Sheffield’s much loved public space, the Peace Gardens, celebrates its 20th birthday today as it prepares to host the city’s annual Christmas light switch on festivities.

Renovated in 1998 as part of the first Heart of the City regeneration project, the Peace Gardens has maintained its Green Flag Award status continuously since 2004 and has hosted many high profile city centre events, including Tramlines, Cliffhanger, Out of This World and the Christmas Markets, as well as being the venue for many weddings, celebrations and festivals.

In the 20 years since it was opened by HRH Prince Charles, the Peace Gardens and its fountains have become a firm favourite with Sheffielders and visitors of all ages; from enjoying a day out with the kids in the sunshine at Sheffield by the Seaside, to welcoming winter with a visit to Thor’s Tipi.

In October, the Peace Gardens was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sheffield Design Awards for its enduring appeal and popularity.

Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure, said:

“It’s wonderful that the Peace Gardens continues to be enjoyed by so many people every year.

“Visitors to the Gardens have made it their own and it is now a central part of the city and its major events.

“The Peace Gardens has undergone a range of exciting developments since it was re-imagined 20 years ago and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for the gardens in the future.”

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