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2015
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Don’t miss out on all the fun at Leeds Museums and Galleries this Easter









Picture caption: There is plenty for all the family to enjoy during Easter with Leeds Museums and Galleries.



An array of fantastic activities and events are guaranteed to keep all the family entertained this Easter at Leeds Museums and Galleries.



The fun kicks-off in the stunning surroundings of Thwaites Mills Watermill in Stourton, which will be hosting a very ‘special’ Spring Festival on Sunday 5 April from 11am - 4pm. Celebrate the arrival of spring on it’s beautiful island with a spring market, boat rides, face painting, a bouncy castle, children’s crafts and much, much more.



Easter would not be the same without an appearance by the much loved Easter Bunny, and at Abbey House Museum in Kirkstall, a number of fantastic ‘Bunny Fun’ themed events are certain to capture the imagination. Hop along on Friday April 3, 4, 5 and 6 and enjoy a range of fun bunny crafts, search for Easter chicks in our Victorian shops, and who knows you might just bump into the Easter Bunny as well! A ‘Family Fun Challenge’ will also be held on Thursday 16 April from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm, which will require real teamwork in order to solve a variety of clues, activities, mystery objects and time challenges.



A short walk from Abbey House Museum is one of the city’s most famous landmarks, Kirkstall Abbey, where the Easter Bunny is again set to make an appearance on April 3, 9, 11 and 19 as part of a ‘Bunny Scarecrow Trail’. Join in the fun and hunt for the famous bunny rabbits in this free event.



If you have wondered what it would be like to step through time, why not visit Leeds City Museum and take part in their magical ‘Time Travellers’ Treasure Hunt’ during opening hours from Friday 3 April –Sunday 19 April. Take a step through the famous Harrison Clock and navigate your way around the museum as you search for treasure and solve the challenges to enter a prize draw.



A firm favourite of the Leeds Museums and Galleries’ Easter programme over many years is ‘Easter Eggstavaganza’, and the great news is it will once again feature this April. Held at Temple Newsam House during opening hours from Friday 3-Sunday 19 April, search for clues around the house and be in with a chance of winning an eggcellent prize! When the excitement is over why not drop into nearby Home Farm and visit the hundreds of lovely and adorable animals that it has to offer.



After a wide ranging refurbishment programme historic Lotherton Hall has once again opened its doors, and is looking better than ever. Join in the celebrations of its recent reopening by joining in their two weeks of springtime games and activities from Thursday 2 April or their wild and wonderful ‘Mad Hatter’s’ dress up day on Wednesday 8 April from 11am-3pm. Fall down the rabbit hole at Lotherton Hall, dress up and join the Mad Hatter and friends for a day of surreal Wonderland crafts and garden games.



Leeds Art Gallery remains one of the city’s most popular visitor attractions and any event or activity taking place there is sure to inspire and stimulate in equal measure. Through ‘Stepping out in Artspace’, why not join our artist in residence and take part in a number of free activities based on how people move from Tuesday 7 April –Sunday 19 April from 10am-5pm.



Leeds has a fascinating industrial history, and there is nowhere better to find out more than our very own Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills. Come along on Tuesday 7 April and Wednesday 8 April from 1pm-3pm and try your hand at making Loom Bands and traditional weaving.



Last but certainly not least is the Leeds Discovery Centre which is a state-of-the-art storage facility for learning and exploration. On Wednesday 8 April, 10am -12noon as part of ‘Spring Animals’, take a unique behind the scenes free tour and also have a close encounter with the Discovery Centre’s fabulous natural science collection.



Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:



"With Easter fast approaching it is really great news that once again Leeds Museums and Galleries has put together a brilliant activities programme which both young and old can enjoy.



"All of our nine fantastic sites are taking part in the fun, which will include crafts, Easter egg hunts, special themed events, and the chance to learn new skills such as looming and weaving.



"With so much on offer, we are really looking forward to welcoming both old and new friends to our events this Easter."



