Summer in Leeds

Check out our Summer in Leeds activities and events for students, postgraduate researchers and your partners and families over the summer break. From 27 June until 16 September, there will be lots of activities to keep you entertained and provide you with oppportunities to learn new things and meet with other students. 

See the rest of the page for more information. More events and activities will be added so make sure to check back regularly!

Looking for more things to do? Check out our Things to do in and around Leeds guide or find out what’s happening across the city and beyond on the Visit Leeds website. You will also be able to find information about what’s open on campus and how to get support during this time. The LUU has its own programme of events going on this summer for you to check out too!

If you have any ideas for activities or events you would like us to run as part of the programme, or any questions or feedback, contact leedsandyou@leeds.ac.uk

Events

Friday 12 August

Brotherton’s Lost Treasure, 10:00 – 4:00pm, The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery

Help Leeds University Library Galleries find hidden treasure in this free, in-person, escape room style challenge.  Work in teams or on your own – it’s up to you – you may win a prize!

Leeds and You Campus Tour

Join our friendly student hosts for a tour of our beautiful campus.  Meet other students and discover some great places, facilities and green spaces.  Meet at the Parkinson Building Steps.  Book a tour from 14:00-15:30 or 15:45-17:15

Saturday 13 August

Brotherton’s Lost Treasure, 10:00 – 4:00pm, The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery

Help Leeds University Library Galleries find hidden treasure in this free, in-person, escape room style challenge.  Work in teams or on your own – it’s up to you – you may win a prize!

Lifelong Learning Centre Family and Friends Day, 10:00 – 3:00pm, Marquee, University Precinct

Join the Lifelong Learning Centre for a day of fun activities and an opportunity to meet some lovely new people.

We’ll have free drinks and snacks, board games, maps to complete the Art Trail around campus and trips to the campus galleries.  No need to book, you can join us by the picnic benches on the grass in front of Stage@leeds (next to LUU) for as little or as long as you like between 10am and 3pm.  If you can we’d appreciate if you could register your interest via this form to help us with catering plans.

This event is open to all students but predominantly aimed at mature students, student parents & carers, commuter students and family members.  If you have any questions, please email Lauren Huxley at L.R.Huxley@leeds.ac.uk

Sunday 14 August

Leeds & You City Chase, 1:00 – 3:00pm

Explore Leeds city centre and get to know other students in this fun treasure hunt activity.  Our student hosts put you into a team and give you your instructions.  Then you search for the answers and try to win your prize.  Book a place via Eventbrite

Leeds & You Trip to Golden Acre Park, 1:30pm

Join our student hosts and visit this popular park, known for its circular lakeside walk, wonderful gardens and popular tea rooms. Book a place via Eventbrite

Thursday 18 August

Arty Treasure Hunt, 10:00 – 4:00pm, The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery

Fancy exploring campus geochaching style?

Follow co-ordinates to take you on a trail of the Public Art on Campus and uncover the password to win a treat! Just drop in to the Gallery to start the trail and collect your prize!

Canal Walk Litter Picks, 11:00 – 12:30pm

Come and join us for a litter pick of the Canal, starting in the City Centre and ending at Kirkstall Abbey.  Anyone who would like to join us should meet us outside the former Canal Office Building, now The Works Recruitment (20 Canal Wharf, LS11 5PS).  For more information and to book see here.

Friday 19 August

Arty Treasure Hunt, 10:00 – 4:00pm, The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery

Fancy exploring campus geocaching style?

Follow co-ordinates to take you on a trail of the Public Art on Campus and uncover the password to win a treat! Just drop in to the Gallery to start the trail and collect your prize!

Saturday 20 August

Arty Treasure Hunt, 10:00 – 4:00pm, The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery

Fancy exploring campus geocaching style?

Follow co-ordinates to take you on a trail of the Public Art on Campus and uncover the password to win a treat! Just drop in to the Gallery to start the trail and collect your prize!

Public Art Walk, 2:00 – 4:00pm, The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery

Join us on a walk around the University of Leeds campus to explore our collection of Public Art. Take some time out of your day to enjoy a breath of fresh air, stretch your legs and take in the sights of the University of Leeds. Learn some interesting facts about the art works around campus – revisit familiar favourites and discover hidden gems.

Works to see may include Barbara Hepworth’s “Dual Form” and Hubert Dalwood’s “Untitled Bas-Relief”, along with works by Mitzi Cunliffe, Quentin Bell, Lorna Green and many more. Book here.

Sunday 21 August

Leeds & You City Chase, 13:00-15:00

Explore Leeds city centre and get to know other students in this fun treasure hunt activity. Our student hosts put you into a team and give you your instructions. Then you search for the answers and try to win your prize. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Sunday 28 August 

Leeds & You City Chase, 13:00-15:00

Explore Leeds city centre and get to know other students in this fun treasure hunt activity. Our student hosts put you into a team and give you your instructions. Then you search for the answers and try to win your prize. Book a place via Eventbrite. 

