Sheffield Cliffhanger festival moving to Graves Park

Hang time: Cliffhanger festival will be held in July.
Hang time: Cliffhanger festival will be held in July.

DAREDEVILS can get active by exploring the countryside on their doorstep at a Sheffield festival which is moving venues this summer.

The annual Cliffhanger festival will be staged in Graves Park, rather than Millhouses Park, this year.

And the event on Saturday and Sunday July 7 and 8 will include runs and a 50km ‘sportive’ bike ride out into the Peak District.

Music, beer and camping are also included, but the event is billed as the ‘biggest outdoors festival for outdoors people’.

Director Matt Heason, who is also behind the annual Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, said: “This is a big step up for Cliffhanger – Graves Park is a brilliant venue right in the heart of the city, but on the doorstep of the Peak District. We’ll have much more space for the activities as well as a music stage and there will be on-site parking and camping for the first time.”

More than 20,000 people are expected to make the most of activities, including climbing and orienteering.

Other, more unusual activities include bike polo and slacklining – similar to tightrope walking but with a slack rope. The British Bouldering Championships and even diving – with a temporary pool to be installed – are also lined up.

Sheffield Council has organised the festival with Heason Events and Rat Race Adventure Sports, with the support of Welcome to Yorkshire.

Entry to Cliffhanger, excluding camping and some events, costs £7.50 for adults and is free for under-16s. Booking details are to be announced soon.