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Leeds School Holidays: Things to do, activities and ideas

Posted 8 January 2021
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Wherever they live and no matter how old their kids are, all parents have one thing in common: planning! It’s the glue that keeps a family together, especially when it comes to the hols. The Leeds school holidays are no different and a good dose of inspiration should see you through them with ease.

We’ve pulled together a list of all the Leeds school holiday dates for this year so you can just focus on the fun bits: the activities. In fact, we’ve thrown in a few of those too so take a look and choose your next adventure. PS. It’s always good to check with your specific school before booking any exotic holidays!

Leeds School Holiday Dates 2020/21

  • Term Starts: 7th September 2020
  • Autumn Term: 7th September - 18th December 2020
  • October Half Term: 26th October - 30th October 2020
  • Christmas Holiday: 21st December 2020 - 1st January 2021
  • Spring Term: 4th January - 1st April 2021
  • February Half Term: 15th February - 19th February 2021
  • Easter Holiday: 2nd April - 16th April 2021
  • Summer Term: 19th April - 27th July 2021
  • May Half Term: 31st May - 4th June 2021
  • Summer Holidays Start: 28th July 2021

Leeds School Holiday Dates 2021/22

  • Term Starts: 6th September 2021
  • Autumn Term: 6th September - 17th December 2021
  • October Half Term: 25th October - 29th October 2021
  • Christmas Holiday: 20th December 2021 - 3rd January 2022
  • Spring Term: 4th January - 1st April 2022
  • February Half Term: 21st February - 25th February 2022
  • Easter Holiday: 4th April - 18th April 2022
  • Summer Term: 19th April - 27th July 2022
  • May Half Term: 30th May - 3rd June 2022
  • Summer Holidays Start: 28th July 2022

Oh, and Inset days change for each individual school so the best plan would be to contact yours directly.

Top activities for the Leeds school holidays

The school holidays are about finding new adventures and enjoying old favourites, so we’ve pulled together a few activities which we think cover all areas. Go on a voyage of scientific discovery or hit the tracks with a spot of go-karting; finally, whip in our picks for the best events in Leeds throughout the year and you should be pretty well covered.

Leeds is a bit of a hotspot for stately homes, with loads of lovely rural locations dotted around the outskirts of the city and lots of green space to explore. Depending on the season you could get all bundled up in puffy coats and march through the grounds or pack a picnic and sit on the grass.

A family at Harewood House.

Looking for something a little unusual over the school holidays? Look no further than a few of the Leeds museums which are packed with intriguing artefacts and curiosities. Take one of our favourites, Eureka, which is dedicated to discovering weird and wonderful facts about the world around us.

What better way to get up to speed than by having a go at go-karting in Leeds? It’s an adrenaline rush for tykes who love to tear about and with a professional team to hand, safety is assured. First one to cross the finish line gets an ice cream.

With a zap, bang and a wallop, make your way to one of the laser quest Leeds arenas for high octane adventure. It’s a great way to get little limbs moving as kids chase each other here and there, while the glow in the dark effects makes it the grooviest day out around.

Bowling in Leeds is like bowling anywhere else: loads of rolling, riotous fun. If you have skills to spare (geddit?), aim for the top spot on the leaderboard with as many strikes as you can muster. All the more important though, make sure you pick a funny name to go up there. Nothing too rude though!

A child and parent bowling.

Top places to visit in the Leeds school holidays

Seen anything you fancy so far? Let’s take another look with some of our favourite days out in Leeds. Cuddly creatures and crazy costumes feature, as does the chance to test your strength on a colourful climbing wall. Take your pick!

  • Tropical World Roundhay: Take a trip into the depths of the tropics and spot exotic fish, colourful birds and seriously strange plants, all in a proper jungle in the heart of Leeds. It’s a cosy hideaway in the winter months and always a winner with animal-mad kids.

    Children and meerkats at Tropical World Roundhay.

  • Harewood House: We did say Leeds was a lovely spot for country walks and this is one of the best. Not only that but you can dress up like the Victorian servants who used to live here, or visit the Bird Garden with its residents from all over the world. Those and an adventure playground make it a definite allrounder.

  • The Climbing Lab: This one’s a real everyday adventure, and a great way to try something different in the Leeds school holidays in 2018. Climb to the highest heights or get your mini explorers trained up by a member of the team. It’s a thrill whatever your age.

  • Swithens Farm and Play Barn: Meet, greet and feed a gang of friendly farmyard animals, including cows, goats and micro-pigs, Mollie and Millie. Families can come prepared with tasty carrots or sweet apples and make loads of new pals, that is before running wild on an indoor soft play.

  • The Rainbow Factory: Meet a bunch of literature lovers who are all set on getting kids into the reading. How do they do it? By dressing up in all sorts of wild outfits, running workshops and by inviting your tiny tots into a world of creative play. Sit in the Giant’s Chair or watch as they become little luvvies in the Enchanted Theatre.

    A child and performer dressed in superhero costumes.

That’s a wrap. We hope you find some fantastic family activities to fill the Leeds school holidays; if you need an extra ounce of inspiration, take a look at our things to do in Leeds page. There’s all sorts there which should cater to every kid. Happy holidays!



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