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Five things to do with the family this autumn

Written by
Jo Addison

The school half term is fast approaching, meaning parents will be looking for ways to keep their youngsters occupied this autumn.

While there are plenty of Halloween related events for families taking place towards the end of October, what if you're all spooked out and fancy something different? Here are five ideas:

Go on a National Trust walk 

Hardcastle Crags

Autumn at Hardcastle CragsJo Addison

Head out of Leeds and take part in one of the 15 family friendly walks organised by the National Trust this autumn.

For example, you could search woodland folk hidden in the trees at Hardcastle Crags in Halifax, spot wildlife at East Riddlesden Hall or uncover myths and legends at Fountains Abbey near Ripon.  

A trip to Hyde Park Picture House


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When the weather gets a bit colder, grab your popcorn and spend a cosy afternoon at the Hyde Park Picture House. There are family friendly films every Saturday at midday, including favourites such as 'Annie', 'Monsters Inc' and 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?'  

Tickets are £1.50 for kids and £5 for adults. There are also special BYO Baby sessions on Wednesday mornings which enable parents to go the cinema with their baby (up to 12 months). The lights are raised so the cinema isn’t as dark as normal, the volume is lower and there are baby changing and bottle warming facilities. 

Plus, the doors open slightly earlier too so you can catch up with friends before the screening. 

Visit Temple Newsam and Home Farm 

Home Farm at Temple Newsam

Home Farm at Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam is a great day out, particularly in the autumn when the leaves are golden and the air is fresh. 

Here you can wrap up and go conker hunting, have a walk in the woods and play in the playground before having a mug of hot chocolate in the Tea Room.

Autumn is also when the rare breed pigs, sheep and goats at Home Farm return to their cosy barns. So, go and say hello to them before watching some of the traditional craft demonstrations which take place on a weekend. 

Head to Roundhay Park and Tropical World


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Feeling chilly? Warm up at Tropical World at Roundhay Park and spend a fun morning meeting the crocodiles, lemurs and meerkats.

Don't forget to enter the butterfly house, and see how many varieties of butterfly you can spot before seeking out the terrapins in the Australasia House, lizards and snakes in the Creature Corner as well as the new Morelet's Crocodiles.

Once you've grabbed a spot of lunch at the Explorer’s Café, you can head out into the park itself for a run around, too.

Visit the Rainbow Factory


Perfect for Under 10's, the Rainbow Factory in Farsley brings story books to life through it’s fun filled activities and handmade models.

Take the yellow brick road, step through the pages of a giant book and go on a bear hunt – this new attraction in Leeds is perfect for family days out. There are craft activities, dressing up, story telling, acting out and adventures.

Plus, the Hansel and Gretel café serves delicious snacks too!

If you like the crisp autumn weather, here are a few more outdoor places to explore in and around Leeds.

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