Summer fun for all at city’s museums and galleries

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YOUNGSTERS in Leeds can let their imaginations run wild this summer with a whole host of fun-filled events at the city’s main attractions.

Families can make the most of summer with activities being held across the city’s nine museums and galleries.

Kicking off the summer celebrations is Leeds’ Edwardian country home Lotherton Hall, which will host a ‘Six Weeks of Summer Fun’ series.

The ‘Summer Sixties Picnic’ will also return, which sees visitors don their finest 1960s attire and take part in retro games.

Other events at the site include ‘Into Africa Week’, which starts on July 28, and the ‘Lotherton Challenge Week’ from August 11, which involves challenges being held across the estate.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said: “We are always looking at ways in Leeds Museums and Galleries to inspire our young people, and as part of our packed summer programme of events and activities we will be pulling out all the stops to fire their imaginations.

“This promises to be a summer not to forget, and we look forward to welcoming both old and new friends to our museums and galleries in the school holidays.”

John Roles, head of Leeds Museums and Galleries, said: “Over many years, Leeds Museums and Galleries have put together a packed programme of events to enjoy in the summer, and I am delighted to say that this year is no different.

“Our nine sites have really pulled out all the stops, and I hope children will enjoy our range of activities and events which will not only be great fun, but also we hope inspirational.”

Meanwhile, visitors at Temple Newsam House can join in with ‘The Many faces of Temple Newsam’ from July 23, which aims to bring to life the characters of the stately home with caricatures and face painting.

Kirkstall Abbey will host a fun musical session at their ‘Funky Fridays’ event, which runs every Friday throughout the summer holidays.

A family picnic event will also be held at the historic beauty spot every Wednesday.

Over the road at Abbey House Museum, families can take part in a range of activities including crafts and fancy dress.

Leeds Industrial Museum will be making a splash with a range of water-themed activities whilst Thwaite Mills Watermill offers an insight into the city’s industrial heritage.

Picture perfect artists can brush up on their skills at Leeds Art Gallery’s ‘SatARTday Club’ and ‘Paint Yourself’ events.

Leeds City Museum will also host a special ‘Myths, Legends and Fairytales’ event on August 14.

And visitors at the Leeds Discovery Centre will get the chance to go behind the scenes in the state-of-the-art storage facility, which is home to over one million objects.

A free guided tour will be held every Thursday of the holiday.

For more details on all of the events at Leeds Museums and Galleries, visit

Every week the YEP will focus on fun things to do this summer.

For more, check out the YEP every Thursday.

Lotherton Hall:

July 28-August 3: Into Africa Week

August 4-August 10: Conservation week

August 10: Summer Sixties Picnic from 11am to 3pm

August 11-August 17: Lotherton Challenge Week

August 18-24: The Gascoignes’ Abroad Week

August 25-31: End of Summer Fun

All activities fromm 11am to 4pm unless otherwise stated.


Tuesdays: Tall Tales Family Fun. Family crafts and activities based around classic children’s books

Wednesdays: SPLAT Science and Play Time

Thursdays: Magic and Mystery Museum

Fridays: Pick and Mix, with crafts and fancy dress

All activities from 10am-12pm and 2pm–4pm.


Splish, Splash, Splosh Water Fun!

July 24, August 7: Victorian Wash Day at 1pm

July 31, August 1: Tales of the Water Folk and watercolouring, 10.30am–11am and 2.30pm–3pm

August 12, 13: Water Force! 1pm–3pm

August 20, 21, 27 and 28: Wonderful Water Experiments 1pm-2pm

August 22: Film Time, 2.30pm–4.30pm

August 31: Leeds City Transport Vintage Bus Running Day, 11am-5pm


July 23-August 22: The Many Faces of Temple Newsam

July 30: Meet an Ancestor, 2.30pm

August 23-31: Grayson Perry - Look, React, Make.

August 31: Elizabethan Dancing in the Picture Gallery, 2pm-3.30pm


August 15, 19: Funky Samba Drumming at 10am and 11am

August 25: Colouring Day, 10am-3pm

Thursdays: Arty in the Abbey, 10am-11.30am

Fridays: Funky Fridays, 10am–11.30am


July 31-August 1: You Beauty!

August 5-8: We Are Leeds, 10am–12pm and 2pm–4pm

August 14: Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales, 10am–6pm

August 26-29: The Romans are coming! 10am–12pm and 2pm–4pm.


July 24, 31 and August 7, 14: Paint Yourself, 11am–4pm.

July 24 - August 31: Picture Me in Artspace, 11am – 4pm.

August 22: Playground, 10am–12pm.

August 2: SatARTday Club, from 11am–4pm.

June 28, July 26, August 9, 23 and 30: Adventures in Artspace, 11am–4pm.


July 31, August 14 and 28: Mousetrap Challenge, 11am-3pm

August 31: Leeds City Transport Vintage Bus Running Day, 11am-5pm.

Every day: Mouse Hunt and Island Explorers, 1pm-5pm at weekends, 10am-5pm Tuesday to Friday.


Thursdays: Behind the scenes guided tour, 11am–12pm and 2pm–3pm.

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