18 December 2015
This year saw the highest-ever attendance at Out of This World, a packed-out Peace Gardens for the Christmas lights switch-on, thousands of art lovers enjoying Art in the Gardens, and the city coming alive with music of all genres at Tramlines.
And with details of 2016’s events line-up currently being finalised, it’s set to be another very busy year for Sheffield City Council’s major events team.
People from across the globe are once again to descend upon the city for the World Snooker Championships, MADE and Doc/Fest, while Sheffield’s status as The Outdoor City will be cemented with Cliffhanger, Grand Prix cycling, the second running of the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon and SHAFF, the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.
All aspects of culture will be catered for, with the ever-popular Art in the Gardens through to Sensoria, the Sheffield Food Festival and Chance to Dance.
But there’s also some brand-new events to look forward to in 2016, such as the Sport Relief Flagship Games, which will take over the city centre in March, and the year-long “Year of Making” festival, which aims to showcase all that the city does best from advanced manufacturing to visual arts, theatre, music, crafts and more.
Councillor Sioned-Mair Richards, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “2015 was a great year for events in Sheffield. Out of This World grew to be one of our busiest city centre events to date – second to only Tramlines – while the success of Allez Allez Sheffield brought professional cyclists and families together on two wheels.
“It’s great to see that our major events programme is set to be ramped up again for 2016. With the Year of Making and with Sheffield being selected as one of just six cities nationwide to host the Sport Relief Flagship Games – as well as the return of much-loved events across the city – it’s set to be a fantastic year.
“This is really good news for families who enjoy getting out and about in Sheffield, for culture vultures, for food lovers, for music fanatics, for sports fans and also for businesses and the leisure industry in Sheffield, who are set to reap the economic benefits.”
Major sports events are set to begin Sheffield’s event line-up for 2016, with the Technifibre British Junior Open Squash championship in January and both the British Universities and College Sports (BUCS) National Finals and the British Athletics Indoor Championships in February.
March will see the British Masters Swimming Championships take place at Ponds Forge, the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival at the Showroom Cinema, the Siba Beer X festival at iceSheffield and the Sport Relief Flagship Games held at various locations throughout the city centre.
There’s the chance to be named King of the Hill when the second running of the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon – Sheffield takes place on Sunday, 10 April, following a route from the city centre up Ringinglow Road, through Dore and back along Ecclesall Road.
And the World Snooker Championships is back later in April, bringing snooker’s elite to the Crucible Theatre once again.
The English Institute of Sport will host the British Youth Fencing Championships at the end of April and, during the first two weekends in May, “Open Up Sheffield” will run across various locations and art galleries.
Sheffield Food Festival returns on the final weekend in May, and Ponds Forge will host the British Diving Olympic trials – set to feature none other than Tom Daley – in June.
Also in June will be Doc/Fest, Armed Forces and Veterans Day, Sheffield Design Week and the Yorkshire Festival.
Music comes to the city at the end of June with Bradfield Festival of Music and Music in the Gardens, and families will be getting back on their bikes in July with SkyRide’s third annual event.
July will be a huge month for events at locations across the city, kicking off with the ASA National Age Group Diving Championships before Cliffhanger, Chance to Dance, Grand Prix Cycling, Tramlines and the British Swimming Summer Nationals.
In August, football pitches across Sheffield will host the Youdan Trophy international youth football tournament, followed by Sheffield Film and Comic Con at Sheffield Arena and Sheffield Fayre at Norfolk Heritage Park.
Art in the Gardens will make a welcome return to the Botanical Gardens in September, along with Heritage Open Days, Sensoria and Festival of the Mind.
October will be a busy month, with Last Laugh comedy festival, MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival, the launch of annual literary festival “Off The Shelf” and the ASA national swimming championships at Ponds Forge, before Christmas comes around once again with the Victorian Christmas Market, the Christmas Lights switch-on and the annual festive market in Fargate returning to the city in November.