Swing boats, a helter-skelter, candy floss and 20 tonnes of sand have helped to give Sheffield a taste of the seaside this summer.
The hit-and-miss weather failed to dampen anyone’s spirits as Sheffield by The Seaside has once again been hailed a success.
Thousands of people have enjoyed ‘all the fun of the fair’ at the Peace Gardens in the city centre this month after Sheffield Council teamed up with Farrar’s Fun Fairs to bring dodgems, Punch & Judy shows and sticks of Sheffield rock to the city centre, as well as a beach.
Gran Patricia Houghton visited the attraction with her daughter and grandson.
She said: “It’s been fantastic, we’ve travelled from Doncaster a few times just to come and visit.
“We’ve been lapping up the sunshine, sat in the deckchairs, while my grandson is off running through the water fountains and feeling like we’re off at Great Yarmouth or somewhere for the day.”
It is the fifth year the attraction – which closed yesterday – has returned to Sheffield, bringing the bucket and spade experience to the city.
Coun Helen Mirfin-Boukouris, Labour member for Beighton, said: “Many people cannot afford to go away for holidays this year, so this attraction helped to bring a bit of the seaside to the centre of Sheffield.
“Children always love the traditional fun of seaside holidays, but it also brings back many fond memories for their parents and grandparents, whether making magnificent sandcastles or just sat in a deck chair listening to a brass band.”
Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet Member for business, skills and development, said: “Sheffield by The Seaside has been a wonderful attraction to bring people into the city centre this month.
“It’s been great to see families enjoying all the amusements and making sandcastles on the beach. It has been complemented by the Summer Saturdays events to make the city centre a hive of activity and give local businesses a welcome boost throughout August.”
Summer Saturdays events continue with a day of street magic this Saturday.
What do you think of the seaside in Sheffield
PATRICIA HOUGHTON, DONCASTER
“I love that it’s out of the way of the city centre bustle and you can just relax.”
JEAN SCHOLEY, 68, ROTHERHAM
“It’s been an amazing place to spend time this summer. It’s so nice to see something like this in the city centre.”
DANI ROBERTS, 25, STAFF MEMBER
“There’s no seaside anywhere nearby so this is such a great idea for people who can’t get out of the city.”
JANE JORDAN, 56, Sheffield
“It’s so ideal on days when it’s hot and the children can play in the water fountains.”