Excitement as Sheffield's 'Cliffhanger' festival looks set to return to city centre this summer

Excitement is building as Sheffield looks set to host the Cliffhanger festival again this summer.

By Claire Lewis
Saturday, 26th June 2021, 7:32 am

The two-day festival, billed as a ‘weekend of adventure’, is aimed at celebrating the outdoors and features the British Bouldering Championships.

The festival is being organised in accordance with Government coronavirus guidance and will be spread out over a number of locations including Devonshire Green, the Peace Gardens, Millennium Square, Fargate and Barker’s Pool.

Festival goers can try climbing, go karting, and skateboarding, ride a zip line and jump on fairground rides.

The Cliffhanger festival is set to return to Sheffield city centre this summer

Adventure films will be screened at the Showroom Cinema and Peace Gardens.

Councillor Julie Grocutt, Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “We’re really excited to be bringing Cliffhanger back to the city centre this year as part of our Summer in the Outdoor City programme.

“It’s the perfect chance for people to get out and have a taste of that festival vibe in a controlled and safe setting. We know it’s going to be different this year with the various measures in place but we’re bringing live elite sport back into Sheffield and that summer festival atmosphere, two things that the city is not only well known for but has sorely missed.

“Events play a huge role in our economy and it’s crucial that we support the sector not only to help our local businesses but to aid our economic recovery.”

Diane Jarvis, Head of Business Operations at Sheffield BID (Business Improvement District) said: “We are delighted to welcome Cliffhanger back to the city centre’s streets this summer. Big events, like Cliffhanger, provide a much needed boost to the local economy whilst bringing colour and excitement back to the city centre. It will attract more people to visit, to stay and to spend in Sheffield.

“There really will be something on offer for everyone across the city centre during the weekend of Cliffhanger, so we would encourage everyone to get behind great events like this whilst enjoying summer safely this year. Sheffield BID have been supporting Cliffhanger since 2016 and we are proud to be able to continue our association with such a prestigious event for the city”.

Cliffhanger will be held on July 10 and 11.