Friday 1 July 2016
It’s the high-energy festival of all things climbing, biking, running and more.
And now, as Cliffhanger marks its 10th anniversary, the festival – which climaxes with the BMC British Bouldering Championships – is set to move into the heart of The Outdoor City, and transform Sheffield city centre itself into an adventure playground.
Traditionally, the event, which celebrates all things outdoors, has been held in Sheffield’s parks. But this year, Cliffhanger, which will open with live music in the evening of Friday 8 July and an action packed itinerary over Saturday 9 July and Sunday 10 July, will take pride of place in the centre of the city, spanning Devonshire Green, Barkers Pool, the Peace Gardens and the Winter Garden. And for the first time ever, admission is free!
Councillor Leigh Bramall, Deputy Leader and cabinet member for business and economy at Sheffield City Council, said: “People come to Sheffield from across the UK each year for Cliffhanger, an action-packed weekend which perfectly showcases Sheffield’s excellence as the UK’s premier Outdoor City.
“And, with Sheffield being the UK’s leading destination for people seeking outdoor adventure, city culture and rural escapes, relocating the festival to the centre of The Outdoor City brings all of that together.
“I look forward to seeing people of all ages and abilities testing their limits, trying new activities and enjoying the great outdoors – in a unique urban environment.”
During Cliffhanger there will be dedicated areas for cycling, running and climbing as well as a host of other adventure activities available to try, including orienteering, slacklining, bouldering, parkour, canoeing, skateboarding and diving.
Once again, the highlight of the weekend will be the BMC British Bouldering Championships, where the nation’s strongest climbers will battle it out to be crowned king and queen of the wall. Set to take place on Devonshire Green, the national competition is free to watch and will be extended into the evening, accompanied by live music and a fully licensed bar open until 10pm.
The main hub of the festival, at Devonshire Green will be buzzing with activity including three have-a-go climbing walls, slacklining, BMXing, street art and skateboarding plus plenty of refreshments, all going on around the headline championships event.
Devonshire Green is also home to the Move More Activity Zone. Move More is Sheffield’s physical activity strategy and has the ambition of transforming Sheffield into the most active city in the UK by 2020.
July will be Move More Month, and at Cliffhanger people will be able to find out more about the initiative, including a free mobile phone app that helps people understand how active they are. People can download the app and join in onsite challenges, including the chance to join a contest pitching Sheffield United supporters against Sheffield Wednesday supporters.
The Peace Gardens is also set to be one of the most active hubs of the weekend, with a host of have-a-go activities on offer, including everything from diving to kite making.
The Trials Display Team will also be providing entertainment with a series of dazzling mountain bike skill demonstrations, while people can have a go at diving, learn how to fly power kites, take on an assault course and join the YHA Activity Zone, comprising a children’s bouldering wall, an artificial cave and a slackline.
At nearby Barkers Pool, there will be two parkour displays teams showcasing their urban gymnastics alongside a host of other active exhibitors, adventure traders, food stalls and fairground rides.
Sheffield Canoe Club will also be on hand with two machines that simulate canoeing without being on the water, while the team from Trib3 fitness centre will be bringing their signature boot-camp style to Cliffhanger with an obstacle course style activity zone.
And over at Millennium Square, The Skateboard School – the first fully qualified and accredited skateboard school in the UK – will be offering free taster sessions for children and adults of all ages.
Brand new for this year are two exciting attractions in the name of charity – Yorkshire Cancer Research are transforming Howard Street in to ‘Slip and Slide’, a giant water slide where people can hop on a lilo and speed down the hill – people can book now at http://yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk/fundraising/slipandslide/.
And Cavendish Cancer Care bring you CavHanger, a rare opportunity to abseil down St Pauls in the Peace Gardens – people can register at http://cavcare.org.uk/news/events/cavhanger-charity-abseil.
As well as the have-a-go sessions there will also be a showcase of some of Sheffield’s finest talent with demonstrations at regular intervals throughout Saturday and Sunday.
Other attractions will include a giant orienteering maze in Tudor Square, an exhibition from the Woodland Trust, RSPB and Friends of the Peak District in the Winter Garden and bike polo on Shoreham Street.
To find out more about Cliffhanger’s extensive programme, visit the website at www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk.
Admission is free and activities run from 10am on Saturday, 9 July until 10pm on Sunday, 10 July.