10 fun Leeds activities for kids of all ages this summer
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From Pirate Islands to picnics with dragons, Leeds has a host of family-orientated events for you to try this summer

You don’t need us to tell you that sunny weather in Leeds is all too fleeting, which doesn’t help when you’re trying to entertain the kids during the holidays.

We’ve pulled together 10 of the finest activities for your entire family to enjoy when summer does finally agree to make an appearance.

Pirate Island

Set a touch outside of the city centre in Stourton’s Thwaite Mills, who throw on an exciting pirate-themed treasure island set in the canal – more info.

When? Thu 14 July
Where? Thwaite Mills Watermill, Thwaite Lane, Stourton, LS10 1RP

The Tempest

Gather round Heartbreak Productions’ stone circle to meet druids, bards and revellers who will perform a mystical rendition of Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest, in a special open air theatre – more info.

When? Fri 15 – Sun 17 July
Where? Templenewsam House, Templenewsam Road, LS15 0AE

Family Art Workshop

Inspired by the work of local artist Jonathan Trayte, The Tetley are throwing on a Summer event that will teach young and old alike how to make jewellery and ornaments from the most natural of things – vegetables –more info.

When? Sat 16 July
Where? The Tetley, Hunslet Rd, LS10 1JQ

Kirkstall Art Trail

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On the 16th and 17th July, the Kirkstall Art Trail will be returning to venues across the area. As part of the trail, a group of local artists and organisations, including Pyramid of Arts, will be exhibiting their work at Kirkstall Abbey in the Chapter House – more info.

When? Sat 16 – Sun 17 July
Where? Various venues throughout Kirkstall

Time Travellers Living History Fair

From the Anglo Saxons to WW2, Tudors to The Victorians, this Temple Newsam history fair will allow people of all ages to truly experience life in the past! – more info.

When? Sat 23 – Sun 24 July
Where? Templenewsam House, Templenewsam Road, LS15 0AE

¡VAMOS! Festival


One of the UK’s biggest and longest running community arts festivals covering Latino/Hispanic/Lusophone culture returns to Leeds for a free one-day family friendly open air event in the heart of the city on Sunday 31st July – more info.

When? Sun 31 July
Where? Millennium Square, LS2 3AD

Kirkstall Abbey Market

The picturesque 12th century ruins of Kirkstall Abbey hosts over 40 unique stalls, which each day offers the opportunity to enjoy a Saturday or Sunday afternoon browsing hand-made crafts and local produce from across Yorkshire in a glorious setting whilst supporting local businesses – more info.

When? Sat 30 July – Sun 31 July
Where? Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Road, LS5 3EH

Picnic With a Dragon

More or less exactly what it says on the tin. Enjoy a family-orientated afternoon with Kirkstall’s very own dragon, Barry. Yes, Barry the dragon – more info.

When? Thu Aug 4
Where? Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Road, LS5 3EH

Breeze on tour

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Billed as a whole load of ‘Summer fun for under 19s’ and combining arts, inflatables, sports, crafts, performances and dance, Breeze is one of the more eagerly awaited fun days for young people – more info.

When? Wed 10 – Thu 11 August
Where? Soldier’s Field, Roundhay Park, Princes Avenue, LS8 2ER

North Leeds Food Festival

The beautiful surroundings of Roundhay Park will be transformed into a field of celebration for three days as it plays host to The North Leeds Food Festival. Thousands will join a celebration of street food, culture, art, music, talent, charity, crafts, lifestyle and produce underpinned by a strongly-held philosophy to showcase and expose talent based in the local area – more info.

When? Fri 19 – Sun 21 August
Where? Roundhay Park, Princes Avenue, LS8 2ER

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