Ongoing activities

Mondays

Student Information Service Scavenger Hunt, 10am to 4pm

Take part in our Student Information Service Scavenger Hunt with a chance to win a prize!  No need to book a place, just come along to any of our four Student Information Points to get a QR code that will give you instructions you need to take part. 

Wellbeing HIIT and Core, 2.40pm to 3.30pm, Jade studio

This High Intensity Interval Training class will work your core, burn calories, and get your blood pumping, using full body exercises. Book a place on Wellbeing HIIT and Core via Eventbrite.

Global café, 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Global Café is for everyone from everywhere! A weekly opportunity for students and postgraduate researchers to meet new people, relax with friends, have great conversations, and enjoy free refreshments. Global Cafe hosts are there to welcome newcomers and help everyone have a lovely Monday evening. No need to book, just come along to LUU Common Ground on the day.

Tuesdays

Student Information Service Scavenger Hunt, 10am to 4pm

Take part in our Student Information Service Scavenger Hunt with a chance to win a prize! No need to book a place, just come along to any of our four Student Information Points to get a QR code that will give you instructions you need to take part. 

Wellbeing Pilates, 2.30pm to 3.30pm, Jade Studio

Follow a series of mind-body exercises to focus on increasing strength, flexibility, posture and balance. This class will be suitable for all fitness levels, covering the foundation principles of Pilates. Book a place for Wellbeing Pilates via Eventbrite.

Wednesdays

Student Information Service Scavenger Hunt, 10am to 4pm

Take part in our Student Information Service Scavenger Hunt with a chance to win a prize! No need to book a place, just come along to any of our four Student Information Points to get a QR code that will give you instructions you need to take part. 

Vinyasa Yoga, 10.15am to 11.15am, Studio 2 The Edge

Join Adriana for Vinyasa Yoga on Wednesday mornings (from 13 July) as part of our Summer in Leeds activities supported by The Edge. Book your place for Vinyasa Yoga via EventBrite..

Let’s Chat, 12noon to 1pm (Online via MS Teams)

An event organised by the Language Centre, providing a chance to practice your English with a fluent speaker. No need to book, just drop in! MS Teams link to follow.

Wellbeing Yoga, 12noon to 1pm, Jade studio

Stretch and strengthen the whole body in this slow paced Yoga session. Suitable for all levels including those completely new to yoga. Book a place for Wellbeing Yoga via Eventbrite.

Pen to Paper, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson court

Whether you can stay for ten minutes or the full three hours, Pen to Paper is free, open to everyone and all materials will be provided. Each week, we will have a different focus so you can pull up a stool and enjoy looking at objects and works you may never have noticed before. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced writer, use your time to hone your creative writing skills, chat with fellow writers or simply indulge your creativity in a calm, inspiring atmosphere. No need to book a place, just turn up and write!

Art, Humanities and Cultures (AHC) Wellbeing Café, 1pm to 2pm 

AHC Wellbeing Cafe is a welcoming space for students to meet for a chat and a cuppa (you can also bring lunch). There will be activities every week that you can join in if you want to or you can just use the space to make friends and take time away from studying which is important for your wellbeing. Just drop in! Families also welcome.

Wellbeing Circuits, 1.30pm to 2.30pm, Jade Studio

A circuit-based exercise session targeting full body fitness. This is open to all abilities and will involve a mixture of exercises using weights and body weight exercises to include strengthening and cardiovascular fitness. Book a place for Wellbeing Circuits via Eventbrite.

Thursdays

Body Pump, 9am to 9.45am, Studio 2, The Edge

Join Vea for Body Pump on Thursday mornings (from 14 July) as part of our Summer in Leeds activities supported by The Edge.  Book your place Book a place for Body Pump via EventBrite.

Student Information Service Scavenger Hunt, 10am to 4pm.

Take part in our Student Information Service Scavenger Hunt with a chance to win a prize! No need to book a place, just come along to any of our four Student Information Points to get a QR code that will give you instructions you need to take part. 

All about Glutes, 1.30pm to 2.30pm, Jade studio

This session is targeted around activating and strengthening the glute muscles, which as integral for better movement and comfort. Book a place for All about Glutes via Eventbrite.

Fridays

Student Information Service Scavenger Hunt,  10am to 4pm

Take part in our Student Information Service Scavenger Hunt with a chance to win a prize! No need to book a place, just come along to any of our four Student Information Points to get a QR code that will give you instructions you need to take part. 

Sketch Club, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery

Whether you can stay for ten minutes or the full three hours, the free Gallery Sketch Club is open to everyone, and all materials will be provided. Each week, we will have a different ‘Friday Focus’ so you can pull up a stool and enjoy looking at works you may never have noticed before. Use your time to hone your sketching skills, chat with fellow art appreciators or simply indulge your creativity in a calm, inspiring atmosphere. No need to book a place, just turn up and draw!

Saturdays

LUU Summer Trips Programme

From medieval schools and colleges in Oxford to thrilling fast rides in Alton Towers, the Trips Programme at Leeds University Union has a range of destinations that suits different interests. Trips start early in the morning from the Parkinson Building where a coach would be waiting for us. Check out the Trips Programme Events for more information.