Part two of the research I’ve been doing for some family days out for the Chiggs gang over the summer break! Here are more ideas for free family events over the school summer holidays, again focusing on West Yorkshire. The Leeds area has some fantastic parks which are great for days out, and as a bonus many have free event and activity days for children:-
Sat 3rd Aug 1-2pm a guided walk with the Head Gardener at Golden Acre park 6 miles NW of Leeds City Centre at Bramhope
Sat 3rd Aug 10-4pm mini guided family nature walks plus self-led events at Middleton Park (LS10, 3 miles South of Leeds City Centre)
Sun 4th Aug Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel Band 2.30-4.30pm at Middleton Park.
Sun 4 Aug 1 -4pm Meanwood Heritage Walk II at Meanwood Park & The Hollies. The second of three walks exploring the diverse cultural and natural heritage of the Meanwood Valley. (Meet by the Oates Memorial in the car park off Green Road, Meanwood)
Wed 7 Aug 10–2.pm Bodgers Camp at Middleton Park. Learn about traditional woodland crafts with workshop sessions on how to make hurdles and besoms. (Requires booking)
Sun 11 Aug 2-4pm Birds of Prey Experience at Middleton Park.
Sun 11 Aug 2- 4pm Treasure Hunt at Hunger Hills Wood. Seek out and find clues by exploring this wooded hillside to get a chance to open the Treasure Chest and win a prize. Meet Hall Lane Horsforth opposite children’s playground in Hall Park
Sun 11 Aug West Yorkshire Brass Band at Pudsey Park 2.30-4.30
Wed 14th August 1-2pm at Pudsey Park. Book worms story telling club (in the West Leeds Country Park visitors Centre).
Wed 14th and Thurs 15th August Spider Day at Pudsey Park! (I realise this may not appeal to everyone!) 10-4pm each day, celebrating the rare Fen Raft Spider with spider making crafts.
Sun 18 Aug 2- 4 A Celebration of Dance at Middleton Park, with local dance groups performing on the bandstand.
Sun 18 Aug Wakefield Metropolitan Band at Pudsey Park 2.30-4.30
Tues 20 Aug 7.30 – 9.30pm at Meanwood Park. Creatures of the Night- a talk about local night time wildlife followed by a bat walk in the Park and woodlands. (All the family are welcome)
Sunday 25th August, Go Batty in Middleton Park 7-9.30pm. Learn about bats and go bat walking (take a torch!) with the Yorkshire Bat Group
Sunday 25 Aug Altofts & Normanton Brass Band in Pudsey Park 2.30-4.30
Sun 25th and Mon 26th Aug Potternewton Park the Chapeltown Carnival and Reggae Concert.
Wed 28th August 1-2pm at Pudsey Park. Book worms story telling club (in the West Leeds Country Park visitors Centre)
Sunday 1st September 2-4 The Gig at Middleton Park Fri 9th Aug 1-3pm
There’s also the Leeds Owl Trail which can be followed at any time. There are twenty five locations across Leeds City Centre marked on the Leeds Owl Trail map- each owl tells you why it’s there and gives you a snapshot of what it’s seen in its lifetime.