Looking for some free activities for you and your kids around Leeds?
Here are some free days out I’ve found that won’t cost you a penny (Food & Travel being the exception of course).
February Half Term is almost upon us and even though it’s going to be a cold one, (free) days out still need to be planned.
Being a mother of five, Days out with the kids can seriously damage the bank balance. Doesn’t it seem like the kids have forever off with school holidays throughout the year and then weekends too!
Finding days to entertain them all at once hasn’t been an easy or cheap task. Especially with their different personalities and interests.
We moved back to Leeds in 2014 after my 3rd Child was born and after a few months of settling back over in the West of Yorkshire I wanted to get the kids out and about in Leeds.
We went to a few places that I’d been to growing up to find that quite a lot are now charging for admission. Although at the time I was only paying for one adult and one child. The first park was £9.30, the second £14.50 this isn’t really a lot for a day out, but it’s a shock to the system when it has been FREE for 25 years of your life! haha.
We did go in and have fun but the only thing is, these places were not worth the money!
They hadn’t changed from when I was younger and our day lasted a couple of hours before we were back out of there and heading home again, not exactly what I’d call a day out!
Over the past couple of years, with the children getting bigger, and the days out cost increasing each time one of them hits five-year old, I’ve managed to find a few favourites of ours that we have all enjoyed a good couple of times over the years.
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Here are some of our favourite free places in Leeds:
1. Roundhay Park
Roundhay Park is one of our favourites all year round, it covers a 700-acre nature park. We like to take a picnic, scooters, bikes and a football here because there is plenty of space for them all to just be wild.
We like to have a walk around the big lake and head up to the castle ruins that overlook the lake, the views are lovely!
You can have a walk through the wooded gorge where the kids like to try spot the squirrels, birds and other wildlife in the area.
At the bottom end of the park there is a Lakeside Café, and this is where you will find the ice-cream van too to keep you cool on those hot days! There’s also a couple of adventure playgrounds the kids love too.
All sorts of events are on here throughout the year too. Check the website when planning a trip, Ed Sheeran is making an appearance in August!
2. Royal Armouries museum
This is one of the best free things to do in Leeds for the kids and adults too. It has five floors of displays from hunting to self-defence and oriental galleries, a war and a tournament gallery.
They also do themed weeks so be sure to check out there “what’s on” before you plan your visits, it is certainly worth coming back to again and again.
For this years February Half Term they are hosting “War Games” activities from Wed 13th – Sun 24th Feb. Check out the PROGRAMME for the week.
We will be visiting in April too for the Medieval Easter activities and the International Jousting Horse Show.
Whenever we are visiting Royal Armouries we usually have a walk around the Leeds Docks, Leeds City Centre is only 10-15 minutes walk too, or they offer a free water-taxi depending on the weather.
3. Leeds City Museum
Although we haven’t been here in a couple of years, this is definitely on the favourites list of free things to do in Leeds!
Leeds City Museum is situated in the City Centre, in Millennium Square. There are always different things going on throughout the year.
The kids love it at Christmas when the Traditional German Markets arrives with all the cosy looking wooden chalets, all the beautiful lights and the kids love to ride the Carousel…
but anyhow, Christmas is a long way away so we’ll get back on track!
The part the kids and I like most in the museum (activity days exempt) is the “Life on Earth Gallery”. It is filled with displays of animals, butterflies, also has interactive screens and even a craft area for the kids to do some colouring.
I’m looking forward to Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in stories coming to the Leeds City Museum from this weekend 8th February right up until 16th June!
Here’s a little about it :
Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s best-loved story makers. This unique exhibition showcases, for the first time, the notebooks and manuscripts that have become the classics we know today, including:
- War Horse (1982, Egmont)
- Private Peaceful (2003, Harper Collins)
- Kensuke’s Kingdom (1999, Egmont); and
- The Butterfly Lion (1996, Harper Collins)
War Horse is a film I love but I’m yet to read the book, it is on my TBR list of course!
There is going to be an original handwritten draft of War Horse, along with props from the stage show and film. I will definitely be looking forward to giving that a visit.
The best thing about these places is that they offer so many different variations of events. The fact that most of these events are free for families makes it that more budget friendly.
Have you visited any of these place in Leeds?
If you have let me know what you enjoyed about them in the comments. If not, would these be places that interest you?
Until next time,