How to be a Smarter Traveller

Posted on June 21st, 2017 by

It’s officially summer holiday season and we know you’ve got big plans. Whether you’re off to Alicante or Athens, Bangkok or Bali, these holiday hacks from Make Space will turn you into a travel pro.

Master Your Packing Game
At least a week before you go, make a list of everything you want to take with you so that all of the necessary laundry is done before the packing process begins. Always remember that less is more; start with the essentials and then if there’s any room left at the end you can add in the ‘just in case’ items. If you’re taking a small suitcase or a backpack, packing squares are a must. These little beauties are available in numerous different sizes and enable you to separate out the contents of your bag to avoid the otherwise inevitable ‘bundling’ effect.

Learn the language
Okay, we know this is easier said than done. But this second hack is a good’un. While in most cases Brits can get away with not speaking the native language, having even a basic proficiency could change your whole trip. Think about it… When you can speak the native language you can understand signs, read menus and stand a much better chance of avoiding being ripped off. And the best thing is it really doesn’t take much effort. There are so many great apps which make learning a language fun and convenient, you could even do it in your lunch break!

‘There’s an app for that…’
On the subject of apps, there are so many amazing ones out there to help you travel like a pro. Xe Currency is a brilliant free app that enables you to keep track of how much you are spending by converting GBP to a choice of over fifty foreign currencies. MAPS.ME is another lifesaver; the free and handy app enables you to navigate on your phone without wifi or 3G – perfect if you want to save money on data roaming. Finally, if learning another language doesn’t quite go to plan, the Google Translate app is a must. It’s as easy as holding your phone camera up to a sign and the app will instantly translate it for you. Thank you, Google.

With a load of exciting new bars and restaurants opening in Sunderland, there’s no shortage of new things to try this month. We know you’re busy people so we’ve picked out the highlights for you.

Dine out at Döner Haus
Kebabs are for soaking up alcohol at the end of a boozy night out, right? Wrong. Döner Haus is the new restaurant in High Street West turning the post-pub kebab ritual on its head. The restaurant will offer nourishing German style kebabs made with high quality meat and bread. Owner Sanj Sanghera claims that due to their ingredients, people don’t have to feel guilty about eating Döner Haus kebabs as they are much healthier than those found in traditional takeaways.

Swan Lake, Sunderland Empire
Having established a formidable reputation for dramatic productions of full length classical ballets, English Youth Ballet (EYB) are back to present their interpretation of Swan Lake. The performance will place particular emphasis on the rivalry between the seductive evil Black Swan Odile and the beautiful but vulnerable White Swan Odette. EYB are performing at the Sunderland Empire on 16th and 17th June and tickets are available from £21.00 each.

Summer Solstice
It’s officially the longest day of the year on 21st June, so why not celebrate by throwing a summer solstice party? We’re thinking tons of fairy lights, jam jar lanterns and, of course, delicious cocktails. Check out The Cocktail Project for some beverage inspiration, including their delectable ‘Summer Solstice Sipper’ recipe.

Get lose at Libby Mays
On the subject of Cocktails, we’re loving Sunderland’s new underground speakeasy, Libby May’s on St Thomas Street. Inspired by the American speakeasy bars of the Prohibition Era, the exciting new cocktail bar will be open Thursday to Saturday. Check out Libby May’s Fabebook page for upcoming events and promotions.

The Maccabees, O2 Academy Newcastle
Much loved British band, The Maccabees are warming up for their farewell shows by playing a handful of live dates before saying goodbye at London’s Alexandra Palace. Performing songs including ‘Toothpaste Kisses’ and ‘Pelican’, the alt-rockers won’t be coming around again. Tickets are still available so don’t miss out on your last chance to see the band live.

Things to do in Sheffield in June

Posted on June 21st, 2017 by

Welcome to June! Yep, we’re also wondering where the first half of this year has gone. But time flies when you’re having fun and there’s plenty more of that to be had in Sheffield this month….

