Sheffield is set to launch spring in style, as it welcomes the city’s inaugural Festival of the Outdoors during March.
The Festival is headed by Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF) in partnership with youth hostel charity YHA (England and Wales) and The Outdoor City, and aims to get residents of the city active in the outdoors, as well as making sure that outdoor activities are accessible for all.
Multiple events are scheduled throughout the month including cycling sessions accessible to those with additional needs and a relaxed pace walk headed by Parkinsons UK Sheffield.
Local charity Climbing for All Sheffield will also be attempting to climb the equivalent height of Europe’s biggest vertical rock face to raise money for the charity.
In turn, residents will be able to navigate the tunnel networks of the city, guided by caving experts from YHA’s Castleton Hostel in the Peak District, hearing about Sheffield’s attempts as a city to recover its lost waterways.
Matt Heason, the organiser of the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival said: “ShAFF is as much about the adventure as it is about the films, and whether you’re a seasoned explorer or just discovering your first taste of outdoor adventure we want to inspire you into action.
“This year we’re proud to be part of the Festival of the Outdoors as it showcases Sheffield and promotes fun, adventure and participation for all, and I’m really excited we’ve been able to team up with YHA and The Outdoor City to make our urban caving vision a reality.
“It’s a unique opportunity to venture into the depths of Sheffield that are normally out of bounds.”
Councillor Mazher Iqbal, the Sheffield City Council Cabinet Member for Business and Investment, added: “The outdoor community has come together in an amazing way to support the Festival of the Outdoors and I hope as many people as possible turn out to enjoy the shows, activities and cultural buzz that’s happening across March.
“The waterways are a vital part of the character of Sheffield city centre and I look forward to sharing the story of and plans for these with people who visit the tunnel network with us.”