VIDEO: Kids have buckets of fun at Sheffield beach

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Excited youngsters enjoyed a day at the beach – right on their doorstep – with the arrival of Sheffield by the Seaside.

Families donned their swimming costumes and dug out their spades to enjoy traditional pastimes, also including a helter skelter and hook-a-duck in the Peace Gardens as the annual event opened yesterday.

Life's a beach at Sheffield peace gardens as the seaside comes to the city. Competitors from the National swimming championships leaping in the fountains, from left, Emma Wilkins, Rachael Kelly and Hannah Rogers

Life's a beach at Sheffield peace gardens as the seaside comes to the city. Competitors from the National swimming championships leaping in the fountains, from left, Emma Wilkins, Rachael Kelly and Hannah Rogers

Ann Duckenfield had come from Nether Edge with her great-nieces to soak up the atmosphere as children cooled down in the fountains.

The 63-year-old said: “The little ones just love it.

“When you go abroad on holiday, you don’t get the same lovely atmosphere as this. It feels like how things used to be when I was little.’’

Picnic tables were packed with diners at the gardens – and crazy golf fans also took a putt at the sport.

Screams of excitement came from Fargate as revellers crashed bumper cars and enjoyed fairground rides.

It was hot in the city too as heavy rain held off for the first day of the seaside spectacular, which is open daily, from 10am to 6pm, until Wednesday, August 28.

Life is set to be a beach until the end of August in the event, part of Sheffield Council’s Summer Saturdays campaign to boost trade.

Mum Juliana Haynes, of Crookes, had taken her four-year-old son Jamie to the beach with his friend Yuna Jeon, three.

She said: “It is brilliant, because it encourages people to come and have a day out rather than sitting at home .’’

Mum Jennifer Spink, whose 20-month-old son Gwilym was one of the first to dig in the sand, said: “There’s not a lot of other reasons to bring a family in to the centre of Sheffield in the summer.”

The Moor and Barkers Pool will be transformed into a pier and prom themed attraction for the seaside event. There will be waterside crafts, music and stiltwalking tomorrow, Saturday.