Fabulous family activities in and around Leeds at Easter
Leeds is always brimming with excitement and magic for the family at Easter, and this year is no different. Adults and children of all ages can enjoy a whole host of memorable and interesting events and activities unfolding in our vibrant city in the forthcoming weeks. If you are heading to Leeds this Easter holiday, take a look at some of the exciting family activities put on in Leeds and its wider vicinity over one of the most enchanting holidays of the year.
Enjoy beautiful walks and National Trust days out
What could be a better way to invigorate young minds this Easter than spending a day at a thoroughly unique National Trust site? From ancient houses, spooky abbeys, glorious gardens and mile upon mile of verdant scenery, Yorkshire is home to a fantastic choice of National Trust locations for all the family to enjoy.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
One such exciting National Trust site not far from Leeds in Rippon, North Yorkshire, is Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. This stunning venue comprises of a compelling Cistercian Abbey, an elegant Georgian water garden and a medieval deer park.
Children and adults alike will have hours of fun exploring the ancient remains of the abbey, where 13 monks came to live in 1132 but were made to leave when Henry VIII forced the closure of the Abbey some 400 years later. The family can let off steam walking around the elegant Georgian water garden and discover hidden gems, such as the Fountains Mill, which was built in the 12th century by the Cistercians.
Trips to the theatre
Children, and adults for that matter, never get tired of visiting the theatre, which has to be a favourite family Easter excursion, especially if the April showers have their way!
With a number of theatres on your doorstep, Leeds provides the perfect place to encourage creative young minds to prosper.
The Grand Theatre in the centre of Leeds has been entertaining people since it first opened its doors in 1878. This atmospheric theatre has a string of compelling plays and acts coming up to enthral the family, including Thriller Live on 11 – 15 April and Thoroughly Modern Millie, from 17 – 22 April.
Check out what’s on at the Grand Theatre in Leeds over Easter here.
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Being the home of incredible stories, the Leeds’ West Yorkshire Playhouse is another favourite spot to take the children during the school holidays. Some great shows in the pipeline this Easter include The First Hippo on the Moon, Running Wild and A Girl In School Uniform (Walks Into A Bar), amongst many more.
Take a look at the full line-up of events on the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s website.
Tropical World at Roundhay Park
Tropical World at Roundhay Park in Leeds is home to the largest collection of tropical plants outside Kew Gardens and is one of Britain’s most popular tourist attractions, with good reason!
When the flowers are ripe in bloom, the wildlife has emerged from its winter slumber, and the grounds have taken on an emerald glow, Easter is the perfect time of the year to visit Tropical World.
Let youngsters run wild in 700 acres of stunning, award-winning parkland and allow the whole family to discover nature at its most flourishing by spending a day at this beautiful park this Easter. What’s more Tropical World is free to enter.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Slightly further afield in Wakefield is the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, an international centre for modern and contemporary art. Each year, thousands of visitors come to this truly unique park, to explore the incredible displays put on in the open-air by some of the finest artists from around the world.
This 500-acre park prides itself on being family-friendly and is the perfect antidote for letting children explore the great outdoors and let off some steam during the Easter holidays. Families can meander round the Park’s newly restored lakes and woodland, where they will discover quirky follies, bridges and inspiring historical features, including a magical Shell Grotto and a Greek-style summer house.
There are many hidden treasures to uncover at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Visit the website for more information on the current exhibitions.
Get crafty with the kids this Easter in Leeds with Egg-themed activities at the Egg Art Workshop at Thwaite Mill. These ‘Creative Tuesday’ workshops are being held on the 4th and 11th of April.
Or why not bring youngsters to the free Family Art Workshops, related to the current Dora Garcia exhibition at The Tetley in Leeds? The Easter Art Workshops are being held on April 4, 8 and 11.
Ready to relax?
Of course, all this fresh air, crafty creativity and adventure brings on an appetite. Treat the family to some healthy, tasty Mediterranean dishes in Weetwood Hall’s Convive Restaurant. Our locally-sourced dishes and friendly relaxed environment provides a great spot for the family to enjoy a delicious Easter lunch.
The Weetwood Hall Estate is also home to the Stables Pub, offering a cosy spot ideal for the whole family to relax and unwind together. The family friendly pub boasts a fabulous range of craft ales sourced from surrounding Yorkshire Breweries, as well as fine wines and soft drinks for the little ones!
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Leeds this Easter, Weetwood Hall provides the perfect Easter excursion base, putting you on the doorstep of all the action. Book at family room at Weetwood Hall and enjoy an Easter break to remember for all the family.