What’s On Roundup 5-11 August 2023

Hundreds of young rugby players line up in front of the rugby posts at Hunslet Warriors

Here’s a roundup of some the main events taking place over the coming week in South Leeds. For full listings go over to our What’s On calendar here.

We start by the river where the Recovery Runners, the running club for people recovering from addiction, injury or anything else, celebrate their second anniversary on Saturday with a Birthday Barbecue. Everyone’s welcome to join them at the Lock Keepers House near the Royal Armouries from 12pm. As well as the free food and drink, there will be a table top running clothing sale and a food collection for the Salvation Army foodbank.

Middleton Railway hosts a Children’s Day on Saturday with activities, face-painting and more. Full details at middletonrailway.org.uk. And don’t forget the railway is open every Wednesday in August when children travel for just £1.

Moon Palace will also be at the Royal Armouries on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm. The converted bus includes a radio telescope to study the stars in the daytime and is part of Smeaton300 – a celebration of the life and work of John Smeaton who was born in 1724. Moon palace is part of Leeds 2023 Year of Culture.

The 3rd Middleton Guides have teamed up with Middleton Parish to bring you a Race Night on Saturday evening, 7-10:30pm, in the Parochial Hall on North Lingwell Road, LS10. The £5 entry includes pie and peas or a hot dog.

Then on Sunday fifty-seven teams from 25 amateur clubs will convene in south Leeds for a festival of junior rugby league. Organised by Hunslet Rugby Foundation, it takes place at Leeds Corinthians RUFC, Nutty Slack, next to Middleton Leisure Centre. There will be special guests and also lots of family activities, including live music.

Another Leeds 2023 Year of Culture event is Music Moves and Makes in Middleton Park on Sunday, 1-4pm. Enjoy music, dance, happenings and stalls near the bandstand. Featuring Total Dance South, Balbir Singh, Let’s Go Discos, LS-TEN skatepark and more. Bring a picnic blanket and settle in for a day of family friendly fun.

The football season kicks off with two home matches for Leeds United this week. On Sunday they entertain Cardiff City at Elland Road. Kick-off is at 2:30pm and you can expect the usual heavy traffic and parking issues around Beeston, Holbeck and Cottingley. Then on Wednesday they play Shrewsbury Town, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Monday evening sees two residents groups meetings with Middleton Community Group meeting at Middleton Elderly Aid Social Centre, Acre Road, 6-7pm

The snappily-named Greenmounts & Surrounding Area Tenants & Residents Association meet at Rowland Road Club, Beeston Hill, starting at 6:30pm, also on Monday.

There are two free children’s Activity Days this week, both run 12-3pm. On Tuesday at Hunslet Moor, Burton Row, LS11 5NL and then on Thursday at Cardinal Square, Beeston, LS11 8HS.

On Wednesday there’s a Children’s Litter Pick in Hunslet. Meet at 2:30pm at Hunslet Community Hub and Library, off Church Street. Please bring an adult, equipment will be provided, but children are encouraged to bring a pair of gloves.

On Thursday, 12-3pm, there’s a table top sale at Middleton Family Centre on Sissons Road, LS10 4JG. Grab a bargain, refreshments for children.

Leeds Libraries have launched Chalk Your Walk. Pop into any Library and pick up a pack of coloured chalks to create your own pavement art, don’t forget to send them a photo of your work. There are libraries at Town Street, Beeston; Dewsbury Road; Hunslet; and St George’s Centre in Middleton.

And finally, don’t forget to consult our comprehensive round up of summer holiday activities here. You can find full details here.


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