Friends of Middleton Park

Friends of Middleton Park

Coming Events

The Middleton Park Visitor Centre Cafe is open weekdays between 10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. and is run by Leeds Learning Disability Service.

The regular spring and summer Sunday events for 2014 will start on Sunday, May 4th, with the usual Bluebell walks, and continue every Sunday until the 31st September.

Not all the events listed below are organised by the Friends. The City council Parks and Countryside Rangers organise events in Middleton park, as well as in other Parks etc around Leeds.

The Friends of Middleton Park are always in need of more willing hands. Please get in touch if you would like to help out in any way possible.

All Events will be in the Middleton Park Visitor Centre, unless stated otherwise.

April ...

Easter Holiday childrens' play events - The school holiday play events, each Tue and Wed from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. are FREE. Everyone is Welcome. Children are free to come and go, but all unders 8's must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Remember, during week days, the Visitor Centre cafe is open until 2:15 p.m.

  • 5-April-2014 (Sun) - Laura Pym String Quartet - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Performing in the Visitor Centre. Come and enjoy the music with a cuppa and cake.

  • 8-April-2014 (Tues) - Play in the Woods! - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    with Amy of Wild Apple Play.
    Make a den, get mucky in the mud kitchen, play on the rope trail, explore, ciscover and craft!

  • 9-April-2014 (Wed) - Bird Survey - 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
    Learn about local birds and help survey those found in the park. Wear suitable footwear for rough ground. Meet at the Visitor Centre.
    More information from Graeme Ashton on 0113 3781142 or email him.

  • 9-April-2014 (Wed) - Indoor Easter arts and Crafts - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Leeds Play Network are doing Arts and Crafts inspired by Nature and Outdoor Fun and Games - if the weather is suitable.

  • 15-April-2014 (Tues) - Play in the Woods! - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    with Amy of Wild Apple Play.
    Make a den, get mucky in the mud kitchen, play on the rope trail, explore, ciscover and craft!

  • 16-April-2014 (Wed) - Indoor Easter arts and Crafts - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Leeds Play Network are doing Arts and Crafts using scrap and junk materials. Also Outdoor Fun and Games - if the weather is suitable.

  • 19-April-2014 (Sat) - Middleton Park History Detectives Club - 10 a.m. to 12 noon
    A Leeds City Council and Archaeological Services event funded by HLF Parks for People.
    More information from Megan Clement on 0113 3939747 or email her.

  • 20-April-2014 (Sun) - Monsters of Middleton Park - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Discover what mini-monsters lurk beneath the water of the lake. There will be nets, trays and ID guides to use for free, and some unual watery creatures to show you.
    An R.S.P.B. event, contact Ella Dixon on 07738648981, or email her.

May ...

Remember Every Sunday upto 31st September, the Friends will be serving refreshments at the Visitor Centre, from 2 - 4 p.m.

  • 4-May-2014 (Sun) - Bluebell Walks - Meet 11:10am and 1:10pm at Park Halt station
    Enjoy a guided stroll to the Visitor Centre through the splendour that is the carpet of Bluebells in Middleton woods. The walk will take aproximately 30 to 40 mins, and is up hill and could be on unsurfaced paths.
    The walk starts at Park Halt station on the Middleton Railway and the start is timed to meet the Middleton Railways 11:00am and 1:00pm trains from Moor Road.
    The walk goes to the Visitor Centre, where refreshments will be available.
    For those that want to explore further, there are many alterative walks round the woods that can be taken back to the Park Halt station. Or one can return via a direct track that takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

  • 5-May-2014 (Mon) - Bluebell Walks - Meet 11:10am and 1:10pm at Park Halt station
    Enjoy a guided stroll to the Visitor Centre through the splendour that is the carpet of Bluebells in Middleton woods. The walk will take aproximately 30 to 40 mins, and is up hill and on unsurfaced paths.
    The walk starts at Park Halt station on the Middleton Railway and the start is timed to meet the Middleton Railways 11:00am and 1:00pm trains from Moor Road.
    The walk goes to the Visitor Centre, where refreshments will be available.
    For those that want to explore further, there are many alterative walks round the woods that can be taken back to the Park Halt station. Or one can return via a direct track that takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

  • 11-May-2014 (Sun) - Middleton Park does the English Civil War - 12 noon to 4 p.m.
    Experience the English Civil War in the park, with costumes to try on, weapons to see, and hear!, food preparation through time. Fun and Educational for all, from the Historical Services group, and Friends, of Stank Hall.

  • 18-May-2014 (Sun) - East Leeds Steel - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Come and hear this band, based in Seacroft, play Caribbean inspired music.

  • 25-May-2014 (Sun) - Spring Walk - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Take in the Park's history and heritage, its flora and fauna, on this shortish walk of about an hour, ending up back at the Visitor Centre for refreshments.

    Also Bring and Buy Plant Sale - bring your spare plants, cuttings, seedlings and buy new ones!

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Some Previous Events ...

  • 16-Aug-2009 (Sun) - Willow Weaving with Ray and Sam
    Wonderful demonstration of willow weaving and talk about the techniques involved. Here are some pictures taken by Paul Hebden...

    Ray and Sam - willow weaving demonstration Ray and Sam - willow weaving demonstration
    Ray and Sam - willow weaving demonstration
  • 7-Jul-2009 (Tue) - Richard III - outdoor theatre show by Oddsocks
    (see www.oddsocks.co.uk )
    7p.m. at Lakeside Centre.
    The rain held off! We had had lots of rain during the day, but it held off for the evening performance. Those hardy souls not put off by the earlier rain, enjoyed a wonderful performance. Here are few pictures taken by Ivor Dykes...

    OddSocks performing Shakespeares Richard III OddSocks performing Shakespeares Richard III
    OddSocks performing Shakespeares Richard III OddSocks performing Shakespeares Richard III
    OddSocks performing Shakespeares Richard III

  • 24-Jul-2008 (Thu) - Mining Book Launch
    7.00pm to 8.30pm at Middleton Library, St George's Centre, St George's Road, Middleton, Leeds, LS10 4UZ.
    The launch event included a short presentation by Martin Roe, the project Archaeologist, and was followed by refreshments and a book signing. Launched to coincide with National Archaeology Week 2008 (July 12th-20th).
    The launch was reported on the Middleton Today website and in the Yorkshire Evening Post.
    Coal Mining in Middleton Park: An Archaeological Investigation by the Middleton Park Community Archaeological Project details the finding of the lottery-funded, community project, and demonstrates that Middleton Park is one of the best preserved and most important historic coal-mining landscapes in West Yorkshire.
  • 03-Nov-2006 (Fri) - Middleton Park Bonfire Night
    Bonfire at 7pm, fireworks at 7.30pm. See photos

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