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Outdoor & More Festivals in Leeds

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


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.


The annual Leeds Festival of Science – now in its 12th year – is nearly here; from 4th to 31st March there will be activities galore across science, technology, engineering and mathematics throughout Leeds and the University. The 2017 Public Programme will once again be packed full of exciting events that will enthuse and inspire everyone, whatever their age and experience.

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


Get your boots ready for the seventeenth Otley Walking Festival. This year’s Walking Festival opens with a wide choice of events on Saturday 24th June and runs right through until Sunday 2nd 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.


Coming to Leeds for the first time in 2016, the Magical Lantern Festival is the UK's largest lantern festival and is turning Roundhay Park into a glowing winter wonderland this Christmas. 

Get out there...

Library Fest Leeds - TBC February 2017

Leeds Festival of Science – 4th-31st March 2017

Be Curious Festival - TBC March 2017

Leeds International Festival - 22nd - 30th April 2017

Leeds Waterfront Festival - 24th & 25th June 2017

Otley Walking Festival – 24th June - 2nd July 2017

VW Festival – 11th-13th August 2017

Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza – 10th September 2017

Eco Trail Trekker - 14th & 15th October 2017

Otley Science Festival – TBC November 2017

Magical Lantern Festival - TBC November 2017 - early 2018