Learning Destinations are approved activity providers where children and young people can go to take part in fun and exciting learning activities outside of school hours. By taking part they’ll earn CU credits in their Passport to Learning, leading to award certificates and badges.

Animal care, outdoor, environment & adventure activity

  • Awesome Walls (Sheffield): AWCC Sheffield has a cutting edge climbing wall design that factors in climbing for all walks (climbs!) of life. Whether it's your first visit or you're at competition standard we'll have something for you
  • Climbing Works: world's biggest and best indoor bouldering wall
  • Creative Explorer: arts and crafts, storytelling and woodland play
  • Foresteers: Forest School activities for children of all ages
  • Foundry Climbing Centre: indoor climbing activities and clubs for children aged 7 to 18 years
  • Heeley City Farm: a friendly farm and environmental visitor centre with lots of activities taking place. Only structured activities such as events and trails will earn CU credits, rather than simply visiting the farm
  • Longshaw Estate (National Trust): outdoor activities such as play trails and hunts, orienteering, Forest School-type activities, climbing, abseiling, environmental and conservation talks and events.  Please note only structured activities will earn CU credits
  • Manor Oaks Farm: every day there’s something to see or do for young children. Drop into the farm shop or Discovery Centre to check out what’s on today and where you can spot Big Lad our friendly Clydesdale and his animal friends
  • Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust: environmental education, sustainable and healthy living. Located at local parks, green spaces and nature reserves across Sheffield and Rotherham
  • Sheffield Botanical Gardens: two terrific trails and a Scavenger Hunt! Available from The Little Nature Shop at the Clarkehouse entrance
  • Sheffield Young Archaeologists Club: monthly archaeology events at different venues. Telephone 0114 232 5497
  • Whirlow Hall Farm: learn all about life on the farm on their farm tours, activities and open days (structured activity only)
  • Wild Wood Activities: Holiday clubs in the great outdoors, focussing on Forest School activities

Arts & crafts

  • Ignite Imaginations: lots of activities from large-scale sculptures to film-making to storytelling and environmental conservation. Come and join us and nurture your creative side
  • Kids Arts Academy: after-school and holiday clubs for 4 to 15 year olds, covering art, animation and cookery
  • Sew in the City: sewing tuition and guidance for boys and girls of all ages from beginners to experts. Come and get creative!  Address: 119 West Bar, Sheffield, S3 8PT. Telephone 0114 273 9502
  • Yorkshire Artspace: open studio sessions


The Old School Café (High Green Development Trust): weekly cooking club for children aged 4 to 13 years. Plan, cook and eat amazing meals... then take some home! Telephone 07535 905 054.

Drama, dance & theatre

  • A Mind Apart Theatre Company: performing arts classes, from dance, drama, singing and costume and set designing to performance
  • Act One Drama Studio: drama classes and workshops for 4 to 19 years
  • Amanda Holland School of Dance: dance lessons in ballet, tap, theatre-craft, modern jazz, gymnastics, cheerleading and musical theatre. Call 0778 894 860
  • Bradi Lea Dance Company: Streetdance sessions for children of all ages
  • City Limits Dance: fun dance classes for all ages and abilities. First session free with a Passport to Learning
  • Constance Grant Dance Centre: dance lessons in a whole range of styles!
  • Curtain Call Performance Group: a range of activities in musical theatre, art, drama, crafts and jewellery making
  • Dancemasters: tap dancing, modern jazz, street dance and ballet classes for children of all ages
  • Draper’s Dance Centre: regular dance classes catering for all levels and all ages are available in a variety of styles.
  • Easy Street Theatre: dance, drama and music tuition, rehearsal and performance for those aged 5 to 21 years.
  • Excel Dance: fun and motivating street dance classes for children aged 3 years and above, as well as life skills.
  • Gemini School of Dance: Professional tuition in Street Dance, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Gymnastics and more…Tel: 07825 077817
  • Grow Theatre: drama, design, performance and outdoor skills for children aged 7+ years
  • Hype Dance Company: community dance classes in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop
  • Jay Love School of Dance: mixed ability dance classes for children aged 4 to 18 years, and parent and child classes. Telephone 0114 246 6412. Email  julieyoulton@gmail.com
  • Just Dance Studios Ltd: dance and performing arts sessions for children aged 2+ years
  • Lauren McCaslin School of Theatre and Dance:  dance lessons in a range of dance types including tap, ballet, modern jazz and theatre
  • Noodle Performance Arts Limited: performance arts classes (music, singing, dance and drama), ballet, street dance, tots classes and themed workshops
  • Penny Rea Projects: A range of heritage activities including Maypole Dancing. Contact: 07980 143776
  • PerformiX: various styles of dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, musical theatre, fitness sessions and more!
  • PQA Sheffield: Pauline Quirke Academy is open in Sheffield, offering sessions in musical theatre, film and television, and comedy and drama
  • Pyjama Drama: provides children under 7 years with drama and creative play classes that are fun and exciting, exploring the imagination and also developing key social skills such as confidence, concentration, co-operation and creative problem solving
  • Razzmatazz Theatre School: tuition in dance, drama and singing from musical theatre to commercial styles of street dance and pop singing
  • Sheffield Theatres: a range of public theatre activities including workshops and an annual summer school
  • Spotlight Theatre Dance Studio: learn a whole range of dance styles at Spotlight
  • Stagecoach Sheffield Beighton: tuition for musical theatre – acting, singing and dance lessons
  • Stepping Out Dance School: classes in a range of dance styles, for fun or for formal examinations
  • Stepz Dance Academy: dance classes in a variety of styles for all ages, based in Frecheville
  • Wiggle Tots: dance and movements classes for children aged between 12 months and 6 years

