Massive Sheffield Waterfront Festival this week-end

Published: Wednesday, 15 September 2021

THE Sheffield Waterfront Festival returns this Saturday bigger than ever.

Two locations

For the first time, the festival will be held at two locations along the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal on Saturday 18th September, at Attercliffe Don Valley Moorings, 11am to 3pm, and Victoria Quays, 10am to 4pm.

TSheffieldWaterfront1his free family-friendly event will include activities for all ages to enjoy—boat trips, canoe and paddle boarding taster sessions, drumming and circus workshops, arts & crafts, stonemasonry, face painting, live music and performances, stalls, street food and much more. 

There will also be self-guided walks, that will also take the canal’s striking Street Art Trail, a project made possible thanks to support of players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Bigger and better

Jade Wilkes, Community Roots Engagement and one of the co-ordinators of the Sheffield Waterfront Festival, explained:

SheffieldWaterfront2“It’s been a very busy few weeks getting the programme in place. We really missed the festival last year and we can’t wait to see people again. Thanks to funding from the Economic Recovery Fund via Sheffield City Council we’re able to make this year’s Sheffield Waterfront Festival bigger and better, with free activities across two sites.

"The festival is a great way to show the many ways you can enjoy being by waterfrom towpath walks and trails to getting afloat by boat, canoe or paddleboard. We’ll also be sharing ways people can get involved in caring for the canal and helping our charity make it a great place for both people and wildlife.”

The Attercliffe site is at Don Valley Moorings (near S9 3TU), and for Victoria Quays, the nearest tram stop is Ponds Forge. There is also parking at Victoria Quays, North Quay Drive, Sheffield, S4 7SW.

Activities confirmed include:

• Bollywood dancing workshops, SuNriT Culture Group

• Drumming workshops, Unbeatable Energy

• Circus skills workshops, Greentop Circus

• Storytelling

• Canoeing (7+ years old)

• Bushcrafts

• Face painting

• Live acoustic acts and gospel choir

• Ice skating at nearby Ice Sheffield (special discount available)

• Stalls

• Street food

At Victoria Quays:

• Canoeing (7+ years old)

• Paddle boarding, DC outdoors (8+ years old)

• Boat trips, with A&G passenger boats (limited availability given on first come first serve basis)

• Theatrical walking tours, Rusticus

• Arts and crafts, My Arty Party (ideally 5-12 yrs old)

• Stonemasonry carving taster workshops, Ryan Johnson James, RJJ Sculptor (ideally 8+ yrs old)

• Storytelling

• Magic show, Steve Faulkner

• Climbing Wall

• Live music stage

• Curious Kids Town

• Stalls & street food.