School Holiday & Seasonal Events in and around Leeds North Leeds

May Half Term School Holiday Activities & Events

May Half Term Activities and Events in Leeds

Ideas for family days out, spring holiday activities and events for May/ June Half Term school holiday 2022 in and around Leeds.

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Jump down the rabbit hole with MathsCity during half term for a special jubilee Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in Leeds’ mathematical wonderland!

Lewis Carroll is well known for writing Alice in Wonderland, but did you know he was also a mathematician and a creator of a great many puzzles?!

To celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee the maths way, MathsCity are setting out a Mad Hatter’s tea party inside their activity centre within Trinity Leeds. It will be full of classic Lewis Carrol puzzles for you to discover and play.

The madness runs all week from Saturday 28th May to Sunday 5th June and is included in your standard ticket entry to MathsCity, where you can also explore over 30 fascinating hands-on exhibits. Plus, there will be two extra activities to multiply the fun on selected dates.

Book now for a truly bonkers half term, filled with maths fun and puzzling madness!


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The circus returns to town as it pitches back up on Briggate for a second run as part of the forthcoming May Bank Holidays.

Young would-be clowns, acrobats and jugglers can once again try their hands at a range of circus disciplines on offer daily throughout the half-term school break from Saturday 28th May-Saturday June 4th 2022.

Brought back by LeedsBID, in association with The Yorkshire Circus and Super Friendz, the Pop-Up Circus will transform a section of the city’s main pedestrianised area into a performance space, with children able to watch an assortment of circus skills before trying them for themselves – all for free.

Each day starts with an introduction and short performance, before the chance for the young members of the audience to take part in one of three workshops a day, teaching multiple circus skills from spinning and juggling to stilt walking, unicycle and trapeze.

Offering activities for all ages and abilities, there is also the opportunity to get involved with daily story time sessions, arts and crafts and face painting, with free candy floss for those taking part.

Sat 28 May to Wed 1 June10.30am – 5pm

Celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee in style at Temple Newsam House. Discover the royal connections that the house has including Henry the VIII and Mary Queen of Scots. Look out for special costume displays along the visitor route. Make a crown and help us to create some special bunting that will be used to decorate our Jubilee Picnic on 2 June.

Crafts and activities included in general admission charge.

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Monday 30th May- Wednesday 1st June

Banyan is the perfect place to ensure those tiny tummies are filled this holiday at no extra cost, while you can relax and enjoy a delicious meal.

This half term holiday, KIDS EAT FREE at Banyan when an adult orders a main meal, Monday 30th May to Wednesday 1st June. Our kid’s menu and our main menu offer plenty of variety so there’s something for everyone. Little ones can choose between Chicken Spirelli pasta, Mini Fish and Chips, a yummy Cheeseburger and more. Just a few options for grown-ups around the table include locally sourced Steak and Ale pie, a balanced Revitalise Salad Bowl or a succulent Chicken Katsu Burger served with chips.

Offer available in Banyan Leeds, Banyan Roundhay, Banyan Horsforth, Banyan Ilkley and Banyan Harrogate.


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May Half Term: Around the World in 80 Stories

28 May 2022- 5 June 2022

Visit Lotherton for Spring half term as we delve into stories old and new and travel around the world in 80 stories. There will be stories for all ages, excitement and adventure around the estate for families to get involved in. With crafts, storytellers and lots of fun.

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.


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Join the city’s biggest-ever bug hunt – and win prizes for walking in the park

We know it’s good to be active – but what if you could win an iPad just for strolling in the park?

When you download the free Love Exploring app, you’ll see amazing creatures appear magically in your local park, from roaring dinosaurs to giant ladybirds.

You can also link your account to your child’s school to join the Love Exploring Leeds Inter-School Challenge and win prizes for the school – and yourself.

Score points for every 100m you walk, and every question you answer on the interactive quiz. Every participating school will win a prize, and the family with the most points will win an iPad.

The Dinosaur Safari and Mega Mini-beast Hunt games are available in 14+ parks across Leeds.

The Inter-School Challenge runs until June 6 – but if you miss it, don’t worry. Love Exploring is available all year, with an augmented reality Space Walk coming for summer.

Almost 7,000 people in Leeds have downloaded the app, which was brought to the city by Active Leeds and Public Health to inspire people to get out and explore their local green spaces.

