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.
    Update: between May 31st and Sept. 30th the hours will be 10:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    (run by Leeds Learning Disability Service)
  • Weekends and Bank Holidays - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - mostly later!
    (run by Tracey Fulton)

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.

Tuesday Mornings 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Join the Knit and Natter group in the visitor centre.

Thursdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Middleton Park Estate Volunteers do work round the park. Please Email Graeme Ashton for more details or phone him on 0113 3781142

2016

Remember - the cafe at the visitor centre is open every day. See above for opening hours.

May...

  • 1-May-2016 Sunday - Bluebell Walks - Meet 11:10am, 1:10pm and 2:50pm 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 walks start at Park Halt station on the Middleton Railway and the start is timed to meet the Middleton Railway's 11:00am, 1:00pm and 2:40pm 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.
    PLEASE NOTE - the walks start at Middleton Railway Park Halt.

  • 2-May-2016 Monday - Bluebell Walks - Meet 11:10am, 1:10pm and 2:50pm 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 walks start at Park Halt station on the Middleton Railway and the start is timed to meet the Middleton Railway's 11:00am, 1:00pm and 2:40pm 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.
    PLEASE NOTE - the walks start at Middleton Railway Park Halt.

  • 8-May-2016 (Sun) - Tingley Brass Band - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Come and hear this ever-popular local band.

  • 11-May-2016 Wednesday - Bird Survey - 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
    Join Graeme, the Estate Officer for an early morning walk round the park recording what birds are seen. Please wear suitable footwear, and bring binoculars.

  • 15-May-2016 (Sun) - West Yorkshire Walking Festival - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    meet 2pm to explore this green jewel of precious coal! Walking shoes recommended.

  • 21-May-2016 (Sat) & 22-May-2016 (Sun) Kite Festival on the Clearings - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    The Northern Kite Group will put on a spectacular and colourful display (with commentary) of some of the biggest kites in the world - watch and be amazed.
    The Clearings are a 10 to 15 minute walk from the Visitor Centre in the Park, and there will be signs pointing the way.

  • 28-May-2016 (Sat) - Leeds Let's Get Active - 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    The Launch of Leeds Let's Get Active in Middleton Park.

    Kickstart summer by trying out something new in the park! This summer the Leeds Let's Get Active programme is expanding to include free activity in Armley, East End and Middleton Parks!
    To register for Leeds Let's Get Active! Click here.
    Prior to the launch will be Middleton Park's very first GO TRI Duathlon. This is part of the TRI SOMETHING NEW programme launched by Leeds City Council and British Triathlon. For more information on the GO TRI activity and to register Click here.
    See this Leaflet for more details.

  • 29-May-2016 Sun

    • Story Walk - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
      A magical and mysterious story walk with Eden Ballantyne from Stories Alive - fun for all the family.

    • Mining Walks - 11:10 a.m. 1:10 p.m. and 2:50 p.m. at Park Halt
      Or at 10:45 a.m. 12:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Visitor Centre.
      These walks are lead by Kris Ward of Middleton Railway, and with help from the Friends.
      They are timed to meet the Middleton Railway trains that leave Hunslet Moor Road station at 11 a.m. , 1 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. Catch the train in Hunslet and join the walk at Park Halt and learn stories about the early Middleton Mining. It was the need to get Middleton Coal to Leeds that created Middleton Railway. The walk ends up at the Visitor Centre Cafe in the Park, where refreshements are 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.
      PLEASE NOTE - the walks start at Middleton Railway Park Halt.

  • 31-May-2016 Tuesday - Scavenger Hunt in the Woods - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    FREE Childrens Play Event. Leeds City Council Park Rangers lead this event - Smelly Potions and blindfold trails!

June...

From June 1st to September 30th, the Cafe will be open till 5 p.m. on weekdays.

  • 1-June-2016 Wednesday - Pond Dipping - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    FREE Childrens Play Event. Leeds City Council Park Rangers lead this event - dipping for mini-beasts in the park's lake and ponds.

  • 5-June-2016 (Sun) - Children's Magic and Mayhem - 12 noon to 4 p.m.

    • Mysterious Magic & balloon modelling with The Great Si Moano

    • Circus Skills with Prof. Fiddlesticks

    • Drumming with Daftasadrum

    • Den Building & Crafting with Wild Apple

    Four hours of fun for kids of all ages! Parents, Grandparents and adults can just relax at the Cafe while the children enjoy themselves, or you can join in.

  • 08-June-2016 (Wed) - Bird Survey - 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
    Join Graeme, the Estate Officer for an early morning walk round the park recording what birds are seen. Please wear suitable footwear, and bring binoculars.

  • 12-June-2016 (Sun) - Middleton Park Does the English Civil War - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    A demonstration of what life was like at the time of the English Civil War - in costume.
    Bring the Family. Should go with a Bang!

  • 19-June-2016 (Sun) - Bradford Metropolitan Concert Band - 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Summer Band in the park - sponsored by Local Councillors Judith Blake, Kim Groves and Paul Truswell

  • 26-June-2016 (Sun) - On the Clearings
    - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Middleton Park Air Show South Leeds Aero Modellers show off their flying skills with their amazing remote control aircraft.
    Please note: this event is on the Clearings.

