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Leeds 2023, The Guide to Family Fun

By Press release February 15, 2023
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From Leeds owls to an Ugly Duckling, magnificent museums to amazing art there’s something for everyone to enjoy this half-term in Leeds.

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm is a 26-acre site with a wide variety of animals but also a major centre for community and environmental work. Open 10am-3pm, seven days a week, this half-term there’s also the option to book a guided tour with Farmer Amy to moo-ve around the farm and learn all about the animals! See goats, donkeys, sheep, alpacas, cows, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Go global at Tropical World and discover beautiful butterflies and birds, slithering snakes, inquisitive meerkats and much more whilst traveling through rainforest, desert and be in awe of aquatic life at Tropical World, nestled in Leeds’ stunning Roundhay Park, over 700 acres of picturesque parkland with lakes, woodlands, formal gardens, cafes and playgrounds.

Ugly Duckling, from Leeds’ Northern Ballet, is the retelling, through dance, of the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairytale and the perfect opportunity for little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time. (11 Feb 2023 - 15 Feb 2023 at Leeds’ Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre)

Henry V at Leeds Playhouse is one for the older kids - civil unrest, trouble with Europe, the death of a monarch… experience Shakespeare’s Henry V in a production that offers a different perspective on England’s hero. (9 Feb 2023 - 25 Feb 2023)

The Grand Academy produced by Leeds Heritage Theatres - Wonderful workshops across three days for young people of various ages to engage in a jam-packed, fun-filled day of theatre-inspired games, creativity, and a chance to learn the tricks of the trade. (Book fast as limited availability)

Friday 17 February Opera North will hold its Family Festival at the Howard Assembly Room and Howard Opera Centre in Leeds, from 9.30am for an interactive movement workshop, a family singing session and mask making. (Tickets must be booked separately for each event)

Get on the LEEDS 2023 Owl Prowl and be in with a chance to win some super prizes, including a LEEDS 2023 owl. Spot the cuddly birds perched around Trinity Leeds - it’ll be a hoot! Pick up LEEDS 2023 owl clues from the LEEDS 2023 shop on Level 3 and make sure you return your completed forms to be in with a chance to win. (Starting Monday 13th February)

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (PG) is showing at the Everyman cinema starring Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Olivia Colman. A fantastical fairy tale full of wit, visual sparkle, and the gleeful comic charms. Purrrfect!

Add in a trip to MathsCity an interactive space in which visitors will enjoy and appreciate the power and importance of mathematics as a tool for understanding the wonderful wide world we live in. Take away some great memories of climbing inside a giant bubble or a kaleidoscope. Try the laser Ring of Fire and challenge the fascinating puzzles. Divide your time between twenty interactive exhibits.

From terrifying tigers to big bears Life on Earth at Leeds City Museum is home to a colossal collection of 800,000 animals, vegetables, minerals and much more.

Royal Armouries is home to the UK’s national collection of arms and armour, with five floors of galleries, over 4,500 objects, plus regular re-enactments and combat demonstrations.

Who Am I? Portraits and Identity - Art activities that get kids thinking “Who am I? How do I want to be represented?”, alongside the Arthur France exhibition in the House. Activities will take place in Terrace Cottage, giving a sneak peak of a new space which will be developed into a dedicated family craft space in the spring. Drop-in and take part in seasonal crafts inspired by Harewood’s beautiful landscape and amazing art collection.

Treasures of Temple Newsam - Take part in sparkly trails and activities across the whole estate as it bursts at the seams with hoards of treasure! Discover special collections from rare breed animals on the farm to magnificent objects in the house. (11 - 19 February)

Chevin Forest Park overlooks the market town of Otley and is a designated nature reserve. It has a wealth of wildlife, including the green hairstreak butterfly and the woodcock. At 280 metres above sea level, they say you can see 40 miles out on a clear day. Wonderful walks with far-reaching views.

Leeds Owl Trail - Explore Leeds City Centre and see if you can spot the 25 locations ‘inhabited’ by these monumental birds of prey. A voyage across history as each owl informs you of why it is there and gives you a brief snapshot of what it has seen in its lifetime. Download the map from the website or purchase (for £1) at the Leeds Visitors Centre located underneath Leeds Art Gallery.

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