What’s going on around Leeds in February half-term

Here’s just some of the events happening around Leeds during February half term. Don’t forget we’ve also got the Ice Cube in Millennium Square all through half term as well.

Half-term Activities at Leeds Grand Theatre!
Join us for a week of creative workshops for 7-17 year olds plus two performances of Isabel’s Well – an enchanting production suitable for 3-7s and their families. Presented by the Takeover Arts Young People’s Planning Group with Topsy Turvy Theatre.

Creative Workshops for 7-11s
Monday 15 February
Silhouette Storytelling 1.00-2.30pm
Come and create your own story then bring it to life using simple but effective shadow puppets.
Tuesday 16 February
Playful Puppetry 10.00-11.30am
A fun, hands-on drama workshop in which you’ll learn how to create characters and perform with puppets.
Monsters and Megastructures 1.00-2.30pm
Enjoy making things? Get stuck in to create giant 3D models and stage props out of newspaper.

Creative Workshops for 12-17s
Wednesday 17 February
Bring them to Life – Puppetry & Mask Skills 10.00-11.30am
A drama workshop with a difference! Discover how using puppets and masks can add a whole new dimension to your performance.
Scrapheap Set Build 1.00-3.00pm
Upcycle junk into props and scenery in this hands-on set design and construction workshop.

Performance – suitable for 3-7s and their families
Friday 19th February
Isabel’s Well performance 11.00am-12.00pm AND 2.00-3.00pm
A captivating blend of energetic storytelling, hand-crafted puppets, enchanting scenery and original music, Isabel’s Well is a journey into a child’s imagination…where anything is possible.
Tickets for workshops and performance – £3 each. Places limited! Book now: https://www.leedsgrandtheatre.com/Online/Halfterm or call Box Office: 0844 848 2700

Half Term Activity Camp with DAZL & ACE
Boys & girls welcome. The camp will consist of a mixture of dance and sports/fun activities.
Monday 15-Friday 19 February 2016
South Leeds Youth Hub, Middleton Rd, Belle Isle, LS10 3JA
10am-2.30pm (Mon-Fri)
Age – 3-12yrs
Cost – £5 per day or £20 for week when paid in full or with a breeze card
Turn up and complete a consent form (parents/carers must sign this). Wear comfortable clothing and trainers and bring a bottle of water.

February half term family shows at Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds
Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds city centre are hosting a variety of exciting events for all ages over February half-term. All daytime events include a free pre-show activity hour. Book tickets to all of our events on our website http://www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk and through the City Centre Box Office 0113 376 0318.
Laugh Your Socks off with Jeremy Strong!
Tuesday 16 February, 2:30pm, Age 7+
Tickets: £5 (£7 adults)
Part of Library Fest Leeds: Hundred-mile-an-hour dogs, seasick pirates and demon vacuum cleaners… where else could these characters spring from but the quirky imagination of hugely popular bestselling children’s author Jeremy Strong? Come and laugh your socks off as he takes you on a fun-filled ride through his own childhood and the inspirations for his bestselling books including; Romans on the Rampage, My Brother’s Famous Bottom and The Cartoon Kid. Jeremy will be signing copies of his books which you can buy at the event.
The Clean As Possible Comedy Show
Wednesday 17 February, 7:15pm, Age 12+
Tickets: £5 (£8 adults)
Cutting Edge Stand-Up Comedy with a 12A certificate. Come and watch 3 top comedians from the UK Comedy Circuit perform a swear free act. Tony Vino will MC for acts Rob Rouse, Winner of ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ and Scott Bennett Yorkshire’s rising star.
The Emperor’s New Clothes
Thursday 18 & Friday 19 February, 11am & 2:30pm, Age 2+
Tickets: £8.50 (£9.50 adults), Family Ticket: £34
Following sell out performances of Goldilocks and the Three Bears at Carriageworks Theatre last year, Stuff and Nonsense return with their latest production. Inspired by the Muppets, Danny Kaye and good old family movies, this romp through a classic, eccentric tale tells the story of an Emperor who loves clothes more than anything. But there is a problem… he’s run out of socks, he’s run out of pants and despite a wardrobe the size of Paris he hasn’t got a stitch to wear! When two ‘tailors’ come to town with a promise to create him an outfit that’s “never been seen before”, our eccentric Emperor doesn’t quite realise the spectacle he is about to make. Populated with puppets, music and song, this inventive and energetic production is told in true Stuff and Nonsense style; with unending energy, great storytelling and – as always – a show for all the family.

Revolting Victorians fantastic half term family event: Leeds Central Library
Wednesday 17 February, 1-4pm
Join the Revolting Victorian family trail throughout Central Library. Go back in time to a Victorian school room brought to life by the excellent West Yorkshire Playhouse Youth Theatre. Listen to vile and ghostly tales as you go on a tour behind the scenes of this magnificent Victorian Grade II* listed building and pop back to this bygone era through out magic portal. Discover Lion Learner’s menagerie of creepy and magnificent living creatures that lurk in a hidden room behind a mysterious wooden door. Are you brave enough to touch one?
Booking essential, tickets (adults and children) £4 or £3 with a Leeds library card. To book please visit https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents. Access – some behind the scenes rooms are not wheelchair accessible.

Shadow puppet workshop for children at Headingley HEART in half term holidays.
Tuesday 16 February 11am-12pm
Come and be creative with Odd Doll Puppetry! The puppeteers will teach you all about shadow puppetry and you will get to make your very own shadow puppet. We will then create a story together and perform it on a very special shadow puppet theatre, all set to live music!
Odd Doll ran this workshop in the summer holidays last year and the children loved it!
Suitable for ages 6+
Children £4.00 accompanying adults free

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