Daredevils hoping to brush shoulders with world champions and record breakers can now buy their tickets to this summer’s Cliffhanger festival.

Everyone from sports enthusiasts to complete beginners will be able to watch and take part in a host of adventurous activities at the eighth Cliffhanger festival, which is returning to Millhouses Park in Sheffield between 21 and 22 June 2014.

Tickets cost just £6 and for the first time, climbers will be able to take part in the Senior British Bouldering Championships at the Climbing Works, which is based 10 minutes away at Woodseats Road and boasts the world’s biggest indoor bouldering wall.

The family-friendly event is expected to attract between 15,000 and 20,000 people of all ages who can watch the championships from a specially-erected screen in the park.

Paul Billington, Director of Culture and Environment at Sheffield City Council, said: “This event caters for the outdoor enthusiast through to families and friends simply wanting a great day out in one of Sheffield’s best parks. There are loads of things to do and activities to try or simply come and watch other people having a go! Cliffhanger brings the great outdoors within easy reach of everyone and we’re hoping to see a huge number of people enjoying one of the top events in the north of England.

“With the return to Millhouses Park, I’d particularly encourage people who haven’t been before to get their tickets early and come along and experience Cliffhanger this year.”

Cliffhanger is organised by Sheffield City Council in conjunction with Heason Events. As well as have-a-go activities for beginners the festival will be packed with demonstrations – everything from climbing to caving and biking to fell-running, orienteering, table tennis, water zorbs and free running. There will be an orienteering course, trail races and demonstrations.

There will be more cycling attractions at this year’s event to celebrate the Tour de France coming to Sheffield and entertainment will also include a beer and wine tent.

Isla Bikes will be attending for the first time to showcase their range of children’s bikes and Midlands XC will be back with another cross country biking loop in the wooded section of the park, between the river and the railway.

The Friends of Millhouses Park will be hosting their annual Cliffhanger Duck Race, the Edinburgh Bike Cooperative will be making smoothies and the tennis courts will be transformed into a designated bike polo area.

There will also be a mountain bike display, kite flying, tennis and a ropes activity course.
Event co-organiser Matt Heason said: “With a third of Sheffield’s boundary within the Peak District, the city has always been popular with climbers, mountain bikers, runners and cavers. Cliffhanger is the ideal place for people, whatever their age or ability, to come and try these activities out for themselves as well as see sportsmen and women compete at the highest level on our big screen.

“The event offers great value for money with 90 per cent of outdoor activities free of charge once you have paid your entry fee. We want to ensure the event is as affordable and accessible to all that’s why we have reduced the entry fee. People can make a whole weekend of it if they wish, with activities stretching across two days.

“We are delighted to be working with the Climbing Works this year and I’m sure everyone taking part in the competition will love the top-class facilities there. Get your tickets before they’re gone!”
Tickets for this year’s event will cost £6 for adults and accompanied children aged under 16 can enter for free.

For more information about Cliffhanger 2014 visit www.cliff-hanger.co.uk.