Talking Animals Week
19th-27th February 2022, 10am-5pm
Suitable for toddlers
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN.
February Half Term 2021
Open EVERYDAY, there is plenty going on at Stump Cross Caverns this half term!
The caves, Time Cafe and Time Pod will be open as usual. Please email if you would like to book the cinema over half term – due to certain events this half term the cinema will not be available every day. UV tours will be running as usual on Thursdays too. As well as our usual offerings, we also have some special events over half term:
Tuesday 22 February at 4pm
Join Dance Matt at one of his fun interactive Mini Discos with a sprinkle of sing alongs and themed games from everyone’s favourite award-winning film Frozen. Included with each children’s ticket is a party food box & prize.
£20 per child (includes party food box and prize)/ £6 per adult
Saturday 19 and 26 February
An exclusive 20 minute bird-handling slot for you and your family with the excellent Harrogate Birds of Prey at Stump Cross Caverns. Family ticket: £10
24 February 2022
Take a trip from Stump Cross Caverns all the way into distant space! This special one hour talk by Chris Higgins is the perfect beginner’s guide to the night sky, using an interactive planetarium programme to recreate the scene above the caverns under Nidderdale’s starry skies.
Ticket includes (£20 adults/ £15 children):
Curry, rice (£9.95) and naan bread (£1.50) – served at 7pm after the stargazing experience – is optional and can be pre-ordered along with your ticket.
This February half-term there’s plenty of family fun to be had at the Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds!
Ben Hart: Wonder. Be amazed by magician Ben Hart as he uses the simplest of props, objects, and minds of the audience to conjure an altogether new kind of magic.
Join Molly and her dog Bingo for an unforgettable sixth birthday party complete with a terrific treasure hunt, sensational sing-along songs and lots of fantastic games, in I Spy With My Little Eye (suitable for 2+)
So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs?! Get ready to go on an exciting pre-historic adventure as Dr Ben Garrod explores the biggest, deadliest, and weirdest predators that ever roamed the planet.
Find out more on our website www.carriageworkstheatre.co.uk.
Can you find the missing Gargoyle Grobblenook at The Hole In Wand Wizard Golf?
Visit the World’s Most Magical Golf Course in York’s Coppergate Shopping Centre in York, and take on 9 magical golf holes.
Along the way there will be bubbling cauldrons, magical portals, a giant picture frame where you become part of the painting…and can you do a Light Spell to illuminate the way in our dark hole?
At the end of your adventure you will find out if you have the magical powers of a Serpent, Basilisk, Unicorn or Wizard and every player will receive a magic potion gift to take home, plus hopefully find Grobblenook and maybe get a Hole In One badge!
After a magical 9 hole adventure you can relax in our Wizard Tavern with a Cauldron Cake or Uni-Pop-Corn, and a delicious potion with poisonous options for grown up spell makers.
Wizard golf with a potion drink for every player is £6.99 per person and you can book now via the website. Minimum age is 3 and the maximum group size is 6 Wizard with wands.
Use the magic password MUMBLER to get our secret discounted Coffee in our Wizard Tavern.
Located in the heart of the city, Leeds City Museum is a treasure trove of six galleries and home to the Leeds Tiger and Nesaymun, the Ancient Egyptian Mummy.
Discover the natural world in the Life on Earth gallery with centuries-old fossils, extinct animal bones and stunning specifies from around the world. The Collector’s Cabinet holds some of our more curious objects and how they came to Leeds from the 1700s to the present day. You can also explore different cultures from across the globe inside the World View gallery.
On the first floor of the Museum you will find the Leeds Story galleries, telling the history of our city from the very first archaeological finds to incredible inventions and how Leeds has been shaped throughout the years. In here you will also find our regularly changing community displays which are co-curated with different groups of people.
The Ancient Worlds gallery tells the story of ancient civilisations including Rome, Greece and Egypt. Find out the amazing ways in which people lived and worked, the stories they told through art and objects, and how their discoveries informed our view of the world today.
The Museum also has a relaxing café serving a great range of good value food and drinks to enjoy.
Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH. Tel: 0113 378 5001
Discover Lotherton, a country estate, historic hall and Wildlife World zoo.
