Hundreds of visitors enjoyed the official opening of an artificial Cardiff beach – despite rain threatening to dampen spirits.
The ‘urban beach’ on Roald Dahl Plass opened in beautiful sunshine an evening ahead of schedule on Friday, before rain struck on Saturday afternoon.
The Cardiff beach has been created with 300 tonnes of sand, a swimming pool, hamster balls on water and other entertainment activities including live music.
Norman Sayers, from organisers Sayers Amusements, said: “It has proved very popular so far. The atmosphere has been wonderful with lots of families coming here which was our prime target.
“We had 10 days of preparation in glorious sunshine and unfortunately the rain came this afternoon but it has not dampened the atmosphere. Everyone is having fun whether it’s on the Cardiff beach, swimming or listening to music.”
Richard and Nicole Foster came from Bridgend with their three-year-old daughter, Delyth, to enjoy the beach.
Despite the rain falling they were more than happy sitting under umbrellas on deck chairs, while Delyth built castles in the sand.
Nicole said: “It’s a really good set up here, with plenty of activities and places to eat and drink. It’s definitely something we will come back to. We’re not too worried about the weather.”