Invitation to mess about on the water at festival

Leeds Waterfront Festival 2017 – 10th Anniversary Celebration Weekend 24 and 25 June

The annual Leeds Waterfront Festival returns in June and promises to be the best yet! Bringing 4 miles of the city’s waterways to life, the festival will be brimming with activities and creativity on the water, boats and on dry land alongside an amazing weekend of family-friendly fun activities, music, performance and art!

Dragon Boat Racing at Leeds Dock. Photo: Raj Passy Photography

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.

Junk boat building challenge. Photo: Raj Passy Photography

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, a French-themed feast created by Brasserie Blanc at Victoria Wharf, vintage and designer market with Craft Ales and live music at Calls Landing on The Calls, an amazing party atmosphere at Brewery Wharf with the Leeds legends’ Utah Saints head-lining at the 212 Café Bar.

Then heading to The Heart of the South Bank with The Tetley, the legendary Dragon Boat Races and Street Food Awards Northern Heat at Leeds Dock, fun historical story telling at The Royal Armouries and a curious mock weir and book launch by the river on Armouries Way hosted by the Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS)….all this then musical boat trips all the way to family-themed fun at Thwaite Mills in Hunslet!

Sue Jennings, Managing Director of the Leeds Waterfront Festival said:

“The festival is a fantastic demonstration of how the waterfront community can work together to produce something really special. Community groups, social enterprises, charities, waterside businesses and developers work collaborate to provide visitors with the best experience they could hope for along the amazing waterfront of Leeds.

“It’s a brilliant achievement to reach our 10th anniversary and a credit to the hard work of the team and all the volunteers who help to make this event so special.  We’ll be announcing opportunities to join our volunteer team and help us prepare and create a fun weekend of free events and entertainment for everyone in Leeds to enjoy.”

Tom Wright, Development and Engagement Manager at the Canal & River Trust added:

“We’re looking forward to helping make Leeds Waterfront Festival extra special this year and help more people than ever to enjoy our wonderful Leeds waterscape, from the River Calder and the Aire & Calder Navigation to Leeds Liverpool Canal.

“This year there are even more activities taking place on our waterways with canal barges, boat trips, canoe taster sessions, dragon boat racing, stand-up paddle boarding, canoe polo and the Junk Boat race.  If you’ve never explored the Leeds waterfront – this is the perfect chance to see what’s on your doorstep.”

To celebrate the special 10th Anniversary the Leeds Waterfront Festival Team will be inviting you to get involved in a very exciting World Record attempt too, check out the website for more information!

Leeds Waterfront Festival would not be possible without the on-going support from Canal & River Trust and Leeds City Council.