The expansive grounds and gardens are lovely walking spots, with or without four-legged companions. Each season brings new surprises including wild garlic in the spring, a sea of colourful blooms in summer in the formal gardens and stunning autumnal colours later on in the year.
The two playgrounds mean there’s plenty of space for running about and letting off steam, with zip wires for older children to enjoy.
The evolving zoo, Wildlife World, is a real highlight and visitors can see the Humboldt penguins splash and swim in their pool. Other colourful characters include Arthur the tapir, porcupines and a flamboyance of pink flamingos. New for 2021 is the Nocturnal House with a kinkajou, armadillo and more!
To discover the history of the estate step inside the former home of the Gascoigne family and wander the rooms. A fascinating collection of artworks and objects fill each room and tell the story of its former residents and the community around them. The Museum is also home to an annually-changing exhibition on the first floor.
The traditional stables area courtyard is where you’ll find the Stables café serving a range of lunch options, cakes and ice creams.
To make the most of Lotherton there is an annual membership available which means regular trips, invitations to exclusive events and behind-the-scenes updates straight to your inbox.
All visitors, including members, require a timed ticket to visit the estate between 9am – 4pm, book online here. Children under 5 can visit for free.
Covid Update: House, Farm Playground now open. Pre-booking for House and Farm required, find more details here museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/temple-newsam/visit/temple-newsam-reopening-information/
Explore Temple Newsam house, enjoy a picnic in the grounds, have fun in the adventure playground or meet the animals on the farm. Don’t miss the special school holiday and seasonal events throughout the year. Accessible site. Cafe & toilets facilities.
House Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am -4pm, Home Farm, Daily, 10am-5pm (closed on Mondays during term time and bank holidays)
Admission charge for house & farm. Pre-booking now required.
Temple Newsam Estate, Leeds, LS15 0AE. Tel: 0113 336 7461.
The Potions Cauldron is the World’s most magical drinks emporium and serves magic every day on Shambles in York. You can enjoy a potion drink that comes to life if you do the potion spell, a delicious Spellbound Butterscotch Beer, or mix your own slush potion that comes with magical powers.
You can also try their Potion Experience with a chance to see the all new Secret Potion room and have a potion mixed for you by a Wizard with a few surprises as the room comes to life and you learn the secrets of potion making!
Find out how Basilisk Blood, Tears of A Wizard, Serpents Venom and Unicorn Essence are made and see if you can taste the magic.
Grown up Wizards can event try some poison in their potion.
The Potions Experience at The Potions Cauldron lasts 25 minutes and is £5.99 per Wizard.
The experience may not be suitable for Wizards under 6 years old or anyone of a very nervous disposition.
There is a date night version of the experience for grown up Wizards that lasts 50 minutes.
You can book your magical potions experience online
9 3/4 Shambles, York, YO1 7LZ
Car Park: Plenty of car parking, charges apply
Amenities: Cafe, toilets and adventure playground next to the Visitors Centre
Large country park that is great for walking, children’s biking and picnics. It also has a children’s adventure playground and The Room on the Broom trail. You can purchase activity packs from the Visitor’s Centre for £2. From the centre you’ll follow the trail, find sculptures, look for animal footprints, trace rubbings and have fun doing activities along the way.
At the visitor’s centre you can hire running buggies and bikes for the whole family including bike trailers for the tiniest!
Haw Park Lane, Wintersett, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 2EB. Tel: 01924 303980
Child Friendly Leeds have been consulting with children and young people in Leeds to find out what they would like to see on a city centre map. They have helped to co-produce an amazing map with lots of useful features and activities to do in our amazing city!
The only place where children and adults can ride, drive and operate real diggers! Join us for awesome competitions, prize draws and much more.
Just a 30 minute drive from North Leeds, you will find the Diggerland Yorkshire theme park in Castleford, WF10 5NW.
The ‘ReDiscover Leeds Family Trail’ shines a spotlight on treasures including the beautiful stained glass roof at Victoria Leeds, the Robin Hood themed Potts clock in Thornton’s Arcade and the River Aire as it makes its way under Leeds Station. Families can download the map, walk the trail and together take a closer look at Leeds city centre.