The Outdoor City Weekender

The Outdoor City Weekender

If you have moved to Sheffield its probably not because its the business metropolis of the north, its probably not because of its great night life...

Its probably because you love the great outdoors!

From the 11th to the 13th of March Sheffield is celebrating its outdoor culture, environment and community with a weekend full of activities! 

Heres what the team have to say and some of the activities planned!

Sheffield has something really special to offer. If you’re from here, the cat is already out of the bag. But if it’s been a while since your last visit, or if you’ve never visited (what have you been doing?), plan a trip for 11-13 March this year, when you'll get the full Outdoor City experience.

The Weekender is Sheffield’s celebration of the people and places that gives us our unique identity as The Outdoor City.

Whether you walk, run, climb, ride, love family time in the great outdoors or are a self-confessed spectator rather than participator of outdoor activities, there is something for everyone in The Outdoor City Weekender line-up.

We're kicking off the Weekender announcements below. Follow us on Twitter/Facebook and we’ll update you as and when registrations open. Places for the Grindleford Gallop sold out in 8 minutes so if you’re keen to get a run in on the Weekender, get ready on 1 February when Edale Skyline registration opens.

If you’re planning to spend the weekend here in Sheffield, you’ll get the best of both worlds: big city life and the glorious outdoors. To help you make the most of the two, we're putting together some itineraries to make sure you don’t miss out on any of Weekender fun. Until then, take a virtual roam around Sheffield yourself with our top ten things to do in the urban heart of the city and in its great outdoors.

The Outdoor City Weekender line-up:

  • Magnificent Seven, 13 March – This is not for the fainthearted; a cross between a sportive, and a hill climb race, 60 hardened cyclists will face seven of the toughest hills in Sheffield with climbs ranging from 9 to 23 per cent. The route, which is 18.9 miles, presents each rider with 1,998ft of climbing and is the first of its kind in the UK. Taking in the dizzy heights of Sheffield, cyclists will ride with escorts between hills, where they will gather together at the bottom before racing to the climb's summit. Stamina, endurance, a love of hills and cycling are essential attributes for Magnificent Seven competitors. Could you face Sheffield’s Magnificent Seven challenge? Online registration open now.
  • Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF ), 11-13 March – Sheffield’s annual adventure film festival, now in its 11th year, returns to the Showroom cinema for the whole weekend, bringing the wild outdoors into the heart of the city for three days of jaw-dropping spectacle and heart-stopping adventure.
  • The Rab Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF), 12-13 March – Over two days CWIF, sponsored by Rab, gives amateur and professional climbers the opportunity to compete side by side. This year the UK's largest international bouldering competition celebrates its tenth anniversary, with the promise of an action packed final that spectators can watch live at the venue or online.
  • South Yorkshire Orienteering, 12 March – If you’re enthusiastic about trying something new, learning a useful skill or exploring the outdoors with friends and family, this event is for you.
  • The Grindleford Gallop, 12 March – A 21 mile race with a 3000ft ascent between the villages of Grindleford, Froggatt, Eyam, Great Longstone, Edensor and Baslow. A stone's throw from Sheffield, this White Peak run is as spectacular for spectators as it is for the runners taking part.
  • Edale Skyline Fell Race, 13 March – A classic fell race covering 21 miles of some of the most stunning countryside the UK has to offer.
  • North Lees through Stone and Symbols, 12 March – A breathtaking 4-hour ranger-guided walk along and below the stunning Stanage Edge, full of historical insight into the ‘stone edge’. Whilst this beauty spot on the outskirts of Sheffield is most commonly known amongst climbers, this walk promises to introduce you to a totally different Stanage.

This is the best one 

  • One-day Mountain Bike Course with ALine Coaching, 12 March – One for strong intermediate to advanced mountain bikers. This course is all about learning how to use the trail to maximise your speed, accelerate out of corners and improve your jump, taking in the best of Sheffield’s mountain bike trails (including Steve Peat’s playground, Grenoside Woods). If you’re in Sheffield for the Weekender and you have your own bike, get involved.
  • Running workshops with Accelerate, 12 March – At 10am-midday, join Colin Papworth for a workshop ongood running form, and at 2-4pm Stuart Hale will lead a workshop on strength and stability for runners.
  • The Dark & Dirty Night Race, 12 March – Steel Force Events bring you a gruelling 5k or 10k obstacle course race set through the hills and spills of Sheffield’s finest and steepest Graves Park. Featuring natural and man-made obstacles, you will run, climb, crawl and wade your way through this brand new event. Ever fancied throwing yourself over a 10ft A-frame, or running the travelator? Now is your chance to push yourself, and feel the thrill of completing these challenging obstacles. Are YOU made of steel?
  • Expedition Run, 13 March – Runners, don't miss this popular, 11-mile, off-road run. Meeting at 10am at Rivelin Park Cafe, the route leads from Rivelin Valley, over Stanage and onto Ladybower, followed by a bus back to Rivelin Park. Bring trail shoes, a waterproof jacket, spare warm clothes, a drink and food, plus money for the pub and bus.

Hope you can all make it!