Gaming, libraries, museums & galleries

  • Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet: catch a glimpse of life at home and at work at a rural scythe and steelworks dating back to the 18th century
  • Graves Gallery: visit the home of Sheffield’s visual art collection since 1934
  • Imagination Gaming: using modern board and card games to engage and educate
  • Kelham Island Industrial Museum: explore the sights and sounds of industrial Sheffield
  • Libraries: various fun activities happening throughout libraries across Sheffield – please contact your local library for more details
  • Manor Lodge: whether it’s to discover the amazing story of Mary Queen of Scots’ imprisonment, or how Sheffield could have become the Potteries rather than the Steel City, come along and have fun discovering your great Sheffield Story
  • Millennium Galleries: delve deeper into Museums Sheffield's fascinating collections through the packed programme of activities and free family trails
  • National Emergency Services Museum: feel as if you're in the thick of the action and adventure!
  • Sheffield Bridge Club: A friendly club that teaches mini-bridge to children of all ages
  • Sheffield Cathedral Heritage Activities: a range of fantastic activities to help you explore the history of Sheffield and our fabulous Cathedral
  • Sheffield Young Archaeologists: Opportunities, experiences and visits to develop a love of archaeology
  • Weston Park Museum: delve deeper into Museums Sheffield's fascinating collections through the packed programme of activities and free family trails.


  • ACEG: creative workshops for children of all ages
  • Broomhill Music: group musical activities for children aged 4 years and over
  • Concord Allstars Junior Marching Band: music reading, learning to play instruments, and performance skills
  • Concord Youth Music: musical instrument playing, dance and performance
  • Dan Johnston Drum Lessons: one-to-one drumming lessons and exams. Email: jude1972@hotmail.co.uk
  • Harmony Music School: one to one tuition in a range of instruments and singing
  • Humm Music Productions: music classes in small groups for children aged 5+ years, in guitar, piano, saxophone, drums and children’s choir and more!
  • Music City Music School: one-to-one music lessons and vocal tuition
  • Peter Burt Music Tuition: piano and guitar lessons for children of all ages and abilities. Telephone 07906 826 833
  • Sheffield Cathedral Choir: singing tuition for girls and boys aged 6 to 18 years, and membership of the Cathedral’s choirs
  • Sheffield Music Hub – Ensembles: earn credits while learning to play your instrument as part of one of the many ensembles across Sheffield!
  • Silverwood Music: Music lessons in flute, clarinet, piano, keyboard, violin, guitar, singing, recorder
  • Tom Warner: high quality drum lessons to develop efficient learning strategies and life skills


Sport, martial arts, first aid & safety

Structured after-school & holiday clubs*

*only the structured elements of these activities are eligible for CU credits

  • Foxhill Forum: Activities after school and in holidays, ranging from healthy cooking and eating, sports, games, arts, crafts, digital media and visits out and about
  • Little Sheffield: varied range of activities for younger children (CU eligible from school-age)
  • Norfolk Park Tenants & Residents' Association: have a go at their wide range of activities including crafts, sports and visits to exciting locations!. Telephone 0114 270 1191
  • Parson Cross Initiative: a variety of activities, groups and courses focusing on a variety of themes and topics from identity, self-esteem, safe relationships, community work and faith
  • Play in Dore Holiday and After School Club: delivers a diverse range of activities for the children including craft workshops, sports, science workshops, cookery, dance, theatre, Scouts and nature-based activities
  • Upper Wincobank Chapel: a range of youth clubs and activities

Study support & languages

  • Am@re Spanish Club: sing, dance, laugh, paint and learn Spanish! No previous experience needed
  • Enjunior: fun activities in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)
  • Explore Learning (Ecclesall Road): maths and English tuition for children aged 5-14 years
  • Explore Learning (Hillsborough): develop maths and English skills in a fun, friendly environment
  • Japanese Play-group and Study Club (JPS): Japanese language education for native speakers
  • Kip McGrath Education Centre (Sheffield North): tuition sessions in English, maths, reading, spelling and comprehension
  • Kip McGrath Education Centre (Sheffield Central): tuition sessions in English, maths, reading, spelling and comprehension
  • Kumon (Crookes): English and Maths Study Centre
  • Learn Spanish with Liz: Fun Spanish lessons for all ages
  • Les Petite Poissons: craft activities, stories, reading and writing, songs all delivered in French. Email lespetitspoissons.sheffield@gmail.com
  • Russian ClubOK: Russian language lessons for children aged up to 14 years. Email: CLUB_OK@yahoo.co.uk
  • Se Habla Espanol en Sheffield: Spanish school for children of Spanish speaking heritage
  • Sheffield Fellowship KS2 Programme: works with schools, parents and Sheffield Hallam University to provide English, maths and personal development support for young people in Year 5 and Year 6. Telephone 0114 229 6617. Mobile 07964 110 843. Email brett.shaw@sheffield.gov.uk
  • Sheffield Fellowship New Arrivals Programme: an out of school enrichment programme that provides maths and personal development sessions to students to support their in-school learning. Telephone 0114 229 6167. Email daina.cummings@sheffield.gov.uk
  • Sheffield Star Mandarin School: provides Mandarin language, arts and fold dance tuitions to children and young people, aged 4 to 18 years. Held at Bartolome House, School of Law, University of Sheffield. Telephone 0114 222 8447. Email starschool.shef@gmail.com
  • Speaque: high quality French and Spanish lessons for children of all ages