Find out more in this blog.

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May Half Term 2022

With the days getting longer and the sun getting hotter it feels like the perfect time to come and explore Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Spend a full day running, jumping and discovering the abbey ruin and Studley Water Garden. If you find yourself in the deer park, keep an eye out and you may catch a glimpse of the new baby deer.

Pick up your watery-themed trail map and enjoy finding a variety of giant pond themed creatures as you wander the site. Let your nose lead the way, following the scents of wild garlic and bluebells filling the air. Head to the sweet chestnut tree on the abbey west green and listen to what happens behind the bark of a tree with our tree listening installation. The world has come alive again and you’ll be able to see signs of the late springtime all over the estate.

Join in our pond dipping activity, learn more about our watery wildlife and see what mini beasts you can discover. Take your hand at building a mini raft out of sticks and test how well it floats in the water garden. Or why not bring the whole family along and learn how to make a mini dragonfly using a peg?

All of our activities are free with normal admission and there’s no need to book, just pop along and have fun!

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A whole day of adventure – May half term at Harewood

There’s so much to explore at Harewood, no two visits will ever be the same! 

+ Discover our new Treehouse Sylvascope, part of our Radical Acts: Why Craft Matters exhibition that will get the family talking about sustainability and the environment

+ Huge Adventure Playground

+ Woodland Wonderland playspace – a maze of willow-woven tunnels and sculptures to explore

+ Stretch your legs and get amazing views on the Three Parks Walk, following the Lakeside path all the way round to the Walled Garden – or hop on the Chain Ferry!

+ Follow winding paths and skip over the stepping stones in the Himalayan Garden

+ Marvel at the penguins, flamingos, parrots and lovebirds in the Bird Garden, and say hello to the animals in the Farm Experience

+ Take in the stunning collections of art and furniture in the Georgian House

Wherever you go, there’s delicious food and drink to enjoy – have lunch at the Courtyard or Terrace Café, or grab a snack in the Bothy Teahouse or one of our kiosks.

All activities are free for Members. Family membership is just £105 for a year – upgrade to Membership within 7 days of your visit and we’ll take your day ticket off the price! Our loyal Members are vital to keeping Harewood, a charity, up and running. Find out more at

Pre-booking is advised. BOOK TICKETS HERE

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There’s plenty going on at the Caves this half term May 2022!

Cavewoman & Magician Party

Join Cavewoman and magician Rob for a grand magic tour of Stump Cross Caverns. Play party games Cavewoman style and enjoy food whilst watching The Croods in our cinema room. All children will receive a party bag.

£30 per child includes cave visit, cinema, food and party bag.
£20 per adult includes caves, film and a cuppa

Sunday 29th May 2022 2-4pm.

Dance Matt Disco and Film Parties

Spiderman Disco 2pm start for Superhero Disco with Dance Matt, followed by the film Spiderman and food.

£20 per child for party, cinema & food
£6 per adult for cinema

Monday 30th May 2pm

Fossil Hunting with Dr John

Join us in the caves for fossil huntil with Dr John! Monday 30th May and Tuesday 31st May.

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28th May – 5th June 2022

Wander into a world of Enchanted stories at Mother Shipton’s this May Half Term!

See giant story books and a Wonderland of fairy-tale themed displays with fantastical photo opportunities throughout the ancient woodland. Watch out for the pesky dragon, The Wicked Witch of the West and the Big Bad Wolf, peek into miniature fairy houses, and sit on the Wishing Chair throne. Dressing up as your favourite storybook character is thoroughly encouraged, prizes will be awarded to Mother Shipton’s favourites when you share them on Instagram #mothershiptons.

You’ll be OVER THE RAINBOW to discover how Mother Shipton’s is filled with mystical delights for all ages: see what curiosities are hanging from the Petrifying Well, make a wish in the Wishing Well, and step inside the cave where Mother Shipton was born. This May Half Term you can gaze at a brand new exhibition of fantastical creatures in the museum alongside petrified celebrity items, and browse the unique attraction gift shop.

Go wild in the Adventure Playground, or have your own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with artisanal coffee, cakes, sandwiches and ice cream available to purchase from our vintage style coffee kiosk. There are plenty of picnic benches with scenic views of the River Nidd and Ancient Royal Forest.

