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.

July...

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 (Sun) - 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 (Sun) - 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...

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

Look for the Children's activities on most Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the Holidays ...

  • 01-August-2016 (Mon) - Explore Nature in the Park - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    with the R.S.P.B. There will be mini-beasting, scavenger hunting, playing wild bingo and finding all of nature's colours.
    Look for the activities at the bandstand.

  • 02-August-2016 (Tue) - Tree Orienteering - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    FREE Childrens Play Event.
    Spot the clues, identify the trees, crack the mystery code with Leeds City Council Park Rangers.

  • 03-August-2016 (Wed) - Elf Houses - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    FREE Childrens Play Event.
    Build a shelter for our magical friends in the woods with Leeds City Council Park Rangers.

  • 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

  • 08-August-2016 (Mon) - Explore Nature in the Park - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    with the R.S.P.B. There will be mini-beasting, scavenger hunting, playing wild bingo and finding all of nature's colours.
    Look for the activities at the bandstand.

  • 09-August-2016 (Tue) - Junior Bushcraft - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    FREE Childrens Play Event.
    Learn survival skills with Leeds City Council Park Rangers.

  • 10-August-2016 (Wed) - Kids Get Crafty - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    FREE Childrens Play Event.
    Indoors and Outdoors craft and play with Leeds Play Network.

  • 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.

  • 15-August-2016 (Mon) - Explore Nature in the Park - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    with the R.S.P.B. There will be mini-beasting, scavenger hunting, playing wild bingo and finding all of nature's colours.
    Look for the activities at the bandstand.

  • 16-August-2016 (Tue) - Junior Orienteering - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    FREE Childrens Play Event.
    Pick up a map and run with it! Come and learn a new sport with Leeds City Council Park Rangers.

  • 17-August-2016 (Wed) - Kids Get Crafty - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    FREE Childrens Play Event.
    Indoors and Outdoors craft and play with Leeds Play Network.

  • 21-August-2016 (Sun) - Middleton Park Fun Dog Show - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Find the waggiest tails and the best doggie smile, help an animal charity, do a doggie agility course, get tips on looking after your dog. Or just enjoy the dogs!

  • 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.

  • 22-August-2016 (Mon) - Mini-Breeze comes to Middleton Park - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Summer fun for the under-19s.
    Leeds City Council Breeze On Tour is in the park.
    Bring your Breeze card for fast track entry!

  • 23-August-2016 (Tue) - Mini-beast Hunting - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    FREE Childrens Play Event.
    Leeds City Council Park Rangers lead this event - A mini Safari to find creatures lurking the in woods and park.

  • 24-August-2016 (Wed) - Woodland Play Extravaganza - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    with Amy of Wild Apple Play.
    FREE Childrens Play Event.

  • 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.

  • 29-August-2016 (Mon) - Explore Nature in the Park - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    with the R.S.P.B. There will be mini-beasting, scavenger hunting, playing wild bingo and finding all of nature's colours.
    Look for the activities at the bandstand.

  • 30-August-2016 (Tue) - Environmental Art - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    FREE Childrens Play Event.
    Find the materials to create pictures and sculptures with Leeds City Council Park Rangers.

  • 31-August-2016 (Wed) - Woodland Play Extravaganza - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    with Amy of Wild Apple Play.
    FREE Childrens Play Event.

September ...

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.

... check back here for updates and 2016/17 Autumn and Winter events, or follow us on Facebook.

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