Support groups & networks

  • Shine Health Academy: Shine stands for self-help, independence, nutrition and exercise and provides a variety of courses and activities to help young people achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • Sheffield Young Carers' Project: offering individual and group support sessions and networks to help young carers in their caring role
  • Why Weight: Fun programme of activities around healthy eating, healthy lifestyles for children and families

Uniformed groups – Rainbows, Brownies & Guides

  • 1stBlackamoor Brownies: A broad programme of fun activities for girls aged 7-10 years.
  • 2nd Beighton Rainbows: A range of fun activities including arts and crafts, cookery, games, and trips. Address: Beighton Scout & Guide Centre, School Road, Beighton, Sheffield, S20 1EG.
  • 48th St James (Norton) Rainbows: guiding activities for girls aged 5 to 7 years. Address: Chantrey Centre, Matthews Lane, Sheffield, S8 8JS. Telephone 07834 859 333
  • 48th St James (Norton) Brownies and Guides: a group for girls aged 7 to 10+ years, developing various skills such as first aid, fire safety, disability awareness, etc. Meets at Chantrey Centre, Matthews Lane, Sheffield 8. Email hilarymcara@hotmail.com
  • 54th Sheffield (St Luke’s Rainbows, Brownies and Guides): A range of girl-led activities based around their interests. Tel: 07999 996884
  • 57th Fulwood Rainbows: Exciting activities to develop self-confidence, build friendships, learn new things and have fun. email: 57thfulwoodrainbows@gmail.com
  • 102nd Sheffield (Gleadless) Brownies and Guides: fun, challenging and adventurous activities for girls aged 7-14 years. Address: Townend Dance Studio, Briarfield Road, S12 3LD. Telephone 07722 743 383
  • 129th Sheffield Rainbows: activities, craft and games to challenge girls to grow in confidence and develop emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually
  • 172nd (St Peter’s) Greenhill Brownies: fun activities for girls aged 7 to 10 years, based around three adventures: You, Community, World. Email Claire_172@yahoo.co.uk
  • 183rd Sheffield Brownies: badges, games and exciting adventurous activities. St Gabriel’s Church Hall, Dobbin Hill, Sheffield, S11 7JB. Email greystonesbrownies@gmail.com
  • 186th Sheffield (St Catherine’s) Rainbows, Brownies and Guides: A fun group for girls of all ages to make friends and learn new skills. Tel: 07863 890144
  • 192nd Brownies: a group for girls aged 7 to 10 years to build friendships, have fun and learn new skills. Location: St Saviour's Church Hall, Mortomley Lane, High Green, S35 3HU. Telephone 07988 075 832
  • 192nd Sheffield Guides: a group for girls aged 10 to 14 years, to develop new and existing skills, build new friendships, learn more about themselves and the world in which they live. Location: St Saviour’s Church, Mortomley Lane, High Green. Telephone 07743 337 633

Uniformed groups - Scouts, Cubs & Beavers

Uniformed groups - Other

Learning Destinations beyond Sheffield

There are thousands of Learning Destinations across the UK, that have been validated by the CU Trust and by other Children’s Universities.  You can earn CU credits in your Passport to Learning by taking part in their structured activities too.  You can download the free 'CU e-Passport' App on your phone or tablet, or visit the CU Trust website to find out more.

To claim CU credits from Learning Destinations beyond Sheffield, you must download, complete and return a Passport Activity Diary Sheet to tell us what your child has learned. Please ensure your child gets a stamp in their Passport to Learning too.

Become a Learning Destination

If your organisation is based in Sheffield and delivers structured learning activities beyond the normal school day, we’d love to hear from you.  There is no cost for organisations to becoming a Learning Destination, and there are lots of benefits including many free promotional opportunities.  The only thing we ask Learning Destinations to do is to sign their members’ Passports to Learning, and to return a CU register of these children at least three times per year.

If you would like to become a Learning Destination please download, complete and return the registration form and we will get in touch.

Nominate an activity provider to become a Learning Destination

If your child attends an activity that is not already a Learning Destination, then please tell them about Sheffield CU and contact us to give us their information.  We’d be more than happy to invite them to join Sheffield CU and become a validated Learning Destination. Your child, and others, would then be eligible to earn CU credits in their Passport to Learning.

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