Dogs are welcome everywhere except the children’s adventure playground and must be kept on a lead at all times.

Knaresborough, HG5 8DD

01423 864600 
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28 May to Sunday 5 June 2022

Create a buzz this May Half term at RHS Garden Harlow Carr and learn how to encourage these fantastic pollinators into your garden. There will be a garden trail, activities and beekeeping demonstrations to help you to learn more about these fascinating insects.

Head down to our Event Marquee, where there are many things to see and do at our ‘Hive of activity’. There is a giant walk-in beehive where you will see what it looks like in a hive from a honeybee’s point of view. You can also check out our display beehive donated from the Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers.

We have different activity sessions planned throughout half term, check the schedule for when they’ll be running:

  • Garden trail: Saturday 28 May to Sunday 5 June, daily
  • Beekeeping demo: Monday to Friday, 2pm
  • Forest School workshop: Mondays, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 3pm
  • A hive of activity in the event marquee: Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm
  • Garden Detectives adventure walks: Tuesday and Thursday, 11am, 1pm and 3pm
  • Wellbeing Wednesday – Family Story Yoga: 11am, 1pm and 3pm
  • Platinum Jubilee Weekend– Live Brass bands between 1pm-4pm 2nd June- 5th June

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Roll up, roll up, the Stockeld Circus is in town!

28th May – 5th June

This Spring, the National Festival Circus are joining us for a half term filled with excitement! Every day throughout the Spring Adventure there will be three circus shows! (There are NO animals involved in the circus). Let your imagination run wild with the Stockeld Circus! A true feast for the eyes, a real family treat!

The National Festival Circus is a magical mix of laughter and excitement. Slapstick clowns, balancing equilibrists, fast tempo juggling, baffling magic, high flying diabolos, mesmerising spinning hoops and buckets full of fabulous fun.

Circus tickets are an add on to your Spring day passes, available on a first come, first served basis. Just select the date and time for your Spring Adventure, then before checkout, you can add your circus tickets onto your booking. Everybody requires a circus ticket, except for babes in arms.

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

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Saturday 28th May until Sunday 5th June 2022

A day filled with adventure awaits at the Web Adventure Park. Our May Half Term event is running from Saturday 28th May until Sunday 5th June and with all-day tickets available, hours of fun are guaranteed. Go for as long as you please with unlimited goes on the 12 exciting fairground rides, visit our friendly animals at the petting farm, cool off at the water zone, dig in our huge sandpit, and bounce on our 2 brand-new bouncing pillows! Dazzling Darren will also be hosting his spectacular magic and entertainment shows 3 times a day, every day.

Inside, children can let off some steam by running around our huge soft play area and whizzing down the slides. A ninja course, an under 5’s area, a baby sensory zone, a disco room, and ball cannons are also indoors. So much to explore, for children of all ages. With everything included in one ticket, it’s a full day of excitement whatever the weather.

The Park will be open daily from 9.30am – 6pm and your ticket will allow you access to the park for the full day.

Included in your ticket will be:
– Unlimited Fairground Rides
– Indoor Play
– Outdoor Play
– Bouncing Pillows
– Giant Sand Pit
– Tractor Area
– Animal Zone
– Water Play

The Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York YO32 2RH

01904 692221
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Friday 3rd- Sunday 5th June

Give your kids a theatrical treat! New dance show for families, Tin Man, is coming to Leeds for the June bank holiday weekend!

Joss Arnott Dance presents this magical new retelling of a classic story, seen through the rusty eyes of the Tin Man on his journey to finding his heart and happiness.

This captivating new dance production for families with children aged 7+ explores a reimagined story of how this much-loved character would have coped against the Wicked Witch in the deep dark wood, and discovers the friends he might have met along the way.

Brilliantly humorous and touching, Tin Man will enthrall children and adults alike with its charming storytelling, bold dancing and music by award-winning composer Anna Appleby, performed live by music ensemble Psappha.

At the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in Leeds from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 June, performances will be held at 12.00pm and 3.00pm each day. Tickets cost just £11 for adults and £9 for children, and can be booked at or by calling 0113 220 8008.



WOLDIE’S QUEEN BEE QUEST every day during half term Saturday 28th May to Sunday 5th June.

