Thursday May 11th 2017

Adrenaline-fuelled Cliffhanger promises to be biggest yet

The details of this year’s Cliffhanger celebration have now been announced – and it’s set to return bigger and better to Sheffield City Centre, thanks to support from Sheffield BID.

The event, Sheffield’s inner city festival committed to celebrating the centre’s outdoor activities, will be held at areas including the Peace Gardens, Tudor Square, Millennium Square and the Winter Garden from Friday, 7th July until Sunday, 9th July.

The festivities will commence at 5pm on Friday 7th July in Devonshire Green with a night of live music, activities, demonstrations and refreshments from a wide variety of the city’s food and drink outlets.

On Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July, the city centre will be transformed into a huge open air activity area, with expert demonstrations and sports activities including climbing, mountain biking, running, skateboarding, orienteering and a great deal more.

A highlight will be the British Bouldering Championships, where the country’s strongest male and female climbers will fight it out on a bouldering wall in Devonshire Green.

Investment from Sheffield BID last year enabled Cliffhanger to make the move from Millhouses Park into the centre. Entry to the festival is free of charge ensuring that the event is accessible to all. Following the success of this move, Sheffield BID is sponsoring Cliffhanger for the second year running.

Diane Jarvis, BID Manager said: “Cliffhanger is one of the city centre’s most exciting and unique events. Sheffield BID is delighted to be able to support this major event and to help grow this amazing fixture on the summertime calendar. It is an event that lets the city centre shine and show all the great things it has to offer. It’s fantastic that the BID’s sponsorship can help bring Cliffhanger into the city centre once again.

“The city centre is a vital part of The Outdoor City and Cliffhanger perfectly demonstrates this. The BID’s Busier programme is about boosting visitor numbers, driving economic growth and making the centre a vibrant location for both residents and visitors. Cliffhanger is a great example of events that help us achieve this.”

Last year’s event brought in an estimated 35,000 visitors over the weekend of which 50% were new visitors. Live streaming was watched by over 10,000 people from around the world.

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