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Fantastic Half Term Activities in Leeds

· Darcie Hewitt-Dudding · Family

Take the kids on an adventure the whole family will enjoy this half term.


Wondering how you’ll keep the kids entertained during the school holidays? Fear not, because there are loads of family activities in Leeds this half term.

The October half term is nearly here, and there are oodles of fun events and activities in Leeds that will help keep the little ones busy during the school holidays. From weird and wonderful family theatre to SFX workshops, film screenings and roller skating, there’s stacks to do. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your half term adventures, stat!

Kirkstall Abbey

Spooky Streets Halloween. There’s something spooky going on in Abbey House Museum from Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st October 2021. The Victorian streets will be overrun with creatures of the night! Scary spiders, wily wolves and wicked witches are lurking behind every corner and there are even skeletons pulling pints!

Haunted Halloween Hunt. The October half term holiday in Leeds sees Kirkstall Abbey get a Halloween makeover. Take the usual free family trail and amongst the ancient ruins you’ll find creeping creatures, statues that seem to move and an uneasy feeling that you’re being watched… This runs from Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st October 2021.

The Dong with a Luminous Nose. Based on a nonsense poem by Edward Lear, this production uses abstract and figurative puppets to tell the absurd tale of Edward, a shy, lonely boy whose life is turned upside-down by ‘The Jumblies’. Guaranteed to ignite imaginations, you can catch it at Carriageworks Theatre on Sunday 24th October 2021.

Glowing Ghosts at Thwaite Mills

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October Healthy Holidays. A series of activities spanning half term at Left Bank Leeds, you can get your kids involved in everything from learning how to play ping pong to making pumpkin pancakes for October Healthy Holidays! All the sessions are designed to get kids moving and learning, complete with a free packed lunch at each session.

A Hunslet Halloween. The Hunslet Club will be home to a whole host of festivities on Friday 29th October 2021. You can meet creepy crawlies, dance at the spooky disco, eat yummy food and play Halloween bingo – and that’s only the half of it. There’ll also be live performances, costume competitions and more. Everyone is welcome and entry is free!

Tarzanna. Marvel at the performers as they fly through the air in this amazing aerial-meets-theatre show at Carriageworks Theatre on Saturday 30th October 2021. Anna, a neat and tidy girl, gets magically transported to a rainforest world with new-found jungle friends. But can Anna truly let loose when her jungle home is threatened?

Thwaite Mills

Credit: Leeds Museums & Galleries

Supa Modo. The Tetley plays host to a family-friendly screening of this heart-warming but poignant tale of Jo, a young Kenyan girl with a terminal illness. She dreams of being a superhero, and her sister and mother, along with the rest of the village, help her to fulfil her dreams. The screening takes place on Thursday 28th October 2021.

Natural Halloween Mask. Use the natural world to create your very own Halloween mask this half term at Thwaite Mills in Leeds. Pick up a blank mask from the shop, before you wander the grounds and the gardens, foraging fallen items like sticks, leaves and foliage to stick on your nature-inspired face covering. This activity takes place on Tuesday 26th October 2021.

Halloween Trail. Help Thwaite Mills track down the Halloween creatures causing mischief and mayhem. From Tuesday 26th to Sunday 31st October 2021, you can spot pumpkins, witches and skeletons all casting a magical spell on the house and the old mill buildings – but can you figure out what spooky spell it might be?

Thackray Museum of Medicine

Emily’s Adventure. Explore the architectural gems of Leeds this half term with this interactive story walk. Decipher the clues and help Emily Ingram get to her ball on time, discovering industrial innovators and interesting buildings on the way. The booklet is available via email or from The Holbeck until Saturday 31st October 2021.

The Extraordinary History of Blood. The Thackray Museum of Medicine theme this half term is, you guessed it, blood! Make blood bracelets, meet Japan’s blood donation mascots and take part in their ‘Beat the Bloodsuckers’ quiz, as well as daily talks, tours and drop-in activities. There’s gruesome but good fun every day from Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st October 2021!

Mini Pop-Up Roller Rink. Ever wanted to roller skate? Well, now’s your chance! From Tuesday 26th to Friday 29th October 2021, you can have a go at this retro sport for free in Kirkgate Market. They even provide you with skates and protective gear! This is the perfect way to give a new activity a go without having to invest.

Pus and Pimples at Thackray Medical Museum

SFX Workshop: Blood and Cuts! Are your kids into blood and gore? Then this workshop is the perfect half term activity. Special FX students from Leeds City College will teach you how to create bites, cuts and bruises to make your Halloween costume best in show. Catch it at Thackray Museum of Medicine daily from Monday 25th to Friday 29th October 2021.

Coco. Head to the HEART Centre for a Halloween film special on Sunday 24th October 2021. They’re showing Coco, a wonderful Pixar movie where Miguel pursues his dreams of being a musician, despite his family’s generations-old ban. You’ll also be able to make your own Mexican Day of the Dead masks at the drop-in workshop beforehand.

Morgan & West’s Family Magic Spectacular! Join time-travelling, waistcoat-wearing magicians, Morgan & West, at Carriageworks Theatre on Friday 29th October 2021. A show chock full of baffling magic tricks, silly nonsense and fantastic moustaches, this one is a must for magic fans of all ages. A perfect way to round off your half term activities in Leeds.


Credit: Chris Vaughan Photography

Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids. A world record-breaking beatboxer, Shlomo can make all sorts of wondrous noises with just his mouth and a mic. He’s bringing his acclaimed show to Carriageworks Theatre on Wednesday 27th October 2021, where the kids can join in and learn how to create the same incredible sounds.

MathsCity Hallowe’en Activities. Discover maths like you’ve never seen it before with these inspiring and engaging activities taking place in Trinity Leeds all throughout half term. As well as the 30+ exhibits, you can create platonic solids, explore pumpkin symmetry and master Halloween origami from Sunday 24th to Sunday 31st October 2021.