1. Dirty Dancing, Lyceum Theatre
Dirty Dancing is back! Exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and of course, super sexy dancing. The sensational stage show will be on at Lyceum Theatre from 5th-10th June with tickets starting at £29.50.Featuring 35 hit songs from the original soundtrack, you’re bound to have the time of your life! To book tickets click here:

2. Kings of Leon, Sheffield Arena
American rock legends, Kings of Leon, will be returning for the fifth time to perform at Sheffield Arena on 10th June. The band will perform songs from their latest album WALLS, which went straight to number one in the UK chart. The confirmed support act is local South Yorkshire band The Sherlocks, who are well revered for their raucous live shows. Tickets start at £49.50 and are available on the Sheffield Arena website:

3. Pop-Up Vintage Market, The Moor Market
Fancy a bit of retail therapy? On 17th June, tons of lovely stalls at The Moor Market will be selling everything from vintage clothing and antique furniture to Sheffield made gifts, local artisan pickles and retro phones. Entry is free, so it’s the perfect place to spend a chilled Saturday afternoon. For more info visit:

4. Jimmy Car, Sheffield City Hall
Jimmy is back and this time he has gathered a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show, Jimmy Carr: The Best of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour. Coming to Sheffield City Hall on 23rd June, Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment. Click here to get your tickets:

5. Music in the Gardens, Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Music in the Gardens returns for another year from 29th June – 3rd July. The line up features The Zombies, 10cc, The Bootleg Beatles and a very special Night At The Movies performed by the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra. The four day event will end with a magical firework display in Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens. Adult tickets are start at £29, with season tickets for all four days available as well:

Hey Sunderland! Here at Make Space we’ve been working hard to find you the best things to do this May. Read on for our top monthly picks.

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Grease, Sunderland Empire
Everyone’s favourite musical is coming to town! From 1st – 6th May you can re-live the magic as Danny and Sandy fall in love all over again. Starring The Wanted’s Tom Parker star as Danny, Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope as Sandy and EastEnders’ Louisa Lytton as Rizzo, this electrifying show is definitely not one to be missed. To book tickets visit:

Coping With Stress Workshop, City Campus, Sunderland University
Impending deadlines keeping you awake at night? Constantly worrying about your future? If you’re feeling stressed head down to City Campus on 3rd May for a masterclass in how to recognise and deal with stress. The workshop will be highly interactive and experiential, so be prepared to contribute with your own knowledge and experiences. After all – sharing is caring… For more information visit:

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The Marine Activities Centre, Sunderland
After some sunny days in April, the sea is finally starting to warm up. So why not make the most of it and try your hand at one of a range of awesome experiences on offer from The Marine Activities Centre? They offer Stand Up Paddle Boarding lessons, Sea Kayak trips, Surfing, Pier Jumping and even Beach Craft. Open sessions are just £7.00 for adults and a bargain £4.50 for students so it’s a great way to get out there and try something new. To see what else is on offer click here:

Micky Flanagan, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Comic legend Micky Flanagan returns to the Metro Radio Arena on 11th May with his ‘An’ Another Fing’ 2017 tour. Reviews suggest that Micky’s new show is well worth a watch, with countless five star rating and The Times exclaiming “Micky Flanagan is on fire”. Tickets are selling out fast so click here to get yours:

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Picnic in Mowbray Park
May is blessed with two bank holiday weekends, so why not organise a picnic in the park with your friends? You can pack your own sarnies, or each decide to bring a different item of food. If you don’t have a picnic basket and want something easy to make, why not try one of these delicious salad jars a la Jamie Oliver: You could also bring some games to play and maybe a jug of Pimms for a chilled day of bank holiday fun.

It may be exam season, but that needn’t ruin the fun! Read on for our pick of the top five things to do in Sheffield this month.

