When: 24th & 25th June 2017
Where: Along Leeds’ waterside from Armley Industrial Museum to Thwaite Mills
£: Free admission
What is it?
The annual Leeds Waterfront Festival returns on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June, bringing four miles of the city’s waterways to life. The festival will be brimming with activities and creativity on the water, and on dry land there will be family friendly fun activities, music, performance and art.
2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the Leeds Waterfront Festival and this will be a special celebratory weekend covering 11 destinations and the spaces in between. From the heritage of the Leeds and Liverpool canal, starting at Armley Industrial Museum, the festival celebrates key sites along the canal and river including Granary Wharf, Victoria Wharf, Leeds Dock, and Thwaite Mills.
To mark the festival’s 10th anniversary there will be a special celebration, in the form of a new world record attempt for the ‘largest ever paper boat race’. The community of Leeds and beyond are invited to join in with this record-breaking event. Over festival weekend, workshops will be held at both The Tetley and Armley Industrial Museum, where members of the public can make a colourful paper boat to be included in the race.
The paper boats will be numbered and recorded during the community workshops and then be transported to the race location. Visitors will be able to cheer on the race from the side of the river and a nearby bridge. There will be prizes for the first three boats to cross the finish line and a chance to go down in the history books too. The race will take place at 3.30pm on Sunday 25th June at Granary Wharf.
There will be a French-themed feast created by Brasserie Blanc at Victoria Wharf, a vintage and designer market with Craft Ales and live music at Calls Landing on The Calls, and a party atmosphere at Brewery Wharf with Leeds legends’ Utah Saints head-lining at the 212 Café Bar. There will also be Dragon Boat Races and the Street Food Awards Northern Heat at Leeds Dock, fun historical storytelling at The Royal Armouries, a curious mock weir and book launch by the river on Armouries Way, hosted by the Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS), and musical boat trips all the way to family themed fun at Thwaite Mills.
The festival will also have live graffiti art at Wellington Road Bridge, junk boat building and racing at Castleton Mill, a traditional horse boat demonstration at Oddy Locks, and canoe, paddleboard and kayak taster sessions at Granary Wharf.