Seaside events set to make a splash!

29/07/2019, PR-9140

​Get those buckets and spades at the ready - the seaside is coming to Wakefield and Castleford this summer.


​Wakefield Council is bringing back the beach and seaside entertainment which is returning to Castleford town centre on Saturday 10 August, 10am-4pm and to Wakefield city centre on Saturday 17, 10am-5pm and Sunday 18 August, 10am-4pm.

The seaside events offer a chance for families to have all the fun of the seaside close to home.

Dig out those flip flops as both seaside events will have a big beach for making sandcastles. There's also free donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows, face painting, fairground rides and street food.

In Wakefield there will be an exciting street performance from Ockham's Razor called Belly of the Whale, where circus meets sculpture. The performers, like surfers in a wild sea, ride a giant semi-circular see-saw made of wood and steel which creaks and groans as it transforms from a catapult, a gently rocking cradle, a tunnel, a slide – creating an ever-changing land and soundscape.

In Castleford visitors will be able to have fun with hula hoop workshops, giant bubble making and sand art workshops. Inside Castleford Museum there will be Roman-themed seaside crafts. Castleford Library will provide a seaside tombola, making pirate hats and cutlasses, a pirate themed photo booth and a treasure hunt!

Cllr Jacquie Speight
Cllr Jacquie Speight

​Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "The seaside is a special place for having fun and making memories, so get your flip flops ready and grab your buckets and spades for a weekend of family fun. Come and enjoy our ever popular seaside entertainment and have a great day out."

Visitors can share their photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #WakefieldSeaside or #CastlefordSeaside or post on our Events Facebook page

For more information about both seaside events visit:

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