As changeable as the weather is at the moment, you can tell we’re heading into summer by the sheer volume of decent outdoor events taking place in Leeds and across the county. Here’s half a dozen to keep you busy...
Spring Adventure - Stockeld Park
May 28: Join Stockeld Park for fabulous family days out this Spring with active Adventure Zones within the beautiful woodland.
Try the outdoor roller rink, maze, go karts or explore, climb and play in the Enchanted Forest as you discover sculptures and themed adventure playground areas. Jump and slide in the inflatable zone or drive the electric scooter trail. They also have indoor play, games, crafts and creativity and two giant bouncy pillows about 20ft by 50ft - easily enough to fill up an entire day.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
UNTIL JUNE 16: If you’ve yet to visit the giant Disney-inspired mouse statues at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, then you’re missing out on a truly fantastic photographic opportunity. The statues are truly enormous. Designed by artist KAWS, born Brian Donnelly, a New-York based artist whose work includes painting, sculpture, printmaking and design. Born in New Jersey in 1974, he started out as a graffiti artist before turning his attention with his artistic interventions in the city’s public spaces. The exhibition runs until June 16, so if you want to go, do it soon.
Camelot comes to Kirkstall Abbey
Sunday May 15: Meet characters from myth and legend at a weekend of ‘Knights and Brave Maidens’ in Kirkstall Abbey. This family fun weekend will include craft activities, face painting, storytelling sessions and short interactive performances. Come as your favourite medieval character and wander through the cloisters, where you can meet legends from the court of King Arthur, including Merlin the wizard, dragons and Mordred. Knights and maidens five years and under: 10-11.30am. Older knights and maidens six-10 years: 2-3.30pm.
Sleepover at The Hepworth
SATURDAY MAY 14, 7PM–SUNDAY MAY 15, 9.30AM, ADULTS £15/CHILDREN £30: Bring your pyjamas, sleeping bag and a sense of adventure to celebrate Museums at Night with The Hepworth’s first sleepover in the gallery.
Aimed at five-12-year-olds, the evening will be a series of fun activities and surprises, including artist-led sculpture and print sessions, prize winning competitions… and possibly even some sleep. But not before story time. And rise in the morning to a tasy breakfast and a special trail of the exhibitions before the gallery opens.
Leeds Indie Food Festival
May 13-30: Leeds may be renowned for its food but the people behind Leeds Independent Food Festival have taken that a stage further, by making a scale model of the city... out of cake. It looks difficult to make but actually it was a piece of cake (urgh!)
The model cake marks the launch of the featival, which runs until May 30. Visitors will be able to take a walk through the sponge and ganache architecture, as well as enjoying a slice of some of the most impressive buildings in the city. The edible art exhibition will showcase the best of the city’s independent food and drink vendors.
1940s Weekend - Howarth
May 13-15: Drop into Howarth this weekend and uoumigh be forgiven for thinking you’ve somehow managed to travel back in time. Not only are you guaranteed to see folk walking around in military uniforms from the Second World War, but there’s likely to be old vehicles struggling to get up the hills and fly-pasts from Second World War aeroplanes.
With events on at numerous venues across the town, there will be vintage cars, food and clothing stalls, old-time dancing, special remembrance services and food from yesteryear, with plenty to do for all the family.