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The annual Cliffhanger event will be in the Park again this year. It will be on the weekend of the 11th and 12th of July. The Friends of Millhouses Park will be running our crowd pleasing duck races on Sunday the 12th. Races start on the hour from 11 while 3. May the best Duck win!

Cliffhanger admittance is £6 for adults and free for accompanied under 16’s.Further information cab be found at

Parts of the park are closed to those not attending Cliffhanger. The park cafe, flower garden and the cricket field will be open and accessible to those that do not wish to pay to enter the event.


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Cliffhanger Weekend!

Cliffhanger is back in Millhouses Park on 21st & 22nd June, so most of the park will only be accessible by ticket available on the gate or in advance. £6 per Adult with accompanied children under 16 free. See

Throughout the Cliffhanger weekend the FoMP run a series of FREE Duck Races along the Fish Pass, on the hour on both days.

The Park Cafe, formal gardens and cricket pitch will all still be accessible free of charge throughout the weekend.

A traffic management plan will be in place in the area, with Park and Ride available from Tesco Abbeydale Road Park & Ride Car Park.

See you there!

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High Hopes For This Year’s Cliffhanger Festival

Adventure seekers with a head for heights will be able to brush shoulders with world champions and record breakers once again at this year’s Cliffhanger festival.

Sports enthusiasts who like to climb high, run fast and swim deep will be able to take part in a host of daredevil activities at the eighth Cliffhanger festival, which is returning to Millhouses Park between 21 and 22 June 2014.
And for the first time, climbers will be able to take part in the Senior British Bouldering Championships at the Climbing Works, which is based 10 minutes away at Woodseats Road and boasts the world’s biggest indoor bouldering wall, while spectators can watch the competition on a big screen in the park.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Cliffhanger is an action-packed weekend which showcases Sheffield’s distinctive offer as a city ideally located for adventurous sports. People come from across the UK to take part in the competitions and enjoy the events and activities on offer.
“It’s about inspiring people to test their limits, to try new activities and enjoy the great outdoors in Sheffield and the surrounding area. With the return to Millhouses Park, I’d particularly encourage people who haven’t been before to come and experience Cliffhanger this year.”

Cliffhanger is organised by Sheffield City Council in conjunction with Heason Events who expect more than 12,000 people to attend. As well as have-a-go activities the festival will be packed with demonstrations – everything from climbing to caving and biking to fell-running, orienteering, free running and scuba diving. There will be an orienteering course, trail races and demonstrations.
There will be more cycling attractions at this year’s event to celebrate the Tour de France coming to Sheffield.

Entertainment will also include a beer and wine tent and family-friendly fairground rides.
Event co-organiser Matt Heason said: “With a third of Sheffield’s boundary within the Peak District, the city has always been popular with climbers, mountain bikers, runners and cavers. Cliffhanger is the ideal place for people to come and try these activities out for themselves as well as see sportsmen and women compete at the highest level on our big screens.
“The event offers great value for money with 90 per cent of outdoor activities free of charge once you have paid your entry fee. We want to ensure the event is as affordable and accessible to all that’s why we have reduced the entry fee. People can make a whole weekend of it if they wish, with activities stretching across two days.
“We are delighted to be working with the Climbing Works this year and I’m sure everyone taking part in the competition will love the top-class facilities there.”

Tickets for this year’s event will cost £6 for adults and accompanied children aged under 16 can enter for free.

For more information about Cliffhanger 2014 visit

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Great Cliffhanger Video

A great new video here from Dan Habershon-Butcher! Really gets a flavour of the event… …here’s to NEXT year’s Cliffhanger!

Cliffhanger 2011 from Dan Habershon-Butcher on Vimeo.

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Cliffhanger Duck Race!

Another fantastic duck race at Cliffhanger 2011! Check out these amazing pictures which catch the atmosphere of the races brilliantly!

The second year Executive Member Christine Gunby has organised and run the Cliffhanger Free Duck Race. So much simple fun for some 2000 people – double the numbers of last year. After the races all the ducks have to be washed, disinfected and dried ready for next year; a process that can takes weeks after the event. It took 20 members of the friends to keep everything running and all of us were totally shattered by Sunday evening!

The friends took the postcodes of the entrants in the Duck Race – click the link below to see the results! Millhouses Park truly is a destination park!

Click HERE for some amazing pictures from Ted and Christine – thanks guys!

Visitors data – July 2011

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Is Millhouses still a Destination Park?

The Friends of Millhouses Park took the postcodes of all the entrants to the Great Annual Duck Race this year. Below are the results which make for interesting viewing!

It’s great to see that a huge number of local people came to the park, but just look at the crowds which came from further afield!

Click Visitors data – July 2011 to see the report!

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Cliffhanger Weekend!

Cliffhanger is in the park this weekend – so don’t forget that there is a charge to enter the park on both Saturday and Sunday of £6 for adults, £1 for accompanied children with under 4s having free entry.



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Cliffhanger What’s On Link

Cliffhanger 2011 is getting closer (2nd and 3rd July) and they have now published a list of the events and activities this year – and there is a HUGE amount!

The Friends of Millhouses Park will (of course) be running the (now famous) duck race (we wonder if Mr Clegg will once again take part)! There will even be a beach (with beach huts!)

Check this link for details of what to expect this year!

We would STRONGLY suggest that those attending this year use public transport to get to the park as it’s going to be REALLY busy!!! First and Stagecoach provide bus services with Dore Railway Station only a few minutes walk away. Check our LOCATION page for more information, timetables and route maps.

See you there!!!

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Climbing Wall installed

Many of our members will have seen, over the past few years, our Project list for Millhouses Park.

One of the items included has been a Climbing Boulder and we have been badgering the Cliffhanger Team for years for this. It is great that this year the Cliffhanger Team together with Wallclimber have now provided and installed a brand new, high quality, wooden Climbing wall within the children’s playground.

It went in last Friday in time for Cliffhanger and was an immediate success.

Whilst our contribution will be £1k …. the manufacturer, Cliffhanger and Parks and Countryside have contributed far more.

Thanks to those involved from the users of today, tomorrow and many years to come.

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Duck races now have a new home in Millhouses Park – down the FISH LADDER. The water flow was turned up to full, the ducks released and the race was on!

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An exciting time for all this weekend at the Duck Race on the Fish Pass at Cliffhanger.

The Friends group organised and ran a Duck Race with 120 ducks donated to us by the Cliffhanger Team.

We ran free Duck Races on both days from the first race at 12 noon to the last race at 4 pm … 5 races times 120 ducks over two days and 1200 people really enjoyed an old fashioned event run just for the fun of it. Chocolate Medals were awarded to the first 5 ducks over the line and the last duck over the line. As Andy B comments “This is the best bit of Cliffhanger”.

We owe a large thanks to Parks and Countryside Staff for facilitating this event, building such a fantastic feature, supporting our group and bringing various dignitaries to see what we were doing including our three local councillors, Sylvia Dunkley, Mike Reynolds and Keith Hill. Plus all those who helped on the day including our Community Assembly Manager and the Friends who worked so hard to keep everything moving without any hitches.

We all lost count of the positive comments about where we were, what we were doing and the park in general – we really are very lucky to have it.

It is gone 11 pm and we are still only half way through entering up the new members!!!

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