
Locations include The Cavendish Hotel at Baslow, The Devonshire Arms at Beeley and The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley – all within easy reach of Sheffield. Why not have a glitzy day at Goldsmiths North and then spend the rest of the weekend enjoying the rural majesty of the Chatsworth Estate – the best of town and country?
For information on Chatsworth accommodation visit Devonshire Hotels
Housed in a former silversmithing workshop, Silversmiths Restaurant is situated in the heart of Sheffield City Centre close to the Cutlers’ Hall. They serve modern British cuisine with a strong Yorkshire influence and a hint of fine dining in a relaxed environment.
To book a table visit Silversmiths Restaurant
Rafters is a relaxed 26-seater restaurant, tucked away in the oak tree lined suburb of Nethergreen, Sheffield. An exceptional dining experience with friendly Sheffield service, they’ve retained 2 AA rosettes and achieved a Michelin Guide listing – so you know you’re getting quality throughout. Exposed beams and brick add character to this stylish first floor restaurant, which offers set 4 and 6 course menus of modern, richly flavoured dishes; cooked with enthusiasm and served with pride.
To book a table visit Rafters Restaurant
One of the largest food halls in the North of England, Cutlery Works has gone down in Sheffield as one of the best redevelopment stories in a good while. It took a decrepit former cutlery factory in an up-and-coming area, and redesigned it into what it is today; a popular food hall in the Kelham Island area of Sheffield. With a hive of foodie businesses under one roof and flavours from across the globe, there’s something for everyone here.
For more information visit Cutlery Works
Start planning now to make the most of your visit to this year’s Goldsmiths North and enjoy the best of what Sheffield and SouthYorkshire has to offer. Don’t forget: your Goldsmiths North ticket is valid for the duration of the fair, so you can visit more than once if you need another look at that special piece.
Goldsmiths North 2023 7th-9th of July
Put the dates in your diary today and join us in July. We’d love to see you there! For more information, visit GoldSmiths North
Tickets are available to book online.