Free and low cost half term ideas for people in Leeds: Store tours

Free and low cost half term ideas for people in Leeds

With the cost of living going up, many residents and families in Leeds are on the lookout for fun things to do and days out that won’t break the bank.

On this page, we’re highlighting some of the best things to do in the city that don’t cost too much.

You can also visit for more ideas and inspiration.

Hedgehog trail at Leeds City Museum

Hedgehog trail

To mark Hedgehog Awareness Week, the museum is putting on a family-friendly hedgehog trail around the museum.

Look high and low through the museum for all sorts of hedgehogs in their hiding places, tick them off your list, and learn some fun hedgehog facts along the way.

More info: May Half Term: Find the Hedgehogs Trail - Leeds City Museum

COST: Free, drop in.


Scarecrow trail at Kirkstall Abbey

Scarecrow fest

Explore the sunning ruins of Kirkstall Abbey and see if you can spot all the scarecrows specially designed by staff.

In days gone by the abbey’s monks used scarecrows to keep birds away from their crops, but today you can try spot the local wildlife during your visit too.

More info: May Half Term: Scarecrow Festival - Kirkstall Abbey (

COST: Free entry for Leeds residents


Build a bird workshop at Leeds City Museum

Build a bird

Join Leeds City Museum to explore the lives of endangered birds while you create an owl out of origami, or collage your own bird and design the environment it lives in.

When it’s done, take your finished bird on a hunt around the museum.

Mor info: May Half Term: Build a Bird - Leeds City Museum

Free, drop in.


Half term store tours at Leeds Discovery Centre

Store tours

Take a special behind the scenes tour of the Leeds Museums and Galleries collection store over the half term.

The centre is home to more than a million objects that are not on display, including taxidermy animals, clothing, toys, art, and furniture.

More info: Half Term Store Tour - Leeds Discovery Centre

Free, booking required. Please ring 0113 3782100 or email to book.


Making History with Leeds Libraries

Code craft create

Travel back in time by building, coding and paper-folding through the past and celebrating Local and Community History Month.

Using Lego, origami and basic robotics, libraries across Leeds will recreate old images of Leeds and navigate Victorian maps with the help of the Leodis online archive.

Taking place at various libraries venues across Leeds over half term.

More info: Let's Make History: Code, Craft, Create | Leeds Inspired