Notes to editors:



For more information on events and admission, please visit: www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries



Details on all Leeds Museums and Galleries’ events:



Leeds City Museum



Time Travellers’ Treasure Hunt

Fri 3 Apr – Sun 19 Apr, during opening hours

Tick tock goes the Harrison Clock. Step through the clock; navigate your way around the museum, treasure hunting and solving the challenges to enter a prize draw!

Price: Free

Audience: Older children 13+

Booking: Just turn up



Build a Toy Time Machine

Tues 7, Weds 8, Tues 14 & Weds 15 Apr, 10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm

Tick tock goes the Harrison Clock. Build your own toy time machine, and step through the clock for your own adventures - where will you travel to?

Price: Free

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Time Traveller photography

Tues 14 & Thurs 16 Apr, 12pm - 4pm

Photography workshop for young people.

Price: Free

Audience: Older children/13+

Booking: Just turn up



Abbey House Museum



Bunny Fun with Easter Bunny

Fri 3 Apr, 10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm, Sat 4 April 2pm - 4pm, Sun 5 & Mon 6 Apr 10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm.

Hop along for a range of fun bunny crafts. We will also be looking for Easter chicks in our Victorian shops and you might just bump into our friendly Easter Bunny.

Price: Free, but usual admission applies.

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Funny Faces Family Crafts

Tues 7 Apr, 10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm

Pull your funniest face and come along to a fun day of silly crafts, activities and face painting.

Price: Free, but usual admission applies

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Silly Science Eggsperiments

Weds 8 Apr, 10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm

A day of science activities inspired by eggs. Can you crush an egg in your hand? How do you know if an egg is boiled? Is your egg fresh?

Price: Free, but usual admission applies.

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Easter Family Fun Challenge

Thurs 9 Apr, 10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm

Abbey House's family challenge with an Easter twist. Designed for the whole family to work together they will have to solve a variety of clues, activities, mystery objects and time challenges.

Price: Free, but usual admission applies.

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Frightening Faces

Fri 10 Apr, 10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm

Pull your scariest face and come along to a frighterningly fun day of crafts, activites and face painting.

Price: Free, but usual admission applies.

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Wild Things Animal Crafts

Tues 14 Apr, 10am -12pm & 2pm - 4pm

Join us for fun family crafts inspired by wild animals including lions, tigers and bears

Price: Free, but usual admission applies.

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Silly Science - Camouflage And Canines, The Science Of Animals

Weds 15 Apr, 10am -12pm & 2pm - 4pm

A day of science activities inspired by animals. Can you find our flies or camouflage a cameleon? No scientific knowledge necessary just curiosity.

Price: Free, but usual admission applies.

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Abbey House Family Fun Challenge

Thurs 16 Apr, 10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm

Abbey House's family challenge. Designed for the whole family to work together they will have to solve a variety of clues, activities, mystery objects and time challenges.

Price: Free, but usual admission applies.

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Cute and Cuddly Or Slimy And Slithery Animal Crafts

Fri 17 Apr, 10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm

Do you like fluffy bunnies or spooky spiders? Take your pick with our range of cute or creepy crafts.

Price: Free, but usual admission applies.

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Temple Newsam



Every Picture Tells a Story: Biblical Paintings Tour

Fri 3 Apr, 2pm - 2.45pm

A special tour for Easter of the biblical paintings in the House.

Audience: Families

Price: Free, but usual admission applies.

Booking: is required please contact 0113 336 7460



King Henry the Egg: Decorate an ‘egg’ character

Fri 3 Apr - Mon 6 Apr, 11am - 12.30pm & 2pm - 3.30pm

Create an 'egg' character inspired by our history and stories. For eggxample, 'King Henry the Egg', 'Elizabeth of Yolk', 'The Ghost of the Speckled Blue Lady'

Price: Free, but usual admission applies.

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Easter Eggstravaganza!

Fri 3 - Sun 19 Apr, during opening hours

Join in our Easter egg hunt! Search for clues around the house to be in with a chance of winning an eggcellent Easter egg prize. A great time to visit the newborn animals on the farm too!

Price: Free, but usual admission applies.

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Music fit for a King

Sun 19 Apr, 10.30am - 4pm

Members of the North East Early Music forum will be filling the House with music from the 16th century.

