Waterfront Garden and Amphitheatre

Selby Civic Society

stimulating public interest in, and caring for, the beauty, history and character of the town and its surroundings

Waterfront Garden

Waterfront Garden and Amphitheatre

The Waterfront Garden runs alongside the River Ouse. A winding path leads from the Amphitheatre (photograph below) to the foot of the A19 road bridge and includes a "Timeline" of metallic strips - the work of sculptor Ailsa Magnus - that refer to key events in Selby's history.

Prominent in the area is the sculpture "ReLaunch" featuring four figures important in Selby's history:-

  • a Monk (referencing Abbot Benedict and the Abbey)
  • a Miller (Selby's agricultural links, and the mills that used to line the River Ouse)
  • a Miner (recalling the Selby Coalfield)
  • a Marine Engineer (representing the 500 years of shipbuilding on the Ouse).

The sculpture (photograph below showing the monk and the miner) sits on a plinth of hand-made bricks designed to show the river wave or aegir - another piece of Magnus' work. Laid out with specimen planting and benches, the area is a pleasant place to relax.

The whole development won a Civic Society "Good Design" award in 2010.

For more information click on this link: Waterfront Garden

Additional Images

Amphitheatre at the Waterfront Garden Sculpture in the Waterfront Garden Waterfront Garden under construction