What's Happening on the Water?

What's Happening on the Water?

You can’t have a waterfront festival without some serious action on the water and our festival this year promises just that!

If you like the excitement of a bit of competition, then the legendary Dragon Boat races are just the ticket, and they're back at Leeds Dock for another exciting battle this year! The teams will be in fabulous fancy dress and it's all in aid of Heart Research UK. Teams of up to 20 in each dragon boat really are a sight to see, especially when they are dressed as minions! The races take place on Saturday 11-3pm. Watch the teams battle it out in heats compared by Radio Aire. Winners announced at 3.30pm.

Dragon Boat Races in 2015

Dragon Boat Races in 2015

If you are the adventurous type then you need to make your way to Granary Wharf this year; it's where you can get on the water and experience the excitement that fun water sports can bring. Our friends at Gather Outdoors will be with us all weekend with their unique fold-up kayaks! Visitors have the chance to experience a genuine pop-up micro adventure in folding Oru Kayaks. These are proper kayaks that fold down to the size of a suitcase! Gather Outdoors will be offering Festival folk free paddles from their stall at Granary Wharf all weekend. Stop by for a go, or just have a chat and a free cuppa whilst the kids make origami boats of their own. 11-4pm both days.

For you SERIOUSLY adventurous types the latest board-sports craze hits the Waterfront Festival next weekend! We are really excited to have SUP Bristol joining us for demos and workshops on the water. Stand-up Paddle-boarding is a great way for adventurous urban dwellers to see the city from a brand new perspective and get some exercise whilst they’re at it! Book your sessions here.

Paddle-boarding is fun, safe and accessible to all. In 1.5 hours they will teach the basics of the strokes and you’ll be standing up and paddling by the end of the session. Sessions cost £25 and you won’t be disappointed, you’ll be hooked! Saturday and Sunday 11-4pm.

The White Rose Canoe Club will also be be holding canoe demonstrations at Granary Wharf. There’ll be coaches and lots of canoes available so come and have a go! This is on Saturday only 11-4pm.

On Sunday at Leeds Dock, come and watch the teams battle it out on the water with an exciting water polo tournament in canoes! Sunday 10-2pm.

The Junk Boat Race is back too! Walk along the towpath from Granary Wharf to Castleton Mill and view our teams creating their weird and wonderful craft ready to race down the canal on Sunday afternoon. Will they float? Who will win? This really is a spectacle not to be missed. Races takes place on Sunday 2-4pm on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

Last's years Junk Boat practice - this year, the real thing! Photography by Bob Peters

Last's years Junk Boat practice - this year, the real thing! Photography by Bob Peters

Get on the water and enjoy the view with a FREE cruise provided by festival organisers Canal Connections. Boat trips are operating from both Armley and Thwaite Mills all weekend. The trips at Armley Mills will be in the specially created graffiti boat designed by local artist HYROGRAFF. Saturday and Sunday 11-4pm.

Our friends at Safe Anchor are bringing their boats too! They’ll be working alongside the water taxis this year to ferry people between Granary Wharf and Leeds Dock all weekend!

There’s a line-up of gigs on a barge at The Pour House, Heritage boats moored at Granary Wharf to explore and of course lots and lots of boaters cruising the water to wave at as you wander along the towpaths in the sun!

Tea and Tolerance: A roaming trolley of teapots and questions

Tea and Tolerance: A roaming trolley of teapots and questions

Leeds Dock host the British Street Food Awards

Leeds Dock host the British Street Food Awards