New outdoor festival celebrates Sheffield’s Seven Hills

The Outdoor City Weekender
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Cycling lovers are invited do battle with Sheffield’s notorious seven hills at next month’s Outdoor City Weekender festival.

‘The Magnificent Seven’ is expected to attract cyclists from all across the country to the three-day festival, which kicks off on March 11 and will celebrate the city’s culture, adventure and rural escapes.

Nik Brear

Nik Brear

Other headline events include the Climbing Works International Festival, which will give amateur and professional climbers the opportunity to compete side-by-side, and the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, which will return to The Showroom cinema for the whole weekend, promising ‘three days of jaw-dropping spectacle and heart-stopping adventure.’

Sheffield Council is aiming to rebrand the city as ‘The Outdoor City’ to increase tourism and boost businesses.

Coun Leigh Bramall, deputy leader of Sheffield Council, said: “On any given weekend in Sheffield, people explore and connect with each other in the outdoors and this is one of the big reasons people are attracted to the city. The Weekender is about pulling our outdoor events together and celebrating the people, places and activities that make us The Outdoor City.

“We hope that people who live in Sheffield might try their hand at something for the first time, whether cycling, bouldering or a visit to the Showroom Cinema.

“For people who haven’t been to Sheffield for a while, or who have never been, we hope that this line-up encourages them to plan a trip here in March to get the full outdoor city experience.”

Orienteering, fell racing, historical walks, adventure runs, obstacle courses and mountain bike coaching are also on the weekend agenda.

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