“Best-ever” Cliffhanger festival set for return this year in Sheffield

9 May 2017

A festival which will transform Sheffield city centre into a giant outdoor playground returning this summer.

The event is sponsored by the Sheffield BID (Business Improvement District) and is set to be held at various locations including the Peace Gardens, Tudor Square, Millennium Square and the Winter Gardens from Friday, 7 July until Sunday, 9 July.

Activities will kick off on 12 May from 5pm in Devonshire Green with an evening of live music, activities and refreshments from a range of food and drink outlets.

A star attraction will be the British Bouldering Championships, where the nation’s strongest male and female climbers will battle it out on a bouldering wall in Devonshire Green.

Gary Clifton, Events Manager at Sheffield City Council, said: “For the first time last year, we decided to hold the ever-popular Cliffhanger festival in the city centre rather than in a park, and this was an undoubted success. The city centre location and the removal of an admission fee brought thousands more people to the event.”

Cliffhanger 2017 follows a series of outdoors events in Sheffield, including the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire and the second annual Outdoor City Weekender.

Mr Clifton added: “The location also fits perfectly with Sheffield’s status as The Outdoor City and our reputation as the UK’s leading destination for people seeking that unique combination of outdoor adventure and city centre culture.”

BID Manager Diane Jarvis said: “It’s fantastic that the BID’s sponsorship can help bring Cliffhanger here for the second year running. The BID’s Busier programme is about boosting visitor numbers, driving economic growth and making the centre a vibrant location for both residents and visitors. Cliffhanger is a perfect example of events that can help us achieve this.”

 There is no admission fee to the festival and it’s open to all ages.


Written by Tolani Idris

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