Get ready for Tramlines Weekend
This weekend, 23-25 July, Tramlines festival will take place at Hillsborough Park in Sheffield and The Fringe at Tramlines, in association with Sheffield Bid, will run across the city centre and in venues throughout the city.
Tramlines festival at Hillsborough Park is part of the Government’s Event Research Programme, with a capacity of 35,000 people. Attendees are required to demonstrate their COVID-19 status via the NHS App by providing either proof of full vaccination with doses received at least 14 days prior to the festival, proof of a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test or proof of natural immunity following a positive NHS PCR test within the past 180 days.
The Fringe at Tramlines
The Fringe at Tramlines will run across the city centre and in venues throughout the city, but this is not part of the Event Research Programme. Although no longer mandatory, as per Government guidance people are strongly recommended to continue wearing a face covering in indoor and crowded spaces. Businesses and venues are being supported and encouraged to continue with some safety measures and use of the NHS app, but this is also not mandatory.
People attending The Fringe at Tramlines are advised to plan ahead and contact individual venues to check whether they are opting to keep some safety measures in place.
From Friday 23 to Sunday 25 July citywide venues will get in on the action alongside the main festival at Hillsborough Park, with outdoor music and entertainment also on Devonshire Green and in the Peace Gardens on Saturday and Sunday.
The Fringe at Tramlines Stage on Devonshire Green presents two days of high-quality music from an extremely talented range of DJs, including critically acclaimed, Chris Hawkins: BBC Radio 6 Music presenter and Sheffield’s very own Winston Hazel, performing live sets throughout the weekend. Full stage line up here.
The Peace Gardens will be the family area with a relaxed vibe, an 80s and 90s disco, children’s entertainers, slide, street food and bar.
Entry to Devonshire Green and the Peace Gardens is free, but gates are controlled. Cans and glass are not allowed to be brought on site, but people can bring their own food and soft drinks in plastics. Food and drink stalls will be available on site.
Live bands will feature across The Fringe programme in numerous events planned by bars, pubs and clubs. Some venues may charge an entry or ticket fee.
The Fringe activity is listed on The Outdoor City website and in Exposed Magazine. Attendees are advised to check with individual venues whether ticketing or pre-booking is required, as each venue and event will be run separately.
Councillor Julie Grocutt, Deputy Leader at Sheffield City Council said:
“It’s just three days to go now until Tramlines and we’re so pleased that The Fringe at Tramlines can once again run alongside the main event. I know how popular Tramlines weekend is and it’s a real opportunity to enjoy our vibrant city, showcase local, upcoming and unsigned talent, but even more so it’s a chance for people to let go and have a great time, which many of us need right now.
“Our hospitality venues have worked so hard to stay afloat during the pandemic and to stick to the guidelines that have kept us all safe and they should be applauded for their efforts. With social restrictions now lifted and so many bars, pubs and clubs eager to be involved, The Fringe will provide a huge boost to our local economy and will feel like one big celebration for everyone.
“If you’re going to Tramlines or The Fringe try to plan your weekend as much as possible. Use the Tramlines app and stick to all of their guidance and speak to venues about their arrangements for the Fringe, so that you can go to the places where you’ll feel most comfortable. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the best of what Sheffield has to offer and for those who prefer there are lots of opportunities to be outside as well as what our fantastic venues are putting on indoors.”
Greg Fell, Director of Public Health for Sheffield has said this week that we ‘all need to take it steady’ and has thanked all Sheffielders for their ‘amazing efforts throughout the pandemic so far’.
With cases still rising nationally and in Sheffield, and with an increase in hospital admissions here, Greg emphasised the importance of still wearing face covering in busy places, having both vaccines, getting tested, self-isolating if you need to, enjoying the outdoors because ‘ventilation is our friend’ and to keep washing our hands.
Anyone with Covid symptoms should not attend the event this weekend and should stay at home and self-isolate.
Everyone over the age of 18 is now eligible for the vaccination which is the best way to protect ourselves and others. Vaccines can be booked by contacting 119, online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-vaccine or by visiting one of the walk in clinics in Sheffield:
- Darnall Primary Care Centre, 290 Main Road, Darnall, Sheffield, S9 4QH. Open 7pm - 9pm, Monday - Friday and 9am - 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday. Vaccines offered first come, first served. This clinic is offering Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
- The Octagon Centre, University of Sheffield, Clarkson Street, Sheffield S10 2TQ, run by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. Open 8am - 5pm, Monday - Sunday. Vaccines offered first come, first served.
- Sheffield Arena, Broughton Lane, Sheffield, S9 2DF, run by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. Open 8am - 5pm, Monday - Sunday. First and second doses offered. This clinic is offering Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
Full Covid guidance is at .gov.uk
Road closures and travel
Tramlines festival has shared details of the best ways to get to the festival at Hillsborough Park.
Trams will operate as normal throughout the day, but in the area of the festival will not run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. All services will terminate at Shalesmoor from around 9pm on Friday and Saturday and 8pm on Sunday. This is following a joint decision by Stagecoach Supertram, SYPTE and Tramlines, because Stagecoach Supertram has reduced staff resource at the current time, primarily due to a surge in employees being contacted with a self-isolation instruction through the NHS Test and Trace system.
People using the tram are advised to plan in advance and make alternative arrangements to get home after the festival.
It is expected that public transport and private hire taxis will be extremely busy.
Roads are expected to be congested around Hillsborough so extra travel time should be allowed for.
People coming to The Fringe are encouraged to walk, cycle or use public transport where possible.
City centre road closures will be in place during The Fringe at Tramlines as follows:
Friday 9pm to 4am
Devonshire Street, Division Street and Cambridge Street (from Pinstone St/ Moorhead junction will be closed to traffic. This also includes closures of Rockingham, Carver and all crossover points. Access to resident parking will be maintained but access points will be in and out from West Street or in and out from Wellington Street
Blue light access only during these times within the main road closure area.
Saturday 8am to 4am Sunday
Closures as above. Access for deliveries will be allowed until 10am. Access to resident parking will be maintained but access points as above.
Friday 9pm to Sunday 8pm
Devonshire Street between Fitzwilliam Street and Trafalgar Street/Westfield Terrace will be closed all weekend to the Devonshire Green event. Access for deliveries will be allowed between 4am and 10am.
Car Park access
Eldon Street car park accessible from West Street. Exit back out onto West Street.
Fitzwilliam Street car park accessible from Fitzwilliam Street (from Charter Row)
Rockingham Street car parks accessible from Wellington Street and Charter Row (access back out to Charter Row)
Carver Lane car park is closed from 9pm Friday until 4am Sunday and is not accessible (due to tram gate on West Street). All vehicles should be moved prior to the closing time.
Access to private car parks, most side street parking spaces, and drop offs to properties on streets leading onto Devonshire Street and Division Street will be maintained. There will be no crossovers or access to Devonshire Street and Division Street from these side roads during the closure times.
As a result of the road closures (notably Carver Street), the best place for a hackney carriage (black cab) is at Barkers Pool.