Looking for Spring Half Term ideas? We’ve got you covered.
10th February 2023
No matter what your family likes to get up to, Leeds has got you covered this Spring Half Term. Because when the schools are out, it’s time to get out there and find your type of fun. So whether you’re a tribe that likes to explore, a creative crew, or a curious collective, you’ll find a whole host of activities, attractions and destinations to fill that week of holiday goodness.
For the outdoor explorers and nature lovers…
One of the best ways to make the most of family time is to get outdoors – there’s nothing better for using up kids’ energy, and getting those much needed steps in too. Luckily, Leeds has a wealth of green space, parks and trails to take to.
You might want to head to Kirkstall Abbey for a wander amongst the Medieval ruins, or roam the grounds of Harewood House where you’ll find its adventure playground, or Temple Newsam where pulse-racing Go Ape is ideal for older kids. You could also explore the animal world with Lotherton Hall’s amazing bird trail, or Roundhay Park’s Tropical World. While you’re there, don’t forget to grab some bird food from the cafe and feed the swans! The Valentine’s Fair is returning to the city this year in Millennium Square, Cookridge Street and Victoria Gardens – the perfect place for all thrill seekers to get an adrenaline rush! There’s more about the outdoors here.
For the creative and curious…
Just because school’s out, it doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. But maybe it’s time to forget the maths homework and make things a little more exciting? Leeds’ awesome array of museums and galleries offer loads more than rooms of exhibits. There are loads of ways to get involved!
Why not get creative with arts and crafts workshops, just like those found at The Tetley gallery? Or there are kid-friendly areas and exhibitions at Leeds Art Gallery to track down, plus street art trails across the city for you to discover. Then there’s the living history at Leeds Industrial Museum and Thwaite Watermill, bringing the past to life.
Over at the Royal Armouries, there’s even a special half term celebration of arms and armour found in comics, books and films! You can book a free ticket to ‘Fantasy Heros’ and see live combat, entertaining shows and interactive green screen experiences from your fave characters from myths and legends. Though, if maths is still on your mind, a trip to Maths City could be the one for you!
For the flavour hunters…
Everyone needs to eat, but for some families trying new things is what spending time together is all about! So why not plan a trip to some of Leeds’ best family-friendly dining destinations?
Street food is a good place to start – there’s something for everyone, whether they love fish and chips or Vietnamese Pho. So Trinity Kitchen must be on the agenda, with a rotating cast of stalls and trucks changing seasonally. Then there are the award-winning stalls found in Leeds’ Kirkgate Market, where you can also get face to face with the butchers and fishmongers to see where the produce starts off. For the truly adventurous, Zaap Thai offers real Thai tuk tuks and an authentic menu with loads of options for kids to choose from. There are some handy offers on the horizon too, like Banyan Bar & Kitchen, where kids eat free until 6pm during half term. Or you can find more food and drink here.
Planning your break…
If you’re planning to make a break of it, Leeds has all the family-friendly accommodation you could need – suitable for everyone from babies to teenagers. Well-located city centre hotels, like the Queens, Premier Inn or the Clayton will give you a perfect base to explore, with great links to public transport too. Adjoining rooms will be available on request, as well as sofa beds and cots where required. Other city centre hotels include the Marriott, Crowne Plaza, and Novotel, but these are just to name a few, with many other options to explore. Outside of the city centre, Headingley Premier Inn or Oulton Hall provide a great starting point to get out into the countryside. Check out our Where to Stay guide for more hotel options in the city centre and beyond.
So you’ve booked your accommodation, now how do you get here? The train station is connected to London, Birmingham and Edinburgh and more via fast intercity services, and there are loads of regional bus links. The city is also at the heart of the motorway network, so bringing your own car and parking in an accessible city centre car park is a good option too. Explore our transport guide for all the details.
There’s so much to do in Leeds this Spring Half Term and with a host of activities and events to get involved with, there’s something for everyone!
Find out more about Family Adventures in Leeds here!
This blog post has been updated from the original publication in February 2022.