Are you keen to explore what the Weekender has to offer but also make the most of The Outdoor City's famous après-ski? If you like the idea of watching the adrenaline highs and lows as well as trying out some outdoors skills yourself, this guide is for you. Sheffield will be alive with cultural and social gatherings galore during the Weekender, so we've picked out those with a little hand from Our Favourite Places, the Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals – along with the most thrilling spectator highlights.
FRIDAY 9 MARCH:
Evening Yoga in the Winter Garden
Location: Winter Garden
Take part in a session let by Unity Yoga in a beautiful and unique setting. Free and open to any level – whether beginner or long-time yogi. Sign up online.
Bike Films 1 at ShAFF
Location: The Void, Sheffield Hallam Uni
Six short films looking at biking from a variety of angles – from a story of an architect turned bike servicer and steel frame builder, to the eccentric world of tall bike enthusiasts, to a portrait of a local cycling legend, and more.
SATURDAY 10 MARCH:
Breakfast in an indie coffee shop
Sheffield’s not short on independent coffee shops that will sort you out with a fresh brew and an excellent breakfast/brunch to start the day. Tamper at Sellers Wheel is a particularly good shout, close to ShAFF venues as well as shops and galleries. For more tips, see Our Favourite Places' top 6 guide to coffee shops in and around the city centre.
Dan Holdsworth: Mapping the Limits of Space
Location: Graves Gallery
This captivating exhibition by Dan Holdsworth’s will make you reassess everything you thought you knew about landscape photography.
Location: Tudor Square
Surrounding International Women's Day, SheFest is a week of female-fronted fun taking place across the city, culminating in SheFest Saturday. From samba dancing to African drumming, an eclectic lineup of performances will take over Tudor Square for the afternoon, while there'll be family activities and workshops in surrounding venues. Look out for British Cycling activities in the square too.
Indie Beer Feast
Time: session one 11:30am-4.30pm / session two 5:30-10.30pm
Location: Abbeydale Picture House
Kick starting Sheffield Beer Week (12-18th March) for the first time this year is Indie Beer Feast, a one-day festival of independent craft breweries from across the country, plus tasty street food, in the atmospheric setting of the beautiful 1920s Abbeydale Picture House.
Howard Street Dual
Location: Howard Street
A headline event at the Weekender. Don’t miss the chance to watch the very best riders test themselves on a purpose-built downhill course in this unique, inner-city mountain bike race.
Time: open 12pm-3am
In a converted toilet between Sheffield Town Hall, Public is the most exciting new bar in town. The cocktails are unlike any others in the city, while the decor, the vinyl-only music policy and the incredible menu of small plates and bar snacks make for a place where it's easy to while away hours. It's fairly intimate and all table-service, so get down early or expect to wait for space to free up.
La Belle Époque: Debussy and his muse
Location: Upper Chapel
Part of the Festival of Chamber Music French weekend, this show will fill the stunning Upper Chapel with warm, evocative and sensual sound.
SUNDAY 11 MARCH:
The Magnificent Seven
Location: various positions on route
Seven Hills, 130 riders. Get into position to watch cyclists attack some of The Outdoor City’s most gruelling hills, in a 26-mile route that includes over 4,200 foot of climbing. Head to the spectator hub at Bradfield, where the race starts at 8:30am and ends around 11:40am.
Sheffield Access Trail led walk
Location: meet at Weston Park
Join in an easygoing guided walk through the history of Sheffield’s access campaigns, launching the new Sheffield Access Trail devised by the chair of Sheffield Ramblers, Terry Howard. Discover the people, places and events that played a significant part in the national Right to Roam Act, on a walk that perfectly complements Museums Sheffield’s 2018 Protest and Activism season
Trail Advantage Mountain Bike Skills Coaching
Time: AM session 10am-12 / PM session 1-3pm
Location: meet at The Norfolk Arms
Perfect for new and intermediate riders, this session will help you work on your confidence and skills amidst some of the Outdoor City's most breathtaking mountain biking landscapes.
The Rab CWIF Semi-Finals & Finals
Time: 12pm (semi-finals) & 6:30pm (finals)
Location: The Climbing Works
Watch some of the world’s best climbers in action, while enjoying fantastic coffee, local cold beers and food from the BBQ (from 3pm).
Location: meet at Showroom Cinema
Get fit by doing good! Join the Sheffield branch of GoodGym for a special group 5km run to Abbeydale Picture House, where you'll spend a little time helping turn the car park into a beautiful, more usable space while hearing from Steve Rimmer who's leading the redevelopment of this beautiful place with his company Creative Arts Development Space (CADS).
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.
Best of ShAFF 2018
Location: Showroom Cinema
Watch the best films of ShAFF 2018, covering the whole range of adventure sports.