Plan your days out to keep the whole family entertained during the summer holidays in Leeds.

From family trails to arts and crafts workshops there’s plenty to look forward to at all our venues, whatever the weather.

Summer holidays – days out in Leeds

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Summer Holidays: Servants’ Secrets

20 July 2024 - 01 September 2024

Venue: Temple Newsam

Price: Included in admission

Learn all about the servants who kept Temple Newsam running smoothly, what their lives were like and the different jobs they had to do.

A young child reading a magical book

Summer Holidays Street Stories

23 July 2024 - 01 September 2024

Venue: Abbey House Museum

Price: Standard admission

Visit Abbey House for our summer holidays street stories as we bring fairytales, nursery rhymes and modern classics to life!

A postcard design with seaside theme

A Lotherton Summer Holiday

23 July 2024 - 01 September 2024

Venue: Lotherton

Price: Included as part of entry ticket (pre-booking recommended)

It's a jolly holiday with family activities and entertainment inspired by the great British summer.

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Game Token Trail

23 July 2024 - 30 August 2024

Venue: Leeds City Museum

Price: Free

Embark on a nostalgic journey celebrating classic board game tokens in our summer trail, from the iconic Monopoly top hat to a 12-sided dice.

Deer Tractor Tours

23 July 2024 - 30 August 2024

Venue: Lotherton

Price: £6/ £20 for group of 4

Experience our herd of red deer up close as we take you on a tour of our Deer Park in our brand new Lotherton tractor trailer. Learn all about this magnificent  species - and Britain's biggest native mammal - and discover the estate from a different viewpoint.

A peacock butterfly on a flower

Summer Holidays: Urban Nature Trail

23 July 2024 - 01 September 2024

Venue: Kirkstall Abbey

Price: Free for Leeds residents/included in admission

Our popular trail is back with lots of birds, bees, bats and butterflies hidden all over the abbey.

a mum and two children looking at plants in the colour garden at leeds industrial museum

Summer Holidays: Nature Trail

24 July 2024 - 01 September 2024

Venue: Leeds Industrial Museum

Price: Included with admission

Get your magnifying glasses at the ready as you hunt for the wildlife that has found its way into the museum on our family nature trail.

Mystery Matinees

24 July 2024 - 30 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Industrial Museum

Price: Included in admission

2:00 pm

Join us in our tiny 1920s cinema, the beautiful Palace Picture House, for family favourites daily during the school holidays.

children playing a connect 4 type game

Board game workshop with Cards or Die

30 July 2024

Venue: Leeds City Museum

Price: Free

10am - 12pm & 1 - 3pm

Join this board game workshop with Cards or Die to play a huge selection of games, from vintage & retro to modern classics.

Burley Banksy Art Workshop

30 July 2024

Venue: Leeds City Museum

Price: Free

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Channel your inner artist and join this family workshop celebrating all things Leeds with renowned local artist Andy McVeigh (aka Burley Banksy).

Summer Store Tours

30 July 2024

Venue: Leeds Discovery Centre

Price: Free - booking required

11am - 12pm & 1 - 2pm

Join us this summer for behind the scenes tours of the Leeds Museums and Galleries collection store with over 1.3 million objects.

person holding twigs with leaves attached

Summer Holidays: Nature Workshops

30 July 2024

Venue: Leeds Industrial Museum

Price: Included in admission

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Get creative while you learn about the different plants and animals that live near the museum in our nature themed workshops.

peter mitchell photographs of leeds arranged in the shape of a house

Connect to Home in Artspace

30 July 2024 - 01 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Art Gallery

Price: Free

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join artist Kalisha Piper Cheddie and use a photograph by Peter Mitchell to create an image that shows your connection to home.

Fabulous Fashion Workshop

31 July 2024

Venue: Leeds Discovery Centre

Price: Free, booking required

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Travel through time at this family workshop where you will learn what the children of Leeds wore in the past.

A child making a board game

Board Game Builders

31 July 2024 - 01 August 2024

Venue: Leeds City Museum

Price: Free

10am - 12pm & 1 - 3pm

Dive into the world of board game design in our weekly craft sessions! Invent your own game, create boards and make up your own rules.

person holding twigs with leaves attached

Summer Holidays: Nature Workshops

31 July 2024

Venue: Leeds Industrial Museum

Price: Included in admission

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Get creative while you learn about the different plants and animals that live near the museum in our nature themed workshops.