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Gino’s Italian Escape, Sheffield City Hall
Our favourite cheeky Italian comes to Sheffield City Hall on 2nd May for an evening of food and fun. Gino’s live stage show will feature delicious signature dishes from all corners of Italy, blended with Gino’s irresistible humour and plenty of surprises along the way. Commenting on the tour, Gino said: “I am very excited and can’t wait to get out there and share some fantastic food and cooking tips from my home country. Click here to get your tickets:

Brian Cox, Sheffield Arena
Following Brian Cox’s sell out show at Sheffield City Hall in October, the King of Science will return for another mind-blowing live show at the Sheffield Arena on 5th May. Cox will take audiences on a dazzling journey through space and time, testing the limits of our knowledge and making highly complex ideas accessible to all. This is a show that will leave you gaping in awe. To book tickets click here:

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Flea Market, The Abbeydale Picture House
If you’re feeling delicate after a heavy weekend, head to The Abbeydale Picture House flea market on 7th May. With countless stalls full of unique vintage and retro wonders, it’s the perfect place to spend a chilled Sunday afternoon. Entry costs £1. For more info visit:

The Skool Disco, Corporation

If you need a mid-week revision break, head to Corporation on a Wednesday for their weekly Skool Disco. Billed as ‘Sheffields largest and loudest student night’, the three rooms of musical mayhem cater for everyone no matter what your musical taste!

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Sheffield Food Festival, Peace Gardens
The annual Sheffield Food Festival is back, and this year it’s bigger than ever! From 27th – 29th May head to the Peace Gardens and surrounding area to try tasty street food, shop at the artisan food and drink market, watch cookery demonstrations and enjoy a range of real ales from the beer tent. With a whopping 30,000 people set to attend, this is the perfect way to spend your bank holiday weekend.

Tired of doing the same old things every weekend? There’s loads going on in Sunderland this April so read on for our round up of the top things not to miss.

Mamma Mia at the Theatre Royale, Newcastle upon Tyne
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The smash hit musical is coming to Newcastle! Dubbed the ‘ultimate feel good show’ and featuring all of your favourite ABBA songs to sing along to, this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship is definitely not one to be missed. Evening and matinee performances will be on at the Theatre Royale until 15th April, but act fast if you want tickets as they’re selling out quickly.
To book tickets click here:

Craft and Food Fayre at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

How about some wholesome Saturday fun at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens’ Craft and Food fayre on 22nd April? Entry is free (yippee!) and you can expect to find a range of quality crafts, cakes, artisan foods and more.
For more join the event on Facebook:

3D Selfie at FabLab
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Here’s something a bit different for you… 3D Selfie printing. On 20th April, you can book a slot at the FabLab to be 3D scanned by the team who will then use their 3D printer to create a 3D model of your face (you even get to choose what colour it will be)! The event is completely free so why not give it a go and blow your selfie game out of the water.
To book your slot with FabLab click here:

Hit the North Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne
Another Newcastle event but one too good not to mention! Hit the North Festival will take place on 28th April and features acts from artists including Lethal Bizzle, Slaves and Frightened Rabbit. You can buy a ticket for the whole festival or pick and choose which acts you see by purchasing individual tickets. If you’re heading back to Uni after the Easter Break this is the perfect welcome back!
Visit the Hit the North official website for tickets:

Mixtape at The Dun Cow
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If Hit the North isn’t your thing and you fancy some giggles instead, infamous sketch troupe Mixtape will be coming to the The Dun Cow on 28th April. Described as a music quiz comedy sketch show like no other, Mixtape have sold out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and will now bring their unique brand of comedy to Sunderland.
To book tickets ( did we mention they’re only a fiver!) click here:

There’s so much going on in Sheffield this April we didn’t want you to miss out! Here’s our round up of the best the city has to offer this month.

Russell Howard at Sheffield Arena
Russel Howard
Critically acclaimed comedy genius Russell Howard returns to the live stage for the first time in three years with his biggest global tour to date – Round The World. Howard will be performing at Sheffield Arena on Friday 7th April so if you fancy some funnies this is the perfect way to start your weekend.