  • 26-June-2016 (Sun) - Mining Walks - 11:10 a.m. 1:10 p.m. and 2:50 p.m. at Park Halt
    Or at 10:45 a.m. 12:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Visitor Centre.
    These walks are lead by Kris Ward of Middleton Railway, and with help from the Friends.
    They are timed to meet the Middleton Railway trains that leave Hunslet Moor Road station at 11 a.m. , 1 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. Catch the train in Hunslet and join the walk at Park Halt and learn stories about the early Middleton Mining. It was the need to get Middleton Coal to Leeds that created Middleton Railway. The walk ends up at the Visitor Centre Cafe in the Park, where refreshements are 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.
    PLEASE NOTE - the walks start at Middleton Railway Park Halt.

July...

Rember from June 1st to September 30th, the Cafe will be open till 5 p.m. on weekdays.

  • 03-July-2016 (Sun) - Roots Alive - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Young Folk Band from City of Leeds Youth Music for the first time here in Middleton Park!

  • 05-July-2016 (Tue) - Oddsocks Outdoor Theatre Show - 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

    Bring friends, a picnic and seats or blankets for sitting on.
    Get ready for their unique steampunk version of Macbeth!
    FREE EVENT!

  • 10-July-2016 (Fri) - The Spa Quartet - 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Let the Spa Quartet serenade you in the park as you relax and enjoy a summer afternoon
    Sponsored by Local Councillors Judith Blake, Kim Groves and Paul Truswell

  • 10-July-2016 (Sun) - Mining Walks - 11:10 a.m. 1:10 p.m. and 2:50 p.m. at Park Halt
    Or at 10:45 a.m. 12:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Visitor Centre.
    These walks are lead by Kris Ward of Middleton Railway, and with help from the Friends.
    They are timed to meet the Middleton Railway trains that leave Hunslet Moor Road station at 11 a.m. , 1 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. Catch the train in Hunslet and join the walk at Park Halt and learn stories about the early Middleton Mining. It was the need to get Middleton Coal to Leeds that created Middleton Railway. The walk ends up at the Visitor Centre Cafe in the Park, where refreshements are 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.
    PLEASE NOTE - the walks start at Middleton Railway Park Halt.

  • 17-July-2016 (Fri) - Middleton Park Rock and Folk Music Festival - 12 noon to 4 p.m.
    Local Band talent from our communities on the bandstand!
    In partnership with Leeds Music Trust

  • 24-July-2016 (Sun) - Festival of British Archaeology History Walk - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Middleton Park through the ages, following the Mining, Transport and Ownership Trails. Walk will last about 1 hour 30 mins.

  • 31-July-2016 (Sun) - Croft Silver Band - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    A talented and popular band return to the park!

August...

Remember from May 31st to September 30th, the Cafe will be open till 5 p.m. on weekdays.

  • 07-August-2016 (Sun) - York Railway Institute Band - 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    A new band for the park. This band has a long pedigree, they were founded in 1883!
    Sponsored by Local Councillors Judith Blake, Kim Groves and Paul Truswell

  • 14-August-2016 (Sun) - Birds of Prey Experience - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Hawks, Falcons, Kestrels, Owls - see them on display, handle them and watch them flying.

  • 21-August-2016 (Sun) - Mining Walks - 11:10 a.m. 1:10 p.m. and 2:50 p.m. at Park Halt
    Or at 10:45 a.m. 12:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Visitor Centre.
    These walks are lead by Kris Ward of Middleton Railway, and with help from the Friends.
    They are timed to meet the Middleton Railway trains that leave Hunslet Moor Road station at 11 a.m. , 1 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. Catch the train in Hunslet and join the walk at Park Halt and learn stories about the early Middleton Mining. It was the need to get Middleton Coal to Leeds that created Middleton Railway. The walk ends up at the Visitor Centre Cafe in the Park, where refreshements are 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.
    PLEASE NOTE - the walks start at Middleton Railway Park Halt.

  • 28-August-2016 (Sun) - Cycling Day - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Try a simple obstacle track with your own bike or borrow one.
    Thanks to our friends at The Works.

September ...

Remember from May 31st to September 30th, the Cafe will be open till 5 p.m. on weekdays.

  • 4-September-2016 (Sun) - Caspar and the Fleas - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Bringing their Ukulele sound to the park - back by popular demand.

  • 11-September-2016 (Sun) - The Great Middleton Park Show - 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Our Annual craft, flower and produce show, with live music, stalls, sheep dog demos, birds of prey, pony rides and lots more!

    Entries to be registered between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on the day.
    Showcasing the skills and activities of all in Middleton. Our BIG SHOW for all the family.

    The Show Schedule is found on the Annual Programme of FoMP Events. Pick up a programme at the Visitor Centre in the park, or you can download the schedule part by clicking here.

  • 14-September-2016 (Wed) - Bat Walk - 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Join Graeme Ashton for another walk on the darkside to find Middleton Park's Bats. This is a guided walk using bat detectors. Please wear suitable footwear for rough ground, and bring a torch.
    Contact Graeme on 0113 3781142 for more details, or email him.

  • 18-September-2016 (Sun) - Autumn Walk - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Heritage and History, flora and fauna. A relaxed walk round the park.

  • 25-September-2016 (Sun) - The Friendly Band - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Founded 1868, the Friendly Band again round off our summer program of events with their wonderful sound.

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