Summer Store Tours

01 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Discovery Centre

Price: Free - booking required

11am - 12pm & 1 - 2pm

Join us this summer for behind the scenes tours of the Leeds Museums and Galleries collection store with over 1.3 million objects.

person holding twigs with leaves attached

Summer Holidays: Nature Workshops

01 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Industrial Museum

Price: Included in admission

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Get creative while you learn about the different plants and animals that live near the museum in our nature themed workshops.

different coloured coleus plants

Pot a Plant

01 August 2024

Venue: Temple Newsam

Price: Free

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Celebrate Yorkshire Day at Temple Newsam by potting up a beautiful Coleus plant from our National Collection to take home. 

Child with sensory toys

Sensory Storytime

02 August 2024

Venue: Abbey House Museum

Price: FREE

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Our Sensory Storytime at Abbey House Museum is for families with additional needs who want to take part in our summer holiday themed event.

The Lotherton Yorkshire Artisan Market

03 - 04 August 2024

Venue: Lotherton

Price: Included as part of entry ticket (pre-booking recommended)

Celebrate Yorkshire Day with Lotherton Yorkshire Festival. Family entertainment, craft market, food and drink!

Summer Store Tours

06 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Discovery Centre

Price: Free - booking required

11am - 12pm & 1 - 2pm

Join us this summer for behind the scenes tours of the Leeds Museums and Galleries collection store with over 1.3 million objects.

person holding twigs with leaves attached

Summer Holidays: Nature Workshops

06 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Industrial Museum

Price: Included in admission

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Get creative while you learn about the different plants and animals that live near the museum in our nature themed workshops.

peter mitchell photographs of leeds arranged in the shape of a house

Connect to Home in Artspace

06 - 08 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Art Gallery

Price: Free

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join artist Kalisha Piper Cheddie and use a photograph by Peter Mitchell to create an image that shows your connection to home.

A store tour at Leeds Discovery Centre

Go for Gold

07 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Discovery Centre

Price: Free, booking required

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come along to this Olympics centred family workshop to find out about some of Leeds’s top Sporting heroes.

A child making a board game

Board Game Builders

07 - 08 August 2024

Venue: Leeds City Museum

Price: Free

10am - 12pm & 1 - 3pm

Dive into the world of board game design in our weekly craft sessions! Invent your own game, create boards and make up your own rules.

children doing art in kirkstall abbey

Get Arty in the Abbey

07 August 2024

Venue: Kirkstall Abbey

Price: Free/included in admission

10:00 am - 11:30 pm

Go on a family art adventure around Kirkstall Abbey and get creative with chalks, pastels, charcoals and fine liners.

white roses made of felt

Wet Felting Workshop – Yorkshire Rose

07 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Industrial Museum

Price: Included in admission

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come and help us celebrate Yorkshire with us by learning to make a beautiful Yorkshire rose using wool, water and soap.

child with VR headset

Augmented Reality Gaming Workshop

08 August 2024

Venue: Leeds City Museum

Price: Free

10.30am - 12.30pm & 1 - 3pm

Unlock the magic of Augmented Reality and world-building in our exciting summer workshop inspired by the museum's collection!

Summer Store Tours

08 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Discovery Centre

Price: Free - booking required

11am - 12pm & 1 - 2pm

Join us this summer for behind the scenes tours of the Leeds Museums and Galleries collection store with over 1.3 million objects.

person holding twigs with leaves attached

Summer Holidays: Nature Workshops

08 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Industrial Museum

Price: Included in admission

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Get creative while you learn about the different plants and animals that live near the museum in our nature themed workshops.

bee on a yellow flower

Get Crafty in the Cloister

08 August 2024

Venue: Kirkstall Abbey

Price: Free/included in admission

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Get crafty and make a bee fan, a bat hat, or a butterfly wreath inspired by our summer urban nature trail.

