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The Alternative Guide to Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2018

ShAFF returns to the Showroom Cinema from March 9 – 11. The festival boasts a jam-packed programme of the latest outdoor adventure films, but if you thought the weekend was only for watching flicks, think again.

Here are some ideas to help you get amongst the action:

Night Run

See the city in a different light. If you’ve always wanted to try a night run, what better time to experience what all the hype’s about than with a guided run by local running shop ‘Up and Running’. They’ve organised two runs on the Friday night taking you on an exciting tour around the city. Best bit is, you get a free Alpkit Gamma head torch (worth £24) with your entry to the event.

Sign up to the event here.

It’s likely you’ll be coming back hooked, so we suggest you stick around for Run Films 2 – conveniently starting at the end of the run.

Cinema Truck

The mobile cinema truck is back! Situated directly outside Sheffield Train Station the travelling 100-seater venue will be screening films across the whole weekend. This year the truck hosts three family friendly programmes from 10:30am, Young Adventurers Films 1, Young Adventurers Films 2and Young Adventurers Films 3. From skateboarding to free diving, there’s plenty to inspire and more importantly keep them busy! The truck will also be screening the festival’s Climb and Run film sessions later on in the afternoon.

Click here for the festival’s full film programme.

Adventures in Art

Katherine Rhodes, Tower Face, Stanage

A highlight of this year’s fringe festival is the Landscapes for Adventure exhibition, showcasing work by three talented artists Katherine Rhodes, Tessa Lyons and Joe Mallia. On Friday evening at the Workstation there’s a Meet The Artists event where you can chat to them about the inspirations and techniques behind their work. Find out which films are on after the event here.

Continue on the art trail throughout the weekend to The Holt on Arundel Street to see more outdoor inspired art by local artists and climbers Tim Hulley and Pete Whittaker.

Live Podcast

If you can bear to “breakaway” from the cycling films, journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe will be entertaining the audience with their Saturday night live edition of ‘The Cycling Podcast’. Expect an exciting insight into the world of professional cycling through incident filled stories of the Grand Tours. There will also be a chance to get a signed copy of their book, ‘A Journey Through the Cycling Year’.


Don’t miss the rare opportunity to hear acclaimed adventurer and nature photographer John Beatty read from his book, ‘Kinder Scout: The People’s Mountain’. Published by Vertabrate, the book is a unique collaboration with writer Ed Douglas, revealing the cultural, social and political history that has shaped the landscape of one of Britain’s most treasured hills.

Check out the festival’s Mountain Films program screening on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

Inspirational Talks

This year’s ShAFF hosts the official public launch of the British Mountaineering Council’s ‘Mend our Mountains: Make One Million’ appeal. Following on from a hugely successful effort last year which raised over £100,000, the BMC now aim to raise a further £1 million for path repair across Britain’s hills and mountains, including the Peak District National Park’s Great Ridge path. Join BMC Ambassador, anthropologist and TV presenter Mary-Ann Ochota and British mountaineer Alan Hinkes as they talk about the BMC’s access and conservation projects and what we can do now to help save our local landscapes.

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