School Holidays & Annual Events West Leeds

May Half Term Activities & Events

Featured Listing

Hansel and Gretel at Mother Shipton’s – May Half Term

26th May – 3rd June (10 am to 4.30 pm (last admission 3.30pm).

Join Hansel and Gretel at Mother Shipton’s during May Half Term, as they journey through the woods trying to find their way home. Don’t be tempted to eat the house made of cakes and sweets, the wicked witch might see you!

Actors will be stationed as characters in the park to interact with children and help families complete a themed adventure quiz sheet. Fun for all the family every day from Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June. The Park opens 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). Standard admission prices apply which can be found on our website.

See the famous Petrifying Well and Mother Shipton’s Cave. The park also has several scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop.

No booking required.

Normal admission applies.

Prophecy Lodge, Harrogate Rd, High Bridge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD. Tel: 01423 864600 



Featured Listing

The Deep – Love Your Aquarium

Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU).  01482 381000. Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).

Love Your Aquarium, runs 26th May to 3rd June

It’s Love Your Zoo and Aquarium week across the UK, and here at The Deep, we want to tell you all the great reasons that you should love your local attraction. From conservation to events in the community, there is far more to The Deep than meets the eye. So head on down this May half term and learn all about local wildlife and how can protect it. Take part in daily pond dipping sessions as well as planting your own wildlife seeds to take home.

Also during half term week on 2nd June: Shark Egg Case Hunt. Join us at Spurn Point for our second Egg Case Hunt of the year! Taking place along the East Coast, these free events are being delivered in partnership with the Shark Trust and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in a bid to involve local people in shark conservation. Ideal for children aged 3 upwards, you can support marine life whilst enjoying a great day out. All participants are asked to wear suitable sturdy footwear. The event is expected to finish by 3pm. All under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to register your place please email

The Deep offers FREE return visits for 12 months with the Day Plus Pass. Simply complete your details at reception and retain your tickets to make use of this offer. Full terms and conditions can be found on The Deep’s website.

Abbey House Museum – May Half Term

28th May – 1st June.  Sessions 10am -12pm & 2pm-4pm

Enjoy different fantastical fairy tale activities each day in half term!

On Monday follow the fairy tale trial to find the Three Bears, Cinderella’s lost shoe and discover who gut off Rapunzel’s hair. On Tuesday try crafts inspired by different fairytale villains, Wednesday is silly science magical foamy fun and don’t miss the fairy tale inspired murder mystery on Thursday!  On Friday make a unicorn or dragon in fairy tale creature crafts.

Normal admission applies.

Drop-in event, no booking required.

*Closed Mondays, open Bank Holiday Monday*

Abbey Walk, Leeds LS5 3EH. Tel: 0113 378 4079

Bolton Abbey Welly Walk

Opens 26th May until 1st October

Follow the Welly Walk signs and enjoy a free woodland adventure trail from the Stepping Stones to the Cavendish Pavilion. The walk includes tree climbing, tunnels, slides, bridges and lots more! Children must be supervised at all times.

Normal estate admission applies.

Bolton Abbey, BD23 6AL

Boomchikkaboom Presents : The 4-11 Lock In Rave

30th May –  10:30–11:45

It’s half term and it’s time to get those dancing shoes out!

Join Boomchikkaboom as we host a fun filled Rave aimed at ages 4-11 at Revolucion De Cuba, Leeds.

With all the current dancefloor fillers, face painting, snow party, dance battles, karaoke and more. Why not grab a selfie in front of our new Boomchikkaboom wall?

Into our 6th year of hosting unique family friendly events, we’d love for you to join us to make some unique memories.

Why not stay for lunch and grab a bite to eat in the restaurant downstairs and check out the special offers available?

Revolucion de Cuba Leeds, 64-68 Call Lane, LS1 6DT Leeds

Bramley Baths May Half Term Timetable

28th May – 3rd June

Two STAR WARS-inspired family events – called May The Splash Be With You – featuring a pool full of inflatable lightsabers, Death Star beach balls, decorations, Star Wars music and photo ops with Star Wars character cut outs.  You’ll need to BOOK AND PAY IN ADVANCE for these, happening on the 29th May and 1st June, to ensure your place.

Plus FAMILY FUN swims, INFLATABLE swims and a special FAMILY DIG we’re holding in our community garden!

Follow this link for more details – and the full half-term holiday timetable.


Bright Sparks at Carriageworks Theatre

1st June, Showings 2pm & 5pm, free pre-show activity hour

Links and Rex are complete opposites. Links is logical, she likes order and fact. Rex is different, she is imaginative, a daydreamer. Watch these two opposites get their wires crossed as they strive to find ways to work and play together.

