Countdown to Cliffhanger outdoor festival

THE countdown has begun to Sheffield’s Cliffhanger festival in Millhouses Park.

Visitors on Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3 will find demonstrations of everything from extreme sports such as climbing, stunt-mountain biking and parkour free-running to more traditional sports such as bowling, angling and archery.

New this year are hard-court bike polo and the UK’s first ultra-sprint orienteering race, which will be staged in a specially built labyrinth.

Festival director Matt Heason said: “Cliffhanger’s renowned for playing host to some of the world’s very best climbers with the penultimate round of the Bouldering World Cup. But it’s not all about climbing.

“In fact, with over 20,000 visitors last year, we reckon the festival the UK’s biggest outdoors event for outdoors people.”

Gary Verity, chief executive of tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Cliffhanger is yet more proof that Sheffield is a leading light when it comes to major sporting events and active pursuits.

“This is one of the biggest outdoor events in the UK and we are proud to have it here in Yorkshire – the variety on offer promises to make it a key visitor attraction.”

The festival, organised by the council and Heason Events, is expected to attract 20,000 visitors over two days.

Admission is £6 for adults and £1 for under-17s.

A campsite for the festival is being set up in the Limb Lane picnic area from Thursday, June 30 to Monday, July 4. Entertainment includes a ‘woodland cinema’ showing adventure films.

Campers are being told they can walk and cycle through Ecclesall Woods to Cliffhanger.