Find out more and book tickets here:

Easter Carnival at Corporation
Feel like you need to let your hair down? With TWO bank holidays coming up over the Easter weekend you might as well make the most of it! Corporation are hosting Easter Carnival: Jungle Meets Grime on 16th April and with a whole host of impressive DJs on the line-up it sounds like a wild night not to be missed.
Join the event on Facebook:

Japanese Tea Tasting & Kokedama Making at Birdhouse Tea Company
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If the Easter weekend leaves you feeling in need of a detox, Japanese tea tasting is the perfect solution. With a focus on mindfulness and wellbeing, this evening on 27th April is bound to leave you feeling peaceful and refreshed. Tea experts will be on hand all evening and the ticket includes mini master class in plants and kokedama making.
Click here for tickets:

Sheffield Students’ Union Beer Festival at University of Sheffield Students’ Union

The University of Sheffield’s Student Union Beer Festival is back, offering more than 100 Real Ales, Lagers, Craft Beers, Pilsners, Fruit Beers, Ciders and a whole lot of great food! The festival will also celebrate another Northern staple – the pie – so get yourself down to the SU for Friday Pieday. The festival runs all weekend, from 28th – 30th April.

Join the event on Facebook:

Stormzy at O2 Academy Sheffield

Grime genius Stormzy will be performing at the 02 Academy on 30th April, following the release of his epic debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer. As one of the hottest British artists around, Stormzy is definitely one to watch.
For ticket information visit:

Forget FOMO, here at Make Space we’ve compiled a list of the 5 best things to do in and around Sheffield this month. From Guinness to vegetarian cooking you’re bound to discover something you’ll enjoy.

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Sunderland Photography Association Annual Exhibition
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, 11 March – 5 -May
If you’re after a bit of culture why not visit the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens to take a look at the Sunderland Photography Association’s Annual Exhibition. Running from 11 March – 5 May and showcasing all of the best photography from the last year, the exhibition is bound to inspire. Even better is that entry is completely free!
Photo: The Bowie Tour by John Doyle

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Lower than Atlantis at the 02 Academy – Newcastle upon Tyne, 14 March
Okay we know this isn’t technically in Sunderland, but seeing the Hertfordshire-based rock quartet play live seemed like too good an opportunity to miss. The band will be performing songs from their new album Safe In Sound, which is loaded with robust and riotous anthems that strike the perfect balance between the band’s pop tendencies and grunge roots.

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Riverford Master Veg Class at The Nest – Gateshead, 15 March
Riverford – award-winning supplier of organic veg boxes – will be hosting a hands on vegetarian cooking class at The Nest in Gateshead (only about a 20 minute bus ride from Sunderland). The class will focus on cooking techniques to make the most of fresh produce and you will have the opportunity to make three delicious seasonal dishes. The cost of the class includes a copy of Riverford’s Spring Summer veg cook book and your first medium sized veg box delivered to your house the following week.

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St Patrick’s Day, 17 March
Conveniently falling on a Friday for 2017, St Patty’s day is always one of the best celebrations of the year. Whether you’re planning a relaxed Guinness at the pub, or a wild night out dressed as a leprechaun, the city is sure to be buzzing with Irish cheer.

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The Full Monty – Sunderland Empire, 20 – 25 March
Based on the smash-hit British film about six out of work Sheffield steel workers with nothing to lose, this hilarious and heartfelt production stars Gary Lucy, Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Chris Fountain, Anthony Lewis, Kai Owen. Not only has the play received standing ovations every night, The Full Monty has also won the prestigious UK Theatre Award for best touring production.

Things to do in Sheffield this March

Posted on March 15th, 2017 by

With the first hint of spring in the air it’s time to crawl out from under your duvet and embrace the outside world. Here at Make Space, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 things to do in Sheffield this March so you don’t miss out. If you like cake, beer and a spot of nudity… read on!

