Question: How far is it from the war memorial in the square in Market Harborough to the nearest beach?
Answer: Just a few feet – at least for five days in August. That’s when the Market Harborough by the Sea event returns to the town.
Consisting of 16 tonnes of sand in four sandpits measuring almost 60 square metres in total, Harborough’s temporary beach has been supplied by construction company Laing O’Rourke.
And it forms the centre point of five days of family-friendly events, set to be attended by hundreds of people.
Town centre co-ordinator at Harborough District Council Helen Nicholls said: “It’s a fun event, it’s all free, and it’s somewhere for all the family to go.”
Market Harborough by the Sea will run from this Saturday, August 2, to Wednesday, August 6.
Saturday, in a nod to the Commonwealth Games, will be CommonHealth day, with kickboxing and hockey taster sessions, rowing machine and gym challenges, local sports groups and a variety of stalls.
Sunday is Churches Together day, when churches organise a host of fun activities including games, singing, puppets, stories, a picnic and an act of worship.
Monday and Tuesday are sponsored by Market Harborough Building society, and will feature free buckets and spades, badge-making, Voluntary Action South Leicestershire and live broadcasting from Harborough FM radio station.
Finally Wednesday is National Play Day, with junior live band workshops, crafts, A Sustainable Harborough event called Show Me The Honey, and activities in the Memorial Gardens.