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City Beach

8 August 2015 - 31 August 2015

Have fun on the beach without leaving the city!


A new child-friendly rollercoaster ride and a special pirate-themed event will be among the star attractions as Leeds’s popular City Beach spectacular returns on 8 August.

The official opening of the urban beach will take place on Millennium Square Saturday, Aug 8, at 11am when Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, will be joined by Emma, Breakfast Show presenter with media partners Heart Radio.

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

As well as the new Thunder Mountain children's rollercoaster, a special pirate weekend will also take place on August 22-23 featuring a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Jack Sparrow lookalike, pirate boats and a treasure hunt.

Other family-themed rides and activities taking place around the real sand and decking area include Bamboo Bungees trampolines, a tropical jungle adventure funhouse, beach slide, waikiki cars, seaside carousel, a traditional helter skelter, aqua walker balls and water cannons.

More adventurous visitors can take on thrill rides including the Crazy Wave and Beach Buggies dodgems.
A regular programme of weekend entertainment will also take place on the beach area including a series of live Punch and Judy shows every Saturday and Sunday from 12noon (excluding the pirate weekend) and appearances from the Heart Angels as well as various beach games and activities.

The event’s very own City Beach Radio, courtesy of Heart, will also be playing popular hits and summer tunes each day.

Visitors will also be able to sample a selection of  treats and refreshments including a beach style BBQ swing grill together with traditional seaside sweets and ice cream.

Existing street café areas will also operate as normal within themed licenced areas.

The whole event area will also be dressed and themed with bamboo and tropical greenery by the council’s parks and countryside nursery team.

Entry to the site and beach area will be free, with individual admission fees for all rides and attractions. Discounts will also be available for LEEDSCard and Breezecard holders.

Price:   Free admission - charges for attractions and rides

Contact details:   events@leeds.gov.uk
0113 3950891

Additional information:  

Millennium Square 

Calverley Street


Leeds' award winning outdoor public space and live entertainment venue



Millennium Square can be accessed off Portland Gate / Portland Crescent, Cookridge Street, Rossington Street, Great George Street or Calverley Street with level / sloped access provided at each of these points. Exact entrance and exit arrangements will vary depending on specific events. The Square itself follows the natural topography of the surrounding ground levels and slopes down from North to South. Seating is provided to the North and West edges of the Square in the form of metal benches which incorporate back rests and arm rests. When a large event is being held in the Square and public toilets underneath the Broderick Terrace to the North East of the Square are in use for that event, two disabled persons toilets with a choice of right and left handed transfer and can be accessed via radar locks will be available, and are accessible via a ramped approach. Otherwise the nearest disabled persons toilets are located in the Leeds City Museum which is on the Eastern edge of the Square (subject to museum opening hours): The nearest Changing Places toilet to Millennium Square is located in the Leeds Gallery Shop & Café, Central Library and Art Gallery, The Headrow, LS1 3AA. Nearby on street designated disabled persons parking (4 hour time limit, no return within 1 hour) is available on: Portland Gate (to the North side of the Square) Portland Crescent (to the North side of the Square) Rossington Street (to the South East side of the Square) Cookridge Street (to the South side of the Square) Alexander Street (to the South side of the Square) Calverley Street (to the West side of the Square) Woodhouse Lane multi storey car park also provides non-time limited designated disabled persons parking on Levels 1 and 7 which is free for blue badge holders.

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