We are really excited to be performing with our fabulous Splash Mob group at the festival again this year!

We are performing on Saturday 25th June:
1.30 @ Victoria Wharf
2.15 @ Granary Wharf
3.30 @ Leeds Dock

We have already had 3 rehearsals and its really looking good, we have mermaids, sailors and pirates of all ages involved….but its not too late to join us if you haven’t been able to make it to a rehearsal yet
Come down on Sunday 19th to our next workshop…its free and open to all!
Email: lucy@yorkshirelifeaquatic.co.uk for more info.

In the mean time this is what else is happening at the Waterfront Festival this year…

Leeds Waterfront Festival 2016 is back for its 9th Year!

Date confirmed: Saturday 25th– Sunday 26th June 2016
Leeds Waterfront Festival brings the city’s waterways alive each year by hosting an eclectic mix of music, performance, arts and fun for all the family. The festival will be jam-packed with activities and creativity on the water, boats and on dry land, stretching across 4 miles of Leeds waterfront.

2016 is the 200th anniversary of the completion of the Leeds Liverpool canal and this year’s festival promises a special celebratory weekend of Arts, Entertainment, Music, Food, Drink and family fun.

The festival stretches across 8 sites each hosting a unique festival experience;

Explore the fascinating history of the textile industry at Armley Mills Museum, There’ll be a world record clog dancing attempt, FREE boat trips and graffiti workshops, see a contemporary portrait of the canal and its people in 2016 and listen to memories, stories and recollections about the canal in this the 200th anniversary of the completion of the Leeds and Liverpool canal.

The party is always buzzing at Brewery Wharf with Legendary DJ John Morales NYC will be on the decks and JoJo from Capital will be hosting the fabulous karaoke! All the fun happens outdoors with outdoor bars, BBQ and much more!

Come toCalls Landing on The Calls and enjoy the sun in our favourite riverside bar. Join the gang at the brand new outdoor bar and BBQ, local beers, music and family fun.

The fabulous Granary Wharf boasts some of the best river side bars including The Hop’s Beer Festival promising beer, cider & live music all weekend. Join the team at Candlebar and soak up the picturesque riverside location, indulge in their delicious oven fired pizzas and wash it all down with a drink and watch a steel band. The Pour house will be hosting our very own musical Barge with live music all weekend moored in their fabulous waterside beer garden.

Leeds Dock will be holding the ever popular Dragon Boat Race in aid of this year’s charity, Heart Research UK. Come and cheer on the teams from local businesses as they battle it out on the water in fancy dress! They are also hosting National Street Food Awards Northern heat too, with Kids activities, live music and a canoe polo tournament on Sunday! The fabulous Dock 29 bar will be hosting a Caribbean party with delicious West Indian food and great DJ’s and acoustic acts plus a terrace cocktail bar with Leeds Loves Cocktails.

This year we are very pleased to have The Tetley joining the festival line up this year with No Quiet Place, an exploration of sound and visual art. Working with musicians, visual artists and guest-curators this
micro festival of creativity takes noise as a starting point with a programme ranging from live music for the under-fives to experimental sound art. Thwaite Mills present a weekend of family fun and heritage themed activities. Go crazy with go-cart rides, crazy golf, archery, boat rides, bouncy castle, face painting, four children’s activity areas, food, stalls and music.  

There will be a taste of French culture hosted by Brasserie Blanc at Victoria Wharf. Experience outside dining Parisian-style overlooking the water, there will be unique arts and craft stalls, classic cars and play a game or two of Petanque (Boules). Enjoy a terrace BBQ with a quirky bicycle bar. Saturday promises French bistro accordion music and Sunday will be hosted by The Speak Easy, showcasing local acoustic acts.

Other highlights of the festival include… an incredible Knitted Barge Installation with Knitting Communities Together, Pop up Portraits Studio with ISO Photographic, Graffiti master-classes and live street art with Hyro Graff, junk boat building, Water Stories, the Art Run with the Veggie Runners and the Tea and Tolerance Trolley. 


there will be Musical Barge gigs, boat trips, canoe demonstrations, dragon boat racing, stand-up paddle boarding, heritage boats, canoe polo and a very exciting Junk Boat race!

We are also very excited to have lots of dance acts at this year’s festival including ‘Them Two Dance’ performing ‘Random acts’ Yorkshire Life Aquatic’s Splash mob and dance flash mobs and workshops with Kizomba Dance. 

Promenade performances tours of ‘Seven Bridges’ and ‘After the Flood’ share heritage and water

related stories about Leeds waterways over festival weekend. Yes we have it all and it’s going to a fabulous fun weekend of free events and entertainment for all the family;  we hope you can join us! 


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Website: http://www.leedswaterfrontfestival.com/
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Yorkshire Life Aquatic’s current project is ‘The Human Aquarium’ and we are proud to be partnered with The World Cetacean Alliance and Plastic-Free Me, working together to help cetaceans and our environment. The exhibition takes place February 15th-28th at St John’s Centre in Leeds City Centre. If you would like to find out how you could support us. Please contact lucy@yorkshirelifeaquatic.co.uk for more details.

Project created by Yorkshire Life Aquatic C.I.C. (2016)
Twitter @HumanAquariumUK

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