Recommended age 3-7 years.

Booking Required.

Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD. Tel: 0113 376 0318


Club Strider at The Works Skatepark

Tues 29th May – Fri 31st June, 9am-10am

Teaching kids to safely ride the skatepark, using balance bikes and bikes – but no stabilisers!  Helmets and bikes included.  For children 8 years and under only.

Tel: 0113 244 6015.  The Works Skatepark, Kitson Road, LS10 1NT

Egyptology Holidays at Leeds City Museum

29th May – 1st June, 10am-12pm & 1pm- 3pm

If you have children fascinated by the Ancient Egyptians every day of the May half term holiday they can follow hieroglyphic clues hidden around the museum on the Egyptian trail and see if you can crack the code.  Also, visit the gory Mummification Station and have a go at free craft activities to learn more about Nesyamun the mummy and treasures of the tomb.

FREE Events, No booking required.

* The museum is closed on Mondays, except bank holidays.

Millenium Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BH

Fairytale Fun at Lotherton Hall

26th May – 3rd June

Follow the trail to find all of the fairytale characters hidden around the house and grounds. Dress up like a fairy tale character, or have a go at magical crafts in the House and Wildlife World. On Thursday 31st May, there will be a Fairytale Picnic, with storytelling, garden games, face painting, and a visit from the Lotherton fairy!

Normal admission into the estate applies.

Drop-in event, no booking required.

Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB. Tel:  0113 378 2959

Family Forest Craft at Oakwell Hall

29th May 10.30am-12.00pm

Outdoor family activity days. Children must be 5 and over and be accompanied by an adult.
£8 child & £2 adult
To book call the shop on 01924 324761

Family Fun during May Half Term at St Johns Centre

29th May – 1st June, 11am – 4pm

BIRDS OF PREY – Tue 29 May & Fri 1 June, 11am-4pm
Static falconry display.

BALLOON JAM – Wed 30 May, 11am-3pm
Captain Calamity’s balloon shows at 11am, 12.30pm & 2.15pm, balloon modelling and free face painting!

Exotic animals including snakes, lizards & minibeasts.

FREE CRAFT WORKSHOP– Thu 31 May & Fri 1 June
Located in Leeds Play Network.

St Johns CentreMerrion Street, Leeds, LS2 8LQ

Get, Set, Grow: May Half Term Family Fun at Harlow Carr

26th May – 3rd June

Pop along on Saturday and say ‘Ello!’ to CBBC’s Mr Bloom who will launch the new Children’s Gardening Weekend (Saturday 26 May and Sunday 27 May). Children can make their own Thumbelina-style rock garden, learn about bees and pot up sweet peas seeds to take home.

During the rest of the week take part in the garden trail, craft workshops, vegetable Olympics, see the Garden Detectives and Birds of Prey show.

No booking required.

Crag Ln, Harrogate HG3 1QB. Tel:  01423 565418

Gnome Trail at Kirkstall Abbey

29th May – 1st June, 10am – 3pm 

Find all the gnome’s hidden around the abbey and answer some questions for a sweet little treat!

Free event, no booking required.

Abbey Rd, Leeds LS5 3EH. Tel: 0113 378 4079

Great British Food Festival at Harewood House

28th May – 10am-5pm

More than ‘just another food festival’, The Great British Food Festival combines the nation’s love of great food and drink with some of the country’s most treasured locations, providing a unique opportunity to explore new flavours and beautiful venues, all at the same time!

Free on-site parking

Free access to the gardens and grounds

Free access to the below stairs area of the house Free access to the bird garden

Free access to the adventure playground


Open 10am-5pm each day. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

Hard Times at West Yorkshire Playhouse

22nd May – 26th May 

Imagine a world where imagination is forbidden. Coketown is such a place.  Thomas Gradgrind will not permit fanciful thoughts in his school or his home. But what effect will this policy have on his own children, Tom and Louisa? How can he protect them from corrupting influences – especially when the circus comes to town?

Recommended Age 8+

 Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UP. Tel: 0113 213 7800

Jackrabbits Pottery at Temple Newsam during May Half Term

29th & 30th May

Jackrabbits Pottery will be at Temple Newsam this half term! They will help children to paint their own ceramic tankard to drink from.
Suitable for all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The workshops run 11.30am – 12-30pm or 2.00-3.00pm.

