One month to go until Cliffhanger

Report by Nik Cook
Wednesday 5th June 2013

There is just a month to go to the UK’s biggest outdoor event for outdoor people  - Sheffield’s Cliffhanger Festival on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July.  (

As well as the British Bouldering Championships in the big top marquee, the new Graves Park venue will be packed with have-a-go activities and daredevil demos - everything from climbing to caving, biking to bushcraft as well as fairground rides and fell-running.  
With free entry for accompanied children under 16 and the majority of activities free it’s a great value, family friendly weekend to inspire and entertain you. 

NEW FOR 2013:

  • Advance ticket sales.  As well as buying on the gate on the day you can save time by buying in advance from Sheffield Arena Ticket Shop ( for both Cliffhanger entry and car parking.
  • New venue. We’ve moved from Millhouses to the 200 acre Graves Park - Sheffield’s largest open space.
  • Mountain Bike Cross-Country Eliminator.  Mountain biking’s newest discipline. It’ll feature a high octane Eliminator event on Saturday morning with top riders racing against each other in a series of knock-out rounds.  Then you can have a go and pit yourself against the scoreboard.
  • Mountain Bike Dual Slalom.  The 100m long downhill slalom course will be open to all to ride all weekend. You will be able to lay down your best time on Saturday to try and qualify for the race later in the afternoon. The rest of the time the course will be open to the public.
  • Cycle Speedway.  No brakes, no gears, no fear!  Can you be fastest round the track? Sheffield Stars Cycle Speedway Club will be putting on displays of their fast, action packed track racing and offering taster sessions.   
  • Orienteering Park Course.  South Yorkshire Orienteers’ Cliffhanger Ultrasprint is always so popular that this year they’ll have a timed course visiting the rest of Graves Park.  Visit as many points in the allowed time and see where you end up on the leader board.  To spice it up try the mass start event on Saturday at 11am or take it at your own pace whenever you’re ready during the rest of the weekend.
  • 5 and 10k Trail Races - Starting at 11am on Sunday you begin with a lap of the arena before winding your way through the parkland and woods.  £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s including entry to Cliffhanger event (which is £7.50 for 16 and over).  Timing chip included.  
  • Weston Wine Bar.  An exciting addition to Cliffhanger for 2013. Weston Wine Bar exploded onto the scene last year at the 2012 Tramlines music festival with its hugely popular bar providing soft drinks to a large selection of wines, lagers, ciders and real ales on tap from local Sheffield breweries (yes on tap, in the middle of a field!).

Cabinet Member for Culture and Environment, Councillor Isobel Bowler said:  “Sheffield City Council is proud to present Cliffhanger 2013, which looks like a great line-up this year. People of all ages will have the opportunity to try out a sport or activity they’ve never tried before and it will be a great spectacle watching the champions do their thing, from the bouldering and biking to the cycle speedway and climbing experts. We would love to see as many people as possible who love the outdoors in Graves park over the Cliffhanger weekend”.

Event co-organiser Matt Heason from Heason Events said: “Cliffhanger always aims to inspire people of all ages with a love of the outdoors by giving them a chance to watch and try out a whole host of different sports and activities in one place.  We’re taking advance of the new, bigger Graves Park venue by putting on new bike and running events and races.  This year the big top for the British Bouldering Champs will be also bigger than ever before.  It’s also even easier than ever to buy tickets with advance booking now available online.”

Legendary mountaineer and rock climber Joe Simpson is patron to Cliffhanger. Joe, who lives in Sheffield and has enjoyed recent further TV success with the film Beckoning Silence, said:  "I am proud to be patron of the Cliffhanger event in my home city. It is really appropriate that Sheffield City Council is organising such a major event, as it is ideally placed to become the outdoor activities capital of this country, with a significant part of the city being within the Peak District National Park - this country's most popular national park offering so many outdoor pursuits on the doorstep.

I have been fortunate to be able to climb in many countries around the world, but I always love returning to Sheffield and the nearby Peak District, which has now become the home of many other climbing enthusiasts."
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