Make a splash at Leeds Waterfront Festival!

Leeds Waterfront Festival 2011, Granary Wharf (c) Roger Moody.jpg

Leeds Waterfront Festival 2011 at Granary Wharf. Photo by Roger Moody

Granary Wharf is set to welcome the Leeds public back to a transformed part of the city centre, where the arteries of Leeds Liverpool Canal and the River Aire meet, for the award-winning Waterfront Festival on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July.

Making a splash as one of the most photographed locations in the city, the waterside destination is hosting a weekend of free activities and events, as part of Leeds Waterfront Festival, to encourage local people to rediscover the area and to experience the beauty of Leeds’soriginal city centre waterfront.

Eventsboth on and off the Leeds Liverpool Canal throughout the weekend will keep all ages entertained.  A free programme of music will showcase 17 bands and artists including ‘Dead Sea Strategy’, ‘Soul Definition’ and the ‘Laura Oakes Band’highlighting the blues, soul, funk and pop talent currently emerging from LeedsCollege of Music. The popular Leeds Steel Band also will perform.

Young and old can take part in a host of water-based activities, even walking onwater inside inflatable ‘WOW’ balls, or take to the canal in a more genteelfashion in Grace, a ‘swan’ pedalo. On Saturday the Leeds Canoe Club will host a series of canoe lessons, while those staying ashore ondry land can play giant Jenga and dominoes whilst being entertained by unicyclistsand stilt walkers. 

Artists Lisa Haith and Claire Selman will give visitors the chance to purchase a permanent momento of their day offering professional photographs taken with traditional Victorian and kitsch props while artist collective Test Space is creating a temporary pop-up shop withlimited edition prints and live arts events.

Hollie Reynolds, senior sales and marketing manager from ISIS Waterside Regeneration, said:

“People in Leeds have really taken the Waterfront Festival to their hearts and it’s great to see, year on year, the event become bigger and better. The festival is now a key date in Leeds’s summer calendar.  We are really looking forward to welcoming both visitors, pastand new, to a busy weekend of activities at Granary Wharf where people will be able to rediscover the area and see the place at its best.”

Visitors can take a trip along the Canal from GranaryWharf to other festival sites at Brewery Wharf and Clarence Dock.  There will also be a vintage bus service running regularly between the key sites,including Thwaite Mills Watermill, to help reduce parking and transport congestion. Check out the full programme at

The Leeds Waterfront Festival takes place across the city at:

  • ·        Brewery Wharf
  • ·        Calls Landing
  • ·        Clarence Dock
  • ·        Dock Street
  • ·        Granary Wharf
  • ·        Thwaite Mills Watermill
  • ·        Victoria Wharf

John Baron

ohn Baron has worked in a variety of roles for local newspapers since starting his career as a trainee reporter at the Leeds Weekly News in 1994. He has also worked for Wharfedale Newspapers in Ilkley, the Yorkshire Weekly Newspaper Group in Wakefield and was previously a trainer for Johnston Press. In 2010 he was beatblogger for the Guardian's experimental and hugely successful Leeds blog and since contributed to and helped develop as well as contributing to the City Talking since its launch last year.