The 34 Spring Challenge!

This year, to celebrate the 34th year of official twinning between Sheffield and Estelí we present… The 34 Spring Challenge.

Every year we raise money through local events and activities, including the annual Two Peaks Bike Ride which raises over £1000 each year. Due to Covid we have had to cancel the ride two years running. This year we are asking you to fundraise in your own way and in your own time, and then share it with others by taking part in The 34 Spring Challenge.

What is The 34 Spring Challenge?

The Challenge consists of you doing something 34 times during the dates of the event, which are Saturday 20th March-22nd April. 

This can be anything! You could walk, run, swim or cycle 34 miles in a day or over a period of time.  Not the sporty type? Why not cross 34 books off your reading list,  try baking 34 cakes, or even take 34 photos of spring!  The decision is entirely up to you!  Take a look at some of our activity ideas here.

This challenge is open to anyone, so why not do it together with a friend or family member. Our goal is to add up all the 34s from The Challenge and achieve the distance between Sheffield and Estelí, which is 5282 miles together. Therefore, for every mile that you run or every book that you read, you will be contributing towards that goal. 

How to take part

To take part, simply decide exactly what you want to do 34 times and donate to this fundraiser.  Please keep us updated on the progress of your challenge by either posting pictures on our Facebook event page or by taking part in our event on Eventbrite (links are down below). By keeping us updated, we will be able to track our target goal of 5282 miles. 

By taking part in this challenge and donating, you will be contributing towards a wide range of projects such as education, music and healthcare that will benefit the people of Estelí. 

You can find out much more about the Sheffield Esteli town twinning by browsing our website. If you have any questions or would like to get involved in the group just get in touch!

Register your activity on the Eventbrite page here.

Share your Challenge photos on our facebook page here.

And make your fundraising donation here!

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Ride For Nicaragua 2020-cancellation

Covid-19 update

Sunday 17th May- Cancelled

For the Sheffield-Estelí annual Two Peaks Bike Ride

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Unfortunately we have had to cancel this year’s bike ride due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation.

We are really sad that we won’t see our loyal riders as usual this year on May 17th  2020 as was planned.

We have decided that as the situation is completely unclear about when sporting events can resume and a rescheduled ride may still result in another cancellation, we will instead come back with one in May 2021.

Through our ride we raise significant funds each year for the community projects we support in Estelí, which is facing its own COVID crisis in extremely challenging conditions, with wholesale denial of the scale of the issue by the current Ortega regime.

If you would like to donate your registration fee in spite of not riding this year, or some smaller amount, then this would be hugely appreciated so that we can maintain our commitment to the projects in Esteli.

If you would like to make a donation, please get in touch through our contact form.

We appreciate your ongoing support and look forward to seeing you in May 2021!


What is Happening in Nicaragua?


For the past two months, the State of Nicaragua has resorted to lethal force and violent tactics in an effort to shut down dissent, resulting in at least 200 killed, another 2500 injured and countless others detained.


Come and find out more at a public meeting with two young Nicaraguan women travelling through Europe as part of  an informational caravan of solidarity.  Hear them speak and discuss their lives and aspirations in the current Nicaraguan situation.

Jessica Cisneros: A young activist who fights for the inclusion and citizen participation of young people in different social spheres in Nicaragua.

Yerling Aguilera : A young sociologist, teacher and social researcher who has dedicated herself to the study of the memories of the Nicaraguan Revolution and gender issues.

TUESDAY  10th JULY 2018  7pm-9pm, SHEFFIELD QUAKER MEETING HOUSE, 10 St James Street Sheffield S1 2EW

Further events in this speaking tour will be taking place in Brighton, London, Northumbria University and Edinburgh.  For details please get in touch.


More information about the current situation available here:

Inter American Commision on  Human Rights Condemns Increased Violence in Nicaragua press release 13th June 2018

Amnesty International latest response to human rights violations by Nicaraguan government 22nd June 2018

Latest from BBC news 24th June 2018

Observer editorial 17th June 2018

Call to Solidarity_ to the international feminst community from the Feminist Articulation of Nicaragua (English version)/  Llamado a la solidaridad feminista (Spanish version)

SOS Nicaragua UK, part of SOS Nicaragua Europe

Alternative views on the situation from the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign


Dance for Estelí

Come and join us for a spin and a whirl on Sunday 1st July at the Broomhall Centre in Sheffield, with our wonderful friends from the Well Dressed Band.

Doors open 7pm, tickets are £8,£7 or £6, free for under 16s!

All your galloping, skipping and clapping will help us  raise funds towards supporting our partner projects in Estelí, working with young people in music, theatre, gender issues, language learning and environmental citizenship.

Ceilidh poster 2018

Estelí Parade

A great crowd of people gathered in Sheffield on 23rd March 2018 to mark over thirty years of friendship between Sheffield and the Nicaraguan town of Estelí.  The focus of the celebration was the naming of Estelí Parade, a new cycle route and riverside path in the middle of Sheffield.

The mayors of both cities, Francisco Valenzuela and Anne Murphy, attended the event together with Guisell Morales and Ricardo Carioni from the Nicaraguan Embassy.  Francisco Valenzuela paid tribute to the love, solidarity and friendship of the people of Sheffield that has been expressed through the twinning since the 1980s.  He went on to highlight the importance of Estelí Parade as a point of reference symbolising friendship and his comments were echoed by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield and many other participants in the event.

We were thrilled to welcome so many people to this event, the culmination of many years of campaigning and organising, to recognise our historic twinning on the streets of our city.  Sheffield Live covered the event too and you can watch an interview with Mayor Valenzuela and Ricardo Carioni, deputy ambassador of Nicaragua to the UK, here.


