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Leeds Waterfront Festival returns to South Bank Leeds

Programme of events

LOCATION: Granary Wharf

Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm

Leeds Waterfront Festival @ Granary Wharf

As part of the Desmond Family Canoe Trail’s arrival in Leeds Granary Wharf will be transformed into a hub of free activities for families to enjoy. Running over both days from 10am till 4 there will be water based activities, music and entertainment, historic heritage boats and for the 1st time in Waterfront festival history a giant climbing wall!

Free activities include:-

8ft climbing wall (check size) delivered in partnership with West Leeds Activity Centre

Mini interactive workshops with Premier Martial Arts

Have a go at fishing sessions

Canoe/kayak and paddle boarding delivered by the Desmond Family Canoe Trail team and White Rose Canoe Club

Music – artists including Hyde Park Brass, banjo Jen and ….. will be performing on the Saturday from our Granary Wharf stage. You can enjoy this while relaxing on our stripy deck chairs!

Heritage Boat

Additional -

We have also increased the number of boats from 2 to 4 running from Granary Wharf to Leeds Dock (and back) throughout the weekend. 

Food – The Lock at the Hilton’s canal side BBQ, cakes

BMB Menswear are hosting their own ‘BMB Market Street’ to run in conjunction with the festival hosting the below charities stall’s with games, food and drink:

St George’s Crypt

Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Martins House

Head High


LOCATION: Leeds Dock

Saturday 23rd

10am – dragon boat races hosted by radio Aire

 11-6 – street food provided by the British street food awards finalists northern heats

 12-4 pop up and play activity station learn to be a pirate

 4-6 released records 7” disco

Sunday 24th

11am –4  British street food awards the final day hosted by Radio Aire

 12-4  live music

 12-4 pop up and play activity station learn to be a pirate

 12- 4 Leeds strongest human + truck pull

 3pm Close to the bone city dog show friendly dogs welcome to take part

Royal Armouries @ Leeds Dock

Saturday & Sunday


Life on the ocean wave

Discover what life at sea would have been like during the golden age of piracy. Explore an 18th-century naval encampment and meet members of the Royal Navy and their pirate foes


Pirate battle

Amphitheatre, Royal Armouries Museum

Trouble is brewing at Leeds Dock as pirates clash with the Royal Navy on land and water.


Big guns galore!

Amphitheatre, Royal Armouries Museum

Spectacular demonstration of cannons and firearms used by pirates and the Royal Navy.

Legends: Blackbeard
Royal Armouries Museum
Join us inside the museum for an action-packed programme of events featuring this notorious 18th-century pirate captain.


Treasure Island

Join esteemed storyteller Tim Ralphs as he performs his adaptation of Robert Louise Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island.

Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries Museum

Tickets £7.00 – buy online at https://royalarmouries.org/wha...

Suitable for ages 14+ (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)

LOCATION: Brewery Wharf

Saturday 23rd

Live music. DJ’s, Outdoor bars, street food, BBQ’s and much more!

12.00 Resident DJ’s: The sounds of summer

13.30 Karaoke competition ‘Sing it to win it’

15:00 Live music from the rebel sounds – playing the best in party and club classics

17.00 Brazilian DJ Fabio Bahia (Calle Ocho Leeds) alongside Armando Murillo on percussion – Bringing summer fiesta Latin vibes to Brewery Wharf along with authentic Brazilian samaba dancers and capoeira performers.

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