While this empty calendar has come about for completely understandable public health reasons, the Government’s roadmap to ending lockdown restrictions has finally offered a glimmer of hope that a significant return to normality may be on the cards this summer, if the vaccine rollout continues to succeed and there are no unforeseen setbacks.
Importantly, most social contact rules could be eased outdoors from May 17, according to the official plan, while ‘all legal limits on social contact’ could be removed from June 21.
This bodes well for events in Sheffield and the Peak District that have their dates in the warmer months. Here are 10 of the best to look forward to.
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5. The Folk Forest
The Folk Forest - in Endcliffe Park, pictured - began as part of Tramlines but is now a dedicated event in its own right. Its 2021 dates, which will represent a delayed 10th anniversary celebration, have been fixed for July 17 and 18.
Photo: Brian Eyre
6. Peak District Challenge
This trekking challenge, offering five levels of difficulty for hill walkers and runners, has been organised by Wilderness Development since 2013. Its website, www.peak-district-challenge.com, says the event is going ahead on September 17 and 18.
Photo: Jason Chadwick
7. Chatsworth Country Fair
Tickets are on sale for this year's Chatsworth Country Fair, which runs from September 3 to 5.
Photo: Rachel Atkins
8. Bears of Sheffield
First there was the Herd of Sheffield - a trail of elephant sculptures that were displayed in a citywide trail then auctioned off for charity - and now there are the Bears of Sheffield, set to launch in July. The project will follow the same principles but with sculptures of friendly bears instead, all in aid of the city's Children's Hospital Charity.
Photo: Scott Merrylees