Information Meeting for 2018 Delegation 17th April

If you have been thinking about joining the Sheffield to Esteli delegation in November 2018, don’t miss the Information Meeting on Tuesday 17th April, where you can find out more and talk to some of the people who went on the last trip in 2014.

The meeting will be held at 7pm-9pm at The Princess Royal, 43 Slinn St, Sheffield S10 1NW

All are welcome to come along and find out more.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to apply to join the delegation, please download the application form, fill it in and send back to us on email by 31st May 2018.


Application Form for Sheff to Esteli Delegation Nov2018



Ride for Nicaragua 2019!

Save the Date!

Sunday 12th May

For the Sheffield-Estelí annual Two Peaks Bike Ride

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We look forward to welcoming more intrepid riders to help us raise funds for the environmental, social and human rights projects that we support in Nicaragua.

This year’s ride is a few weeks earlier than usual but we are hoping for a lovely clear day with great views for our riders over the glorious Peak District.

There will once again be 3 different signed and marshalled rides, all setting out from Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club, off Ecclesall Road, Sheffield.

The routes are:

50 miles for those that want a challenging ride through Ringinglow, Hathersage, Bretton, Tideswell, Peak Forest, Mam Tor, Edale, Hope, Yorkshire Bridge, Stanage and Burbage, avoiding main roads where possible. The Edale lunch stop and marshalling point will enjoy its third year at Ruskin Villa, a mile outside the village on the right, as you’ll see in your ride guide.   Set off between 8am and 9am.

20 miles for those who want an easier but still hilly bike ride through  Burbage, Hathersage, and back under Stanage. Set off between 8am and 9am

10 miles for people who don’t cycle as regularly and children. It is a leisurely, safe ride,almost entirely off road, going through Endcliffe Park & Porter Brook to the Alpaca Farm in Ringinglow, and back through Forge Dam. There is even a pop up cafe on route to spur everybody on!  Set off between 9am  and 10am

Prices are:  individuals £20, concessions and students £7, children £5, children with sponsorship form £3

Sponsorship: We don’t ask for sponsorship but donations over and above the registration fee are welcome.  Experience has shown us that children often get more involved if they are collecting sponsorship!

Please note: Registration and starting point for all rides is at the Hallamshire Squash and Tennis Club at 716 Ecclesall Rd, Sheffield S11 8TA, just before the Rustlings Road entrance to Ecclesall Park.

We are most grateful to them for hosting us.

Register at eventbrite and pay on the day.

Download your Ride Guide in advance to get familiar with your route before the day or check the QR codes and route plans here:

SES Bike Ride 50 mile Ride Guide 2019

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Route plan 50 miles


SES Bike Ride 20 mile Ride Guide 2019

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Route plan 20 miles



SES Bike Ride 10 mile Ride Guide 2019

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Route plan 10 miles

Street Naming Celebration

We are delighted to anounce that Friday 23rd March will see the naming of ESTELI PARADE, a new cycle route and riverside path in the heart of Sheffield, as a celebration of over 30 years of friendship between Sheffield and Estelí.  The new route runs along the river Don and stretches from Lady Bridge on the Wicker to the bridge at Millsands.

We are equally delighted that the Mayor of Estelí, the Nicaraguan Ambassador and the Lord Mayor of Sheffield will take part in the ceremony.

This event is taking place thanks to the kind support of Irwin Mitchell, Students for Estelí and the University of Sheffield and Autism Plus.

This event is ticketed.  If you would like to attend on behalf of your organisation, group or for personal interest please book your ticket at this Eventbrite link.

Esteli Parade board

The Volcanoes of Nicaragua- Public lecture- 27th September


Come and hear Dr Tom Pering from the University of Sheffield Geography department as he describes his work with active lava lakes and monitoring stations of the chain of volcanoes that make up the dragon like, central backbone of Nicaragua.  Also attending will be the Nicaraguan Ambassador to the UK, Guisell Morales-Echaverry, who will share insights into the importance of these magnificent natural structures to the environment and tourism industry of the country.

This event is organised in partnership between Students for Estelí and the Sheffield Estelí Society.

Wednesday 27th September, 3pm.  Sheffield University Arts Tower, Lecture Theatre 6.

12 Bolsover Street in Sheffield S3 7NA

Free admission


Nicaragua at the Off the Shelf Festival 2017

We are thrilled to invite you to join us for a unique opportunity at this year’s Off the Shelf literary festival in Sheffield.

Come to meet the author of Rosa of the Wild Grass, Fiona Mackintosh, on Tues 24th October at 6:30pm
Blackwells Bookshop, Jessop West, 1 Upper Hanover Street, S3 7RA

Fiona Mackintosh arrived in Nicaragua in 1981, found a country in ruins and met print shop worker Rosa. Over 28 years, Fiona recorded Rosa and her family to capture the intimacy of their daily lives and tell the story of a Nicaraguan Family’s journey since the Revolution of the late 1970s.

Noam Chomsky in this book  we experience in intimate detail the dramatic years of Nicaragua’s triumphs and travail: the courageous struggle for freedom, the solidarity and idealism, the achievements and excitement , the escape from suffering , the cruel assault from abroad, defeat and betrayal, and still life goes on”

Julie Christie, Actress .‘This is a moving description of a Latin American country’s struggle to free itself from crushing poverty and oppression. Told in the words of the people who have lived this history .Nicaraguans retain the spirit of what the revolution taught them, despite their continuing battle for survival

No need to book. ( Fringe Festival Event )