This half term celebrate the Queen Bee at WOLDIE’S with the QUEEN BEE QUEST!

To complete the quest; find the bees and reveal the Queen Bee’s secret code to win a prize!

Bumble through Woldie’s NEW Bees & Friends Garden, track bees, pollinate the giant flower, and dare to enter the giant observation hive to spot the queen bee and her hive making honey.

Set in tranquil woodland, wildflowers, lavender and nature; fun for all the family!

Miniature railway, Giant Games Maze, Football golf, Den zone building and more all open too!Wintringham, Malton, YO17 8HW

 01944 758641
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A State of Matter at Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

18 February- 5 June 2022

A State of Matter: Modern and Contemporary Glass Sculpture is a free exhibition exploring glass art through solid, liquid and gas.

Children can borrow an Explorer Bag with tools to spark their curiosity, or get creative with objects that reflect the qualities of glass at our alcove light collage

  • Family workshop to make ‘scupltural kaleidoscopes’ with artists April 7-booking required. Details here.
  • Family drop in to get creative with mirrors, light and video, inspired by the qualities of glass in our current exhibition. No booking required. Details here.

Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AH

Castle Howard & Skelf Island Adventure Playground

Gardens & Playground now open

A day out with the kids at Castle Howard just became even more adventurous and intriguing. Now they can join into the treetops of Yorkshire’s newest adventure playground, Skelf Island.

Ingenious treetop nest structures connected by rope bridges, slides, nets and climbing equipment will allow the Skelves to take young visitors on an adventure like no other.

Skelf Island is included in a gardens ticket.

Covid-19 update: Pre-booking required.

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA. Tel: 01653 648333

Piglets Adventure Farm

Indoor, Outdoor & Animal Fun! Fantastic family day out nr York.

Things to see and do:
Animal Petting Barn, Animal Farm Trail, Bouncing Pillows, Crazy Farm Golf, Olympigs Obstacle Course, Ride-on-Tractors, Tractor and Trailor Rides, Maize Maze (seasonal), Build ‘n Play Sand Pit,
Barrel Train Ride, Pedal Go-Carts, Nature Trail, Truffles Trough, Cafe, Kiddie-bine, Farmyard, Playground

Towthorpe Grange, York, YO32 9ST

Pugneys Light Railway

Pugneys Light Railway is the scale miniature railway operating within Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield.
Our opening hours are 11am until 5pm on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays, weather permitting.
Fares are £2.00 return and £1 single.

Swinton Estate Parkland & Gardens

Stunning parkland and gardens. Enjoy a peaceful stroll around the gardens, lakes and ponds.

Entry: £5 per adult| £.2.50 per child| Unser 5s free| £12.50 for a family of four.

Or enjoy a yomp through the woodland to the Druid’s Temple at Swinton Bivouac. £3 car parking charges apply.

Ripon HG4 4JH

The Big Picnic at St Aidan’s

27th May -10th June 2022

From blooming wildflowers to dazzling dragonflies there’s so much to enjoy in nature at this time of year, and with a long bank holiday weekend on the cards in June it’s the perfect excuse to gather your family for a good, old-fashioned picnic.

With our special Wildlife Detective activity packs (just £3.50), young explorers will be able to join Detective Hoot and Constable Crumb to solve an intriguing mystery, while learning how make picnics as wildlife friendly as possible.

Families can also enjoy our Traditional Games trail, as well as taking part in a range of fun activities and even taking a family snap at our selfie station too – so what are you waiting for? Start planning your adventure today!

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The Yorkshire Wildlife Park

The Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a unique walk through wildlife park located just outside Doncaster. The wildlife attraction brings families face to face  with some of the world’s most beautiful – and at risk – species. Indoor and outdoor play area offers a fun filled day whatever the weather. Open daily, special events throughout the year. Accessible site. Admission charges apply.

Tongue Ln, Branton, Old Cantley, Doncaster DN4 6TB. Tel 01302 535057


Tropical World

Journey through Tropical World’s various exotic and interesting zones. Take a trek through the rainforest, desert, aquarium and waterfall areas and see some fascinating animals and creatures along the way including butterflies, crocodiles, rare birds, meerkats and many many more!

Tropical World will be open daily 10am to 4pm with last entry at 3.30pm. Online advance booking is preferred.