Rotherham town centre transformed into a seaside resort

Reece Casswell, two, of Rotherham has his face painted by Olivia Smedley at Rotherham by the sea. Picture: Andrew Roe
Reece Casswell, two, of Rotherham has his face painted by Olivia Smedley at Rotherham by the sea. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Rotherham town centre’s All Saints Square has been transformed into a seaside resort complete with buckets, spades and tonnes of sand.

Rotherham-by-the-Sea has returned for the 11th year and has brought with it waves of delighted children. Thousands of people are expected to flock to the event over the next two weeks to get a taste of the seaside on their doorstep.

Entertainer Mr Dan dances to the music man with kids at Rotherham by the sea. Picture: Andrew Roe

Entertainer Mr Dan dances to the music man with kids at Rotherham by the sea. Picture: Andrew Roe

Cabinet member for business growth and regeneration, Coun Dominic Beck, said: “Rotherham-by-the-Sea has been bringing free fun to our town for over a decade now, and what an amazing time it has been.

“It’s incredible to think that over 140 tonnes of sand in total has been used to transform All Saints Square into a mini-seaside resort, to be enjoyed by thousands of people.”

The family favourite event will be running from 10am to 4pm each day with a range of seaside-themed activities.

Attractions include face painting, bingo, music and dancing – as well as lots of sand in a giant sandpit, and deckchairs.

Theo Odell, 18 mnths, of Rotherham plays in the sand at Rotherham by the sea. Picture: Andrew Roe

Theo Odell, 18 mnths, of Rotherham plays in the sand at Rotherham by the sea. Picture: Andrew Roe

The free event will run until Saturday, August 16, excluding this Sunday, August 10.

For more details drop into the Visitor Centre in All Saints Square or call 01709 835904.