25 April 2017

With annual festivals such as Tramlines, Out of this World and The Outdoor City Weekender, Sheffield is no stranger to hosting top-class major events.

But this weekend is arguably set to be the biggest-ever weekend of sporting activity in the city, as the World Snooker Championship draws to a close, cyclists cross the finish line of the Tour de Yorkshire and the British Para-Swimming International Meet takes place at Ponds Forge.

The city centre is sure to have a festival atmosphere, with family entertainment and fairground rides running throughout the weekend, while the hills of north Sheffield will also be a hub of activity on Sunday, with spectators cheering on the Tour de Yorkshire peloton before they race into Fox Valley on Sunday afternoon.

Richard Eyre, Head Of City Centre Management & Major Events at Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield is known globally as a city of sport and the home of World Snooker – and what’s happening this weekend really brings that home.

Tour de Yorkshire Day 2 - Stage 2 - England - Mens Race Otley to Doncaster The peloton Lotto Jumbo (picture by Simon Wilkinson)
Tour de Yorkshire Day 2 – Stage 2 – England – Mens Race Otley to Doncaster
The peloton Lotto Jumbo
(picture by Simon Wilkinson)

“World Snooker is always special, but with this year marking the 40th anniversary, and with our newly-signed agreement to keep it in Sheffield until at least 2027, this year’s Championship has increased significance.

“Meanwhile, we’re also building on our credentials as The Outdoor City and our strong legacy of cycling events with the Tour de Yorkshire finishing here in Sheffield on Sunday.

“Our reputation for top quality sporting facilities is only strengthened by playing host to the world’s top para-swimmers, who’ll be battling it out at Ponds Forge for a place at the 2017 World Championships.

“I’m looking forward to seeing thousands of people out and about in Sheffield, enjoying a fantastic weekend of world-class sport.”

The semi-finals of the World Snooker Championship begin on Thursday 27 April and will run until Saturday 29 April, with the final set to take place on Sunday 30 April and Bank Holiday Monday, 1 May.

The Championship brings increased activity to areas such as Tudor Square and the Winter Garden, with live entertainment and attractions aimed at the whole family.

Over at Ponds Forge, the British Para-Swimming International Meet also begins on Thursday 27 April and is the highlight of the domestic para-swimming events calendar.

2016 Asda Women's Tour de Yorkshire
2016 Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire

One of the largest open competitions for para-swimming, the meet will attract teams from all over the world, who will compete over four days.

The Tour de Yorkshire, meanwhile, is set to enter Sheffield on the afternoon of Sunday, 30 April, with cyclists making their way around the hills of Bolsterstone and Midhopestones, before crossing the finish line in Fox Valley, Stocksbridge, at around 5.30pm.

Richard added: “It doesn’t matter if you’re a cycling fan, a snooker fan, a swimming fan, or not a fan of sport at all – this weekend is set to be very special for Sheffield.

“I hope that people of all ages can come together this weekend to enjoy themselves safely, from the city centre out to the northern tip of our city.”