Sheffield Waterfront Festival
- , 2017
Tickets cost £ free to all on Saturday - £6 adults (free for children) on Sunday
Two days of fun on and around the river and canal.Visit site
The River Don runs just north of the heart of the city and the canal comes to its end amongst fancy hotels with Park Hill as a backdrop, yet it's easy to miss the water on a trip to Sheffield city centre. For two days this September the Waterfront Festival will change that, bringing people closer to the water, shining a spotlight on the waterpower behind Sheffield's history and celebrating all the rivers and canal can offer the city today. On Saturday, head down to Victoria Quays for all kinds of family fun with the Canal and Rivers Trust and River Stewardship Co. And on Sunday, it's Kelham Island Museum's turn to host heritage and craft activities by the riverside – on what also happens to be World Rivers Day.
Saturday: On the Waterfront
10am-4pm, Victoria Quays, Wharf Street, S2 5SY
Have a go on a canoe, book onto a fishing taster session, tuck into food from the BBQ, enjoy some live music over a beer, and even get your fortune told, as Magic Lantern Film Club will be in the Dorothy Pax bar offering film-themed tarot readings. Art comes to the quays too, with work on show from internationally renowned artist Alex Chinneck, who will soon create a huge piece of public art further up the canal in the former site of the Tinsley Towers (Alex is also leading walking tours in Tinsley the following weekend – find out more). There'll be a display of watery scenes from Sheffield painter Norah K Rogerson and live street art by Philip Padfield. (Sadly the heritage boat trips aboard LB Hardfeet are now fully booked!)
Sunday: Down by the Riverside
11am-5pm, Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street, S3 8RY
There's all kinds of crafts to try your hand at on Sunday – from willow weaving to woodturning to spoon bashing. Alongside that, enjoy a display of miniature steam engines, stalls from community groups and local makers, plus riverside walks and talks – including a Wildlife Watch Walk at 1pm and a Roam around Kelham Island with "professional Sheffielder" Ron Clayton at 4pm. And, of course, there'll be chance to take to the water, with kayak taster sessions running throughout the day. Fuel up at the Steam Hammer Cafe, unwind with an ale from the Millowners Arms, and enjoy live music by the riverside. Normal admission fees into the museum apply (£6 adults, free for children).