Sheffield waterside festival to make a splash

Kayaking at the 2012 Down by the Riverside festival.
Kayaking at the 2012 Down by the Riverside festival.
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Riverside revellers can stroll by the water to live music with the return of a Sheffield festival this weekend.

Kelham Island Museum will host bands, as well as an activity schedule run by community, environmental and heritage groups, on Saturday, from 11am to 10pm, and Sunday, from 11am to 4pm.

Niki Connolly, Sheffield Industrial Museum’s Trust events and marketing manager, said: “We’re a city of seven hills and five rivers, but just one island.

“Our festival celebrates the alliance of people, waterpower and steelmaking that have all come together to form Kelham Island itself.

“We’re building on the success of previous years and expect to deliver an action-packed weekend.

“We will have an eclectic mix of local musical talent and expect the merriment to go late into Saturday evening and start up again on the Sunday morning.”

Down by the Riverside includes a waterfront stage, to launch on Saturday at noon, with live music from Monkey’s Fist opening the festival.

Family heritage activities taking place over the weekend include kayaking on the river with Sheffield City Kayak Club, riverside walks and talks, living history tours and traditional crafts and skills displays.

n Entry costs £5 per day. For details, call 0114 272 2106.