Cliffhanger festival is back - bigger and better

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The country’s largest outdoors and adventure sports festival is returning to Sheffield after rain caused the event to be cancelled last summer.

Cliffhanger is moving from Millhouses Park into the bigger Graves Park on July 6 and 7, with the British Bouldering Championships on the bill.

Around 20,000 visitors are expected at the event, with organisers hoping for warm weather to attract the crowds after rain washed out last year’s.

As well as have-a-go activities the festival will be packed with daredevil demos - everything from climbing to caving and biking to bushcraft, as well as fairground rides and fell-running.

There will be an orientating course and trail races.

Event co-organiser Matt Heason said: “Cliffhanger always aims to inspire people of all ages with a love of the outdoors by giving them a chance to watch and try out a whole host of different sports and activities in one place.

“We’re taking advance of the new, bigger Graves Park venue by putting on new bike and running events and races.

“This year the big top for the British Bouldering Champs will be also bigger than ever before.”

Sheffield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Environment, Councillor Isobel Bowler, said: “Sheffield Council is proud to present Cliffhanger 2013, which looks like a great line-up this year.

“People of all ages will have the opportunity to try out a sport or activity they’ve never tried before and it will be a great spectacle watching the champions do their thing, from the bouldering and biking to the cycle speedway and climbing experts.

“We would love to see as many people as possible who love the outdoors in Graves Park over the Cliffhanger weekend.”

Sheffield mountaineer and rock climber Joe Simpson, a Cliffhanger patron, said: “It is really appropriate that Sheffield is organising such a major event, as it is ideally placed to become the outdoor activities capital of this country.

“A significant part of the city is within the Peak District National Park, this country’s most popular national park offering so many outdoor pursuits on the doorstep.”

■ Tickets can be bought on the day or in advance by visiting www.arenaticketshop.co.uk/whats-on/cliffhanger-2013