Planning on taking part in the Weekender with your mini adventurers? There's plenty on the programme for families to do, whatever the age of your kids or your interests and abilities. We've come up with a Best of the Weekender for families, which gives you a family-friendly guide to the weekend, with suggestions for things to do, see and eat and drink.
See the downloads box for a PDF of the itinerary, to print out and carry in your pocket.
FRIDAY 17 MARCH:
Sheffield street art trail
Location: start at Sheffield railway station
Spend early evening exploring the city centre on a self-guided walk around its most colourful and friendly walls. Devised by the writers of city guide Our Favourite Places, this trail covers ground close to ShAFF venues.
SATURDAY 18 MARCH:
Young Adventurers Films 1 at ShAFF
Location: ShAFF Cinema Truck
A series of family-friendly films to inspire and educate, showing what’s possible for a young adventurer with an open mind.
Orienteering in the City
Location: Norfolk Heritage Park
Venture into the world of urban orienteering with South Yorkshire Orienteers. Whether you’re brand new to the sport or a regular orienteer already, a full set of urban event courses will be available for all abilities.
Norfolk Heritage Trail
Location: Norfolk Heritage Park, Manor Lodge & more
Follow part (or all) of the 3-mile Norfolk Heritage Trail. The full trail takes in a range of historical buildings and open spaces, including Norfolk Heritage Park and Manor Lodge, which opens for the start of its 2017 season this weekend. Look out for information boards dotted along the way.
Street Food Chef
Stop off at Street Food Chef’s Arundel Street branch for delicious, healthy and filling Mexican food, to eat in or take away. Mini burritos available for smaller appetites.
Howard Street Dual
Location: Howard Street
Watch some of the best mountain bike riders as they challenge themselves on this specially built course in the heart of the city. A great atmosphere, along with the bikers’ skills and bravery, will inspire you and your children.
SUNDAY 19 MARCH:
Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust Volunteer Day
Location: Wyming Brook & Fox Hagg
Spend some time giving back to The Outdoor City. Everyone is welcome, no experience is needed and the Wildlife Trust will provide all equipment and training. Come along for the whole day or just an hour or two – it all helps the conservation of these fantastic spaces.
The Mini Works
Location: The Climbing Works
A great place to introduce children to climbing. With the Rab Climbing Works International Festival taking place in the main centre, you can watch some of the semi-finals (12-2:30pm) and take the children’s excitement into The Mini-Works, where they can climb on challenges set specifically for a wide range of ages and sizes.
Want to explore what is available in the city or in the Peak District? Check out the artificial boulders that reside in many of Sheffield’s parks or head out to the Peak with our tips on family-friendly areas. No equipment needed – just a willingness to try!
More info: artificial boulders / Peak District.
Open: food served 11:30am-10pm
This family-friendly pub is a favourite among climbers, thanks to its location on Abbeydale Road, close to The Climbing Works and a main route out to the Peaks. It can be busy on Sundays so it’s best to book ahead.