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Bank Holiday Duck Race


This Saturday the Friends of Millhouses Park will be back with our fabulous free duck races at the fishpass in the park.

The ducks will race on the hour every hour from 11 til 4 – choose your duck early to avoid disappointment!

Should the weather scupper the event we will postpone til Sunday or Monday and keep you updated on Facebook and our website


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MacMillan Duck Race


A big thanks to everyone who donated generously at the MacMillan Duck Race. A great days racing in the park and MacMillan have contacted us to tell us know that the days races had raised over £120.

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Ay up me Duck!

IMAG1885 CROPThanks to all the competitors and volunteers at the hugely successful Cliffhanger duck races. We had six enjoyable races and your generous donations raised £112 for the Friends of Millhouses Park. Every penny will go back into the park. Special thanks to Anna for her daring rescue of duck 38 who became separated from the rest of the team.

If you missed out or just want another go our 114 intrepid little ducks have had a bath and are ready for racing in aid of MacMillan on Saturday 18 July. Find us at the fish pass and join in! First race shortly after 11.

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Duck Raced!

A very big thanks to all who helped make yesterdays Duck Race successful, I hope you will see from the attached pictures the magic of our little Fish Pass Stream continues to captivate, involve, entertain and bring a smile to a very many faces and add that little something extra to a day out in Millhouses Park.

Donations for the day were £84 which are going towards the Central Climbing/Balancing/sliding block that is to be restored for another 10 years popular use.

We will be running again over August Bank Holiday with the permission of the British Weather.

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Duck Race and Zorbing!

The Friend of Millhouses Park Great Annual Duck Race will take place this year on SATURDAY 3rd AUGUST at 10:00 on the FISH PASS!

Friends Of Millhouses Park Duck Race

This year, in collaboration with ACTIVITY SHEFFIELD, there will also be ZORB BALLS and a CLIMBING TOWER in the NORTH FIELD (between the Main Car Park and the Skate Park). Why not come along and challenge yourself?

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New Video!

A great new video from the Environment Agency! Find out all about our amazing Fish Pass!

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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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The Great Annual Duck Race

It’s time for the Annual Cliffhanger Duck Race on the Fish Pass! A FREE event which sees ducks released EVERY HOUR from 11am on both Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July during the Cliffhanger Event.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and last place – so make sure you get down there!!!

Click HERE  for a poster and HERE for the CLIFFHANGER website!

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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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CLIFFHANGER 2010 Comes to Millhouses Park: 3rd – 4th July

Cliffhanger is one of the UK’s largest outdoor outdoor-pursuits festivals, based in one of Sheffield’s biggest green spaces.We’re pretty sure that it’s actually the UK’s biggest outdoor festival for outdoor folk, with over around 20,000 visitors over the 2 days in 2009.

Legendary mountaineer and rock climber Joe Simpson is patron to Cliffhanger. Joe, who lives in Sheffield and has enjoyed recent further TV success with the film Beckoning Silence, said

I am proud to be patron of the Cliffhanger event in my home city. It is really appropriate that Sheffield is hosting such a major event, as it is ideally placed to become the outdoor activities capital of this country, with a significant part of the city being within the Peak District National Park – this country’s most popular national park offering so many outdoor pursuits on the doorstep.

Go to for further details!

Please do not forget most of the Park will be shut (except the Cricket Ground) and entry on Saturday and Sunday is by ticket only.

The Friends of Millhouses Park will have a tent alongside the new Rocky Fish Pass and be running free Duck Races throughout the weekend.

Big Prizes for the first 5 past the finishing post (swizzle lolly!) and for the last duck over the line.

We could do with some official “Pokers” with sticks to keep things moving and if anyone can spare an hour or two I can let you have a volunteers wrist-bands which will allow free access.

If we can learn this weekend the dos and don’ts then perhaps next year we can organise a repeat of the traditional Major Duck Race we all remember from years ago.

There is a nice front page and double page spread about our park in the current edition of Active8.

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