Life's a beach as the seaside comes to Dewsbury

Splashing time guaranteed at Dewsbury-on-Sea set

All the fun of the beach at Dewsbury-on-Sea.

Buckets and spades at the ready as the seaside is coming to Dewsbury on Saturday (August 23).

The annual Dewsbury-on-Sea extravaganza will see a packed entertainment programme from 10am to 4pm.

A beach will be created in Dewsbury Market Place complete with deck chairs and a lifeguard chair.

There will also be donkeys from Blackpool and traditional-style beach huts.

Young visitors will be able to play on the inflatable pirate slide at Longcauseway Gardens and watch shows at the Punch and Judy booth next to WH Smith’s.

There will also be funfair rides in Market Place and outside Dewsbury Town Hall and a mobile climbing wall in Market Place.

Street entertainment will be provided by comedy chefs Hugh Fearn and Lee Whittingstall, of Liver Cottage, who will present a cookery demonstration like no other.

Their mobile kitchen garden will move through the crowds creating ‘fusion food on the move’, blending home grown ingredients with food foraged from the corner shop, the streets and, of course, the audience.

Also present will be celebrity gardener Hugh Bushey Babcock and his winning vegetable Leia the giant psychic leek – sister of Leek Skywalker – who will guess your favourite five a day.

Finally there will be the ‘Desert island Discs’ show with Artizani who will feature a tropical island, a gramophone, flotsam, jetsam and one hapless castaway.

Twenty years pass in 40 minutes as records spin and rescue never comes, then as the island gives up its secret, the show ends in a beautifully surreal spectacular finale.

Music will be provided by the Gawthorpe Brass Band and there will be face painting, balloon-modelling and Henna tattoos.

Activities will span the town centre including Market Place, Dewsbury Market, Foundry Street, Longcauseway Gardens, and the Princess of Wales Precinct.

Kirklees Cabinet member for place Clr Cathy Scott said: “Dewsbury on Sea is one of the high points of the year”.

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