The Wind in the Willows with images of the actors during a performance

The Wind in the Willows

09 August 2024

Venue: Kirkstall Abbey

Price: Up to £16 + booking fee

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Boxtree Productions on the riverbank this summer to find out, as they celebrate their 10 year anniversary with a performance of Kenneth Grahame's beloved story!

children playing a connect 4 type game

Board game workshop with Cards or Die

13 August 2024

Venue: Leeds City Museum

Price: Free

10am - 12pm & 1 - 3pm

Join this board game workshop with Cards or Die to play a huge selection of games, from vintage & retro to modern classics.

Summer Store Tours

13 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Discovery Centre

Price: Free - booking required

11am - 12pm & 1 - 2pm

Join us this summer for behind the scenes tours of the Leeds Museums and Galleries collection store with over 1.3 million objects.

person holding twigs with leaves attached

Summer Holidays: Nature Workshops

13 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Industrial Museum

Price: Included in admission

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Get creative while you learn about the different plants and animals that live near the museum in our nature themed workshops.

A Piece of the Puzzle

14 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Discovery Centre

Price: Free - booking required

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Monopoly may be taking over the city of Leeds this summer but join this family workshop to learn about some of the other games and jigsaws made by Waddington’s.

A child making a board game

Board Game Builders

14 - 15 August 2024

Venue: Leeds City Museum

Price: Free

10am - 12pm & 1 - 3pm

Dive into the world of board game design in our weekly craft sessions! Invent your own game, create boards and make up your own rules.

children doing art in kirkstall abbey

Get Arty in the Abbey

14 August 2024

Venue: Kirkstall Abbey

Price: Free/included in admission

10:00 am - 11:30 pm

Go on a family art adventure around Kirkstall Abbey and get creative with chalks, pastels, charcoals and fine liners.

Quentin Blake - Angelica Sprocket's Pockets. Folksy Theatre.

Angelica Sprocket’s Pockets

14 August 2024

Venue: Kirkstall Abbey

Price: Up to £12 + booking fee

1:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Filled with Folksy’s touch of live music, puppetry, audience interaction and madness! This fun-filled show is the perfect treat for the whole family!

child with VR headset

Augmented Reality Gaming Workshop

15 August 2024

Venue: Leeds City Museum

Price: Free

10.30am - 12.30pm & 1 - 3pm

Unlock the magic of Augmented Reality and world-building in our exciting summer workshop inspired by the museum's collection!

Summer Store Tours

15 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Discovery Centre

Price: Free - booking required

11am - 12pm & 1 - 2pm

Join us this summer for behind the scenes tours of the Leeds Museums and Galleries collection store with over 1.3 million objects.

person holding twigs with leaves attached

Summer Holidays: Nature Workshops

15 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Industrial Museum

Price: Included in admission

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Get creative while you learn about the different plants and animals that live near the museum in our nature themed workshops.

bee on a yellow flower

Get Crafty in the Cloister

15 August 2024

Venue: Kirkstall Abbey

Price: Free/included in admission

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Get crafty and make a bee fan, a bat hat, or a butterfly wreath inspired by our summer urban nature trail.

Child with sensory toys

Sensory Storytime

16 August 2024

Venue: Abbey House Museum

Price: FREE

10:30 am - 11:30 pm

Our Sensory Storytime at Abbey House Museum is for families with additional needs who want to take part in our summer holiday themed event.

Panto at the Abbey, Alice in Wonderland

Panto at the Abbey: Alice in Wonderland Live

16 August 2024

Venue: Kirkstall Abbey

Price: £10 + booking fee

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Alice on a magical wander through Wonderland at Kirkstall Abbey as she meets a whole host of crazy characters straight out of the classic book by Lewis Carroll.

Summer Store Tours

20 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Discovery Centre

Price: Free - booking required

11am - 12pm & 1 - 2pm

Join us this summer for behind the scenes tours of the Leeds Museums and Galleries collection store with over 1.3 million objects.

parent and child doing crafts in artspace

Take a Photo Walk in Artspace

20 - 22 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Art Gallery

Price: Free

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Collaborate with the artist Nicki-Joe Baxter to make a ‘photomontage’ inspired by photographer Peter Mitchell’s curiosity.

Flower Forage

21 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Discovery Centre

Price: Free- booking required

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us to explore some of Leeds amazing wildlife from our collection in this plant focused family workshop.

