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Who will they become this summer at Leeds Museums and Galleries?




Caption: A range of family friendly activities will be available at Leeds Museums and Galleries sites this year.



Visitors to Leeds Museums and Galleries’ nine fascinating attractions will have the chance to let their imaginations run wild as they take part in a range of fantastic activities and events planned for this summer.



Kicking off the summer celebrations is Leeds’ fine Edwardian country home, Lotherton Hall, with their ‘Six Weeks of Summer Fun’ series and the return of family favourite ‘Summer Sixties Picnic’. Boasting extensive grounds and an enchanting bird garden, ‘Six Weeks of Summer Fun’ will incorporate activities including ‘Into Africa Week’ from Monday 28 July and the ‘Lotherton Challenge Week’ which from 11 August will set a number of challenges across the estate. Are you good enough to come out on top?



Not far away from Lotherton Hall is another jewel in the city’s crown, Temple Newsam House, filled with decorative art treasures and set within beautiful parkland. Over the summer visitors will have the chance to join in an action packed list of activities. ‘The Many faces of Temple Newsam’ event from Weds 23 July will be bringing to life characters of the stately home with, caricatures, posing in a portrait, face painting and lots more. Continuing the theme of meeting people from the past, there is also the opportunity in ‘Meet an Ancestor’ to join perhaps Lady Hertford or Arthur Ingham as they show off their wonderful house and finery.



The historic surroundings of Kirkstall Abbey are always a perfect place for all the family, and this summer will be no different as every Friday during the school holidays there will be a fun musical session for all the family at their ‘Funky Fridays’ event and a special ‘Picnic with a Dragon’ every Wednesday. Just make sure he doesn’t eat your sandwiches!



Over the road at the fantastic Abbey House Museum, families can also take part in a special ‘Pick & Mix’ event every Friday in the school holidays where they can choose from an amazing range of activities including crafts, dressing up and much, much more. If this was not enough, as part of the ‘Tall Tales Family Fun’ events, a range of crafts and activities will also take place every Tuesday during the summer around classic children’s books such as ‘The Jungle Book,’, ‘Treasure Island’ and ‘Black Beauty’.



The city’s two industrial museums Leeds Industrial Museum, once the world’s largest woollen mill, and Thwaite Mills Watermill, nestled in a wonderful riverside setting rich in wildlife, are also pulling out all the stops to present a fascinating insight into the city’s industrial heritage and provide the chance to get in touch with nature. At Leeds Industrial Museum why not join in and enjoy all things watery in the ‘Splish, Splash, Splosh Water Fun!’ events or become an island explorer every day in the holidays at Thwaite Mills Watermills?



The chance to showcase your creative side at the spectacular Leeds Art Gallery is never far away, and as part of the ‘SatARTday Club’ and ‘Paint Yourself’ events why not use your imagination to create something memorable? There is something for children to enjoy on a Saturday morning throughout the school holidays or join one of our Adventures in Artspace events inspired by our exhibitions or collections and supported by a different artist each time. Other city-centre favourite Leeds City Museum will also be providing activities sprinkled with mystery, magic and enchantment at their special ‘Myths, Legends and Fairytales’ event on 14 August where the world of escape and fantasy will come to life.



Last but not least in what also promises to be something not to be missed Leeds Discovery Centre will once again be offering the chance to go behind the scenes in their state-of-the-art storage facility, home to over one million objects. Join in their free special guided tour every Thursday of the holiday and see what delights are in store and the work that is undertaken to keep objects in great condition.



These exciting events form part of a larger packed programme which will be delivered by Leeds Museum and Galleries over the school holidays that will also offer crafts, magic, mystery and fun.



With so much taking place to keep the kids busy and let their imaginations run wild, who will they become this summer?



For more details on all the summer events at Leeds Museums and Galleries, please see: www.leeds.gov.uk/whowilltheybecome



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



"We are always looking at ways in Leeds Museums and Galleries to inspire our young people, and as part of our packed summer programme of events and activities we will be pulling out all the stops to fire their imaginations.



"This promises to be a summer not to forget, and we look forward to welcoming both old and new friends to our museums and galleries in the school holidays."



John Roles, Head of Leeds Museums and Galleries said:



"Over many years, Leeds Museums and Galleries have put together a packed programme of events to enjoy in the summer, and I am delighted to say that this year is no different.



"Our nine sites have really pulled out all the stops, and I hope children will enjoy our range of activities and events which will not only be great fun, but also we hope inspirational."



