There’s a beach coming to Leeds city centre for the summer

Fun for all the family.

The Light in Leeds is bringing the popular City Beach back to Cookridge Street this summer.

Following its huge success in 2021 and 2022, The City Beach invites anyone and everyone to take part in fun beach activities throughout the summer.

The Light will be transformed into a huge sandpit to make you feel like you’re on holiday.

Frisbees, beachballs and bucket and spades will all be on hand for children to enjoy some fun and games in the giant sandpit.

Equally importantly, deck chairs will be provided for parents to relax in as they watch their little ones get stuck in building sandcastles and digging holes.

Two deck chairs on a big sandpit within the Light in Leeds.
Image: The Light Leeds

The City Beach this year will also host a series of exciting events named ‘Summer Sessions’ for families and cocktail lovers alike, throughout the month of August.

The beach will be open until Sunday 3 September, with four free headline events taking place over the next few weeks.

First up on Wednesday 2 August is ‘National Play Day’ where children can get involved in a whole host of fun activities on the beach without driving to the coast. From glitter pace paint and dance parties to playing with bubbles and foam, this is the perfect way to entertain the little ones during the summer holidays.

‘Sax on the Beach’ on Saturday 5 August will see live music from local saxophone player Sarah Sax and DJ performers One2manyDjs between 3-7pm, complete with delicious food and drink on offer from The Radisson.

Do you love an Aperol Spritz? Then you’ll want to head down to The City Beach on Saturday 19 August for their ‘Spritz Session’. Complete with live music and food form 3-6pm, this is going to be a summer evening to remember.


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And last but not least, the ‘Family Beach Day’ on Thursday 24 August will see Leeds Children Charity joining in on the celebrations and bringing with them a variety of beach-themed interactive activities. Including arts, crafts, games and giveaways for everyone to enjoy from 11am-4pm.

Stephanie James, Marketing Manager at The Light commented: “We are thrilled for the City Beach to return to Leeds this summer and are equally excited to offer such an exciting array of activities for all ages!

“With the beach freely accessible right up until the end of the school holidays, parents will be able to keep their children entertained and occupied, whilst being able to enjoy some of the best bits of the seaside, right here in the city.

“We’ll be hosting themed events throughout August to appeal to all audiences and can’t wait to introduce live music and cocktails for our adult audience this year at the beach.”

To find out more about The City Beach and the Summer Sessions, take a look at their website.

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