Park switch for big festival

Cliffhanger at Millhouses Park.
Cliffhanger at Millhouses Park.

Sheffield’s festival of outdoor pursuits, Cliffhanger, is moving back to Millhouses Park.

It is switching from Graves Park for the weekend of June 21 and 22 when more cycling activities will be staged to coincide with the run-up to the Tour de France.

The festival attracts climbers, mountain bikers, runners and cavers from across the country as well as locally and builds on Sheffield’s reputation for outdoor activities, with one-third of the city within the Peak Park.

It started in Graves Park in 2007 before moving the next year to Millhouses where it stayed for four years. The return to Graves was on the basis that it offered a bigger venue, but 2012 was a wash out and now it has been decided to go back to Millhouses, which is a much more visible location.

The expectation of higher numbers of visitors - more than 12,000 people are expected to attend - is behind the decision to drop the admission fee for adults from £7.50 to £6. There is no charge for children under 16

Cliffhanger is organised by the council in conjunction with Heason Events. Featured will be caving, biking, fell-running, orienteering, free running and scuba diving. There will be a beer and wine tent and family-friendly fairground rides.

Cabinet member Isobel Bowler said it would be “an action-packed weekend which showcases Sheffield’s distinctive offer as a city ideally located for adventurous sports.

“It’s about inspiring people to test their limits, to try new activities and enjoy the great outdoors in Sheffield and the surrounding area.”

Event co-organiser Matt Heason, who has also been working with the Friends of Millhouses Park, said: “The event offers great value for money with 90% of outdoor activities free once you have paid your entry fee. We want to ensure the event is as affordable and accessible to all that’s why we have reduced the entry fee.”