October half-term activities… What’s on in Leeds?

This blog looks at just some of the things that are happening around Leeds during October half term. Why not check them out!

Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley Mills
Join in the fun on Saturday 31 Oct for a Halloween family fun day at Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley Mills from 10-4pm. Take part in spooky fun with a murder at the mill storytelling, face painting, apple bobbing, bandage wrapping, spooky skeleton making and craft activities!

Otley Courthouse
Monday October 26 10-12pm: Arabian Nights and Spooky Lights. Come and hear our professional story teller Vickie Orton as she tells stories from the Arabian nights and other spooky tales. Afterwards you can make your own magic lantern and ghostly mask. Tickets are £4 per child. Age 6+

Tuesday October 27 10-12pm & 1-3pm: Lantern Making Workshop with Handmade Parade. Back by popular demand, we are going to be organising a fantastic lantern parade! This year is the 30th anniversary of Otley Victorian Fayre and we are hoping our parade will be even bigger and better than ever before. The lanterns are traditional paper lanterns which we will be making here at the Courthouse. Local business “Handmade Parade” will be bringing their expertise and helping us to make the lanterns and we need your help too. Then come and join us on December 6th when we will be lead out by the fantastic band “Piece Artistes” as we tour around Otley with our fantastic parade. Then you can take them home once the parade is finished on December 6th. Tickets are £5 per person and include the lantern. Age 7+

Thursday October 29 from 2pm: Story Pocket Theatre presents Arabian Nights. Meet Scheherazade the greatest story teller of them all. Come and enjoy Ali Baba’s encounter with the 40 thieves along with Aladdin and his lamp with music, puppetry and theatrical magic. Winner of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Primary Times Children’s Choice Award, this is a show not to be missed. For adults and children from 5+. Tickets are £8/6.

Friday October 30 from 10am: Kids Movie Matinee “Wallace & Gromit & The Curse of the Were Rabbit”. It’s Halloween! So we are celebrating in style at Otley Courthouse. Come along and see our half term kids’ movie. A spook-tacularly funny film where Wallace & his dog Gromit set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest. After the film come and have a go at making your own clay were rabbit and even some Halloween bunting. Tickets: film only £4 for adults £2 for children. Film & Craft workshop = £5 for children. Workshop is age 7+

Tickets for these events can be booked in advance by going online at http://www.otleycourthouse.org.uk, calling the box office on 01943 467466 or by popping into the Courthouse on Courthouse Street, Otley.

First Floor at West Yorkshire Playhouse
Playful City is back again next week at First Floor at West Yorkshire Playhouse! A day full of fun with drama and art activities, creating your own spooky tale for Halloween!
Wednesday 28 October, 11:00-4:00pm, for young people age 10-13 years old, £8.00. Please book through WYP Box Office on 0113 213 7700 or pop in in person! We hope to see some of you next week!

Hyde Park Picture House
The First Shot Film Week is a free five day filmmaking activity delivered by Access Moving Image and the Hyde Park Picture House in partnership with Into Film. First Shot Film Week will run w/c Monday 26 October 2015 between 10-3pm. It will enable 15 young people to produce a short film that will be screened at the Hyde Park Picture House during the Into Film Festival. This project is specifically targeting young people aged between 8-12 years of age. It has been designed to introduce young people to the idea of pursuing a career in the film and TV industries. Participants will be learning to use customised iPads using the FilMiC Pro app that was used to shoot the independent feature film Tangerine, which was a breakout success at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
Participants will –
• Learn how to write stories for the big screen
• Develop a better understanding how film festivals and cinemas work
• Make short films as part of a team under the guidance of experienced filmmakers
• Learn how to plan, shoot and edit a film
• Have the opportunity to bring friends and family to a real cinema to see their films on the big screen.
Are you the parent or teacher of a young person aged between 8-12 years of age? If so, this is a fantastic opportunity for them to learn about new technology and make new friends. It’s absolutely free, but participants are expected to bring their own lunch. Contact Craig Lawson: craig@accessmovingimage.com

The Tetley
Saturday 24 October, 11–3pm: Family Art Workshop: ‘Every Drawing Tells a Story’
This year’s Big Draw theme is ‘every drawing tells a story’. If you could wake up tomorrow anywhere, where would you be? Join in and bring your stories to like. Drop-in any time.
Tuesday 27 October, 11am–3pm: Family Art Workshop: ‘Create a Collaborative Sculpture’
Drawing inspiration from The Feast Wagon, create a collaborative paper sculpture with beads, thread, glitter and felt to reflect your personality. Drop-in anytime.
Wednesday 28 October, 10:30–12:30pm: Tiny Tetley
Celebrate The Big Draw with us. We’ll be doing big drawing, long drawing and other unusual drawing activities. Booking essential – please email reception@thetetley.org
Friday 30 October from 6-9pm: Come down to The Tetley from some free late night pre-Halloween activities in the galleries, open late as part of this national celebration.
Saturday 31 October, from 1pm: Saturday Tour
Meet in the foyer to join a free tour of our current exhibition. Led by a knowledgeable member of The Tetley team. http://thetetley.org/october-half-term/

Leeds Kirkgate Market
Head down to Leeds Kirkgate Market today or any other day this week for our Halloween Book Week Event in the Kirkgate Suite! Every child who attends will get a free book as well!

Carriageworks Theatre
Tues 27 October 2pm: The King of Tiny Things
The world’s most exciting circus artists bring this enchanting story spectacularly to life with circus, puppetry and song.
Age 5+
Wed 28 October 11am & 2pm: The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
This gentle, reassuring tale is brought to life with an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and storytelling.
Age 3+
Thurs 29 October 7:45pm: The Clean as Possible Comedy Show
The best comics from the UK circuit clean up their act for one night only!
Age 12+
Fri 30 October 2pm: Snow Child
Don’t miss tutti frutti’s brilliant new play from Emma Reeves following the huge success of her TV triumphs; Tracy Beaker and The Dumping Ground.
Age 3+

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