Sheffield is fast becoming the UK city for summer festivals, with more than 350,000 people expected to attend one of the busiest-ever programmes of events in the city.
From Tramlines through to Cliffhanger, Grand Prix cycling, Art in the Gardens, the Festival of Fun, the Sheffield Film and Comic Con, Sheffield By The Seaside and Sheffield Fayre, covering everything from music through to art, outdoor pursuits and sport, there really is something for all the family.
Councillor Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield is great all year round of course, but in summer our city really comes into its own as we host an enormous range of festivals.
“These events showcase the city’s creativity, ambition and independent spirit, not to mention the fantastic green and outdoor spaces where many of these festivals will be taking place.
“From Cliffhanger, where people can watch champions compete and also have a go at everything from slacklining to Zorbing, through to Tramlines, which will see up to 100,000 people pack the streets to see big-name acts, local singer-songwriters and up-and-coming artists, there really is something for everyone.”
The overwhelming success of the inaugural Allez Allez Sheffield cycling festival, held to coincide with the anniversary of the Tour de France in Sheffield, got the summer off to a flying start from 3 to 5 July.
Hundreds of riders took on the challenge of Jenkin Road for a gruelling Cote de Wincobank hill climb, and families filled the traffic-free city streets to enjoy a gentle and scenic Sky Ride through Endcliffe Park, Ecclesall Road and the Winter Garden.
Next in the events programme is Cliffhanger, running from 10.30am to 6pm tomorrow (Saturday 11 July) and on Sunday 12 July at Millhouses Park.
The UK’s premier outdoor festival for outdoor people, Cliffhanger is a vital part of Sheffield’s rebranding as The Outdoor City, and includes demonstrations from sportspeople at the very top of their field.
It also has a huge variety of activities for all the family, including orienteering, kayaking, canoeing, forest school activities, bouldering, storytelling and much more.
Children will also love Sheffield by the Seaside, which once again will see the Peace Gardens turned into a traditional seaside, full of buckets and spades, deckchairs, stalls and sideshows.
And the first-ever Festival of Fun involves sport, dance, drama, arts, crafts, history, music and more, running throughout the summer holidays at locations across the city.
Tramlines, meanwhile, returns to Sheffield from Friday, July 24 to Sunday, July 26. More than 100,000 music fans will enjoy music from artists as diverse as the Wu-Tang Clan, Basement Jaxx, the Charlatans, Billy Bragg and Buzzcocks, as well as from up-and-coming acts who will play at bars, pubs and clubs across the city.
Venues for this year’s Tramlines will include the Ponderosa, Devonshire Green, The Octagon, the Millennium Gallery and the ever-popular Folk Forest at Endcliffe Park.
Sheffield’s sizzling summer of fun will then come to a close with Art in the Gardens at the Botanical Gardens, which is the North of England’s largest outdoor art show.
Celebrating its twelfth anniversary, Art in the Gardens will fill the gardens off Clarkehouse Road with around 300 artists and craft workers, exhibiting more than 4,000 pieces of their work, on Saturday, 5 September and Sunday, 6 September.
The range of creativity on display will include photography, ceramics, textiles, print making, leatherwork, wood turning, glass work, jewellery, and sculptures in metal, wood, and stone.
There is also a dedicated children’s area, a stage with musical performances throughout the weekend, an Open Art Exhibition, artists, a bustling market and the gardens themselves to explore and enjoy.
Coun Dore added: “When you see the enthusiasm and passion that these events bring into our city, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of visitors, it’s clear that there is something very special about Sheffield in summer.
“I am looking forward to getting out and about and enjoying these great experiences on our doorstep.”