Free family camp aims to capture summer vibes in South Leeds


An all-new event launches in South Leeds next month: the Middleton Community Camp. This family-centred overnight camp will be taking place in Middleton Park on Saturday and Sunday 2-3 August 2014, for a range of people to meet, hang out, have a laugh, and get inspired by the natural environment.


The free event will feature games, crafts, activities and walks throughout the afternoon and into the evening on the Saturday, and a shared picnic tea/dinner. After camping overnight in the enclosed camp zone (which will be stewarded throughout the night by a volunteer team), there will then be a shared breakfast, more games and activities, then clear-down by midday on Sunday.

Volunteer event organiser and local resident Sarah Napier says:

“This is an idea that’s been kicking around for years, and now it’s time has come! Especially nowadays, it can be tough finding good positive stuff for kids and young people during the long summer holidays, particularly if you who don’t have loads of money to throw around.”

“So we wanted to organise a simple, low-budget, but hopefully really fun event for a range of people to connect with one another and the natural environment. Middleton Park’s got a patchy reputation, but it’s an incredible resource right on our doorsteps – and we’re convinced that the more positive events we hold there, the better it’ll become for all of us. We just need nice weather, so – even if you can’t join us for the camp – please send us good vibes!”

The event will be based near the visitor centre, just down from the main park entrance on Town Street in Middleton. Please note that pre-booking is essential, and numbers are limited. For more or to book in, go via Facebook (search for ‘Middleton Community Camp 2014‘), send an email to, or phone/text 07834 224 917. If you wish to volunteer at the event, please also get in touch.

Please note that under 18s will need to be accompanied and supervised at all times during the event, and adults are able to bring up to three children each. Also, the event organisers have stated that, unfortunately they can’t allow any pets, alcohol, drugs, fires or cooking at this year’s event.

The Middleton Big Wild Camp is coordinated by the Salvation Army South Leeds Initiative and Together for Peace, with support from a range of partners including: Health for All, Beeston Space youth clubs, the Hunslet Initiative, Friends of Middleton Park, and St Luke’s Cares. Thanks also to the Seedbed charitable trust for their financial support, and to Leeds City Council Parks and Countryside for their support.

Image by Zac Dischner used under license.