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Life in Yorkshire

South Yorkshire

Balanced on the edge of the Peak District, South Yorkshire is as diverse as the rest of Yorkshire. Home to Sheffield and the substantial towns of Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley, there are a wide range of employment opportunities in the area, making it a great place to start your career.

Sheffield is the UK's fifth largest city but it may surprise many people to know that it's also the greenest city in the UK. 62% of the city is greenspace, with over 200 parks and woodland areas and more trees per person than any other city in Europe. With half of the city's population living less than 15 minutes from open countryside, wherever you are in Sheffield it's not hard to find yourself a little oasis of tranquillity when you need it.

The city has lots to offer, from trendy living in stylish urban apartments, smart wine bars, fantastic nightlife, and award-winning restaurants, to local pubs offering traditional ales and Sunday roasts in leafy suburbs where you actually do know your neighbours' names. Getting around is a doddle with Sheffield's Supertram network, the only one of its kind in Yorkshire.

If live music is your bag then you're in luck. Venues like the Sheffield Arena, The Leadmill, The City Hall, The O2 Academy and The Octagon bring the biggest and newest names in music to the city. For the culture vultures, Sheffield has the largest theatre complex outside London and there's also a thriving comedy club scene. The city also offers world class sporting facilities and is the proud home of football – Sheffield is home to the 150 year-old Sheffield Football Club, the first club ever formed.

Sheffield has long since shed its image as the industrial Steel City of “Full Monty” fame. Wide-spread regeneration has taken place across the city and much more is yet to come. The Cultural Industries Quarter in the heart of Sheffield now boasts the largest cluster of creative industry in Yorkshire and the city's two Universities are playing a key role in driving forward Sheffield as a centre of technological innovation.

Doncaster is also seeing the benefits of regeneration in the area. A former Roman settlement and one of the largest and oldest boroughs in the UK, it is right at the heart of England and has some great transport links making it ideal for commuters. Doncaster Airport has been a great success for the region and is ideal for jetting off for European city breaks. The Keepmoat stadium, opened early last year, has also boosted the area's profile as the home of Doncaster Rovers and a top-class concert venue attracting some of the biggest names in music.

Like Sheffield, the nightlife is thriving in Doncaster, with a good mix of trendy bars and local watering holes. Lakeside Village and Frenchgate Shopping Centre offer ample shopping opportunities, and there are also local attractions such as nearby Conisbrough Castle and Doncaster Racecourse for something a little different at the weekend.