It is time to start putting dates in the diary for the year ahead – and Sheffield Council’s major events team has already lined up a packed calendar for 2015.
City residents are set to be joined by visitors from across the country and beyond for a plethora of events and festivals from sports and leisure to culture and the arts.
Coun Isobel Bowler, council cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “2014 was an absolutely fantastic year for Sheffield in terms of major events, not least due to the Tour de France’s Grand Départ finishing here in the city on that exciting Sunday in July.
“We also welcomed the first ever Out of This World festival of magic, sci-fi and horror, filled the Botanical Gardens with art during Art in the Gardens, hosted the World Snooker Championships again, and also made some important moves in establishing our events calendar in the years to come – not least with the confirmation that Sheffield has been selected to host the 2017 Special Olympics.
“With such an exciting year behind us, I am very pleased to confirm that not only are favourite events such as Tramlines and Off the Shelf set to return for another year, but we will also be welcoming the all-new Yorkshire Half Marathon: Sheffield to the city.
“In addition to this, Sheffield is also set to host a new festival of national significance in 2015 - more details of which will be available soon.”
The city’s urban areas in the city centre, as well as Sheffield’s parks, theatres and leisure venues will all see a piece of the action in 2015.
January 2-6: Getting the year off to an energetic start will be the Tecnifibre British Junior Open squash championships, at venues including Abbeydale Squash Club, Hallamshire Squash Club and Fulwood Sports Club.
February and March: Venues including the English Institute of Sport and Ice Sheffield will host sporting events including the British Athletics Indoor Championships and the British Judo Championships.
April 12: Those who want to get active themselves can take part in the city’s all-new half marathon which, this year, is being organised by Run for All.
April and May: Thousands of snooker fans from across the world will descend on Sheffield for the World Snooker Championships, which will take place at the Crucible Theatre.
May 4: Graves Park will host this year’s Highland Fling festival, which will be followed by the May Fayre on May 17 in Weston Park.
June 6: Sheffield’s second annual Holi-One festival will take place in Norfolk Heritage Park, during which thousands of people, dressed in white will cover each other in colourful dust and enjoy music, dance and performance art. For information, or tickets, visit http://www.holione.com/en/events/sheffield.html.
Early June: The Showroom cinema and arts space will host Doc/Fest for five days, welcoming delegates from across the UK and the rest of the world.
June 20-21: The Botanical Gardens will host ‘Garden Up’, a two-day festival of plants, gardens, wildlife, green technology and the arts – see www.gardenup.org.
July 2-5: Music in the Gardens at the Botanical Gardens.
July 24-26: The ever-popular Tramlines inner-city music festival returns to venues across Sheffield.
August 30-31: The annual Sheffield Fayre will be held in Norfolk Heritage Park.
September 5-6: Art in the Gardens in the Botanical Gardens.
September 27: Bupa Great Yorkshire Run 10k.
October: Off the Shelf festival of literature, which will take place with an array of well-known authors, critics and media personalities getting involved.
Late 2015: Halloween and Christmas light-switch.