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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  brings activities galore across science, technology, engineering and mathematics throughout Leeds and the University. The 2018 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 18th Otley Walking Festival. This year’s Walking Festival opens with a wide choice of events on Saturday 23rd June and runs right through until Sunday 1st 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.


Roundhay Park will be transformed into a stunning wonderland of larger-than-life lanterns, taking inspiration from all over the world to create breath-taking displays at the Magical Lantern Festival.

Get out there...

Leeds Festival of Science – TBC March 2018

Be Curious Festival - TBC March 2018

Sounds Like This Festival - 12th - 23rd March 2018

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

Leeds Waterfront Festival - TBC June 2018

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

Leeds Yoga and Wellness Festival 2018 - 22nd - 24th June 2018

Otley Walking Festival – 23rd June - 1st July 2018

VW Festival – 10th - 12th August 2018

Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza – 9th September 2018

Otley Science Festival – TBC November 2018

Magical Lantern Festival - November 2018 - January 2019