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First Leeds Den Building Festival set to lay foundations for play day fun

Ed Carlisle, from Together For Peace, with cardboard stored at a Beeston church that will be used for the first Leeds Den Building Festival.

Ed Carlisle, from Together For Peace, with cardboard stored at a Beeston church that will be used for the first Leeds Den Building Festival.

The first ever Leeds Den Building Festival is aiming to bring the child out in people young and old from all over Leeds on Wednesday.

Hundreds of people have already signed up to the free event at Victoria Gardens, in Leeds city centre, which will see children and adults let loose with hundreds of cardboard boxes.

The festival, coordinated by Leeds charity Together for Peace (T4P), architecture students and partners, aims to bring people from across the city together to enjoy “good old-fashioned play” to mark National Play Day.

Organisers have been collecting boxes from businesses across Leeds, which are being stored at the Church of the Holy Spirit, in Tempest Road, Beeston, until the event aimed mainly at children.

Ed Carlisle, T4P project manager, said: “I think play is really undervalued. I’m interested in how we can help the city centre to be more than a commercial space and a space for play.

“It’s creating free good old fashioned creative play opportunities. The DS and Xbox has a place in the world but this is an opportunity to collaborate and have fun together with what is unwanted stuff.”

The event, which will also feature a scrap robot-building workshop, is prepared for all weather, so if rain looks likely to hit the cardboard bonanza it will be relocated to a space inside Leeds Art Gallery. Its website will be updated in case rain is forecast, so visit www.t4p.org.uk/events/leeds-den-building-festival-part-1-6th-aug for updates.

Visitors to Wednesday’s festival can build to their hearts’ content from 11am to 4pm, before the ‘den village’ opens for viewing and play from 4pm to 6pm when prizes will be handed out.

The festival will tee up a second den building event at The Tetley on September 28.

Mr Carlisle added: “Den building is a thing that people of all ages and backgrounds love.”

 

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