(Please note Jackrabbits will glaze, fire and wrap the tankards in paper. Please allow a maximum of 28 days from workshop date to allow mugs to be ready for collection from Temple Newsam).

Tankards cost £13

Call 0113 3367460 to book tickets

Leeds Food & Drink Festival

1st June – 3rd June, 11.00am-8.00pm 

Now in its eighth year, the annual Leeds Food & Drink Festival (formerly known as the Yorkshire Food & Drink Show) returns to Millennium Square in 2018 with a fresh new layout and look.

The three-day festival organised in partnership between Leeds City Council and The Yorkshire Post brings together a wide selection of some of the best local street food and artisan food specialists. Featuring a mouth-watering array of international culinary delights, there’ll be something to suit everyone’s taste buds from Yorkshire Pudding wraps to Mediterranean, Buffalo Burgers to Indian, Pulled Pork to Vegetarian plus a selection of tasty sweet treats making it the ultimate food lover’s paradise. New for 2018 there will be a traditional British tea rooms, a large festival marquee bar serving local craft and traditional real ales, Gin, Cocktails, Prosecco and Pimms and live musical entertainment.

The Leeds Food & Drink festival is free to enter and is open 11-8pm Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd June and 11am-4pm on Sunday 3rd June.

Leeds Pretty Muddy Kids 2018 at Temple Newsam

2nd June, Slots at 9.45am and 10am

Race for Life Pretty Muddy Kids is a NEW brilliant muddy obstacle course just for little ones at Temple Newsam. Children can take on the obstacles, crawl through the mud pit and have fun with friends, all the while helping raise valuable funds for UK Cancer Research.

To book on click here. 

Leeds Wool Festival, Leeds Industrial Museum

2nd June, 10am -5pm

Back for a fifth year, this year’s Leeds Wool Festival brings together a jam packed programme of textile workshops, talks, special performances, a pop up cafe, livestock, weaving demonstrations and more.  Something for all the family to enjoy!

Book early bird tickets for just £3 on eventbrite

Leeds Industrial Museum – Armley Mills

May Half-Term Amazing Authors’ Week at Rainbow Factory

28th May – 1st June

Celebrate the magical worlds created by some of your favourite authors this May Half Term – with a jam-packed timetable of events at Rainbow Factory.

Children will love diving into the stories through exciting, hands-on activities such as storytelling, games, story dice a brand-new Unicorn Hunt and much more!

Booking Required.

Northern Short Story Festival at Carriageworks

2nd – 3rd June

The Festival promotes the short story form through workshops, panel discussions and events. Popular and published authors, editors and small press publishers will come together to share their stories, expertise and wisdom.

For full details of performances and workshops click here.

Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD. Tel: 0113 376 0318

Outdoor Sculpture Building: Yorkshire Sculpture Park

29th May, 11am

Work and play together to build sculptures inspired by artists in the park this May Half Term. Stack, balance, join, arrange. Always outdoors, Come Rain, Come Shine is about playful making in the fresh air.

All materials provided – including branches, stones, pipes and other found materials.

Tickets for this event can be booked via the Yorkshire Sculpture Park website.

West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG Tel: 01924 832631

Penguinpig at Carriageworks

28th May, Showings 11am and 2pm and free pre-show activity hour

Phoebe reads about an exciting creature called a penguinpig on the internet. Filled with delight and intrigue, she sets off on an adventure to find a penguinpig of her very own.

A fun-filled show about the internet for 3-8 year olds and their grown ups.

Booking Required.

Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD. Tel: 0113 376 0318

Piglets Adventure Farm – May-Hem Circus

26th May – 3rd June

With death-defying stunts, upside down juggling and amazing acrobatics, all in the big top tent, it’s unmissable fun for the entire family.

Plus, don’t miss all the usual adventure farm fun, including Truffles Farmhouse & Barn, giant sandpit, bouncing pillows, crazy golf, barrel rides, magical fairy tale trail, go karts and animals!

Piglets Adventure Farm is located Strensall Road and the A64, North of York.

Tel: 01904 499183

Pop Up Sensory Room for families with additional needs at Leeds City Museum

31st May, 10.30am – 12pm

A pop up sensory room with bubble tube, dark tents and tactile toys, for a calmer moment on your museum trip in the holidays.

FREE Event, booking essential on Eventbrite. 

Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH. Tel: 0113 3787122

Rosie’s Boomchikkaboom Family Lock In

30th May, 10.30am- 11.30am

Join in the Boomchikkaboom Madness… from dance off battles, parachute mayhem, bubbles, crafts and MORE at a new venue Rosie’s Diner in Kirkstall.