A child making a board game

Board Game Builders

21 - 22 August 2024

Venue: Leeds City Museum

Price: Free

10am - 12pm & 1 - 3pm

Dive into the world of board game design in our weekly craft sessions! Invent your own game, create boards and make up your own rules.

children doing art in kirkstall abbey

Get Arty in the Abbey

21 August 2024

Venue: Kirkstall Abbey

Price: Free/included in admission

10:00 am - 11:30 pm

Go on a family art adventure around Kirkstall Abbey and get creative with chalks, pastels, charcoals and fine liners.

Panto at the Abbey, Pinocchio

Panto at the Abbey: Pinocchio Live

21 August 2024

Venue: Kirkstall Abbey

Price: £10 + booking fee

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Wish upon a star in this magical family pantomime and follow our young hero, Pinocchio, on an adventure of a lifetime as he learns how to become a real boy.

child with VR headset

Augmented Reality Gaming Workshop

22 August 2024

Venue: Leeds City Museum

Price: Free

10.30am - 12.30pm & 1 - 3pm

Unlock the magic of Augmented Reality and world-building in our exciting summer workshop inspired by the museum's collection!

Summer Store Tours

22 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Discovery Centre

Price: Free - booking required

11am - 12pm & 1 - 2pm

Join us this summer for behind the scenes tours of the Leeds Museums and Galleries collection store with over 1.3 million objects.

bee on a yellow flower

Get Crafty in the Cloister

22 August 2024

Venue: Kirkstall Abbey

Price: Free/included in admission

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Get crafty and make a bee fan, a bat hat, or a butterfly wreath inspired by our summer urban nature trail.

Top Gun Maverick

Outdoor cinema – Top Gun Maverick

24 August 2024

Venue: Kirkstall Abbey

Price: Up to £16 + booking fee

8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

This summer, we're excited to be teaming up with @frontierscreeens to host two nights of outdoor cinema in the Abbey, and tickets are now ON SALE!

Summer Store Tours

27 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Discovery Centre

Price: Free - booking required

11am - 12pm & 1 - 2pm

Join us this summer for behind the scenes tours of the Leeds Museums and Galleries collection store with over 1.3 million objects.

person holding twigs with leaves attached

Summer Holidays: Nature Workshops

27 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Industrial Museum

Price: Included in admission

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Get creative while you learn about the different plants and animals that live near the museum in our nature themed workshops.

Panto at the Abbey, Little Mermaid

Panto at the Abbey: Little Mermaid Live

27 August 2024

Venue: Kirkstall Abbey

Price: £10 + booking fee

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Follow Lenor, our mermaid princess, as she finds her sea legs in search of her happily ever after under the sea in this bubbly family pantomime..

Pilot Whale

What Lies Beneath

28 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Discovery Centre

Price: Free - booking required

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come and take a closer look at some of the amazing Rocks and Fossils from our collection.

children doing art in kirkstall abbey

Get Arty in the Abbey

28 August 2024

Venue: Kirkstall Abbey

Price: Free/included in admission

10:00 am - 11:30 pm

Go on a family art adventure around Kirkstall Abbey and get creative with chalks, pastels, charcoals and fine liners.

felt leaves

Wet Felting Workshop – Autumn Leaves

28 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Industrial Museum

Price: Included in admission

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come along and make a colourful autumn leaf from felt to hang in your window at home, using wool wire and soap.

Summer Store Tours

29 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Discovery Centre

Price: Free - booking required

11am - 12pm & 1 - 2pm

Join us this summer for behind the scenes tours of the Leeds Museums and Galleries collection store with over 1.3 million objects.

person holding twigs with leaves attached

Summer Holidays: Nature Workshops

29 August 2024

Venue: Leeds Industrial Museum

Price: Included in admission

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Get creative while you learn about the different plants and animals that live near the museum in our nature themed workshops.

bee on a yellow flower

Get Crafty in the Cloister

29 August 2024

Venue: Kirkstall Abbey

Price: Free/included in admission

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Get crafty and make a bee fan, a bat hat, or a butterfly wreath inspired by our summer urban nature trail.

Child with sensory toys

Sensory Storytime

30 August 2024

Venue: Abbey House Museum

Price: FREE

10:30 am - 11:30 pm

Our Sensory Storytime at Abbey House Museum is for families with additional needs who want to take part in our summer holiday themed event.

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