Waterfront Festival goes out with a splash this weekend

Leeds Waterfront Festival 2022 is set to go out with a splash this August bank holiday weekend.

The Canal & River Trust is inviting people to join in with free, family-friendly fun this Saturday (27 August 2022) from 10am until 4pm at Granary Wharf in Holbeck, at the start of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

There’s no need to splash the cash, with free activities on and off the water, including canoeing, paddleboarding and kayaking sessions.

For land lovers there will be a rock-climbing wall, face painting and arts and crafts activities. Festival-goers are invited to join the unmissable African drumming workshop led by Unbeatable Energy, taking place between 10am and 2pm.

All activities can be booked on the day, based on a first come first served basis. For those wanting to get involved with the city’s waterways beyond the festival, there will also be opportunities to talk to the Canal & River Trust’s team to find out more about how to get involved in supporting the charity from volunteering and raising funds.

The north’s largest waterfront festival showcases the best of the city’s waterways and has already attracted almost 10,000 visitors this summer.  The annual celebration is organised by Canal & River Trust alongside Leeds City Council, Leeds Dock, The Tetley, Citu, The Royal Armouries, and Granary Wharf.

Located behind Leeds train station, Granary Wharf marks the start of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, the UK’s longest single canal. This popular waterside hub offers a variety of places to eat and drink and is connected to Leeds Dock by Leeds water taxi. For the first time Granary Wharf is part of Leeds Jurassic Trail, supported by the Trust and visitors can also enjoy experiencing a life-size replica Spinosaurus in the water.

Sean McGinley, director Yorkshire and North East for Canal and River Trust, said:

“With 1.1 million people in Yorkshire and the North East living within 1km of a canal, the festival is a great opportunity for communities to discover the city’s waterways, the River Aire and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

“Leeds Waterfront Festival offers people of all ages an affordable and memorable way to find their happy place by water this bank holiday weekend. It’s great to see this event grow year on year and with 2022 marking our charity’s 10th anniversary, we’ve really put together a bumper programme for the festival.”

More information including a full event programme can be found on the Leeds Waterfront Festival website at leedswf.co.uk or on social media on Facebook,  on Twitter, or on Instagram.


This post is based on a press release issued by the Canal & River Trust