Seaside fun in Leeds city centre

Buckets and spades at the ready Leeds...
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Part of Millennium Square will be transformed into an urban beach from the weekend.

A new child-friendly roller coaster ride and a pirate-themed event will be among the star attractions as Leeds’ popular City Beach spectacular returns.

Leeds Council leader Councillor Judith Blake will be joined by Emma Lenney, Heart Radio Breakfast Show presenter, to open the beach at 11am on Saturday (Aug 8).

Councillor Blake said: “City Beach has become a real staple of the summer in Leeds and a great opportunity for families to enjoy something fun and different at the heart of the city centre. I’m sure this year’s event will be a big success and I’ll look forward to seeing people enjoying all the fun of the seaside on Millennium Square.”

As well as the new Thunder Mountain children’s roller coaster, a pirate weekend will also take place on August 22-23 featuring a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Jack Sparrow look-alike, pirate boats and a treasure hunt. Other attractions around the real sand and decking area include Bamboo Bungees trampolines, a tropical jungle adventure funhouse, beach slide, waikiki cars, seaside carousel, traditional helter skelter, aqua walker balls and water cannons.

Visitors can enjoy a regular programme of weekend entertainment on the beach area including live Punch and Judy shows every Saturday and Sunday from midday (excluding the pirate weekend) and appearances from the Heart Angels as well as various beach games and activities.

Organised by International Funfairs with Leeds Council, City Beach is now in its third year and will be open daily from 10.30am to 7pm until August 31.

Entry to the site and beach area will be free, with individual admission fees for all rides and attractions.