A month-long celebration of The Outdoor City

Every March, as Sheffield enjoys the days getting longer, drier, and warmer, we celebrate what it is to be The Outdoor City, by hosting the Festival of the Outdoors.

You'll find everything from large scale international sporting events to small community gatherings; from guided walks to some of the worlds hardest bouldering problems; from outdoor markets to film festivals.

Scroll down to see everything that's going on! And don't forget to follow us on @VisitSheffield and @TheOutdoorCity on socials, tagging #FestivaloftheOutdoors whenever you share.

The Headliners!

Here are a few of the feature events as part of the Festival, but if you want to see all of them for the whole month in date order, either keep scrolling or just click here.

CWIF

16 - 17 March

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF)

Back for its 18th year, ShAFF returns to the atmospheric surroundings of Sheffield Cathedral for another weekend of the best new adventure, travel and extreme sports films from around the world.

Take your pick of adrenaline-fuelled and thought-provoking films and documentaries, and be part of talks and panel discussions with some of the leading figures in the industry.

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17

March

4-10

March

Sheffield Beer Week

A decent pint can be the perfect accompaniment to an outdoor adventure and our city is proudly home to a wealth of amazing pubs, breweries and beer shops, so you'll never be short of options. 

Every year, the city's proud heritage is celebrated by Sheffield Beer Week, who put on a whole load of unique events that get you really close to the amber nectar. They also host some beer runs and walks too!

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23

March

Watch 2023 highlights

Get a glimpse of everything that happened in the Festival of the Outdoors last year, to whet your appetite for another month of adventure this year...

All Festival of the Outdoors events for 2024 in date order...

Reframing MTB Symposium

Taking place 1 - 2 March, the Reframing Symposium aims to collectively address how to progress mountain biking in the UK past some of the challenges that currently exist and make the sport a better, safer, more sustainable and fun space for all. 

The Outdoor City SUP Experience

Take to the water and join DC Outdoors for an urban SUP experience (stand-up paddle boarding) at Sheffield's historic Victoria Quays. There are multiple weekend session dates available to book throughout March.

Inclusive Cycling Sessions

Cycling is amazing and Sheffield Cycling 4 All are making it accessible for everyone, with their weekly programme of cycling sessions running at Hillsborough Park throughout March.

Skylarking

A brand new exhibition and events programme by Sheffield-based artist Ashley Holmes.

HOPES/FEARS art installation (Ecclesall Woods)

Artist, Christopher Jarratt, will be showcasing a wind-powered sculpture at Ecclesall Woods throughout March. HOPES/FEARS invites us to reflect on the conflicting emotions people have been dealing with personally, socially and in our relationship to the natural world.

A Musical Audio Walk - Liz Hanks’ ‘Land’

An interactive audio walk with music from Liz Hanks’ album ‘Land’, taking place on Sunday 3 March.

Burngreave: Then and Now

A guided linear walk exploring the history of Burngreave, taking place on Monday 4 March.

Sheffield Old Town: Echoes of the Past walk

A short, circular guided walk led by local historian, Les Seaman, taking place on Thursday 7 March.

Have a go at dry stone walling with CPRE Peak District and South Yorkshire

In celebration of CPRE Peak District and South Yorkshire centenary, they would like to invite you to help repair the dry stone boundary wall at Haythornthwaite Wood near Dore on Thursday 7 March.

UK Walking Summit

Join sustainable transport experts from across the UK and beyond as the 2024 UK walking Summit comes to Sheffield on Thursday 7 March.

International Women’s Day: Talk on Ethel Haythornthwaite and Higger Tor Walk

In celebration of International Women’s Day and 100 years of CPRE Peak District and South Yorkshire, the National Trust are hosting a talk on the life and work of Ethel Haythornthwaite followed by a guided walk up Higger Tor on Friday 8 March.

CPRE Peak District and South Yorkshire Woodland Conservation Task Day

Help the CPRE Peak District and South Yorkshire celebrate their centenary at this conservation task day at Haythornthwaite Wood near Dore on Saturday 9 March.

