The Tetley’s biggest family festival returns

The Tetley Weekender provides its annual free family festival, which is always a lot more informal and fun than it sounds on the artistic programme.

The Tetley Weekender annual micro festival will take place on 29 and 30 June, welcoming families from across Leeds for a weekend of free creative activities inspired by current exhibitions at The Tetley, Hunslet’s own art gallery.

This year’s theme is sculpture, and families can get involved in repurposing recycled and reclaimed architectural and plumbing materials, and using stencils and spray paint to plan imaginary new town and city infrastructure.

The Playful Anywhere ‘Playbox’ will be in situ outside, encouraging visitors to try and create the biggest bubble or customise and paint a pebble to take home with them.

Creative arts and storytelling group The Rainbow Factory will be bringing children’s stories to life through theatre, music and spoken performance. Stories begin on the hour, and run from 11am-4pm all weekend.

Through its regular community projects and Tiny Tetley messy play events for under-5s, The Tetley is well known for creating fun, inclusive and interesting events for all ages. The Tetley Weekender is an annual highlight, so expect an inspiring and fun day out.

The bar and kitchen will be open throughout offering a warm welcome and Yorkshire-inspired menu. Biodegradable glitter face painting also available.

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