6 July 2017

Sheffield’s adventurers, literary lovers and family thrill seekers are in for a treat as The Outdoor City Adventure Book Festival returns for its second year.

Between Monday 10 July and Saturday 15 July at the Central Library, there will be a host of author talks, creative workshops, exhibitions and family activities.

Most events are free and cover adventures from across the world, from Patagonia to the Thames Path, Ben Nevis, Birmingham, Alaska and more locally in Sheffield.

Highlights include talks by celebrated artist Andy Beck on his 10 year project painting all the Lake District fells; a look at the life of Bill Tilman, giant of 20th century exploration; and from travel writer Tom Chesshyre who spent last summer walking along the River Thames from source to sea.

Children are also invited to become Library Explorers and create their own treasure map, with book token prizes. Sheffield’s first-ever cycling piste map, featuring more than 45 places to freestyle on your bike, will also be shown at a special exhibition by local business Cotic Bikes in the Central Library foyer.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Parks, said: “We’ve got another great line up for this year’s Adventure Book Festival and can’t wait to host it at the Central Library.

“There’s something for everyone of all ages, and we all know how much Sheffield people love the outdoors.

“The activities will give people a real insight into the daring exploits of others, and will hopefully encourage them to go on their own adventures. It will also showcase the range of activities taking place in our libraries.”

Visit www.sheffieldlibraries.eventbrite.co.uk for more information and to book places. You can also visit Sheffield’s Central Library on Surrey Street or call 0114 273 4712. Booking is highly recommended.