Final touches ahead of outdoors festival

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FINAL preparations are being put in place for the return of a ‘family-friendly’ outdoors festival in Sheffield.

Cliffhanger 2012 takes place at Graves Park over the weekend of Friday to Sunday, July 6 to 8, having been held at Millhouses Park in the past.

And organisers say the move means this year’s outdoor pursuits festival promises to be the biggest yet.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the event to enjoy attractions including the British Bouldering Championships, climbing walls, mountain biking, orienteering and dozens of demonstrations.

Matt Heason, from Heason Events, which organises the festival in conjunction with Sheffield Council, said: “We’ve had a brilliant run of festivals at Millhouses Park.

“However, Cliffhanger’s become such a fixture on the climbing calendar and so popular with lovers of outdoor and adventure sports that we’re aiming even higher this year with a bigger venue and even more have-a-go activities and elite competitions.”

Steve Peat, 2011 downhill mountain bike world champion, from Chapeltown, said: “I’m pleased to see so much development in the biking activities on offer this year – testament to the vibrant biking scene in Sheffield at the moment.”

New this year is Rat Race Basecamp, billed as a ‘festival within a festival’.

It is set to feature a live music arena in the evenings, as well as an on-site camping village and optional 50km rat ride and 5km rat run.

Jim Mee, Rat Race Adventure Sports managing director, said: “When you’ve exhausted yourselves at Cliffhanger, come along to RatRace Basecamp and enjoy our beer tent and the rest.”

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