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An action-packed programme of activities and events awaits visitors at all nine Leeds Museums and Galleries’ sites during May half term. The exciting lineup features exhibitions, crafts, fairytales, and even a chance to travel back in time.

Thwaite Mills Watermill: Wonderful Wildlife

From Saturday 23 May to Sunday 31 May, explore the beautiful surroundings of Thwaite Mills Watermill during the ‘Wonderful Wildlife’ event. Join the team to discover wildlife trails on Thwaite Island and enjoy a variety of craft-themed activities.

Lotherton Hall: Fairytale Fun Week

Lotherton Hall invites you to a special ‘Fairytale Fun Week’ from Saturday 23 May to Sunday 31 May. The programme includes a ‘Fairytale Picnic’ on Thursday 28 May, where visitors can enjoy traditional games and music in the gardens.

Temple Newsam House: Time Travelling Dress Up

Step back in time at Temple Newsam House with the ‘Time Travelling Dress Up’ event. Choose from a range of replica costumes, frame yourself in a replica portrait, draw a masterpiece, and upload your photos to Temple Newsam’s dedicated Facebook page.

Kirkstall Abbey: Owl Trail & Abbey House Museum

From Monday 25 to Friday 29 May, explore the 12th-century Cistercian ruins of Kirkstall Abbey on an ‘Owl Trail’ and see if you can discover the hidden owls. Across the road, Abbey House Museum offers themed activities on magic, potions, and detective stories.

Leeds City Museum: Light Lab Activity Day

Recently opened at Leeds City Museum, ‘Light Lab’ celebrates the wonder of light. A special ‘Light Lab Activity Day’ will be held on Thursday 28 May.

Leeds Art Gallery: See Your Place

Throughout half term, ‘See Your Place’ at Leeds Art Gallery offers a chance to get creative, with artist-in-residence Clark Mitton available on 23, 26, and 28 May.

Leeds Discovery Centre: Torchlight Tour

Discover the fascinating artefacts, objects, and pieces held at Leeds Discovery Centre from across the world during a ‘Torchlight Tour’ on Wednesday 27 May from 10 am to 11:30 am.

Leeds Industrial Museum: Exploring West Africa Connections

Leeds Industrial Museum explores connections to West Africa during the weekend of Saturday 23 – Monday 25 May, with hands-on activities suitable for the whole family.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said, “Leeds Museums and Galleries always host such creative and exciting events, and this May is no different, which is great news if you are looking for something to do during May half term.”

By george