Families in Leeds enjoy a taste of the country life

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Families in the Leeds had a taste of country life with the return of the Nidderdale in the City event at Kirkstall Abbey.

The showcase was held for the second time in Leeds on Saturday and included a petting zoo with llamas and alpacas, willow-weaving, tractors, a climbing wall, wool felting and foraging walks.

Upper Nidderdale in the City event at Kirkstall Abbey. Daniel Duggan  and daughter Eve, three of Great Preston meet the Llama

Upper Nidderdale in the City event at Kirkstall Abbey. Daniel Duggan and daughter Eve, three of Great Preston meet the Llama

Youngsters even had the chance to learn how to milk a cow.

The free family-friendly event aimed to highlight everything the Upper Nidderdale area has to offer.

Other activities at the fun day included stone masonry demonstrations, bee keeping advice, brass band performances and birds of prey.

Iain Mann, scheme manager at Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership, said: “Our Upper Nidderdale in the City event is all about showing people who live in Leeds the wide range of things that happen in a rural area like Nidderdale – it’s only 25 miles from Kirkstall Abbey to Pateley Bridge but they are very different places!

Upper Nidderdale in the City event  at Kirkstall Abbey. Olivia Andrew, nine, of Armley gets close up with honey bee

Upper Nidderdale in the City event at Kirkstall Abbey. Olivia Andrew, nine, of Armley gets close up with honey bee

“We hope that by bringing a bit of what is special about Upper Nidderdale to Leeds, people get more of an understanding of the area and want to come and have a look for themselves.”

For more information about the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership, which is funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund, visit www.uppernidderdale.org.uk.

Upper Nidderdale in the City event at Kirkstall Abbey. 'Remi Tarwacki , six, of Kirkstall tries milking a cow

Upper Nidderdale in the City event at Kirkstall Abbey. 'Remi Tarwacki , six, of Kirkstall tries milking a cow

Isaac  Robertshaw, five of Horsforth  shaping wood on a shave horse with Geoff Norton of Yorkshire Hurdles

Isaac Robertshaw, five of Horsforth shaping wood on a shave horse with Geoff Norton of Yorkshire Hurdles

John Barlow, four, of Wakefield plays with the tractors

John Barlow, four, of Wakefield plays with the tractors

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