Leeds is a very cool city, packed with culture and entertainment for all ages.
If you feel like packing up and spending the Easter weekend in a hotel such as Crowne Plaza in Leeds, here are some brilliant ideas for things to do as a family.
Abbey House Museum – Bunny Scarecrow Trail
As well as experiencing the sights and sounds of Victorian Leeds in the Abbey House Museum, you and the children can enjoy hunting down famous rabbits like the Easter Bunny and Peter Rabbit during the Bunny Scarecrow Trail in the beautiful abbey grounds. There’s also a well-deserved treat for the little ones at the end.
Friday 3rd April 2015 to Thursday 9th April 2015, 10am to 3pm. Admission is free.
Abbey Walk, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, LS5 3EH
Temple Newsam House – King Henry the Egg
The Tudor-Jacobean Temple Newsam House boasts magnificent views over the estate and visitors can look around the majority of the grand rooms.
The family can work their way through the historic house in search for clues during their egg hunt and then they can create an ‘egg’ character inspired by history such as ‘King Henry the Egg’, ‘Elizabeth of Yolk’, or ‘The Ghost of the Speckled Blue Lady’.
Friday 3rd April 2015 to Monday 6th April 2015. Usual admission applies.
Temple Newham House, Temple Newsam Road, L15 0AD
Leeds City Museum – Time Travellers’ Treasure Hunt
Older children can take part in an afternoon of exploration as they wander the Leeds City Museum in search of rare objects. As they step through the Harrison Clock, they can practice their sleuthing skills as they solve challenges and hunt for treasure. There’s even a prize draw at the end if they complete their quest.
The whole family will love the interactive displays across six galleries – find out the history of Leeds, see an Egyptian mummy up close, and even dig for fossils.
Friday 3rd April 2015 to Thursday 19th April 2015. Free.
Leeds City Museum, Millenium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH
Leeds Central Library – Fairy Tale Lab
Come and discover the origins of the most famous fairytales in this interactive and fun week at Leeds Central Library.
There are two fabulous workshops for adults and families with children aged 8+: a digital art workshop and a fairytale soundscape workshop. Help the eager staff to create a new exhibition full of digital animations, artwork, music and sculptures exploring the images and landscapes of fairytales and help to write a brand new story.
Monday 30th March – Thursday 2nd April and Tuesday 7th – Wednesday 8th April in the Arts Space. Admission Free. Book online.
Leeds Central Library Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3AB
The Leeds Young People’s Film Festival
As part of the Leeds Young People’s Film Festival, there are 3 extra special Gala screenings for all the family from 30th March – 10th April. Amongst the highlights on offer in this year’s festival there’s a Special Preview of Moomins on the Riviera, in the Hyde Park Picture House featuring all the favourite Moomin characters in a brand new adventure.
You can also catch a screening of Back to the Future at Leeds Town Hall, with a real-life DeLorean car there just for the occasion. Thurs 2nd Apr, 2015 – 18:30 – £7.00 adult / £5.00 concession / £5.00 child
Hyde Park Picture House Brudenell Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 1JD
Leeds Town Hall The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AD
There is a week of action, music and entertainment for the whole family planned at Royal Armouries.
Enjoy the thrills and spills of authentic medieval jousting, as internationally renowned knights battle for the coveted Sword of Honour and the prestigious Queen’s Jubilee Trophy.
Visitors will be able to meet the jousters, support their favourite knight, watch the competition and enjoy a wide variety of fun activities.
Friday 3rd – individual heats 12 noon & team heats 3pm; Saturday 4th – individual heats 12 noon & team heats 3pm; Sunday 5th – individual final 12 noon & team heats 3pm; Monday 6th – Melee 12 noon and grand final 3pm.
Heats (3 – 5 April) – £6 Adult, £4 Child; Final (Monday 6 April) – £8 Adult, £6 Child; Day ticket (3 – 5 April) (Fri, Sat & Sun) – £10 Adult, £5 Child; Final Day (Monday 6 April) ticket – (Mon) – £14 Adult, £10 Child
Royal Armories’ Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT
Leeds Kirkgate Market
Enjoy family meals, free chocolate and fun activities this Easter at Kirkgate Market.
Children will need to keep their eyes peeled on Saturday 04 April from 11am until 3pm. The White Rabbit and Alice in Wonderland will be wandering around the market giving away free chocolate to children who find them. The Mad Hatter will also be in the market making crazy balloon models for children.
Leeds Kirkgate Market will be open as usual on Good Friday but closed on Easter Monday, reopening on Tuesday 07 April.
Abbey House Museum – Easter Family Fun Challenge
The Abbey House Museum has planned a challenge with an Easter twist. Designed for the whole family to work together, they will have to solve a variety of clues, activities, mystery objects and time challenges.
9 April 2015, 10am-4pm
Abbey House Museum, Abbey Walk, Abbey Rd, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3EH
Tropical World at Roundhay Park
Always worth a visit, Roundhay Park, Leeds has one of the UK’s most popular garden tourist attractions and is home to the largest collection of tropical plants outside Kew Gardens. The family will see see all manner of wildlife e.g. meercats, butterflies and the new purpose-built crocodile enclosure, and the children’s party and educational area.
You could also take a trek through the rainforest; stopping off briefly in the outback of Australia before a quick excursion through the desert.
10am to 6pm (last admission at 5:30pm) during summer (BST time); 10am to 4pm (last admission 3:30pm) during winter (GMT time)
Adults £5.00; LeedsCard £3.00; ‘Extra’ cardholders £2.00; Breezecard £2.00; 5-15 year olds £2.50; Under 5’s Free
Princes Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, LS8 1DF
Easter Fun At The Tetley
The Tetley is a centre for contemporary art and learning located in the stunning art deco headquarters of the former Tetley Brewery in central Leeds, and is a wonderful place for the family.
Basing the theme on old and new technologies, The Tetley offers animated films, robot- making workshops, and letterpress printing activities. When you need a rest there is a terrace for open-air eating and a new green space to relax in.
The events end with an exciting Easter egg hunt on Easter Monday, with contestants following clues around The Tetley to collect some delicious chocolate rewards.
Hunslet Road, Leeds LS10 1JQ
So much to do at Harewood House! Explore the gardens as they burst into life, with bright, spring bulbs and mature rhododendrons blooming with colour and crispness. Walk through the wild Himalayan Garden filled with rare and unusual plants.
Take a tour of the House where the expert team will be sharing a jam-packed programme for you to enjoy. Children can have a go
at polishing copper pans in the Old Kitchen and exploring the ‘Art of Conservation’ exhibition in the Servants’ Hall. They can even have a go at repairing a chair with a giant chair caning activity Below Stairs.
There are other activities too e.g badge making in the Bird Garden Marquee (£1 charge); the Bird Garden family egg hunt, a spring nature trail around the park. Activities are free to Trust members and prices vary for non-members.
Friday 3 – Sunday 19 April 2015, 10am – 5pm
Harewood House Trust, Harewood House Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LG
I think you’ll agree that could add up to a VERY busy Easter weekend. Have fun!
This is a commissioned post. Images © Cindy Sims Parr, Tim Green, Tim Green, Leeds City Museum, Michael D Beckwith, Tim Green, rawdonfox, Francisco Seoane Perez, Tim Green, William Warby, Clare Bell, Elliott Brown.