IT WAS packed for the Tramlines music festival a couple of weeks ago, it staged Shakespeare last week and now the Peace Gardens is giving Sheffield a taste of the seaside.
A helter skelter, swing boats and a beach have been winched on to the award-winning public square for ‘Sheffield by the Seaside’.
To add to the picture, there are dodgems in Fargate and a children’s boating pool in front of the town hall.
The council’s city centre management team is working with Farrers Funfairs on the event, which starts today (Thursday) and runs until August 27.
Cabinet member Helen Mirfin-Boukouris said: “Many people cannot afford to go away for holidays this year, so we are bringing a bit of the seaside to the centre of Sheffield.
“Children always love the traditional fun of seaside holidays but it will also bring back many fond memories for their parents and grandparents, too. So whether you prefer to create a magnificent sandcastle or just to listen to a brass band from a deck chair, there will be something for everyone.”
William Percival, of Farrers Funfairs, said: “We are pleased to be able to bring all the fun of the seaside to the centre of Sheffield. Most of the activities are free of charge,but we have set the charges for the rides at an affordable level to encourage families to use them.”
More than 20 tonnes of sand are being dropped into the Peace Gardens for the beach, although the nearest visitors will get to the sea are the Peace Gardens fountains. Other attractions include Punch and Judy shows and sticks of Sheffield rock.
Other children’s rides have been installed elsewhere in the city centre.
The seaside will be open in Sheffield every day between 10am and 6pm.
The Peace Gardens have won numerous design awards since forming a focal point of the Heart of the City redevelopment programme. Last week GB Theatre Company staged Romeo and Juliet Twelfth Night, adding to the list of events that have been staged there.
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