Price: Free, but usual admission applies.

Audience: All/Families

Booking: Just turn up



Kirkstall Abbey



Bunny Scarecrow Trail

Fri 3 - Thurs 9 Apr & Sat 11 - Sun 19 Apr, 10am - 3pm

Join us for a fun scarecrow trail around the abbey looking for famous bunny rabbits. You may spot Peter, Roger or even the Easter Bunny.

Price: Free

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Mini Eggs

Tues 7 & 14 Apr, 10am 11am

Our popular Tuesday under 5's session gets an eggy make over for Easter. Bring your own mini egg but be prepared we like to get messy!

Price: Free

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



How does your garden grow?

Thurs 9 & 16 Apr, 2pm - 3pm

Take inspiration from the nursery rhyme and make Mary’s garden to take home. We will be planting marigolds and making clay shells and bells and pretty maid scarecrows.

Price: Free

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Lotherton Hall



Spring Time Festival

Thurs 2 Apr – Sun 19 Apr, 11am – 4pm

Spring has sprung at Lotherton. Enjoy a fun-filled Easter holiday with brand new trails, daily crafts, garden games, meet the keeper, nest box making and more.

Price: Free, but usual admission applies.

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Easter Egg Trail

Thurs 2 Apr – Sun 19 Apr, 11am – 4pm

Follow the clues and find our decorated eggs around the estate.

Price: Free, but usual admission applies.

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Hopping Games with the Easter Bunny

Sat 4 & 18 Apr, 1pm - 3pm

Join the Easter Bunny for outdoor games, weather permitting.

Price: Free, but usual admission applies.

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Upstairs, Downstairs

Tues 7 & 14 Apr, 12pm - 2pm

What does it mean to be a Lady of the House and what kind of jobs did servants do? Find out the stories and more at Lotherton Hall.

Price: Free, but usual admission applies.

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Mad Hatter’s dress up day

Weds 8 Apr, 11am - 3pm

Fall down the rabbit hole at Lotherton Hall! Dress up and join the Mad Hatter and Friends for a day of surreal Wonderland crafts and garden games.

Price: Free, but usual admission applies.

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Thwaite Mills Watermill



Spring Festival

Sun 5 Apr, 11am - 4pm

Fun filled day exploring this beautiful island, boat rides, face painting, crafts stalls, bouncy castle plus more.

Price: Free, but usual admission applies

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Leeds Art Gallery



Stepping out in Artspace

Tues 7 Apr - Sun 19 Apr, 11am - 4pm

Join our artist in residence and take part in joyful holiday activities for everyone based on how people move.

Price: Free

Audience: All

Booking: Just turn up



Leeds Industrial Museum



Spring and Easter Crafts

Weds 1 Apr – Fri 17 Apr, 10am – 5pm

Drop-in Spring and Easter Craft activities for all the family to enjoy.

Price: Free, but usual admission applies

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Loony Loom Bands

Tues 7 & Weds 8 Apr, 1pm - 3pm

Try your hand at ‘looming’ and have a go at more traditional weaving.

Price: Free, but usual admission applies

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Mystery Matinée

Tues 7 Apr - Sat 18 Apr, 2pm - 4pm

Watch a family film in one of the smallest cinemas in the world.

Price: Free, but usual admission applies.

Audience: Families

Booking: Please call to find out what film will be showing.



Train Fun!

Tues 14 & Weds 15 Apr, 1pm - 3pm

Visit our loco gallery and make a train out of recycled materials

Price: Free, but usual admission applies.

Audience: Families

Booking: Just turn up



Leeds Discovery Centre



Spring Animals

Weds 8 Apr, 10am - 12pm

Craft activities, behind the scenes tours and close encounters using our fabulous natural science collection.

Price: Free

Audience: Families /Activity

Booking: is required



Ancient Egypt

Weds 15 Apr, 10 am - 12pm

Join us for Egyptian crafts and activities, and investigate our amazing Egyptology collection. Includes a behind the scenes tour!

Price: Free

Audience: Families

Booking: is required



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