North Leeds children can take a walk on the wild side

The Upper Lake at Roundhay Park.
The Upper Lake at Roundhay Park.
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Children in inner north east Leeds can have a summer of free nature-packed events at a local tourist attraction thanks to funding from local councillors.

Roundhay Park and Tropical World is giving local children an insight into the creepy crawlies, fish and plants and techniques for survival in the wild during the summer holidays. A number of nocturnal events are also planned, giving youngsters the chance to see bats, moths and other night-time dwellers of the park.

Places are expected to be snapped up quickly so parents are advised to book their child’s place as soon as possible.

Chairwoman of Inner North East Community Committee, Coun Eileen Taylor (Lab, Chapel Allerton) said: “Summer can be an expensive time for parents, so it’s great to be able to help provide some really exciting, free activities. Thanks to funding from the Community Committee, children from Meanwood to Roundhay, not to mention Chapel Allerton and Chapeltown, can take full advantage of these free events. I hope as many as possible come.”

Coun Bill Urry (Lab, Roundhay), added: “This is a great way for children to take a walk on the wild side. At these events children can come face to face with a tarantula, see through a periscope, build a shelter and use a detector to catch a fleeting glimpse of a bat. All this for free. Parents in Roundhay won’t want their kids to miss this opportunity.”

First up this week is ‘Life Aquatic’ - the chance to find out what lurks beneath the surface of the Upper Lake at Roundhay Park (pictured), tomorrow, August 11, from 1-3pm.

Activities are suitable for children aged eight to 12, but they must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

Places are limited - book by contacting the zoo education officer on 0113 3367553 or email parkseducation@leeds.gov.uk, with Breeze Card details.