Seaside-style beach fun in heart of Leeds city centre

Milly and Ella Atkins from Otley play in the sand in Millennium Square.

Milly and Ella Atkins from Otley play in the sand in Millennium Square.

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City life is set to be a beach for Leeds families, shoppers and office workers this month.

For Millennium Square has undergone a seaside town style makeover – complete with tons of sand, boardwalk decking, deck chars and an exciting array of children’s themed fairground rides and stalls.

City Beach Leeds, which has been organised by International Funfairs in partnership with Leeds City Council, was opened to the public for the first time on Saturday.

It will be open daily until Sunday, September 1.

The beach was unveiled by Leeds Mayor Coun Tom Murray and Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure & skills.

Coun Yeadon said: “City Beach on Millennium Square is bringing the fun and excitement of a trip to the seaside right to the heart of Leeds city centre.”

Coun Murray said: “I never thought I would be sat on a beach in Millennium Square – it is great.

“There are a wide range of rides and attractions that all the family can enjoy, this promises to be an event not to be missed and I look forward to seeing people enjoying it.”

Attractions at City Beach include a traditional helter-skelter, ‘Bamboo Bungees’, trampolines, a tropical jungle adventure funhouse, seaside swing boats, beach slide, ‘Waikiki’ cars, seaside carousel and parasol teacups together with ‘Pirate boats’ and ‘Aqua Walker balls’ water attractions.

Fairground rides include ‘Crazy Wave’ and ‘Beach Buggies’ themed dodgems ride.

There is also a selection of treats and refreshments served from wooden beach styled stalls, bringing the sights and sounds of the beach to one of the city centre’s most popular squares.

City Beach will be supported by official media partner Real Radio, who will be providing the soundtrack to the summer via the events very own ‘City Beach Radio’.

Entry to the site is free, with individual admission fees for all rides and attractions and a nominal fee for the hire of deck chairs in the beach and decking area.

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