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, along with the most thrilling spectator highlights.
See the downloads box for a PDF of the itinerary, to print out and carry in your pocket.
FRIDAY 17 MARCH:
Classical Weekend pop-up performances
Location: Sheffield Antiques Quarter
Enjoy free classical music in the unique setting of Sheffield’s Antiques Quarter as part of the Classical Weekend festival. Start at Vintedge (5-6:45pm) where you can listen while browsing all things retro and kitsch and enjoying a craft beer from the huge range at indie bottle shop Hop Hideout next door. Music continues into the night at antiques centre and artisan cafe Riley’s & Co (7-8:45pm), and at the bar and courtyard hangout that is Hagglers Corner (9pm-late).
Run Films 1 at ShAFF
Location: ShAFF Cinema Truck
From the Lake District to Nepal – watch inspiring running films in this unique cinematic experience located just outside the main railway station.
SATURDAY 18 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. For a guide to the top 6 coffee shops in and around the city centre, see Our Favourite Places, the city guide written by in-the-know locals.
Trail Advantage Mountain Bike Coaching
Time: 10am-1pm / 2-5pm
Location: Houndkirk Moor
Join Trail Advantage for a mountain bike skills course aimed at improving confidence and building skills for new and intermediate riders – all while being treated to some stunning views of the Peak District.
Made in Sheffield at ShAFF
Location: Showroom Cinema
Find out more about the adventurous people of Sheffield: The Outdoor City with this series of films that star or are directed by Sheffield residents.
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.
The Bothy Project at ShAFF
Location: ShAFF Outpost
This short film follows three artists as they head into remote Scotland to explore what is unique about bothies, the basic shelters free for anyone to use. Free screening with a Q&A with the director and one of the artists.
Dinner on London Road
A mere hop and skip away from the city centre, London Road offers a culinary tour around the world. This food mile is home to some of the best Chinese, Turkish and Japanese restaurants in Sheffield – we put together a guide to some of the highlights.
BMC #SMASH: the ShAFF & CWIF after party
Location: Showroom Bar
With a big weekend, comes a big party. Join the runners, riders, climbers and adventurers for a social in the cinema’s bar.
SUNDAY 19 MARCH:
Yoga in the Winter Garden
Location: Winter Garden
Take part in a hatha yoga session in a beautiful and unique setting. Free and open to any level – whether beginner or long-time yogi. Sign up online.
Marmadukes Cafe Deli
Hidden away very close to the Winter Garden, this lovingly-run cafe is the perfect place for a post-yoga refuel.
The Magnificent Seven
Location: various positions on route
Seven Hills, 100 riders. Get into roadside position (take care as you do!) to watch cyclists attack some of The Outdoor City’s most gruelling hills, in a 27-mile route that includes over 3,800 foot of climbing.
Recommended spectator spots:
Hill 3 – Fern Road & Thrush Street. Thrush is cobbled, so riders will battle not only the incline but the bumps. Stand at the top of Thrush on Rivelin Street and view the finish sprint.
Hill 5 – Cote d’Oughtibridge. Known as the Jawbone, this climb featured in the 2014 Tour De France route. There’s good room near the top.
Hill 6 – Hagg Hill. Plenty of room at the top near Vernon Delph to see how tired the riders are by this point!
Toast to the Queen and King of the Mountains with an after-pint in the Norfolk Arms in Ringinglow, not far from the finish line.
The Rab CWIF Semi-Finals & Finals
Time: semi-finals 12-2:30pm / finals 6-8:30pm
Location: The Climbing Works
In the semi-finals, the top 20 male and female climbers compete to grab one of six spaces in the Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) grand finals. Watch some of the world’s best climbers in action, while enjoying fantastic coffee, local cold beers and offer a free BBQ (from 3pm).
Cotic Mountain Bike Demo Day
Location: Lady Cannings Plantation
Try out the famous Lady Cannings MTB course on the edge of the Peak District and the city. The Cotic team will be on hand to help with bike choices, setups and expert advice.
Sheffield beer trail
Location: Kelham Island
Sheffield Beer Week comes to an end today, but you can still get a taste of what the festival celebrates by following a trail around the beer lovers’ paradise that is Kelham Island. Sheffield’s home to 23 independent breweries, and you’ll be spoilt for choice for local beers in each venue you visit in this historic quarter. We recommend starting at The Riverside, where you can enjoy a hearty, pre-beer pie.
Best of ShAFF
Location: Showroom Cinema
Watch the best films of ShAFF 2017, covering the whole range of adventure sports.