The beach is open……in Leeds city centre!

The sights and sounds of an exciting trip to the beach will be arriving on a popular square right in the heart of Leeds city centre next month.

Opening on Saturday 10 August, a wide range of summer activities will be available on Millennium Square, which as part of ‘City Beach’, Leeds, will offer great fun for all the family.

Included at the event, which is organised by International Funfairs in partnership with Leeds City Council, will be a real sand area with boardwalk style decking, deck chairs and a wide range of children’s themed fairground rides and stalls.

These will include; a traditional helter-skelter, ‘Bamboo Bungees’ trampolines, a tropical jungle adventure funhouse, seaside swing boats, beach slide, ‘Waikiki’ cars, seaside carousel and parasol teacups together with ‘Pirate boats’ and ‘Aqua Walker balls’ water attractions.

For those people who like their visits to the beach to be fast and furious, there will also be chance to experience some thrill rides including the ‘Crazy Wave’ and ‘Beach Buggies’ themed dodgems ride.

Snacks and refreshments will also be available in wooden beach style themed stalls which will be specially constructed for the event.

Visitors will be able to sample a selection of treats and refreshments including a beach style BBQ swing grill, traditional seaside sweets and ice cream, and the ‘Sorrento Café’ pizza bar by neighbouring restaurant Casa Mia. Existing street café areas will also operate as normal within themed licenced areas.

To complete the sun and sand surroundings, the whole event area will be fully dressed and themed by the council’s Parks & Countryside nursery team with bamboo and tropical greenery to provide a unique, vibrant and attractive venue.

City Beach will be supported by official media partner Real Radio who will be providing the soundtrack to the summer via the events very own ‘City Beach Radio’.

Entry to the site will be free, with individual admission fees for all rides and attractions and a nominal fee for the hire of deck chairs in the beach and decking area.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure & skills said:

“It is very exciting that the sights and sounds of a trip to the beach will be transported right into the heart of Leeds city centre and onto Millennium Square.

“This event promises to be great fun for all the family, as visitors will have the chance to enjoy our very own sand area, and a wide range of fantastic rides and attractions.

“A great selection of food and drink will also be available, and if this was not enough, classic hits will also be played by our very own City Beach radio station to bring back those great memories of past summers.”

Roger Tuby and Stewart Robinson of International Funfairs said:

“International Funfairs are very excited about working together with Leeds City Council to create ‘City Beach’.

“This is the first time an event of this kind has been seen in the city centre and we guarantee plenty of fun in the sun as Millennium Square is transformed into a tropical paradise with a wide variety of themed rides and attractions for all the family.”

Notes to editors:

City Beach, Leeds will be open to the public between Saturday 10 August to Sunday 1 September 2013 inclusive. The daily opening hours are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 11am – 9pm*

Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11am - 10pm*

Sunday 11am - 7pm

* The beach & decking area will be closed at 7pm each day.

The event area will be fully themed and dressed by the LCC Parks & Countryside Parks & Countryside Horticulture and Nursery department.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk