Festival of the Outdoors comes to Sheffield – one of the biggest of its kind

A month-long festival to inspire people to be active in the outdoors arrived in Sheffield over the weekend with a variety of activities.

The festival is one of the biggest of its kind in the UK, as more than 40 organisers from across the city’s outdoor groups have teamed up to offer over 70 events across March.

The line-up includes beer runs, mountain biking, yoga, road cycling challenges and heritage walks.

A series of Urban caving trips into the storm drain network below Sheffield’s city centre will also take place. This includes a guided tour of the city’s ground-breaking work to uncover its lost waterways, as well as an underground film screening.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business and Investment, said: “The waterways are a vital part of the character of Sheffield city centre and I look forward to sharing the story of and plans for these with people who visit the tunnel network with us.”

The festival will also provide events for people with additional needs, including a relaxed pace walk and adapted bike sessions.

Coun Iqbal added: “The outdoor community has come together in an amazing way to support the Festival of the Outdoors and I hope as many people as possible turn out to enjoy the shows, activities and cultural buzz that’s happening across March.”

For more information on the festival and how to get involved visit https://www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/festival-of-the-outdoors