Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.
Heritage Open Days will be back between 9-18 September 2022
Here’s a summary of the events in North Leeds that could be more of interest for families but there are lots more events taking place in our area and the full list can be found here.
Adel Quaker Meeting House
Sunday 12 September 12.30-16.00
Quaker meeting house and burial ground dating from the 19th century. Visitors are free to see the inside of the meeting house and wander around the burial ground and garden. No booking required.
Beckett Street Cemetery
Friday 10 September 11am, Wednesday 15 September 11am, Friday 17 September 11am
Visitors can see the graves of over 180,000 Leeds people and gain an insight into their lives in Victorian Leeds. There will be opportunities to find relatives graves, so bring some details with you. No booking required. Details here.
Bramley- the village that disappeared
Friday 17 September 10am
Listed in the Domesday Book, much of old Bramley was lost to redevelopment in the 60s and 70s. Local historians Roger Cliff and Anthony Silson will lead a walk that highlights local heritage and the historic architecture that survives. Booking required.
Delightful discussions through Dance- Introducing Indian food and Indian Dance
Sunday 19th September 1030-1230
Dance your way through culinary heritage as Minoti Parikh invites us to explore Indian dance through the country’s diverse and delicious cuisine in this innovative dance workshop. Booking required.
Forge Through History- Kirkstall Forge Heritage Day
Saturday 18th September 10-16.30
Kirkstall Forge was the longest continually used industrial site in the UK. In homage to its history, Kirkstall Forge and partners will be hosting a day packed with activities celebrating its past, its people and its future. Main activities are free but please book for talks.
Horsforth Village Museum
Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 September 10am-4pm
Discover the history of the first known church on Horsforth’s village green around 1587! No booking required. Details here.
Join us for Skelton Grange Environment Centre’s Open Day on Saturday 11th September! Come and enjoy nature walks, activities and refreshments at our award winning eco building and nature area. No booking required. Details here.
Singing for your Supper with the Rock Choir
Wednesday 15 September: 14.00-14.30
Make your way to Leeds Kirkgate Market’s Food Hall for a concert with a difference.
Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley. Stories from the Mill canteen, tea breaks and fuddles
Friday 10 September: Archive open booked slots only between 10:00 – 16:00. Tours and Archive visit 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 Saturday 11 September: Archive open booked slots only between 10:00 – 16:00. Tours and Archive visit 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 Sunday 12 September: Archive open 10 – 4 pm Tours 10 am Midday and 2 pm
An opportunity to see a unique collection. Sharing the stories of the Mill and the workers who made our textile heritage. See more details here.
Thackray Museum of Medicine- Gruel and Graft
Friday 10th September 11-3, Tour 1130 &1400
Experience the life of a Leeds Union Workhouse inmate on this exciting new walking tour. Follow Matron through the former workhouse and discover what inmates ate, where they slept, and more about the lives of the people who inhabited our building Details here.