We use a range of venues across Sheffield city centre, thanks to a range of partners, most within walking distance from the train station.

Note for first-time Sheffield visitors - Sheffield city centre and the surrounding neighbourhoods are very hilly; if you have reduced mobility, you may require a vehicle to get around. Uber and City Taxis operate in Sheffield, and it is possible to request a wheelchair accessible taxi through both apps.

For more detailed information on city centre parking including disabled parking (Blue Badge) bays, please click here.

Showroom Cinema

The Showroom Cinema is an independent art house cinema and where DocFest began in 1994. It is housed in a 1936 art deco building which was formerly the Kennings car dealership,

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Showroom Cinema

Curzon Sheffield

A three-screen boutique cinema in Sheffield's city centre, Curzon Sheffield is housed in a converted 19th Century bank and boasts as stunning rooftop bar and terrace.

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The Light Sheffield

DocFest takes over 2 of the 9 state of the art screens at The Light Sheffield, all with super comfy seats.

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The Light

The Crucible Theatre

Sheffield’s renowned production theatre, The Crucible is part of Sheffield Theatres, the largest theatre complex outside of London. DocFest events will be taking place in the main theatre, plus the Playhouse & Adelphi auditoriums. 


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Sheffield City Hall

Sheffield City Hall is a magnificent Grade II listed building owned by the Sheffield City Council. This year, Sheffield City Hall will host the DocFest Opening Night film.


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sheffield city hall

Cutlers' Hall

A magnificent venue steeped in history and grandeur, this impressive Grade II listed building in the heart of Sheffield is home to the MeetMarket.

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Sheffield Town Hall

The Sheffield Town Hall is an impressive Grade 1 listed Victorian building built in 1897 and is located right in the heart of the city.

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Sheffield Town Hall

Channing Hall

Channing Hall is named after the 19th Century American Unitarian Minister Dr William Ellery Channing.


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Tudor Square

Tudor Square is home to the largest concentration of theatres in the UK outside of London and one of the busiest spots during the festival, as it’s also the site of our central festival box office.


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Crystal Bar

In The heart of Sheffield's city centre, Crystal Bar is the city's premier late night bar. Located in a former 19th century scissor factory, Crystal Bar is a trendy nightspot with events, VIP tables, and host to some of DocFest’s parties.


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Interior of Crystal Bar

Kollective Coffee & Kitchen

Visit Kollective Kitchen serving colourful freshly prepared dishes with some of the best coffee and cake in Sheffield.


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Sheffield Hallam Pop-up Shop

For our 30th edition, the Sheffield Hallam Pop-Up Shop will be hosting an exhibition looking back at DocFest and Sheffield's history.


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Exterior Shot of Sheffield Hallam Pop-up Shop

Tamper Sellers Wheel

Sample a little bit of relaxed kiwi cafe culture at Sellers Wheel, a 19th Century former silversmiths in the heart of Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter. Tucked beneath a red brick vaulted ceiling, coffee takes centre stage, alongside fresh smoothies, teas and cocktails plus cakes and pastries from The Depot Bakery and tasty treats from The Adventurous Cakebook.


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Sheffield Winter Garden

Sheffield's impressive multi award-winning Winter Garden is one of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built in the UK during the last hundred years and is the largest urban glasshouse anywhere in Europe.


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Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen

Serving breakfast, brunch and wood fired pizzas and the largest drink menu in the whole of the city – perfect for trying new teas, seasonal tea lattes and creative drinks – from non-alcoholic to house infused tea cocktails.


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The Furnace Bar & Restaurant

Friendly cocktail bar & restaurant serving food, brunch, live music and late night drinks in Sheffield.


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Peddler Market

Peddler Market is a monthly mix of award-winning street food, craft beer, cocktails, live music and more!

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Sidney & Matilda

Sidney and Matilda is a warehouse, basement, and courtyard orientated music and event venue, that has shined new neon red light on an abandoned industrial district.


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Slug & Lettuce

The Slug & Lettuce bar has a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere with comfy chairs and pleasant surroundings. They also serve a variety of modern food.


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The team behind Record Junkee present Sheffield’s newest live music and club in the heart of the city centre, built on the creativity, ambition and unity which define the city. Network plays host to some of DocFest’s iconic parties throughout the festival.


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Exterior of Network. People sat on wooden benches with tables.

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