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 Youth programme


Would you like to play in a battle of the bands, learn special effects makeup skills, devise a murder mystery play or contribute to an exhibition – all in the atmospheric setting of a Gothic abbey?

If you’re aged 13-24 and any of these things appeal to you, then why not check out our youth programme at Kirkstall Abbey?

We’ve designed a range of informal groups and creative workshops, where you can learn new skills and make new friends.

Click on the drop-down menus below to find out how to get involved.

Click to expandWorkshops and events

From special effects Halloween make-up to creating artwork, we hold a wide range of workshops and activities for young people aged 13-19

What this space and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to find out about our upcoming events.

How to book

Click to expandJoin the Vintage Youth Club

Are you crazy about retro clothes? Would you like to explore our Costumes and Textiles collection and discover more about fashions from the past?

The Vintage Youth Club might just be the place for you!

Who is it for?
Anyone aged 13 to 24, with an interest in history or fashion.

When do we meet?
On Wednesdays in term time 3.30pm – 5pm.

What do we do?
You could get involved with everything from blogging to street style photography; exploring our fashion and textiles collections to helping develop community exhibition content.

Who can I ask about the group?
Contact our Youth Engagement Officer, Angie Thompson, if you have any questions.

Click to expandBattle of the Bands

In July 2015 we held a Battle of the Bands competition at Kirkstall Abbey, celebrating Leeds' up and coming musical talent!

Run in association with Kirkstall Festival, this free event was a big success.

If you're interested in future competitions, watch this space and follow us on Twitter @LeedsMuseums and Facebook for announcements!

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