Elsecar by the sea sails into historic village

Visitors to Elsecar are in for a treat when Elsecar by the Sea, the village’s annual family event, arrives on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September.

The fun filled family weekend brings with it a taste of the seaside. There will be lots to see and do including a community gala in the award winning Elsecar park, beer festival in Milton Hall, craft fair in The Ironworks and steam trains plus much more.

Younger visitors won’t be disappointed either as there will be lots to keep them entertained. They will enjoy fair rides, donkey rides, sand, live music and craft activities.

While there visitors can also take a look around the original Earls’ workshops, now converted into a wide variety of independent retailers, quaint cafes, antiques centre and indoor children’s play area.

People will also have a unique opportunity to take a look at the Earl Fitzwilliam’s 1795 Newcomen Beam Engine, the oldest steam engine in the world still in its original place. Here they can experience its might in action thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For much of the 20th century Elsecar was a holiday destination for residents of Yorkshire.  The picturesque reservoir in the village was the basis of the nickname, Elsecar by the Sea. Visitors travelled from miles around to enjoy the day in its pretty surroundings and people are invited to do so again at the village’s annual event.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “Elsecar is the perfect destination for a family day out. It offers something for everyone no matter what their age or interests. Elsecar by the sea will be a great weekend with lots of fun and interesting events planned.”

For general information about the event and details of times please visit www.elsecar-heritage.com