The Brayford Pool in Lincoln will be transformed into a party paradise this May Bank Holiday, complete with a water’s edge beach, swan pedal boats, floating bar and a giant inflatable obstacle course.
On Saturday, May 28, between 11am and midnight, ticket holders will be able to don their lifejackets and hop aboard the floating festival offering live music from local bands on the Brayford promenade, fun inflatables and relaxing pedal boat rides.
The Lincoln Floater Fest is being hosted by the Wharf Trust with the aim of raising enough money for a new glass bottom tour boat – planned following the refusal of a fixed floating restaurant earlier this year.
Organisers say the day has been over five years in the planning, and has been made possible with the sponsorship of a number of local businesses, many of whom donated the specially-made floating staging and boats.
For those who prefer to relax by the water’s edge, five tonnes of real Skegness sand will be transported from Skegness beach to create a ‘beach on stilts’ next to Lincoln University’s Brayford campus.
Daniel Ross from the Wharf Trust said: “We’re so pleased our floating vision will become a reality and we can’t wait to see the water come to life with fun and music.”
The Lincoln Council health and safety executive Richard Wells added: “The council was pleased to give the green light to such a vibrant new event for the city. As partners, our strategic planning will ensure the safety of all festival goers, so we are keeping our fingers crossed that it doesn’t snow.”
Tickets cost £20. Attendees must be aged 10 and over (and over 18 to enter the floating bar area). A 50% discount will be offered to university students.