The Great Sheffield Cake Off! – Sheffield City College, 8 March

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Loosely based off the show we all know and love, The Great Sheffield Cake off will take place on 8 March at Sheffield City College to raise funds for The Cathedral Archer project. Presented by former Great British Bake Off contestant Howard Middleton, the evening will see four amateur bakers from Sheffield City College compete for the title of Sheffield’s Best Baker. Tickets cost £7.50 and include entry to the event along with free refreshments and delicious homemade cakes.

Check out the Great Sheffield Cake Off

The Amy Winehouse Experience… aka Lioness – 02 Academy Sheffield, 10 March

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Lioness provide an authentic tribute to the infamous talent that was Amy Winehouse. Accompanied by a full seven piece band of hand-picked musicians, ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ finalist Emma Wright flawlessly recreates the authentic sound that was so unique to Ms Winehouse. With a full stage show showcasing the talent of the songstress, The Amy Winehouse Experience is emotional roller coaster that is guaranteed to have you singing and dancing along throughout the performance.

Check out the Amy Winehouse Tribute

BeerAlive! – iceSheffield, 17 -19 March

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For the first time ever, a massive pop-up beer hall called BeerAlive! will open to the public from 17-19 March as part of the national beer and brewing event run by the Society for Independent Brewers (SIBA). The beer hall will be fully heated and lit, and will feature eight regional bars serving SIBA gold award-winning cask and keg beers. A must-go for any beer lover, SIBA operations director Nick Stafford said: “This really is the best selection of independent craft beers you’ll find anywhere in the UK.”

Go to Beer Alive

Art workshops and taster sessions – The Art House

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Want to mix up your weekend and try something new? Throughout the March and April The Art House are hosting a number of adult art workshops and taster sessions. Whether you want to learn how to print onto fabrics, or fancy spending the day learning how to do a life drawing, The Art House is the perfect place for anyone wishing to inject a bit of creativity into their life.

Go to Art House Sheffield

The Rum Festival – Trafalgar Warehouse 31 March – 1 April

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Live music, street food and over 100 different rums to try, The Rum Festival is the perfect place to end the month. You can attend talks from rum industry experts and bloggers to brush up your knowledge of Captain Jack Sparrow’s favourite tipple, or watch the skilled Rum Festival cocktail team mix up some of the tastiest rum cocktails on the planet (and don’t forget to sample their creations too of course!)

Go to the Rum Festival

Things to do in Sunderland this January

Posted on January 16th, 2017 by

Typically, January can be a bit of a miserable month – Christmas is over and everyone is back to studying/work… However, at Make Space we have put together a list of amazing activities to ensure your year goes off with a bang! Here’s what we think you should get up to this month in Sunderland…

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Ghost Hunt – Aircraft Museum

If you’re looking for a spooky start to the year, then look no further than the North East Aircraft Museum’s Ghost Hunt! You will be guided around the museum with paranormal investigators, on the lookout for ghosts and spirits… book tickets below for the 21st of January.

Find out more about the North East Aircraft Museum

The Simon and Garfunkel Story – Sunderland Empire

If you’re in the musical mood this January then The Simon and Garfunkel Story is the all-singing, all-dancing solution! Making its transfer from the West End to UK tour, the show is coming to the Sunderland Empire for one night only in January!

Book Tickets to The Simon and Garfunkel Story

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Chinese New Year – Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Head down to the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens to celebrate the year of the rooster! Ring in the Chinese New Year with traditional lion dances, crafts and celebrations. No need to book, as it’s free entry!

Enter the year of the Rooster!

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Cocktail Making Classes – Bar Justice

Why not learn a new skill this year with one of Bar Justice’s cocktail making classes? Gather a group of friends and learn how to become the perfect party hosts!

Sign up to be a Cocktail Master

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Dine Out – Angelo’s Ristorante

After Christmas we all like to be thrifty, but why not treat yourself to an evening night at one of Sunderland’s favourite restaurants Angelo’s… Enjoy seafood, pasta and pizza in this delicious Italian eatery!

Go to Angelo’s Ristorante