Seaside fun in the city three decky

ALL the fun of the seaside was brought inland when a Sheffield church held a fun-filled family day for - although miserable weather meant much of the event was indoors.

St Chad’s Church, Abbey Lane, Woodseats, has held the event for the last two decades, apart from last year, and entertainment laid on included a real sand ‘beach’.

But it had to stay covered up with a tarpaulin during the rain - until the sun shone at the end of the afternoon so youngsters eventually got the chance to play with buckets and spades.

The barbecue had to be kept dry under an umbrella and was eventually brought into the church entrance.

Church warden Malcolm Smith said: “Despite the weather, it was a good event and around 200 people attended. We had to bring everything inside apart from the beach and a bouncy castle - but the weather brightened later so we managed to uncover the sand.”

Families who attended could eat ice cream and candy floss while watching a Punch and Judy show. There was a also a band playing and a range of stalls.

And all the fun of traditional English seaside holidays will be coming to Sheffield city centre during August.

More than 20 tonnes of sand is being dropped into the Peace Gardens to make a beach for children to play on and the fountains will act as the ‘sea’.

The council’s city centre management team is working with Farrers Funfairs to organise the event, with lot of free activities.

Attractions include a band concert, Punch and Judy, traditional swing boats, a 1930s helter skelter, crazy golf and dodgems.

Coun Helen Mirfin-Boukouris, of Sheffield Council, said: “We are conscious that 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.”

The seaside will be in Sheffield from Thursday, August 4, to Saturday, August 27, from 10am to 6pm every day.