Magical half term on offer

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Magic and treasure hunts are among the delights on offer to children at the city’s museums and galleries this half term.

A packed programme will include events to mark Halloween and plenty of arts and crafts with activities at nine sites across the city.

Councillor Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for museums and galleries, said: “It’s wonderful to see there will be so much happening over half-term at Leeds museums and galleries and there really is something to keep everyone busy.

“As well as a full programme of Halloween events, there are also lots of chances for young people to take part in arts and crafts and the great thing about our sites is that there are opportunities to learn and explore while also having fun.”

Visitors to Lotherton Hall can dress up for a Halloween Day while Temple Newsam House and farm will host trick or treating in the dark.

Brave youngsters can explore Kirkstall Abbey in search of vampires, werewolves, witches and wizards while Abbey House Museum will play host to workshops on applying gruesome Halloween and special effects makeup.

As well as Halloween activities, arty young people can get involved with celebrations for British Art Show 8 at Leeds Art Gallery by crafting and moulding clay, or create a masterpiece and join in the world’s biggest drawing festival at Leeds Industrial Museum.

A treasure hunt with metal detectors will take place at Leeds City Museum and visitors can also discover a world of masks and masquerade at Leeds Discovery Centre.

Elsewhere youngsters can become an island explorer and investigate nature on the tiny island at Thwaite Mills Watermill.

For a full rundown of all the events taking place at Leeds museums and galleries over the half term, visit: