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.

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.
    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.

    Butterfly Walk - 2 p.m. for aprox an hour
    The purple hairstreak butterflies seem to have emerged, so we will be taking a walk looking for them and other butterflies in the park.
    If the weather is poor, the walk will not take place.

  • 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.
    Life Aquatic - pond dip and more with a Leeds City Council Ranger.

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

  • 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.
    Click here Dog Show Poster for a poster for the event.

    Event sponsored by Dogs-B-Good and Wagg.

  • 26-August-2014 (Tue) - School Holiday Play Activities - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Wild Life discovery with a Leeds Citty Council Ranger

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

  • 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) - Medieval Earthworks and Wood Pit - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    A guided Walk in Beeston Woods. Please wear walking boots or shoes. This walk is fairly strenuous and follows some narrow woodland paths. There will not be much time to dawdle - especially as we will want to get back to the Visitor Centre for a cuppa and cake before it shuts! The walk sets off from the Visitor Centre at 2 pm prompt.

September ...

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

  • 7-September-2014 (Sun) - West Yorkshire Brass Band - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    The Friends will be serving Refreshments in the Visitor Centre. Enjoy some good music and a cuppa.

  • 14-September-2014 (Sun) - FoMP Craft, Flower and Produce Show - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    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 here.

  • 17-September-2014 (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.

  • 21-September-2014 (Sun) - Middleton Park Air Show - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    with South Leeds Aero Modellers on the Clearings. There will also be Aero Modeller members at the visisotr centre to show off some of their model aircraft.

  • 28-September-2014 (Sun) - The Friendly Band - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Yet again the wonderful Friendly Band serenade us on the last of the Friends' Summer Sundays in the Park. Come along enjoy the music and their highly entertaining music director! A wonderful afternoon.

    The Friends will be serving Refreshments in the Visitor Centre

Autumn ...

There will be a few autumn events, that will be listed here as soon as they are confirmed. Some notices may be a little last minute, so check back here regularly or follow us on FaceBook, where there are regular updates on our activities.

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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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