17 July 2015

It has been confirmed today that record numbers of people attended this year’s Reward Health Cliffhanger festival.

Millhouses Park was once again transformed in to a haven for all things outdoors, for this year’s event, with a record number of visitors taking part in action-packed activities across the weekend.

Now in its ninth year, the UK’s biggest outdoor festival has gone from strength to strength, attracting more people and adding new activities and events each year. Last weekend over 10,000 people attended the festival, and although its high on the calendar for runners, cyclists, climbers, freerunners and kayakers, it’s also become a popular event for all the family.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, Cabinet member for Business, Skills and Development said: “This year’s Cliffhanger was our best yet and Millhouses Park was once again the perfect location. We had glorious sunshine throughout and a record number of visitors of all ages, attended from across the UK, for a thrilling weekend of outdoor pursuits.

“The festival is about inspiring people to test their limits and to try new activities and we definitely saw a lot of that over the weekend – from orienteering and bouldering through to kayaking and free-running, we really had something for everyone.

“We were very lucky to host the British Bouldering Championships again, and it was a display not to be missed. Huge crowds watched in awe as Britain’s finest amazed us with their skills on the wall, and I’m sure inspired a future generation of climbers.

“What is especially important about Cliffhanger is that it’s an event for all the family, introducing Children to a huge range of exciting activities which will, hopefully, give them an interest in the outdoors that will stay with them for life.”

This year’s children’s activities included zorbing in giant water balls; cycling on a purpose-built cycleway; a state-of-the-art water play area; climbing; caving: a high ropes bridge; fairground rides; duck racing and an enchanting story tent with fabulous tales of escapes and adventures performed by Sheffield-based outdoor enthusiast Robert Beard. Plus, more than 90 per cent of activities were free so festival goers could try out all sorts of new pursuits without breaking the bank.

The event was a fantastic opportunity for outdoor businesses and community groups to showcase the work they do, encourage people to get involved and have a positive impact on people’s lives. Onboard Skate Park delivered over 200 lessons in BMX, skateboarding and scootering over the weekend, with riders ranging from as young as 3 years up to 67 years, some who had never ridden and others who wanted to improve their skills.

Cliffhanger was organised by Sheffield City Council in conjunction with Heason Events. This year’s sponsors were Reward Health, XScape, Skydive Hibaldstowe, Haybrook, Heart and Decathlon.

Coun Bramall added: “This year is developing into a bumper year for Sheffield’s status as an Outdoor City, with nationally and internationally-renowned events such as the Climbing Works International Masters, the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, the Steel City Downhill, the International Adventure Conference and the European Outdoor Summit.

“As the largest festival of its type for outdoor people, Cliffhanger is undoubtedly an important part of this and has only strengthened that status. This year’s festival will take some beating but we look forward to hosting another spectacular event next summer”.