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Best Events and Activities in Leeds This Bank Holiday Week

By August 23, 2019 Blog-Leeds
A photo of a carnival participant dressed in a large, orange feathered costume

This year’s August Bank Holiday Week is right around the corner, and with record temperatures forecast, Leeds is expecting sunny skies and sizzling weather. With no shortage of events, festivals and activities, Leeds has something to offer for everyone this week.

To help you make the most of your long weekend, we’ve rounded up the best that Leeds has to offer this Bank Holiday Week – check it out!

Chapel Allerton Arts Festival 2019 logo

Image: Chapel Allerton Arts Festival

Chapel Allerton Arts Festival

Chapel Allerton Arts Festival kicks off on Bank Holiday Monday, and it’s the perfect way to spend your day off.

The Arts Festival will bring a fun-packed week of events to Chapel Allerton, full of live music, family-friendly activities, market stalls and street food. Their Festival Bar will be serving up some of Leeds’ best local craft ales, as well as Pimms, wine and soft drinks.

The popular festival is almost entirely planned and run by volunteers, with profits helping to ensure that the Chapel Allerton community can enjoy the annual Arts Festival for year to come. To find out more, Visit Their Website!


Monday 26th August – Sunday 1st September


Throughout Chapel Allerton!

A still from Mary Poppins Returns, showing various characters riding a bicycle

Image: Mary Poppins Returns

Luna Kids Open Air Cinema

From Wednesday 21st – Sunday 25th August, the UK’s first open air cinema designed specifically for children will be showing classic family movies at Harewood House.

Given that Leeds is expecting a heatwave, there’s no better time to try out this unforgettable outdoor cinema experience!

This weekend’s line-up is as follows:

Fri 23rd – The Gruffalo/Highway Rat/Zog, The Incredibles 2, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World & Mary Poppins Returns

Sat 24th – PJ Masks, Finding Dory, The Lego Movie 2 & Aladdin

Sun 25th – The Gruffalo/Highway Rat/Zog, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse & Dumbo

For timings and tickets, check out their website Here!


Wednesday 21st – Sunday 25th August


Harewood House, Leeds LS17 9LG

A photo of a costumed participant in the 2017 Leeds Carnival Parade. She is wearing a blue, feathered costume.

Image: Leeds West Indian Carnival

Leeds Carnival Parade

Leeds West Indian Carnival’s 2019 celebrations come to a close this Bank Holiday Monday, ending with the much-loved annual Carnival Parade.

The family-friendly parade begins at 2pm from Potternewton Park, overlooking the Carnival’s main stage. Expect decadent costumes, laced with feathers, rhinestones and glitter! The parade route will take participants around Roundhay Road and Chapeltown Road, before returning to Potternewton Park.

Potternewton Park will be jam-packed with entertainment, including live music, arts and crafts, and fun fair rides. If you get peckish, there’ll be delicious Caribbean food on offer too!

For more information, Check Out Their Website!


Monday 26th August from 2pm


Potternewton Park, Leeds LS7 4HB

A bartender at a pub during Leeds Beer Week pulling a pint of beer from a tap.

Image: Leeds Beer Week, Mark Newton Photography

Leeds Beer Week

Leeds Beer Week is back, with a bigger line-up and more events and offers than ever before. The annual Beer Week kicks off on Friday 23rd August and finishes on Saturday 31st, with events running throughout the entire Bank Holiday Week.

The week’s events include special food offers, limited-edition beers, discounts and live music gigs. Some venues have designed special multi-course food tasting menus with beer pairings, including Arts Restaurant, Ox Club at Headrow House, and The Cardigan Arms.

Kirkgate Market is celebrating the week with a beer and tapas walk, offering guests four beers and a wide range of snacks as they discover the history of Europe’s largest indoor market.

To see the full line-up of events, Visit Their Website!


Friday 23rd – Saturday 31st August


Throughout Leeds!

A picture of the animatronic T Rex dinosaur situated in Trinity Leeds for Leeds Jurassic Trail

Image: Trinity Leeds

Leeds Jurassic Trail

This summer, full-size dinosaurs have made their way to Leeds City Centre. Completely free of charge, the entire family can follow the Leeds Jurassic Trail to track them down!

Leeds Jurassic Trail takes visitors to Leeds through Victoria Leeds, Leeds Kirkgate Market, The Merrion Centre and Trinity Leeds. Leeds is also home to some roaming dinosaurs this summer – you might spot them in the Corn Exchange or St Johns Centre!

The Jurassic Trail is staying in Leeds until the 1st September, making it the perfect way to keep your kids entertained while you run some errands this long weekend!

You can pick up a free map from various retailers across Leeds, including Trinity Leeds’ customer service desks. You can also download a free digital map from their website – Here!


Until Sunday 1st September


Across Leeds City Centre

This Bank Holiday Week is also the perfect chance for a family day trip. If you’re considering visiting Manchester this long weekend, we’ve gathered together the best budget family-friendly activities in Manchester this summer, so you don’t have to!