Great Sheffield Flood Anniversary Round Walk

A guided walk to mark the 160th anniversary of the Great Sheffield Flood, taking place on Monday 11 March.

Sheffield Outdoor Learning Schools Conference

Aimed at Sheffield schools this conference for teachers, educators, curriculum leads and outdoor visits co-ordinators, is an opportunity to showcase the many opportunities and benefits available to the community of Sheffield schools on Wednesday 13 March.

Kelham Island Orienteering

Come and experience the challenge of night orienteering around the streets of Kelham Island on Tuesday 12 March. With a choice of 3 different courses, this race caters to experienced orienteers, runners and newcomers alike.

ShAFF at Sheffield Cathedral 2024

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF) is back for its 18th year 15 - 16 March, as they make a return to the atmospheric surroundings of Sheffield Cathedral for a weekend of the best new adventure, travel and extreme sports films from around the world.

The Climbing Works International Festival 2024

Every year one of the world's most prestigious route setters (Percy Bishton, who co-owns The Climbing Works) gives the elite boulderers of the world something to get their teeth into right here in The Outdoor City. This year's CWIF takes place 16 - 17 March.

Pollen Market X FOTO: March 2024

Pollen Market returns for their very first event of 2024 with a special bumper edition to celebrate Sheffield's Festival of the Outdoors, taking place on Sunday 17 March.

Skateboard Jam at Castlegate

Join us at Exchange Street for the 2024 Skate Jam, in partnership with Skateboard GB and The House Skatepark.

Parkwood Springs Inclusive Off-Road Cycling Day

Off-Road cycling for Disabled people and people with long-term health conditions on Tuesday 19 March.

Sheffield Old Town: Echoes of the Past walk

A short, circular guided walk led by local historian, Les Seaman, taking place on Thursday 21 March.

Tales of City Centre Music Halls walk

Linear walk exploring the ‘Shaftesbury Avenue’ of Sheffield and the history of local music halls, taking place on Thursday 21 March.

Concord Park Inclusive Cycling Day

Cycling for anyone who is Disabled or has a long-term health condition on Friday 22 March.

Nature Reserves 4U walk

One of Sheffield's finest inner city countryside walks, starting from Woodhouse Railway Station on Saturday 23 March.

Redmires Night Orienteering

A night orienteering event suitable for all overlooking Redmires Reservoir on Wednesday 20 March. This event is part of the Outdoor City's Festival of the Outdoors. Newcomers are very welcome.

Park Hill Uprise: Urban Hill Climb 2024

Sheffield Urban CX return to iconic Park Hill on Saturday 23 March to offer an urban hill climb event with a difference, as cyclists take on a cobbled course in the shadow of Europe’s largest listed building. Have a go or come cheer on the riders!

SYO Orienteering - Saturday Series 6 Norfolk Park

Part of a series of SYO events aimed at introducing newcomers to orienteering! Taking place on Saturday 23 March, if you've never tried orienteering before and would like to try, this is the perfect opportunity!

Exploring the Gleadless Valley walk

Explore some of Sheffield's finest Ancient Woodland on this guided walk on Sunday 24 March.

Sheffield: A Civilised Place

Discover the bones on which Sheffield is built on this guided walk led by Duncan Froggatt from the Institution of Civil Engineers on Tuesday 26 March.

Nature Reserves 4U walk

One of Sheffield's finest inner city countryside walks, starting from Woodhouse railway station on Saturday 30 March.

Mindful River Walk

Come and take time to slow down, notice, and reflect as we immerse our senses in the beauty of our Sheffield rivers as spring emerges.

Forest Bathing at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Connect with nature, focus on the element of air as the seasons turn and spring emerges.

Sheffield Half Marathon 2024

Taking place on Sunday 7 April, Sheffield Half Marathon is one the best attended in the country and most scenic too! Each year, the event attracts thousands of runners of all abilities to the city’s streets, raising many thousands of pounds for great causes.

Festival of the Outdoors - Events Listing

Browse all events as part of the Festival of the Outdoors, in chronological date order.

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