Festive delights to arrive at Leeds Museum and Galleries

Caption: Lotherton Hall will be hosting a 'Magical Christmas Weekend'.

The magic of Christmas is set to be celebrated in style next month, as Leeds Museums and Galleries host a range of fantastic events.

As part of a packed programme, venues including Temple Newsam House, Lotherton Hall, Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds Industrial Museum, Leeds Discovery Centre and Thwaite Mills will be providing fun filled activities for all the family.

Pulling out all the stops this Christmas with two fantastic events will be Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall.

On offer at Temple Newsam House will be ‘500 years of Christmas’, where on the weekend of the 14 and 15 December, visitors can view the magnificent decorations, listen to carol singers and the Leeds Waits musicians, and enjoy Sir Arthur Ingram’s festive entertainment.

Also held on the 14 and 15 December will be a ‘Magical Christmas Weekend’ at Lotherton Hall, which will provide the opportunity to escape Christmas shopping, listen to live music and take part in festive wreath making, face painting and craft activities. On the day, visitors will also be treated to a performance by a suitcase magician.

A very special guest will also be taking a break from his busy schedule to meet children every weekend in December, as festive favourite ‘Santa’s Grotto’ makes a sparkling return to Abbey House Museum. Set in the historic surroundings of Kirkstall Abbey on 15 December, the not to be missed, very special carol service will also be held at the Abbey church.

For those people who would like to make a unique Christmas gift for a loved one, on 7 December there will be the chance at the ‘Magical Christmas Toolbox’ event at Thwaite Mills Watermill in Stourton to make Christmas crackers and festive cards made with materials found on the island, while back in the city centre at Leeds Art Gallery on 14 December, there is the opportunity to design your own 3D wintery bauble.

Also on 14 December, Leeds City Museum will be throwing a Christmas party where visitors will have the chance to enjoy a number of Christmas activities and performances including visits from Leeds Youth Opera, Leeds Polish Centre and a community choir.

Other highlights in the festive programme include the opportunity to dress up as a Victorian and have your picture taken at what was once the world's largest woollen mill at Leeds Industrial Museum on 7 December or explore beach environments at a special workshop at Leeds Discovery Centre on 14 December.

If finding that extra special gift for a loved one at Christmas is still proving to be difficult, help will be on hand as presents, seasonal cards, festive decorations and children’s toys and games will be available at each of the site’s gift shops. Or for the first time this year, Leeds Museums and Galleries Gift Shops will be taking two stalls as part of Leeds City Council’s ‘Winter WonderLeeds’ programme on Briggate on 14 and 15 Dec. Also available online at: www.lmgshoponline.com

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

"Christmas is really magical time of the year, and I am delighted to say that once again Leeds Museum and Galleries will be providing a range of fantastic activities and events that all the family can enjoy.

"There really is something for everyone, and if you are struggling for a suitable present or card, then inspiration can be found through a number of activities we will be hosting, or by visiting our various gift shops and new stalls at the Winter WonderLeeds event on Briggate."

Notes to editors:

For more information on events at Leeds Musuuem and Galleries, please visit: www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries

Further details on events and activities detailed above are as follows:

500 Years of Christmas at Temple Newsam House

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December, 10.30am - 4.00pm

A packed programme to get into the festive spirit this Christmas including our magnificent decorations and display of a Tudor banquet, Sir Arthur Ingram’s festive entertainment, Victorian crafts, carol singers and Santa!

Temple Newsam

A stunning Tudor-Jacobean mansion set within 1,500 acres of beautiful parkland including a rare breeds farm.

House admission:

Adult £3.80, child £2.80, family ticket £9.80*

House and farm admission:

Adult £6.20, child £3.80, family ticket £15.50*

House: Mondays closed (except bank holiday Mondays),

Tues-Sun 10.30am-4pm.

Farm: Mondays closed (except bank holidays and during

school holidays), Tues-Sun 10am-5pm.


Temple Newsam Road, Leeds, LS15 OAE.

Tel House: 0113 336 7460. Tel Estate: 0113 336 7542

Email: temple.newsam.house@leeds.gov.uk

Magical Christmas Weekend at Lotherton Hall

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December, 11.00am - 4.00pm

Escape the Christmas shopping and enjoy the magical festivities at Lotherton with live music, wreath making, Christmas crafts, face painting, storytelling, a suitcase magician and if needed our own snow! Santa will also be here all weekend (£2 charge, inc present), so make sure you get your Christmas wish list in early!

Lotherton Hall

Explore a fine Edwardian country home with extensive grounds, red deer park, bird garden, nature trails, historic stables and carriage houses, gardens and walks, and two children’s play areas.

Entrance to the whole estate: Adults £5, child £2.50,

conc £4, family ticket £15*, season ticket from £18

Open Oct 10am-5pm, Nov & Dec 10am-4pm.

Last entry 45mins before closing


Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB.