Notes to editors:



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



Summertime family events at Leeds Museums & Galleries:



Lotherton Hall



Summer Sixties Picnic

Sun 10 Aug, 11am – 3pm

Games, Band, Children’s entertainment, juke box and more!

Six Weeks of Summer Fun



Into Africa Week - Mon 28 July – Sun 3 Aug, 11am – 4pm

Activities inspired by all things African in the Bird Garden and Hall.



Conservation week - Mon 4 – Sun 10 Aug, 11am – 4pm

Learn about how we look after the Birds and Museum objects, with recycling craft activities to enjoy.



Lotherton Challenge Week – Mon 11 – Sun 17 Aug, 11am – 4pm

We'll be setting challenges across the Estate. Can you tick them all off?



The Gascoigne’s Abroad Week – Mon 18 – Sun 24 Aug, 11am – 4pm

Learn about the Gascoigne’s travels and try out our worldly inspired crafts.

End of Summer Fun – Mon 25 – Sun 31 Aug, 11am – 4pm

Make the most of your summer holidays and enjoy activities and games at Lotherton.



Abbey House Museum



Tall Tales Family Fun

Every Tues in the summer holidays, 10am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm

Family crafts and activities based around classic children’s books.

The Owl and the Pussy Cat – Tues 22 July

The Jungle book – Tues 29 July

Alice In Wonderland – Tues 5 Aug

Wizard of Oz – Tues 12 Aug

Treasure Island – Tues 19 Aug

Black Beauty – Tues 26 Aug



SPLAT Science and Play Time

Every Weds in the summer holidays, 10am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm

Join us at Abbey House to explore, create and have lots of science fun every Wednesday of the summer holidays. Each week has a different theme and there will be a variety of activities suitable for all ages. No scientific knowledge is necessary just lots of playful curiosity!



Magic & Mystery Museum

Every Thurs in the summer holidays, 10am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm

A day of magical and mysterious activities in the museum. Each week there will be different activities that will include; a mystery to solve, a magic trick to learn, an optical illusion to make, a dotty invention, mystery objects, a science experiment. Designed for the whole family to work together, have fun and learn something new.



Pick & Mix – The Choice Factor

Every Fri in the summer holidays, 10am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm

Fridays at Abbey House we are giving families a pick and mix of options. There will be a range of exciting activities, some messy, some crafty, some dressing up, some quick, some that take longer. The choice is yours!



Leeds Industrial Museum



Splish, Splash, Splosh Water Fun!

Help us to appreciate all things watery at Leeds Industrial Museum this summer by joining in these fun activities.

Wash Day - Thurs 24 July & Thurs 7 Aug, 1pm – 2pm



Help Molly the washer woman with her Victorian weekday wash.

Tales of the Water Folk - Thurs 31 July & Fri 1 Aug, 10.30am – 11.00am & 2.30pm – 3pm

Listen to wonderful water based tales from our storyteller. After the session grab a water colour art pack and take inspiration from both the stories and our watery setting to create some water colour masterpieces as you tour the site.



Water Force! - Tues 12 & Weds 13 Aug, 1pm – 3pm

Have a go at making a waterwheel.

Wonderful Water Experiments - Weds, 20, Thurs 21, Weds 27 & Thurs 28 Aug, 1pm – 2pm

Take part in these science based water experiments.



Film Time

Tues 22 Aug, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

The Armley Palace picture hall closed exactly 50 years ago. Some of the fixtures were removed and can now be seen in the cinema at Leeds Industrial museum. Come along and watch the last ever film shown in the old cinema.



Leeds City Transport Vintage Bus Running Day

Sun 31 Aug, 11am – 5pm

Travel in vintage style around the city and take in two of Leeds premier heritage sites. Free buses will be running from New York Street, Leeds City Centre to Thwaite Mills and to Bramley Town end via Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills. Every 15 mins from 10.30am to 5.15pm. The buses are Preserved A.E.C., Daimler & Leyland Leeds City Transport buses from 1950's & 1960's operating in service. A souvenir timetable brochure can be purchased by post (one month prior to the event sending a A5 Stamp Addressed Envelope with a cheque or postal order for £3.00 to Richard McAllister, 16, Dam Head Road, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2SR) or purchase on the day of the event.



