Thousands of local young people are expected to flock to Armley Park for some free fun in the sun this weekend.
The event on Saturday and Sunday will be the first of this summer’s Breeze on Tour activities, and will include a packed programme of inflatables, sports and art workshops for young people to enjoy.
Last summer's Breeze events attracted more than 21,000 young people, with up to 3,000expected to be at Armley Park this weekend (8th and 9th August). Those who attend will be able to try out: breakdancing, show skipping, outdoor bush skills, beauty, crochet, rag rug making, arts and crafts, CD and DVD making as well as singing and music lessons and have the opportunity to star in a rock band.
Visitors to Armley Park on Saturday will also get the chance to see the Rugby Union Webb Ellis Cup which will be on display between 3pm and 4pm as part of a whistle-stop tour of world cup venues. Three new large rugby inflatables will also be at all Breeze on Tour events to celebrate the arrival of the world cup in September.
Further events will be held at Cross Flatts Park, Beeston on Wednesday 12th - Thursday 13th August and at Temple News on Wednesday 19th - Thursday 20th August - Temple Newsam.
Breeze events offer something for all 0 to 19 years to do during the school holidays. Breeze on Tour offers a variety of activities from arts, crafts and multimedia workshops, sports activities, information, a performance tent and a large range of inflatables such as obstacle courses, rock climbers, challenge games and sporting inflatables as well as an under 5 play section. Breeze on Tour is split into six zones; Play, Sport, Challenge, Info, Art and Performance.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for children and families said;
“Our Breeze on Tour events have become one of the highlights of the summer for young people in Leeds and I’m sure this year will be no exception.
“These events are a great opportunity for children and young people to come along, join thousands of others their own age and try some activities that are fun, free anddifferent.“It’s also something parents can take their kids along to and get them out and about over the summer holidays without breaking the bank.”
The Breeze has Talent heats will also be taking place at the Breeze on Tour events. This is the second stage of the competition and will take place every day in the performance tent. Following these heats the finalists will be selected for the final which is being held in October at Northern Ballet Theatre.
All activities are free but some charges apply at the fairground zone and refreshment stalls. Some height restrictions will apply and height charts will be available throughout the area.
As well as Breeze on Tour, Mini Breeze events will also be taking place at locations across Leeds throughout the summer.
To attend, just being a BreezeCard or sign up for one at the event. Accompanying adults don't need a BreezeCard. BreezeCards can be picked up from Leeds City Council run leisure centres and libraries prior to the events.
A special opening time of 11am has been arranged for young people with additional needs on the second day of each event. This needs to be pre-booked by calling 0113 3783167. A personal tour guide and high dependecy unit are also available.
For more information about Breeze events including a full list of events and locations,visit: www.breezeleeds.org/breezeontour. Information about how to get a card can be found here www.breezeleeds.org/breezecard.