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 http://www.cliff-hanger.co.uk/
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.
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!
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!!!
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 www.cliff-hanger.co.uk 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.