Monday, 30 June 2014

Fantastical Cities


What a wonderful Sunday on John Street.

Just in front of a real building site (dormant on a Sunday), there was a whole cityscape being constructed in record time. 

The Fantastical Cities event by the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and SSA (Sheffield Society of Architects) was part of Design Week in Sheffield. Fantastical Cities was a chance for families to build their own buildings as part of one big cardboard city on John Street, with the road closed off, it gave everyone a large space to build on. We learnt that foundations (gaffer tape) are important for tall buildings to survive the Sheffield breeze!

The city was mapped out in chalk, with roads and rails set out to connect all the buildings together - even complete with bridges and zebra crossings. There was a choice of supermarkets alongside a church, a cinema, a hotel and a variety of sky scrapers. Entertainment was aplenty too, with a cinema, swimming pool and ferris wheel. No need to worry about powering all these buildings either, as a power station, power lines and pylons were also constructed.

It really is amazing what you can make out of cardboard, tape and lots of imagination. Thank you to all the families that came and built a new city on John Street - see more pictures on our Harland Works Twitter page.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Sprucing up our spaces

We love our shared office space Spaceworks so much that we are turning a whole new room in to more friendly work space.

Our article in the Sheffield Telegraph (out today!) tells more about how important we think shared office space can be for freelancers and business owners.
"I get space to get a second opinion, inspiration or have a laugh"
Laura Lashmar, Spiky Communications
So we are now offering Spaceworks members a wider variety of rooms, quiet rooms, chatty rooms, large rooms and cosy rooms. Depending what you are up to that day - Skype calls, cramming for a deadline, bouncing ideas around, there is a room to suit!

If you'd like a change from working from home, why not try Spaceworks for a half day (4 hours) for free during June 2014? Or drop by Harland Works for a chat and to have a look around our friendly shared office space.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

More than office space ...


If you have been following out twitter feed you'll know we have a unit free at the moment. It's exciting as it is street facing and would suit office/retail or something we've never even thought of.

The important thing is that it's not just office space that is on offer ... it's the opportunity to join a great bunch of people who work, rest and play Harland Works. The courtyard is a great meeting point and people know each other and take the time to catch up/drink coffee and come up with ideas to make things better.

If this sounds good to you give us a call .... 07967 144230.


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Sheffield Yoga School at Harland Works

We've been hearing calls for a lunchtime yoga class so we've teamed up with Sheffield Yoga School to offer a free taster session in Spaceworks on Thursday 22nd May 12-1pm.

The session will be Satyananda Yoga with a focus on posture work (perfect to counteract the slumped-over-the-laptop pose) and a strong emphasis on breathing practices and Yogdeep relaxation and meditation.

Chris Noon will be running the sessions, he first qualified to teach through the British Wheel of Yoga, and he then completed a Satyananda Integration Course with Swami Vedantananda Saraswati and now teaches in the Satyananda tradition. Chris is an experienced teacher and a director of Sheffield Satyananda Yoga School.

If this free taster session proves popular then we will have a weekly lunchtime yoga session (it needs at least 10 people per session to run) on Thursdays 12-1pm - happy lunchtimes for only £5 on a drop-in basis.

Please get in touch if you'd like to come along to this free session, or would be interested in taking part in a more regular session. Some mats will be provided, but if you have your own, please bring it along.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Shop unit to rent

Here at Harland Works we have a retail opportunity available. Imperial Signs on John Street are moving to a new (larger) unit soon, which means we have a retail shop unit becoming available - currently at 1, 437 sq ft. 

If you are a business that is interested in a new space, or know of anyone that is interested in a retail unit at Harland Works, please mention us to them and get in touch to have a look around the space or find out more details - call Sophy on 07967 144230.

Harland Works is nicely situated on John Street between GO Outdoors and Bramall Lane, a great location close to London Road.

Unit plan of 72 John Street

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Lego in The Star!

We are so chuffed that our popular Family Lego Club has been featured in The Star, if you've not bought a copy (25th March edition), you can read the article here.

On Sunday 23rd March, Harland Works hosted 25 children and lots of parents at Lego Club, as well as a reporter and photographer from the paper.

As usual, we were very impressed by the children's creations (spaceships, war scenes, racing cars, houses and jungle scenes) but we were also blown away by an adult's model of Luigi.
We also utilised our table tennis table in the courtyard for some friendly team competitions - who can build the longest string of bricks in 30 seconds?! 
If you fancy building at our next Family Lego Club (Sunday 13th April) - book your place on Eventbrite here.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Build a Lego Club

Sunday 23rd February


After a great January event, a few parents and children are getting together to build our family Lego Club and discuss what we’d like to see happen in our new club in 2014.

