We like to be beside the sea

Joanne Barnes, with Madison and Sienna-May
Joanne Barnes, with Madison and Sienna-May
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There was little sun and absolutely no sea - but there were sandals and sunglasses aplenty as Sheffield’s popular seaside festival returned to the Peace Gardens.

Sheffield by the Seaside is back, with a giant sandpit beach, a splashing good waterslide, and dodgems.

Sheffield By The Sea in Sheffield Peace Gardens

Sheffield By The Sea in Sheffield Peace Gardens

Stay-at-home mum Ellan Greham, aged 24, was enjoying the first day of the festival yesterday with her three-year-old, Oliver, and 18-month-old Amelia.

Ellan, from Norfolk Park, said: “My little boy has been on all the rides already! The kids are enjoying themselves but Oliver’s going through his ‘threenager’ years... three going on 13!”

Childminder Joanne Barnes from Heeley was tucking into sausage rolls, muffins and fresh fruit with her three-year-old Madison and Sienna-May, one.

“We’ve been playing in the fountains and done mini-golf,” said Joanne, 26.

Primary school teachers Rachael Yeareley, 36, and David Carling, 35, travelled on the train from Rotherham for the day with their two-year-old Fred and three-month-old Ted.

“We’ll be spending an hour or so here,” said Rachael. “It’s fab, and brilliant for the children.”

Janet Ogden, 68, from Crystal Peaks, was soaking up the sun with her grandsons Luke Mitchell, nine, and Caleb Ogden, four.

She said: “They love it. They’ve been in the water and the sand and they’re having a picnic now.”

Luke added: “I’ve been running in the fountains!”

The free event is open every day from 10am to 6pm until August 28.