Temple Newsam



The Many Faces of Temple Newsam

Weds 23rd – Thurs 31 July & Fri 1 – Fri 22 Aug

An action packed summer of activities bringing to life the many faces of this stately home, including historic face painting, caricatures, posing in a portrait… Check the website to see what's happening on different days



Meet an Ancestor

Weds 30 July, 2,30pm

A very special invite to join one of Temple Newsam's ancestors, perhaps Lady Hertford or Sir Arthur Ingram, as they show off their house and its finery



Grayson Perry - Look, React, Make

Sat 23 – Sun 31 Aug, 10.30am – 5pm

Activities to react and reflect on the unique, bold, vibrant tapestries of Grayson Perry.



Elizabethan Dancing in the Picture Gallery

Sun 31 Aug, 2pm – 3.30pm

The White Rose Revels put on a sumptuous performance of Elizabethan dancing in the ambient Picture Gallery



Kirkstall Abbey



Funky Samba Drumming

Fri 15 & Tue 19 Aug, 10am & 11am



Colouring Day

Mon 25 Au, 10am – 3pm

A day of colouring, sketching and sticking in the abbey. A relaxing way to spend your Bank holiday.



Arty in the Abbey

Every Thurs in the summer holidays, 10am – 11.30am

A morning of fun art activities in the abbey. Each week we will try a different artform or craft starting with clay tiles to celebrate the British Festival of Archaeology.



Funky Fridays

Every Fri in the summer holidays, 10am – 11.30am



Leeds City Museum



You Beauty!

Tues 29 – Thurs 31 July & Fri 1 Aug, 10am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm

Take a walk on the wild side in our temporary exhibition Natural Beauty 2. Capture your own artworks inspired by the beauty of the natural world and wildlife.



We Are Leeds

Tues 5 – Fri 8 Aug, 10am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm

What does Leeds mean to you? Explore the history and stories of Leeds in our Life in Leeds Gallery and design bunting using 'iconic' Leeds images.



Myths, Legends and Fairy tales

Thurs 14 Aug, 10am – 6pm

Free Family activities inspired by the summer.



The Romans are coming!

Tues 26 – Fri 29 Aug, 10am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm

Join us in the build up to our upcoming Roman Empire: Power & People exhibition, with free activities to explore and bring to life our Roman collections.



Leeds Art Gallery



Paint Yourself

Thurs 24, 31 July, 7 & 14 Aug, 11am – 4pm



Self-portrait day in artspace.

Picture Me in Artspace

Thurs 24 July – Sun 31 Aug, 11am – 4pm

Fun activities all about making pictures of yourself.



Playground

Fri 22 Aug, 10am – 12pm

Exciting multisensory events inspired by a different gallery artwork each month for very young people to gain confidence in themselves as learners, explorers, discoverers and thinkers. Please wear suitable clothes.



SatARTday Club

Sat 2 Aug, 11am – 4pm

Drop-in workshops for families to enjoy being imaginative and creative together whilst finding out more about the art and artists in our collection and exhibitions.



Adventures in Artspace

Sat 14th June, 28th June, 26th July, 9th Aug, 23rd Aug & 30th Aug, 11am – 4pm.

Adventurous artists and activities in Artspace for all ages to enjoy



Thwaite Mills Watermill



Mousetrap Challenge

Thurs 31 July, Thurs 14 Aug & Thurs 28 Aug, 11am – 3pm

In 1897 James Henry Atkinson, a Leeds Ironmonger, claimed to have invented the mousetrap called the “Little Nipper”. The mousetrap design is still used to this day. Can you design and build a more humane mousetrap using the materials supplied before locating the thirteen mice hiding in the mill and house.



Mouse Hunt

Every day in the summer holidays, Sat – Sun, 1pm – 5pm & Tues – Fri, 10am – 5pm



Island Explorers

Every day in the summer holidays, Sat – Sun, 1pm – 5pm & Tues – Fri, 10am – 5pm



Leeds City Transport Vintage Bus Running Day

Sun 31 Aug, 11am – 5pm

Travel in vintage style around the city and take in two of Leeds premier heritage sites. Free buses will be running from New York Street, Leeds City Centre to Thwaite Mills and to Bramley Town end via Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills. Every 15 mins from 10.30am to 5.15pm. The buses are Preserved A.E.C. , Daimler & Leyland Leeds City Transport buses from 1950's & 1960's operating in service. A souvenir timetable brochure can be purchased by post (one month prior to the event sending a A5 Stamp Addressed Envelope with a cheque or postal order for £3.00 to Richard McAllister, 16, Dam Head Road, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2SR) or purchase on the day of the event.



Leeds Discover Centre



Behind the scenes guided tour

Every Thurs in the summer holidays, 11am – 12pm & 2pm – 3pm.



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

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk