The city has been enjoying a flavour of the seaside this weekend with a pop-up beach at Millennium Square.
The area has been transformed into an area of fun by the bucketful, with deck chairs on the sand, beach games, children’s rides, summer tunes on the radio, a bungee, ice cool refreshments and a barbecue.
It is the fifth year that ‘City Beach’ has been set up by Leeds City Council and International Funfairs and left families revelling in the fact they could enjoy beach life while avoiding the queues to the coast which yesterday saw tailbacks of at least three miles on the A64 between York and Scarborough.
Lisa Coleman of New Farnley was at the beach with her four-year-old daughter Callie.
She said: “We saw it on the way to somewhere else and just had to come back. Wherever there are rides she loves it. We are as far from the sea as you can get in Leeds, we normally have to go to Scarborough to get a bit of sand so this is a great idea.”
City council leader Judith Blake said: “City Beach is always one of the highlights of the summer and it’s great to see the fun of the seaside return to Millennium Square. It brings together thousands of families at the heart of the city centre each and every year and helps them to make some wonderful memories.”
The beach is open daily until Sunday September 3, from 10.30am to 6pm.