March kicks off a bumper year of events in Sheffield
March is here which means Sheffield’s 2017 major events calendar is springing into life. January and February always tend to be a bit more subdued after the Christmas season, but if round about now you’re getting bored of Netflix and ready to embrace lighter/warmer days, then you’re in luck because a bumper year of events across the city is about to kick off.
Next week is set to be particularly busy with several large events and festivals all taking place. Sheffield Beer Week brings a week-long celebration of beery events to the city 13 -19 March, as Sheffield’s bars, pubs and restaurants join forces with local, national and international breweries to host open days, beer festivals, tap takeovers and specialist beer pairing menus.
To top off Sheffield Beer Week, Beer Alive! will also be back at Ice Sheffield (17-19 March). Running alongside the Society of Independent Brewers' annual industry conference, visitors will be able to sample over 300 beers, including SIBA’s 64 Gold ‘cask’ award winners, all under one roof.
If that wasn’t enough beer related activity for you, than The Big White Tent will be making its annual return to Fargate (13-19 March) in the City Centre to mark St Patrick’s Day on Friday 17 March.
Meanwhile, 17-19 March will also see the return of The Outdoor City Weekender, with an exciting action-packed line-up of events including Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF), the Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) and The Magnificent Seven hill climb challenge. The 2017 Weekender will also see the introduction of brand new MTB event with The Howard Street Dual. Thought to be the first of its kind, this urban dual race will take place right in the heart of the city centre, with riders going head-to-head, two at a time, down a course in an exhilarating knockout-style event.
In addition to all of that, it’s also the Classical Sheffield Weekend which will see more than 50 performances across the city over three days. From world renowned international orchestras in Sheffield City Hall to more intimate performances in venues such as the Upper Chapel and a whole host of pop up performances in places like the Winter Garden and the Moor Market.
If you think that’s looking like a hectic weekend, then Sheffield has plenty more on the horizon, including another rather big weekend in April, when the Tour de Yorkshire will be recreating some of the magic of 2014’s Tour de France Grand Depart on Sunday 30 April.
This also coincides with the finals of one of Sheffield’s biggest annual events, the World Snooker Championships (14 April - 1 May). The 2017 edition of the tournament is set to be a particularly significant one as it marks 40 years of the Snooker being held at Sheffield’s iconic Crucible Theatre. As a result, expect a host of celebratory activity to mark this, with details to be announced in coming weeks.
This is just for starters, Sheffield has a host of other events lined up for the rest of 2017 with the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon (9 April), Sheffield Food Festival (27-29 May), Cobis Games (19-21 May) , Tramlines music festival (23-25 July) and the Special Olympics GB (7-12 August) to name a few.
June again, is looking like a busy month with plans for some special music events, yet to be revealed, coinciding with the return of Sheffield’s international documentary festival Doc/Fest (9-14 June), as well as the first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show (7-11 June).
A northern version of the Royal Horticultural Society’s famous Chelsea Flower Show, RHS Chatsworth is expecting to draw thousands of visitors to the region and with Sheffield being the closest major city, hotels are expected to be in high demand. Visitors are being advised to book their stays early to avoid disappointment.
For more information on Sheffield’s Big Events in 2017 go to http://www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/visit/events/major-events