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Outdoor & More Festivals in Leeds

The great outdoors, scintillating science and even vintage vehicles…festivals for all interests!


Leeds is a marvellous city for walking. There are 840km (522 miles) of public rights of way in Leeds, and you can walk in the fields and woodlands of an attractive undulating landscape with many fine viewpoints. Walk Leeds – Walking Festival is the perfect way to explore the beautiful surroundings. There are walks to suit a wide range of capabilities, and there are short walks and longer ones. For those who like a long walk, the whole 62 mile Leeds Country Way will be walked in six daily stages. Evening walks are another special feature.


VW Festival is a family-friendly, entertainment-filled weekend that has something for everyone. As well as looking around some of the best VW's that the UK has to offer. There is an awesome live graffiti display, entertainment shows, live music, a funfair and Harewood's facilities such as the adventure playground, bird garden and food court.


VW Festival 2014 credit Harewood House Trust
Leeds Festival of Science - Be Curious, mini lab


The annual Leeds Festival of Science – now in its 11th year – is nearly here; from 5th to 23rd March there will be activities galore across science, technology, engineering and mathematics throughout Leeds and the University. The public programme has been released – come and be a part of it! This year’s programme is packed with exciting events to enthuse and inspire everyone, whatever their age and experience.


Get your boots ready for the sixteenth Otley Walking Festival. This year’s Walking Festival opens with a wide choice of events on Saturday 25 June and runs right through until Sunday 3 July with events and walks each day and evening. With a choice of over 40 walks and events, there really is something for everyone! Short town-based walks, themed walks, waterside walks, strenuous moorland hikes plus a full evening programme of entertaining themed events.

Get out there...

Library Fest Leeds - 13th-21st February 2016

Leeds Festival of Science – 5th March-2nd April 2016

Be Curious Festival - 19th March 2016

Leeds Walking Festival – 31st May - 7th June 2016

Otley Walking Festival – 25th June-3rd July 2016

VW Festival – 12th-14th August 2016

Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza – 11th September 2016

Otley Science Festival – TBC November 2016

Magical Lantern Festival - 25th November 2016 - 2nd January 2017



Kirkstall Abbey