This FREE session (2-4pm) will start off with some planning activities... and then get down to some Lego-ing. 

All ages and ideas are welcome, please book a place on Eventbrite and come along to Harland Works, 70 John Street, S2 4QU.

We'll be using our new events space in Harland Works - Spaceworks - for this event, it's big enough to accommodate all kinds of Lego fun and comes complete with giant chalk boards to scribble down any ideas!

We'll be tweeting throughout the event, showing off everyone's creations and ideas - follow us here!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Family Lego Club - January





Well well, barely into the new year and things are happening on the Lego front - how marvellous! 

Our first Family Lego Club of 2014 was simply great - hosted in our brand new Spaceworks room with brilliant AFOL facilitator Tim - everyone got creative.

To your left you can see a jungle masterpiece and 2 spaceships (fully able to fly) that were crafted by some Lego Club attendees.

If your family fancy some Lego-ing fun then keep a look out on Twitter and Facebook for our next Lego event and make sure you book your place on Eventbrite too as tickets are not available on the door.

We are always looking for suggestions too - if you have any ideas for our Lego Club, please tell us! Just email: hq@harlandworks.co.uk 



Tuesday, 10 December 2013

[How-To] Make a Circus Big Top

Welcome to our first How-To guide! 


Introducing: How to make a Circus Big Top.

You will need: card, paint or crayons, scissors, glue, paper, paperclips.


  • Firstly, draw a circle about 20cm wide on some paper and give it a frilled edge, like the one in the picture. This is your template for your Big Top roof!

  • When you are happy with your roof shape, trace around your paper template on to some card.

  • When you have traced the roof, cut it out with your scissors. Be careful!

  • Choose your favourite colours and either paint your Big Top roof, or colour it in with crayons.

  • Next, cut from the edge of your roof straight into the middle of the circle, and then create a cone shape by sliding one edge under the other. 
  • When you are happy with your roof, stick it in place with glue - you can use paperclips to hold everything in place while the glue dries.

  • Now use some more paper to work out a template for your Big Top sides.
  • Roll the rectangle into a cylinder like the picture above and make sure it fits into the roof that you have made. 
  • Now trace round your template onto card and decorate it with paint or crayons, (you could draw a crowd watching the circus on the inside) and remember to cut a door out, so that all the animals and performers can get in! 
  • Stick the edges of the rectangle together, using paperclips to help keep it in place like you did with the roof. 

Now place the roof on top of the sides of your Big Top, and there you have your Circus Big Top! You can take the roof off to spy on the circus.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Calling all makers, crafters, artists and sellers!

Our lovely Harland Works courtyard 

Are you an artist, maker or crafter? Do you sell your own handmade products? Are you looking for fresh crowd and new venue to sell to?


Then please read on...

Harland Works hosts Family Sundays every month, bringing families with children aged 3-11 to have some fun and get creative around a particular theme; we've had Roald Dahl, Spooky Science, Media Magic, Puppet Making and Sound Sculpture. Attendance rates vary, our most popular event having over 100 children, equating to around 50 families.
Now we are looking to expand the event to include an outdoor market of 5 stalls who could sell from 11am-3pm in our courtyard space. The stall price would be £10, and the provision of covered stalls is negotiable.

If this sounds like something your business (or anyone else you know) would be interested in, please do get in touch...

Contact Sophie on 07565 291 590
or PA@cadenceworks.co.uk

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Circus School - Sunday 24th November

Family Sunday Circus School on Sunday 24th November.

Ever fancied running away to join the circus?? Well now is your chance!

Build your own mini Big Top workshops (limited places, on a first come, first served basis).

Become a part of the circus with face painting and dressing up from Common Thread Clothing-Exchange.


Make your own clown hats and bow ties and grow tall into a circus performer and build your own stilts.


The Lego Lounge returns, why not try and build your own circus?


Shhh shhh, enjoy a moment with your little ones in our Story Corner.

Doors are open from 11am - 3pm.
Tickets cost £3 per child.


Follow the event on Facebook for all the latest information.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Spooky Science - next Family Sunday 27th October!

Join us for a day of spooky science family fun from 11 am until 3 pm on Sunday 27 September at Harland Works. Tickets cost £3 per child and most activities are drop in - apart from the make-a-potion and make-an-exploding volcano workshops which you need to sign up for when you arrive (first come first served).