Tel House: 0113 378 2959. Email: lotherton@leeds.gov.uk

Santa’s Grotto at Abbey House Museum

Every weekend in December leading up to Christmas, Saturdays (2.00pm – 4.00pm) and Sundays (10.00am – 12.00pm & 2.00pm – 4.00pm)

Visit Father Christmas in his magical Abbey House grotto. Don't forget your camera. There will also be crafts, music and fun in our Victorian Streets. Grotto price not included in admission: £4.00 (includes a present).

Abbey House Museum

Step back in time and explore the Victorian streets of Abbey House Museum, a family friendly fun day out.


Adult £3.90, child £1.75, conc £2.90, family ticket £6.70*

Monday closed (except bank holiday Mondays) Tues-Fri and

Sun 10am-5pm, Sat 12pm-5pm (last admission 4pm).


Abbey Walk, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3EH.

Tel: 0113 230 5492. Email: abbey.house@leeds.gov.uk

Carols in the Abbey Church at Kirkstall Abbey

Sunday 15th December, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

We welcome back the Heritage Singers for their annual carol singing in the abbey church. A real festive treat!

Kirkstall Abbey - FREE

Visit one of the best preserved Cistercian monasteries in the country and see how the monks used to live.

Admission free

Mondays closed (except bank holiday Mondays).

Tues-Sun 10am-4pm (last admission 3.30pm).


Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3EH

Tel: 0113 230 5492. Email: kirkstall.abbey@leeds.gov.uk

Download: The Kirkstall Abbey Audioboo tour to your phone

for a free tour of the ruins www.audioboo.fm/leedsmuseums

Dress up as a Victorian at Leeds Industrial Museum

Saturday 7th December, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Perfect as a Christmas present or to make into a card, dress up as a Victorian and have your picture taken at what was once the world's largest woollen mill.

Leeds Industrial Museum

Once the world’s largest woollen mill, it now presents

a fascinating insight into the city’s industrial heritage.


Adult £3.40, child £1.25, conc £1.80, family ticket £6.70*

Mondays closed (except bank holiday Mondays) Tues-Sat,

10am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm.


Canal Road, Leeds, LS12 2QF

Tel: 0113 263 7861. Email: armley.mills@leeds.gov.uk

We’re all going on a Winter Holiday at Leeds Discovery Centre

Saturday 14th December, 10.00am – 12.00pm

We invite you to join us for a winter holiday with a difference as we use sand and shells from our collections to explore beach environments.

Leeds Discovery Centre - FREE

Home to a million wonders, Leeds Museums Discovery Centre cares for the city’s collections.

Admission free

Baubilize in Artspace at Leeds Art Gallery

Saturday 14th December, 11.00am – 4.00pm

Celebrate the festive season by creating your very own 3D wintery bauble with a twist to either take home or add to the collection of baubles that have already been made.

Leeds Art Gallery - FREE

Leeds Art Gallery showcases a wealth of art by well-known

artists and presents a dynamic exhibitions programme.

Admission free

Mon–Tues 10am-5pm, Wed 12pm-5pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-5pm,

Sun 1pm-5pm. Closed on bank holidays.


The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AA.

Tel: 0113 247 8256. Email: city.art.gallery@leeds.gov.uk

Christmas Party at Leeds City Museum

Saturday 14th December, 11.00am – 3.00pm

Free Christmassy activities and festive performances for all the family to enjoy.

Leeds City Museum - FREE

Come face-to-face with the Leeds Tiger, see the final resting place of the Leeds Mummy and dig for fossils in the ‘Life on Earth’ gallery.

Admission free

Monday closed (except bank holiday Mondays 11am-5pm),

Tues, Wed and Fri 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-7pm, Sat and Sun



Millennium Square, Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 8BH

Tel: 0113 2243732. Email: city.museum@leeds.gov.uk

Magical Christmas Toolbox at Thwaite Mills

Saturday 7th December, 1.30pm - 3.00pm

Join us at our Magical Christmas Toolbox workshop as we make Christmas crackers and festive cards made with materials found on our splendid island.

Thwaite Mills Watermill

A fully restored working watermill with a blacksmith’s workshop in a riverside setting and rich in wildlife.


Adult £3.40, child £1.30, conc £1.80, family ticket £6.70*

Sat-Sun, 1pm-5pm. Open bank holidays and school holidays

Tues-Fri, 10am-5pm.


Thwaite Lane, Stourton, Leeds, LS10 1RP

Tel: 0113 214 1914. Email: thwaite.mills@leeds.gov.uk


Get Christmas all wrapped up

Looking for that extra special Christmas gift this year? Why not visit one of our beautiful gift shops offering a range of gifts, seasonal cards, festive decorations and a wide range of children’s toys and games. Plus, with many items under £5 you might even stumble upon that perfect present for Secret Santa too!

Now available online! Visit www.lmgshoponline.com for all our special offers and gift ideas.

For further information on Winter WonderLeeds, please visit http://www.leedsmarkets.co.uk/winterwonderleeds

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk