Middleton Park – a great place for a day out
Nestled in the heart of south Leeds, Middleton Park provides an oasis of calm amongst the urban bustle of Beeston, Belle Isle, Hunslet and Middleton. Whether its walking the dog, meeting with friends or more formal activities such as golf and crown green bowling there are numerous things to do at Middleton Park.
Middleton Park including the woods and grassland are open to the public 365 days a year. There are numerous trails on which you can explore the parks 470 acres, enjoy the wildlife and discover the history.
Facilities in the park include an 18 hole public golf course boasting magnificent views of the city and beyond, two bowling greens, a children’s playground and a multi-use games area with basketball hoops and football posts. For all those who are looking to get fit - a new venture from Ultimate Military Fitness provides fitness classes in the park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday morning.
Middleton Park Visitor Centre contains public toilets, a café and a learning space available for school and community group use. Next to the Visitor Centre there is a performance space for bands and other theatrical activities.
Middleton Park Café is open Monday to Friday from 10.15am to 2.15pm. It is operated by Adult Social Care and serves hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, toast, teacakes and crumpets, homemade buns, ice cream and confectionary. The Friends of Middleton Park open the Visitor Centre and serve refreshments on Sundays as part of their summer event programme.
Middleton Park provides links with other attractions in the local area. Middleton Railway Trust operates a service between its headquarters at Moor Road, Hunslet and Park Halt on the outskirts of the park. Passengers can enjoy a journey on steam and diesel trains at weekends and bank holidays
Middleton Park Equestrian Centre is situated on Middleton Grove, at the northern edge of the park. It is a member of the Riding for the Disabled Association and offers horse riding for all.
The John Charles Centre for Sport is also on Middleton Grove and is the largest and most diverse complex of its kind in Northern England. It combines world class sports facilities with spectacular hospitality opportunities.
There are many opportunities to volunteer at Middleton Park. The Estate Volunteers meet every Thursday between 10am and 3pm. They lend their time to improve the park through gardening, habitat management and general estate work.
The Friends of Middleton Park (FoMP) was formed in 2003 to promote interest and involvement in the park and its woodland. FoMP organises events throughout the year and every Sunday between 2pm and 4pm from the beginning of May to the end of September.
The Parks & Countryside Rangers organise walks, talks and volunteering activities for schools, the public and corporate businesses.
For more information please contact the Estate Officer, Graeme Ashton, on 0113 3957400.
Getting to Middleton Park: Buses 2, 12 & 13A all go from Leeds City Centre to Middleton, within 5 minutes walk to the park and number 13 stops outside the main entrance on Town Street. For more information see www.wymetro.com.
The free car park can be accessed from Town Street, Middleton.
The Parks for People project is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. Other financial support comes from Leeds City Council and Wades Charity.