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Our next Family Sunday is Sunday 15th September when the wonderful Sheffield based Children's (& Adults too!) Poet Matt Black celebrates Roald Dahl's birthday at Harland Works with some Revolting Rhymes while our swashbucklingly brilliant artist Emma recreates Mr Twit's beard. Both of them are hoping you'll be able to help them make some fab poetry  and art (not to mention beards) and help us celebrate the late, great Roald Dahl's birthday by supporting his Marvellous Children's Charity.

As always the Harland Cafe will be welcoming families with scrumptious food all day - including a delicious range of cakes (some gluten free!).

The event runs from 11 am til 3 pm and costs £3 per child - tickets on the door.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Puppet making Family Sunday - Sunday 28th July - 11am-3pm



Join us to make all kinds of puppets on another of our Family Sundays on 28th July 2013, 11am until 3pm. Get inspiration from the cinema room where you might see the Muppets, Thunderbird, Bagpuss or Captain Scarlet.

Finger puppets, spoon puppets, shadow puppets, mini theatre frames, Story tellers, Lego Lounge (of course)
and Story tellers.

Look forward to seeing you all there with Rachel Newman of Grow Theatre and artist Emma Jackson.


Monday, 3 June 2013

Family Sunday - Sound Sculpture - 9th June 2013


Our latest Family Sunday event is a day of sound sculpture ... the courtyard is perfect for playing with sounds and we have some great activities for all the family to enjoy together.

While you are here enjoy the cafe and feel envious of the folks who have offices/workshops here all the time ... ask us about space if you are interested.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Inside the Triangle and Family (gardening) Sunday - 19th May


Sunday May 19th is the Inside the Triangle event involving Stag Works, Portland Works and us 11-9pm. It is also one of our monthly Family Sundays when the theme is gardening. We have Mud Kitchen, strawberry planting, guerilla gardening, talks about bees from Sheffield Honey Co and the usual lovely feeding and watering available at the Harland Cafe.

11-3pm for the family activities and 11-9pm for the Triangle stuff ...



Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Guerilla Gardening Inside the Triangle - Sunday May 19th

Our May 19th Family Sunday event is going to be part of a much larger event as Harland Works joins forces with our two neighbouring buildings, Stag Works and Portland Works, for a mamouth opening up. With all day music from local bands, open workshops and heritage tours there will be lots going on as well as our normal Family activities - and this month its all about gardening. For full details of family and other activities from 11 am to 9 pm get your programme in the Harland Cafe.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Now showing!

We've just finished curating a fabulous list of films made by Sheffield children, families and one school to show in our make shift cinema at our film event on Sunday 24th. The titles give you an idea of the range of topics covered - 'The Girl with the World in her Hair' or  'Dalek Birthday Party'  anyone?

We've loved shortlisting the films, and hope you'll love watching them! Plus, our flyer for the event is now ready - pdf version here. Please pass it on to any budding film makers you know and who knows what it could get started...



Friday, 8 March 2013

Family Sunday Programme March-July 2013



Family Sundays

2013 Programme - March to July

One Sunday a month Harland Works Opens Up for local families and uses our spaces to host a range of family-friendly creative activities. 

Family Sundays run from 11 am to 3pm – for details and tickets (from £3)

Sun 24 March Media Magic 

Bring along a  digital camera or phone to make a family film...

Watch our rolling programme of family films to get inspired, and find out how you can make your own!

Sun 28 April Family Pet 

Show Enter your real or imaginary pet in our unusual pet show classes... 

See entry form online or in cafe. Meet some of Heeley City Farm’s animals and work with Victoria Roberts, local author of ‘Peculiar Pets’! 

Sun 19 May Guerilla Urban Gardening 

You don’t need a garden to be a gardener... 

Bring a container to plant up, make a soup box, and help us plant a strawberry wall! Plus - bring your unwanted seeds and plants to swap.

Sun 16 June Sound Sculpture 

Fill our spaces with sound...

Explore the science of sound and help us make some noisy shapes from unusual objects (contributions of noisy objects welcome – please bring them along!).

Sun 28 July Make a Play in a Day 

Is it possible? 

Sheffield’s lovely Growtheatre are recruiting actors, scene painters, costume designers and prop makers to create a promenade performance. Join us to find out what’s possible with a bit of collaboration.

More Sundays planned for Sept, Oct, Nov & Dec and beyond ...

@harlandworks for regular updates/snippets!