Aimed at 0-8 years.

Tickets are at an introductory price of just £2.50 per child! (Limited places available).  Book via Boomchikkaboom website.

Pre-booking required 

Rosie’s Diner, Cardigan Fields Kirkstall Road

Royal Armouries Museum Forts & Firepower

26th May – 3rd June

Make this half term go with a bang ay the Royal Armouries! It’s all about gunpowder, castles and siege warfare, delving back through history to show you the most incredible explosions and battles.

Children can have a go on the artillery range and join in with some explosive science workshops.

FREE Event, no booking required. 

Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT. Tel: 0113 220 1999

“Singalonga” Beauty and the Beast at City Varieties Music Hall

29th May, Showings at 2pm and 7pm

Singalonga Productions invite you to “Be our Guest” at Sing-a-Long-a Beauty and the Beast. Celebrate with a screening of Disney’s brand new adaptation of the iconic fairy tale, with on-screen lyrics so everyone can join in!

City Varieties Music Hall,  Swan Street, Leeds LS1 6LW. Tel:  0113 243 0808

Spectacular Science Shows at Lightwater Valley

26th May – 3rd June

Don’t miss the Sublime Science shows which are taking place daily on the new stage this May Half Term. Prepare to be amazed with spectacular experiments, big bangs, magical smoke effects and lots and lots of slime! Enjoy two shows a day at 12 and 2pm.

With over 35 rides and attractions for thrill seekers of all ages, there is something for all the family to enjoy.

Pre-booking advised.

Water Ln, North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT. Tel: 01765 635321

Stockeld Park Spring Adventure

26th May – 3rd June

Enjoy the enchanted forest and adventure playgrounds, magical maze, inflatable play, go-karts, roller skating, Buccaneer boats (additional charge), den building with the Stockeld Rangers and indoor play and crafts this May Half Term.

Special events include:

  • National Festival Circus – Filled with thrills, laughs & excitement
  • Inflatable assault course – Jump, slide, bounce and hop as you make your way over and under obstacles!

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN. Tel: 01937 586333

Superhero Tales at Eureka!

26th May – 3rd June

Meet some of your favourite Superheroes this Half term and join them in a museum wide adventure to test your Superhero skills. Have a go at stop motion filming to create your own Superhero movie and take a seat in the director’s chair and explore the key elements needed for a Superhero blockbuster.

Drop-In event, no booking required.

Normal admission applies.

Discovery Road, HX1 2NE Halifax. Tel: 01422 330069

The robots are coming – May Half Term Holiday at Thackray Museum

28 May to 1st June

Find out how are robots are used in surgery, meet a walking, talking robot and have a go at programming.  Children can also craft their own robot to take home!

Drop-in event, no booking required (10% off tickets booked online)

Normal admission applies, activities included in admission price.

Thackray Medical Museum, 141 Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN. Tel: 0113 244 4343


Thornton Hall Country Park: May Half Term

Sunday 27 / Mon 28 May – Pony World

Pony rides, demonstrations and farm fun.
Price: Normal Admission – no advance ticket required.

Please note – Season Tickets, online offers, free passes and discount vouchers are not valid on these special event days.

Tues 29 May – Superhero Day
Special guests – Batman & Wonderwoman (11-2pm)

Weds 30 May – Free Face Painting
Farm Fun plus FREE Face Painting (11-3pm)

Fri 1 June – Critters 2 You 
Farm Fun plus special guests – Critters 2 You.

Normal Admission applies Tues – Fri.

Thornton-in-Craven, near Skipton North Yorkshire, BD23 3TS. Tel: 01282 841148

Toy’s Day Out at Kirklees Light Railway

26th May – 3rd June

Bring your child’s favourite toy along for a ride on the railway and enjoy HALF PRICE fares for the children! That’s a children’s rover ticket, valid ALL DAY on ALL TRAINS and playgrounds for just £2.75!

Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield HD8 9XJ. Tel: 01484 865727

Unicorn Festival at Cannon Hall Farm

26th May – 3rd June

Sparkle the unicorn has lost her magic – join The Copycat Party Company for themed fun and frolics!  Can you complete the challenges to make it to the Wood Wizard to restore it? Enjoy the Sweetie Sparkle Show and meet Sparkle the Unicorn herself!

Admission ticket to the Unicorn Festival includes all day farm admission, including the soft play, plus a packed agenda of races, farm talks, reptile handling sessions and the tractor trailer ride.

Pre-booking advised.

Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, S75 4AT Barnsley. Tel:01226 790427