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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...

Leeds Festival of Science – TBC March 2018

Be Curious Festival - TBC March 2018

Leeds International Festival - 28th April - 12th May 2018

Leeds Waterfront Festival - TBC June 2018

Leeds Eco Trail Trekker - 16th & 17th June 2018

Otley Walking Festival – TBC 2018

VW Festival – TBC August 2018

Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza – TBC September 2018

Otley Science Festival – 6th-11th November 2017

Magical Lantern Festival - 24th November 2017 - 1st January 2018