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.

June ...

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

  • 1-June-2014 (Sun) - Summer Wildlife Event - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    A woodland walk with Linda Jenkinson, local bird enthusiast, and Steve Joul, Parks and Countryside Ranger.

  • 8-June-2014 (Sun) - Childrens Woodland Play and Fun ZUMBA - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Wild Apple Play do Den building and crafts for children in the woods, while in the Visitor Centre FUN ZUMBA is happenning.
    Or just sit and enjoy the park with a cuppa and a cake.

  • 11-June-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.

  • 15-June-2014 (Sun) - Band - Spa Quartet - 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Sponsored by Cllrs Judith Blake, Kim Groves and Paul Truswell

  • 21-June-2014 (Sat) - Middleton Park History Detectives - 10 a.m. to 12 noon
    A history and archaeological group for children aged 8 or over.
    For more information and to book for joining the group, contact Megan Clement on 0113 3939747.

  • 21-June-2014 (Sat) - Family Sports Day - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Contact Andy Wilson by phone on 0113 3950163 for more information.

  • 22-June-2014 (Sun) - Celebration of Dance - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Local groups of young people dancing in the new performance area.

  • 29-June-2014 (Sun) - Caspar and the Fleas - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Back by popular demand, this inspiring ukele band.

July ...

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

  • 6-July-2014 (Sun) - Tingley Brass Band - 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Sponsored by Cllrs Judith Blake, Kim Groves and Paul Truswell

  • 8-July-2014 (Tue) - Oddsocks: A Midsummer Nights Dream - outdoor theatre - 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Oddsocks are back again bringing laughs and mayhem with this production of A Midsummer Nights Dream. Come along, bring a picnic, a blanket, chair and warm clothes, then sit back and enjoy the fun.
    Click here for more information about this Oddsocks production.
    Free event. Sponsored by the Friends.

    The Friends will be serving Refreshments.

  • 12-July-2014 (Sat) - Middleton Park Music Festival - 12 noon to 4 p.m.
    In conjunction with Leeds Music Trust.
    Local Band talent in the bandstand.Free Event!

  • 13-July-2014 (Sun) - Waggonways, Trains and Trams - 2 p.m. prompt.
    A Festival of British Archaeology event.
    Come with us to see where the mining waggonways ran, which fed the first commercial steam hauled trains in the world!
    We will explore the history and heritage of early mining in Middleton, and we will walk the old tram route to Middleton through the woods.
    The walk will last aprox. 90 mins. Parts of the walk will be on rough ground so please wear suitable footwear.

    The Friends will be serving Refreshments in the Visitor Centre - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

  • 20-July-2014 (Sun) - Chamber music from the Laura Pim Quartet - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Relax, enjoy the view, enjoy the music while having a cream tea at the visitor centre. Let's hope the weather is equally enjoyable!

  • Summer Holidays Childrens' Play Activities
    The 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 the Visitor Centre cafe is open until 2:15 p.m.

    • 29-July-2014 (Tue) - School Holiday Play Activities - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
      Organised by the Leeds Countryside Rangers.

    • 30-July-2014 (Wed) - 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, Discover and Craft!

  • 27-July-2014 (Sun) - The Great Si Moano - Magic and ballon modelling - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    One for children of all ages up to 100! Come and enjoy this unique and hilarious entertainment - Free event!
    The Friends will be serving Refreshments in the Visitor Centre.

August ...

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

Summer Holidays Childrens' Play Activities
The 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 the Visitor Centre cafe is open until 2:15 p.m.

  • 3-August-2014 (Sun) - Circus Skills Workshop - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    With the ever popular Professor Fiddlesticks

    Fun for children of all ages - even grown up ones! Learn and practice your diabolical diablo, fantastic flower stick tricks and balancing bonanza and be rewarded with a balloon animal.

  • 4-August-2014 (Mon) - Mini Breeze Event - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Mini Breeze is a mini version of Breeze on Tour (so suitable for ages 0 - 19 years) with inflatables, arts crafts and a media workshop bus which are all free, plus refreshments stalls and some fairground rides which you will need money for if you want to use them. No need to book, just turn up on the day. Remember your Breeze card if you have one! Run by Leeds City Council.

  • 5-August-2014 (Tue) - School Holiday Play Activities - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • 6-August-2014 (Wed) - School Holiday Play Activities - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • 10-August-2014 (Sun) - Bird of Prey Experience - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Our friends SMJ Falconry return to display and fly their birds and to answer your questions.

  • 12-August-2014 (Tue) - School Holiday Play Activities - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • 13-August-2014 (Wed) - School Holiday Play Activities - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • 17-August-2014 (Sun) - The James Farrell Concert Band - 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Sponsored by Cllrs Judith Blake, Kim Groves and Paul Truswell

  • 19-August-2014 (Tue) - School Holiday Play Activities - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • 20-August-2014 (Wed) - School Holiday Play Activities - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • 24-August-2014 (Sun) - Middleton Park (Fun) Dog Show - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Find the waggiest tails, do an agility course, get tips on looking after your dog.

  • 26-August-2014 (Tue) - School Holiday Play Activities - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • 27-August-2014 (Wed) - School Holiday Play Activities - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • 28-August-2014 (Thu) - Go Batty in Middleton Park - 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    A slideshow at the visitor centre followed by a bat walk in the woods. Bring a torch and please wear suitable footwear.
    Refreshments from 6:45 p.m.

  • 31-August-2014 (Sun) - Teas in the Park - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

September ...

Remember Every Sunday upto 25th September, the Friends will be serving refreshments at the Visitor Centre, from 2 - 4 p.m.

Watch this space. More events coming soon.

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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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