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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.

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


WEEK 1: Monday 23rd – Sunday 29th 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! Don’t miss the ‘Beavers to Weavers’ exhibition which celebrates the beautiful things made by animals or ‘Around the World in 6 weeks’ with activities exploring a different continent each week. 

Little Explorers Trail – Experience an exciting adventure across three Leeds attractions; Discover flamingos and penguins at Lotherton’s Wildlife World, meerkats and crocodiles at Tropical World and rare breeds of farm animals at Temple Newsam. Pick up a trail from any three of these attractions for your Little Explorer to begin their adventure! Find out more here

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. Oxygen Freejumping Leeds has nine separate zones of jumping to explore, including over 120 trampolines. There's also 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. Drop in craft sessions inspired by the natural world will run from the gallery’s Artspace and Pop Up & Play will run directly outside the gallery 22 July – 5 August. When refreshments are required relax in the charming setting of the Tiled Hall Café (Natural selection lunch bags will be available!)


WEEK 2: Monday 30th July – Sunday 5th August


Lotherton Hall – This charming Edwardian country estate boasts lots to do; a historic house, woodland play areas, bird garden. They’re putting on six weeks of summer fun over the holidays with a different theme each week. Visit this week for the Yorkshire Day celebrations on the 1st!

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 - Enjoy a rainbow filled afternoon at the Leeds Pride parade on Sunday 5th 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 activities on every day including trails, workshops and do it yourself art challenges!

Yorkshire Sculpture Park – Spend a sunny day exploring the breathtaking works of art at the UK’s leading open air gallery. Celebrate National Playday at Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle! With free creative play happening at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Hepworth Wakefield & Leeds Museums and Galleries 11am - 4pm on Wednesday 1 August - visit the venues, get involved and HAVE FUN! 


Temple Newsam Playground - Leeds Museums and Galleries

WEEK 3: Monday 6th – Sunday 12th August


Royal Armouries – Explore arms and armour from across the world and through time over five floors of stunning displays. Visit this week to train as a squire in Sir William’s household: from swordplay to stable management and serving at table, have you got what it takes to become the perfect knight?! This is part of their Action Packed Armouries summer activities with new themes every week.

Child Friendly Leeds Live | Andy and the Odd Socks Live –This exciting summer event will take over Millennium Square for one day on Wednesday 8th August, and children and their families are invited to come along and experience the fun of the festival season in a safe and welcoming space. Headlining the festival will be star of CBeebies Andy Day and his band ‘Andy and the Odd Socks'.

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 13th – Sunday 19th August


City Beach at Victoria Gardens – Bucket and spades at the ready as the City Beach returns to Leeds this Saturday 11th August to 2nd September! Enjoy the excitement of the seaside right in the heart of the city centre, with a wide range of family friendly activities such as Miama Surf, Waikiki car, Jungle Funhouse, Bamboo Bungees 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 19th August join the classic bus day to travel in vintage style between Leeds Industrial Museum, Thwaite Mills, Middleton Railway, The Thackray Museum and the City Centre. They’ll be lots going on to keep the family entertained between bus rides.

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!


The Terrace credit Harewood House Trust and Lee Beal

Week 5: Monday 20th – Sunday 26th 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. Visit this week as The Moscow State Circus is in town (23rd-28th August); a magical experience for people of all ages, witness unbelievable acts and astonishing artistes!

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 if 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 27th August – Sunday 2nd September


Leeds West Indian Carnival – Taking place at Potternewton Park on 27th 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.

Thackray Medical Museum – Delve into the murky history of medicine at this interactive museum. Be transported to the grimy streets of Leeds in 1842 and explore the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian life. Discover how scientific breakthroughs have changed our lives and find out about advances in surgical techniques. Over summer they’re exploring the science behind Frankenstein!