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Silly sheep and bunnies provide Easter fun at Kirkstall Abbey and Abbey House

With Easter just around the corner, Visit Leeds has the lowdown on the top family-friendly things to do in Leeds – including a silly sheep round up and bunny takeover at Kirkstall Abbey.

To help anyone looking for fun things to do this Easter, destination management organisation for the city of Leeds, Visit Leeds has rounded up five of the most cracking things to do in and around the city. 

  • Leeds 2023 Waking the Artist Exhibition
  • 5th-8th April, Wade House, Merrion Centre
  • Price: free 

2023 marks Leeds’ year of culture in the city – an exciting time to visit – and there’s plenty on the billsheet for families to enjoy this Easter, including the Waking the Artist exhibition. Perfect for any budding artists, the exhibition brings over 300 artworks (created by residents of the city) to life in 3D in an immersive display. Expect to see forests made of hand-drawn trees, a giant woolly mammoth, and interactive books. Even better? Entry is totally free. 

  • Easter at Temple Newsam
  • 1st – 16th April 
  • Price: From £19 for a family ticket
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One of Leeds majestic historic houses, Temple Newsam is a stunning Georgian property located just a few miles out of the city centre. There’s plenty to do at Temple Newsam this Easter, including bunny trails around the house and gardens and themed Easter crafts for your little ones to get stuck into. Temple Newsam also has an on-site farm that’s always a hit with little ones. With lambs, piglets, chicks and rabbits, Easter is a perfect time to meet these new springtime arrivals. 

  • Kirkstall Abbey and Abbey House: Silly sheep round up and bunny takeover
  • 1st – 16th April 
  • Price: From £11.25 for a family ticket

Another of Leeds’ famous landmarks, Kirkstall Abbey is home to some serious Easter fun this April. This year, rainbow, gingham and polka dot sheeps have descended upon the Abbey for the annual silly sheep roundup for some lighthearted family fun. And the nearby Abbey House museum has been taken over by bunnies this year. Expect to see grocer bunnies, bunny barmaids, snow bunnies and some famous faces like Peter Rabbit working in the museum, as well as bunny counting competitions, scavenger hunts and Easter crafts. Get on down for some hoppin’ good family fun! 

  • The Royal Armouries medieval Easter + jousting tournaments
  • 11th- 16th April. Jousting tournament 7th-10th April
  • Price: Entry free, jousting tournament from £5

One of Leeds’ many free museums, the Royal Armouries is the UK’s leading museum of arms and armour. Their Easter programme this year is inspired by the lives of the knights in the Middle Ages, with archery, sword fighting and extra special warrior showcases all on offer for visitors. And over the Bank Holiday weekend there’ll be a special international jousting tournament, with teams from Poland, USA and the UK battling it out in an exciting competition over four days to see who will reign supreme. 

  • Lotherton Hall: Wild about Lotherton
  • 1st – 16th April 2023
  • Price: £9 for an adult, £4.50 for children aged 5-18

One of Leeds’ most grand historic houses, Lotherton Hall’s Easter activities are all about embracing the wilderness. There’s special explorer trails happening around the museum, gardens and grounds and onsite Wildlife World, with nature-inspired crafts for little ones to enjoy. There’s also special activity stations for kids to make wildlife dens and learn about the wildlife they’ll see at Lotherton and at home – perfect for inquisitive adventurers. 

A spokesperson at Visit Leeds said: “We know many parents will be looking for ways to keep their little ones entertained this Easter, and we wanted to raise awareness of all the eggciting things happening in and around Leeds this year. From wilderness trails to egg hunts and even jousting, there’s something for kids of all ages to enjoy in Leeds this Easter.”

More Easter inspiration on the Visit Leeds website.

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