A weekend packed full of action and adventure is upon us as Cliffhanger festival returns to Sheffield today.

The event, sponsored by the Sheffield BID (Business Improvement District), will stretch across city centre locations including the Peace Gardens, Tudor Square, Millennium Square and the Winter Garden from tonight until Sunday, 8 July.

Live music kicks things off from 6pm on the Friday evening in Devonshire Green with some of Sheffield’s hottest emerging talent taking to the stage, plus refreshments from a range of food and drink outlets.

 

Saturday and Sunday will see Sheffield transformed into a giant outdoor playground with professional demonstrations and sports activities including climbing, mountain biking, skateboarding, orienteering, caving and much more. The Sheffield City Urban Orienteering Race will take place on Sunday.

There’s plenty of action taking place in each area across the weekend, with some new additions for this year such as a 5k run on Saturday and Sunday at 10am from Devonshire Green with the full low down available at www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/cliffhanger.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for culture parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Cliffhanger perfectly demonstrates Sheffield’s status as The Outdoor City and our unrivaled offer of big city life and the great outdoors. And with what looks like guaranteed sunshine for the weekend I would encourage everyone to come along for a piece of the action.”

Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID manager, said: “The BID is pleased to have played a part in bringing Cliffhanger into the city centre and making it free for all. The event gets more popular each year, driving footfall and increasing dwell time in the city centre. Cliffhanger helps promote Sheffield as an exciting, dynamic leisure destination for lovers of the outdoors from across the UK and beyond.”

The highlight of the weekend will be the British Bouldering Championships, where the nation’s strongest male and female climbers will battle it out on a purpose-built bouldering wall in Devonshire Green.

The championships will be broadcast live for the first time ever by the BBC on Sunday 8 July via the BBC Sport live steaming service on www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live-guide.