Plenty to enjoy in a year-long Tour de force

Team Sky's Chris Froome of Great Britain during the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris, France. Pic: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.
Team Sky's Chris Froome of Great Britain during the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris, France. Pic: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.
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Sheffield is bracing itself for an action-packed 12 months that are set to ensure it is the centre of attention in 2014.

From the Tour de France to Tramlines, the Steel City has a calendar crammed with more than 80 major sporting, cultural, community and children’s events.

Sports clubs, governing bodies, charities, musicians, children’s entertainers, businesses, organisations and Sheffield Council are uniting to put on a huge programme of events.

Coun Isobel Bowler, council cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “Sheffield has always been an exciting hub of cultural and sporting activity and we hope to build on the fantastic range of events we have hosted and helped to bring to the city in 2013 again this year.

“We are incredibly excited to be hosting the finish of the second stage of the Tour de France on Sunday, July 6. More than 250,000 people are expected to watch the event on Sheffield streets and hundreds more local people will be volunteering as Tour Makers.

“Across the Yorkshire region there will be a number of large scale participation cycle rides and a 100-day cultural festival with further events taking place in the city during that time.

“We also have a fantastic range of other events planned for 2014 which we hope will inspire youngsters and adults alike to try out a new sport, attempt a fun run or half marathon for charity, listen to new bands playing live or support a community event.”

Steve Brailey, chief executive of Sheffield International Venues, which manages many of the city’s sports and leisure centres, said: “Once again, we look forward to another packed year of regional, national and international events.

“The 2014 programme will not only boost the local economy through hotel stays and local spend, but will strengthen the city’s reputation as a leading world sports event destination with superb sporting facilities.”

The city’s major events programme has been designed to ensure Sheffield remains one of the country’s top places to live and visit for business, cultural and sporting opportunities.

The year kicks off with the Combined Indoor Athletics International Match at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield in Attercliffe later this month and the British Adult Ice Skating Championships at neighbouring iceSheffield in February.

Sporty fundraisers can take part in the Sport Relief Mile at Hillsborough Park and the Age UK Wrap Up And Run fun run in Graves Park in March, followed by the Sheffield Half Marathon in April.

Also in April, the World Snooker Championship will return to the Crucible for the 37th year, while Ponds Forge International Sports Centre will be hosting the British Gas Synchronised Swimming Championships.

The Sheffield Food Festival moves to a new date, to take place over the bank holiday weekend at the end of May, while in June, the Royal Horticultural Society will encourage green-fingered folk to attend the Garden Up event at the Botanical Gardens.

June will also boast the return of Mosborough Music Festival, Sheffield Children’s Festival and Sheffield Pride on Devonshire Green, while the streets will turn pink with thousands of women dressed up for the Cancer Research Race for Life.

It will be an action-packed summer, with the world’s best cyclists participating in the Tour de France, as well as the three-day city centre music festival Tramlines in July, followed by a host of community events including Chapeltown Gala, Ruskin Park Fun Day, gala days in Dore and Stannington and a Macmillan family fun day at Millhouses Park.

For the August bank holiday Sheffield Fayre will return to Norfolk Heritage Park with a new look. Amateur artists can pick up tips from professionals at the 11th Art in the Gardens at the Botanical Gardens followed by the Great Yorkshire Run in September.

One of the country’s top literature festivals, Off The Shelf, will take place at dozens of venues across the city in October followed by the Christmas lights switch on in November and the British Heart Foundation’s Santa Jog in December.

With a host of other high profile events such as Cliffhanger, and several new music festivals also on the verge of confirming 2014 dates, it promises to be an unforgettable year for Sheffield – and one to be very proud of.

2014 highlights

Sunday, Mar 23 - Sheffield Sport Relief mile

Sunday, Mar 30 - Age UK Wrap Up and Run 10k

Friday-Sunday, April 4-6 - Sheffield Adventure Film Festival

Sunday, Apr 6 - Sheffield Half Marathon

Sunday, Apr 13 - Sharrow Lantern Parade

Saturday-Monday, April 19-May 5 – World Snooker Championships

Friday-Sunday, June 6-22, Broomhill Festival

Saturday, June 7 - Mosborough Music Festival

Saturday-Sunday, June 7-8, Garden Up

Saturday-Saturday, June 7-14 - Sheffield Doc/Fest

Sunday, June 8 - Race for Life Sheffield

Saturday, June 28 - Sheffield Pride

Sunday, Jul 6 - Tour de France in Sheffield

Friday-Sunday, July 25-27 – Tramlines

Monday, August 25 - Sheffield Fayre

Sunday, Sept 28 - Great Yorkshire Run