THE centre of Sheffield will be transformed into a sandy beach as the seaside returns to the Steel City.
The Peace Gardens will be the venue for deckchairs, crazy golf, a helter skelter and swing boats as part of the annual Sheffield by the Seaside event.
The city-based seaside resort opens on Thursday, August 2, and will remain until the evening of Saturday, August 25.
Organiser Farrers Funfairs is to drop more than 20 tonnes of sand at the public square on Monday.
William Percival, Farrers owner, wants to build on the success of last year’s event and see more people than ever enjoying the free seaside experience.
He said: “We’re doing more to entertain families and young children this year. As well as the usual candy floss and games, there will be dance groups and children’s entertainers for visitors to enjoy.
“It’s a great day out and I’m hoping it will be as well supported as it was last year.
“People can come down, enjoy the entertainers and the sand without spending any money.
“I think that is important in this economic climate when money is so short.”
Many of the attractions will be free of charge and Mr Percival said the things which do cost money to use have been set at an affordable level.
Regular attractions are set to include Punch and Judy shows and brass band performances.
Sheffield by the Seaside will be open in the Peace Gardens every day from 10am to 6pm.