Family activities

Leeds has lots of family-friendly activities that you and your family can enjoy. There's something for everyone, so why not get involved?

University events

Our Summer in Leeds programme offers plenty of family-friendly activities that you can sign up to attend over the summer.

Take part in a range of family friendly activities at our “Family and Friends Fun Days” which are open to all students, their spouses and children. The next event is on Wednesday 4 October 2023 from 3pm – 6pm in the Marquee, in front of Leeds University Union. We'll have free drinks and snacks as well as board games, crafts and even face painting! You can join us in the marquee for as little or as long as you like between 3pm and 6pm. Please register your interest to help us with catering. If you have any questions, please email Lauren Huxley at

International students can attend our “Living in Leeds with your Family” online socials to meet other students coming with spouses and children and find out more about living in Leeds as an international family. Events are on 12 September 11am – 12pm, 20 September 1pm – 2pm and 27 September 11am – 12pm. Visit our International Orientation page to register. 

Leeds University Union also organises a number of events which may have a family focus. You can use the 'Event Type' search function to find out which events are family friendly.

Global Café is family friendly and a great place to meet new people and enjoy free refreshments. 

Get Out Get Active activities programme takes you on weekend walking trips to explore the beautiful countryside in Yorkshire and beyond. Trips are open to students and their family members.  

For international families, HOST UK is a unique opportunity for the whole family to visit a British home as the guest of volunteer hosts who live all over the UK.

It's also worth looking at the main University events listings or the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery events as there are often workshops, concerts or other activities that are family-themed.


Check the websites linked below for more family-friendly activities in Leeds:

  • LeedsCard: if you’re a cardholder you can get free or discounted entry to local attractions, museums, concerts, and Leeds City Council sport and leisure facilities.
  • Breeze Pass: if your children live in Leeds they can receive discounts on a range of activities and events.
  • Leeds City Council: this is the local government for Leeds and it’s responsible for providing parks and other leisure facilities, as well as the day-to-day running of the city. You can find a comprehensive calendar of events on its website.
  • Welcome to Yorkshire: this is the official tourist information site for Yorkshire, which provides details of a wide range of attractions and activities (some of which are free).