Green festival set to open in grounds of Leeds museum

A day of family fun events celebrating the fantastic colour, splendour and wildlife which exists in the surroundings of a popular museum in Leeds will be held this month.

As part of the Hedgerow Festival on Sunday 13 October from 11.00am -3.30pm, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities on the tranquil island home of Thwaite Mills Watermill in Stourton, which is one of the last examples in Britain of a water-powered mill.

On offer will be the chance to learn more about tree identification, bushcraft and apple pressing, and join in on a wild food walk and orchard trail. A range of children’s activities and natural crafts will also be available on the day in the grounds of the museum, which boasts beehives, a wildlife pond, an outdoor classroom and gazebo, minibeast hotels, boat moorings and bicycle parking.

Supported by a number of groups, including Leeds Bee Keepers, Leeds Urban Harvest, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Breathing Green, Rothwell County Park and TCV, tickets for the festival are priced at £6.70 for a family ticket, adults £3.40, children £1.30 and concessions £1.80.

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

"The island which is home to Thwaite Mills Watermill really is beautiful, and this is a great chance to explore the area and find out more about the natural environment and wildlife which exists there.

"On the day there will also be a wide-range of activities on offer, which celebrating the outdoors, will be both educational and great fun for all the family."

Notes to editors:

Thwaite Mills Watermill is perfectly nestled on a tranquil island between the River Aire and the Aire and Calder Navigation, just at the end of Thwaite Lane in Stourton.

One of the best and last remaining examples of a water-powered putty mill in Britain, this fully restored and fascinating museum allows visitors to experience the power and force of water powered industry in action.

Thwaite Mills address:

Thwaite Lane



LS10 1RP

Tel: 0113 276 2887

Thwaite Mills website address: www.leeds.gov.uk/thwaitemills

Thwaite Mills is open at the following times:

Open every Saturday and Sunday, 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Closed on Mondays except for bank holidays

Open during Leeds school holidays on Tuesdays – Fridays, 10.00am – 5.00pm

For media enquiries, please contact;

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

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk