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Family friendly activities to keep big and little kids entertained through the whole six weeks of the school summer holidays...


Enjoy 6 whole weeks of #LeedsSummer activities. There’s lots of things to do in Leeds to keep the whole family entertained during the six weeks summer holidays. Download the Child Friendly Leeds city centre map here!

Check out the ideas below – most of them can be enjoyed any week!


WEEK 1: Monday 22nd – Sunday 28th July


Leeds City Museum – With six galleries to visit including; the Leeds Tiger in the Life on Earth Gallery, the mummy of Nesyammun in the Ancient Worlds Gallery and the history of Leeds in the Leeds Story Gallery, there is plenty to see! Make marvellous music this summer; discover the musical side of their collections by following our Strange Sounds trail, and make and decorate a different musical instrument each week with Musical Museum.

Kirkstall Abbey and Abbey House Museum - Two attractions in one! Explore the ruins of a medieval Cistercian abbey in Britain set in wonderful parkland along the banks of the River Aire. Visit on the last weekend of the month for the Kirkstall Abbey Markets. Then head over the road to Abbey House Museum to step back in time and experience life as a Victorian as you wander through the enchanting streets, shops and houses. There is also regular children’s activities throughout the school holidays including special trails, crafts and seasonal events.

Bowling – Bowling is a firm family favourite. Try Tenpin LeedsHollywood Bowl or Roxy Lanes (under 18s allowed until 5pm).

Jump Around – Burn off some of that summer energy at these indoor trampoline parks. There's Jump Inc and Jump Arena so you can bounce around to your heart’s content.

Leeds Art Gallery – For a world of art in the heart of the city with free pop up activities head to Leeds Art Gallery. View permanent 20th century art collections alongside temporary exhibitions including ‘Natural Selection’ which marks a five-year collaboration between artist Andy Holden and his father, the ornithologist Perter Holden.

As part of Yorkshire Sculpture InternationalCreate:Sculpt:Play will take over Victoria Gardens, outside Leeds Art Gallery. Free, family friendly and fun activities will re-imagine the space with a focus on sculpture.


WEEK 2: Monday 29th July – Sunday 4th August


Lotherton Hall – This charming Edwardian country estate boasts lots to do; Wildlife World, a historic house, woodland play areas and a playground for under 8s. This summer, they're celebrating their 50th anniversary of being open to the public with A Sixities Summer of Fun. Visit this week for their Flower Power week. 

Big Breeze Fest, 31st July & 1st August- Over two days bring the whole family for large inflatables, sports, outdoor games, arts activities, crafts, performances, including the semi-finals of Breeze has Talent, and brand new challenges for 2019. There’ll also be rides, food and drinks and all in the beautiful setting of the grounds of Temple Newsam.

Climbing Walls – Climbing the walls with boredom? We’ve got the answer – clip in and start scaling these Climbing Walls in Leeds; there’s The Climbing LabCity Bloc and the North’s largest Clip n Climb.

Leeds Pride, 4th August - Enjoy a rainbow filled afternoon at the Leeds Pride parade on Sunday 4th August. This family friendly event is considered the UK’s friendliest pride. Head to The Tetley for the family area.

The Tetley The Tetley is a contemporary art gallery that invites you to bring the whole family down during the summer holidays for a range of free creative workshops!

Yorkshire Sculpture Park – Spend a sunny day exploring the breathtaking works of art at the UK’s leading open air gallery. One of the four venues for Yorkshire Sculpture International, Yorkshire Sculpture Park will immerse you in the extraordinary world of sculpture. Visit on Tuesdays throughout the summer holidays for Outdoor Sculpture Building


Temple Newsam Playground - Leeds Museums and Galleries

WEEK 3: Monday 5th – Sunday 11th August


Royal Armouries– Explore arms and armour from across the world and through time over five floors of stunning displays. This summer come and enjoy a royal family day out packed with regal entertainment. These action-packed summer days will include live combat demonstrations, dramatic performances, the opportunity to get your hands on history and a museum full of spectacular treasures to explore.

Leeds Jurassic Trail - Find the dinosaurs around the city before they find you! Full-size dinosaurs are coming to life all over Leeds this summer and the whole family can have a monster day out hunting them down! If you are in search of things to do this summer, there are five to find around the city – all you need to do is follow the Jurassic Trail to track them down. Download the map from the Leeds Jurassic Trail website. 

Child Friendly Leeds Live with Mr Bloom & his Band 7th August - Child Friendly Leeds Live returns on the 7th August. Mr. Bloom & His Band will feature a ‘Greatest Showman’ circus performance, there will be a family rave with Boomchikkaboom, plus fun, games and audience participation throughout.

Temple Newsam – This is one of the finest historic houses in the region set within a Capability Brown landscape surrounded by beautiful parkland which includes a working rare breed’s farm. The summer is the perfect time to enjoy a full day out and there are plenty of events to keep you occupied. Why not book a Temple Newsam tour for behind the scenes access? Little ones will love the resident storyteller who will share stories, rhymes and songs.

Go Ape - Not for the faint hearted, Go Ape have opened their latest Park Adventure at Temple Newsam, featuring challenging obstacles at increasing heights, a free-fall Tarzan Swing, four tree-to-tree Zips and a 46ft sheer drop called The Plummet!

Live Escape Games – These immersive attractions are packed full of fun and a great family activity – can you get out in time?! Try Locked In Games, ParaPark, the newly opened Escape Hunt Leeds, or the Virtual Reality game at Tik Tok Unlock.


WEEK 4: Monday 12th – Sunday 18th August


City Beach at Victoria Gardens – Bucket and spades at the ready as the City Beach returns to Leeds from Saturday 10th August to 1st September! For its seventh year, the urban beach will be taking place on Victoria Gardens outside Leeds Art Gallery bringing the excitement of the seaside right in the heart of the city centre, with a wide range of family friendly activities such as MiamI Surf, Train ride, Bamboo Trampolines and more.

Yeadon Tarn and Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre - Ordinarily, you’d think that heading out in a boat in Leeds wouldn’t be possible – until you’ve heard about Yeadon Tarn that is. This picturesque park offers an active family friendly day out. Go easy with the one-mile circular walk around the pretty manmade lake or, for the more adventurous, don a wetsuit and get involved in some of the lake’s many watersports. There’s kayaking, open-water canoeing and rafting hosted at the Leeds Sailing & Activity Centre, while more daring watersports activities such as powerboating are available at the nearby Royal Yachting Association Training Centre.

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills - Roll your sleeves up for a taste of life as an 18th century worker in the industries which shaped the city at Leeds Industrial Museum. Housed within Armley Mills, once among the largest woollen mills in the world, you’ll find a working waterwheel, factory machinery, and restored Victorian workers’ cottages and lots more to discover. Get creative with felt over the summer holidays. On 18th August join the Vintage Bus Day to travel in true vintage style for free. Catch beautifully restored buses and coaches to hop between the city centre and Leeds Industrial Museum, Middleton Railway and Thwaite Watermill.

Tropical World and Roundhay Park – Make the most of the sunny weather with a trip to Roundhay Park; over 700 acres of rolling parkland, two playgrounds, lakes, woodlands, formal gardens and cafes. It’s also where you’ll find Tropical World. Animal lovers in the family? You’re in for a treat! Visit Tropical World and explore tropical habitats and other exotic places from around the world. You can see crocodiles, lemurs, butterflies, bats, snakes and meerkats! This week is Green Planet week; help the kids to discover their inner explorer as they complete the ‘Little Explorers’ trail. But with activity on every week of the summer holidays, it's always a good time to visit. 

Professor Humboldt's Chamber of Time -  Professor Humboldt’s Chamber of Time is a magical new pop-up visitor attraction coming to the Merrion Centre. The 45 minute immersive experience whisks visitor through 5,000 years of British history, from the mythical origins of Stonehenge through to the tournaments of the Tudor dynasty. Professional actors and state of the art special effects will catapult you into the past where you’ll be able to experience history first hand.


The Terrace credit Harewood House Trust and Lee Beal

Week 5: Monday 19th – Sunday 25th August


Harewood House – Every day you can discover more about pigs, alpacas, pygmy goats and more farm animals at Harewood from the expert keepers then watch the penguins tuck into some lunch. Book in advance and you could be the ones feeding them! You’ll love exploring the beautiful grounds and gardens complete with lawn games and a short boat ride on the lake. 

Middleton Railway – Hop on a train at the oldest working railway in the world! From Moor station up to Park Halt, where you can get off and visit Middleton Park. Here you’ll find an ancient woodland, old mine workings along with walks and play spaces.

Thwaite Mills – Nestled on an island within beautiful riverside surroundings, this is one of the city’s hidden treasures and one of the last remaining examples of a water powered mill in Britain! It’s a fantastic place to explore one of the unique pieces of Yorkshires industrial heritage whilst taking advantage of the walking trails and waterside picnic areas. On special event days you can even enjoy a free boat trip.

Stockeld Park – Fun and adventure awaits the whole family at Stockeld Park. Explore the summer adventure zones including; an enchanted forest, go karts, roller skating, maze, outdoor inflatables, indoor play, creative crafts, electric scooters and bumper boats!


WEEK 6: Monday 26th August – Sunday 1st September


Leeds West Indian Carnival – Taking place at Potternewton Park on 26th August this big parade attracts thousands of people to Leeds every year. With dazzling costumes and Caribbean beats, amazing stalls, fun fair rides and delicious cuisine the joyful atmosphere makes it the perfect family day out.

M&S Company Archive – Did you know Marks and Spencer was formed in 1884 when Michael Marks opened a market stall in Leeds? Find out more at the M&S Company Archive where you can follow an interactive timeline, explore themes within the collections, find out about the people that made M&S and walk the M&S heritage trail.

Live For Today Adventures at Hazlewood Castle - Older kids will love the huge variety of fun challenging and unusual activities available. Try Axe Throwing, Archery, Paintball, Bushcraft and more.