Welcoming back the Sheffield Waterfront Festival

Final preparations are underway for the return of Sheffield Waterfront Festival this Saturday, September 18.

Wide photo of a crowd Sheffield waterfront festival

For the first time, the festival will be held at two locations along the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal – Attercliffe Don Valley Moorings, 11am-3pm, and Victoria Quays, 10am-4pm.

What's on?

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

Special reduced rates at partners iceSheffield (near to Attercliffe) and Curious Kids Town (near to Victoria Quays) are also new additions to this year’s Sheffield Waterfront Festival, to help people enjoy a fabulous day out by water.

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 (PPL).

Making the festival bigger and better

Jade Wilkes, community roots engagement and one of the co-ordinators of the Sheffield Waterfront Festival, said: “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.”

She added: “We know a lot of people have been making the most of the canal during the pandemic as a place to get escape from their homes and exercise. The festival is a great way to show the many ways you can enjoy being by water – from 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.

Street art on a towpath

Activities

Attercliffe Don Valley Moorings, 11am-3pm

  • 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

Victoria Quays, 10am-4pm

  • Canoeing (7+ years old)
  • Paddleboarding, 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