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As part of English Heritage’s Open Day programme, Sheffield City Hall will be opening its doors and welcoming the general public on Thursday, September 11 for free guided tours and holding 1930s Tea Dances celebrating the era the venue opened.

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public. Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors, ranging from castles to factories, town halls to barns, parish churches to Buddhist temples.

For Sheffield City Hall’s own heritage events, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in guided tours and explore areas of the City Hall that are normally off limits to the public. Areas include the backstage corridors and dressing rooms, to treading the boards on the Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall stage. A tour of Sheffield City Hall is scheduled at 10.00am and spaces are limited to 35 people with advance bookings only.

In addition to this, the City Hall’s Tea Dances in the art deco grand Ballroom on Thursday and Saturday, September 11 and 13 at 11am will celebrate all things from the 1930s, the era that the venue opened, and will give visitors a look back over the years and how the venue has transformed since 1932. The Ballroom will be brought to life with music from the 1930s on Thursday with live music from Aubrey Robinson and Saturday with recorded music from Barry and Barbara Davies. Traditional 1930s dress is welcomed with Afternoon Tea and 30s favourites also available for refreshments. Tickets are available on the door.

Designed by acclaimed architect, E. Vincent Harris, Sheffield City Hall originally opened its doors back in 1932 and since then has filmy established itself as one of the region’s most distinguished entertainment and conference venues. The building has a rich and diverse legacy with many world artists having performed there from iconic legends such as Jimmi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles to modern day heroes such as Ricky Gervais and One Direction.

To book a place on the free guided tour, please contact Sheffield City Hall on 0114 223 3740 or email info@sheffieldcityhall.co.uk

The 1930s Tea Dances entry is on the door prices of Thursday 11 £3.00 and Saturday 13 £3.50 at 11am.

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