The waterfront in Leeds was treated to thousands of visitors on the 25 & 26 June as part of the fourth Leeds Waterfront Festival, combined for the very first time with Leeds Community Foundation’s Dragon Boat event.
The festival, which took place at Clarence Dock, Brewery Wharf, Thwaite Mills and Granary Wharf was a huge success.
Visitors were treated to a range of water activities including the tremendously popular WOW balls, canoe taster sessions, rides on a swan pedalo as well as the feature Dragon Boat competition, which saw around 25 local businesses dressed in fancy dress race in support of Leeds based initiatives.
The festival also offered a variety of live music including a steel band, buskers and the best of Leeds’ local talent as Radio Aire hosted the biggest ever ‘open mic’ event.
Waterside eateries including Granary Wharf’s Teppanyaki restaurant, Fazenda and Clarence Dock’s Pizza Express also put on live cooking demonstrations.
The weekend offered a huge range of activities for all ages. One visitor of the festival said: “I would like to congratulate Leeds Waterfront Festival on the organisation of the festival and all the activities included. My family and I live very close to the river and we have really enjoyed the event.”
Many people were seen snapping a shot at this year’s festival for ‘Capturing Leeds Waterfront Festival’ – a new competition for inspiring photographers and film makers. Those who caught the best pictures or video were in with the chance to win an overnight weekend stay at the Mint Hotel with dinner and breakfast included. Other prizes included £30 in gift vouchers and a meal for 4 at Fazenda. All entries were submitted on 4 July at 5.00pm- winners to be announced soon.
Rachel Clunas, Aire Action Leeds project officer and festival organiser, said: “The range of attractions at the four festival sites this year was excellent. The waterways provide a fantastic environment for all the family and an event like this really shows how important Leeds’ waterfront is to the people of Leeds.
“Each year the festival is getting bigger and better and we are very thankful to all our volunteers who helped out but we want to keep improving the festival. We’re always on the lookout for aspiring event organisers and local residents to get more involved, so anyone interested in helping with the 2012 event should get in touch with me for more information by emailing email@example.com.”