It's Half Term and we've lots of exciting events and activities to fill your leisure time ...
We've Half Term holiday
events on in our Museums and Galleries
with lots of Spooky events lined up for you at their sites across Leeds; at Home Farm, Temple Newsam
there's crafts, activities and a Halloween Spooktacular or why not take the kids on a trek through the tropical rainforest at Tropical World
Next week, join us for Bonfire Night
- with six bonfire and firework displays being held on Wednesday 5 November
, in parks across the city, you won't be far from one of our free
events. Save your money, leave the fireworks at home, and enjoy one of our fantastic displays.
Looking ahead, the countdown to Christmas
starts with the Leeds Lights Switch On
on Thursday 13 November
from 6.30 to 8.15pm on Victoria Gardens, The Headrow
. Hosted by Heart, there will be a mix of live music performances, special celebrity guests, pantomime characters and Santa - the entertainment will culminate with the big switch on and a spectacular firework display.
This year's German Christmas Market
returns from Friday 14 November
until Saturday 20 December
; transforming Millennium Square
into a scenic winter village with over 40 traditional wooden chalet stalls. There's something for all the family, with ever popular Christmas carousel, stalls with handcrafted toys, jewellery, festive decorations and speciality food and drink including Stollen and Gingerbread. The Alp Chalet Bavarian eatery will provide a warm and cosy venue to enjoy authentic German food and drink. Themed children's events will take place in the Frankfurter Scheune each Sunday morning. Alongside the German market a Festive Family Funfair will take place on Victoria Gardens and Cookridge Street each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Friday 21 November until Sunday 21 December, bringing festive fun to the city centre.
We have events planned to Commemorate our First World War Heritage,
for more information visit www.leeds.gov.uk/firstworldwar
. Why not check out the new Leeds Industrial Heritage Trail
, which gives an introduction to the story of Leeds, concentrating on the legacy of Victorian times and some of the people, places and spaces that have made the city what it is today. It provides you with all the information you need to follow the trail around the historic buildings of central Leeds and along the waterways; as well as details of other places of interest in and around the city. You can also download the app at www.yourtrailsapp.co.uk/leeds
If that isn't enough, Leeds has many things to do and places to visit in the city centre at any time of the year ...
There's lots on offer for all the family at Home Farm at Temple Newsam
. Our new born animals are out and about, including our beautiful donkey foal. Come along and enjoy the countryside on your doorstep.
Visit your local library
where there are lots of exciting activities
to for you and your family - from Storytimes and Rhymetimes for the under 5s to Gaming Groups for children and young people, and a host of events for adults of all ages. Why not explore the historic Central Library
on the Headrow, or browse and reserve your books from home with our new library app
We've permanent collections and temporary exhibitions at Leeds Art Gallery
where you will find something of interest for all ages and tastes; as well as the perfect place to stop for a break in the stunning Victorian Tiled Hall Cafe
The Carriageworks Theatre
, Millennium Square hosts theatre, comedy, exhibitions and talks as well as offering exciting opportunities to have a go or take part through Leeds Civic Arts Guild and the Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers.
Alternatively, enjoy one of our many glorious parks
, or get active at your local Leisure Centre
. Or for the more adventurous amongst you, why not try your hand at caving at our Indoor Cave
! Find your way through the maze of stalactites and stalagmites in a clean, safe and fun environment for all ages (8 years +) and abilities.
If the Tour de France
gave you the cycling bug, Leeds is a great place to ride a bike and - following on from the second Sky Ride Leeds
there are loads of guided rides and social rides
across the city for you to enjoy throughout the year; encouraging people of all ages and abilities to discover the fun and freedom of going out on a bike ride.
For our full range of council events, LSevents
lets you view events across the city by date, type and venue.
Coming in to the City Centre, Woodhouse Lane Car Park is ideally situated if you are visiting any of our attractions in Leeds City Centre, it has onsite security and easy access to the motorways and major roads out of the city.
Or visit www.wymetro.com for information on bus and train timetables and routes.