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Summer of fun as pop-up spaces and activities transform the city centre


The city centre will be coming to life over the summer months with a jam-packed calendar of activities starting at the end of July.

Whether you want to relax on a deck chair at City Beach, soak up the sunshine at one of our pop-up spaces or get involved with one of the many activities, there is something for everyone!

The end of the month will see the ever popular pop-up park returning to Cookridge Street during the school summer holidays and a dedicated programme of family-friendly activities launching on 29 July with the start of Child Friendly Leeds (CFL) Sundays.

Every Sunday from the end of July to the beginning of September Child Friendly Leeds will be bringing a range of free activities and events including arts and crafts, marshmallow toasting and much more to children and young people in the city centre.

Alongside these new events, the first ever Child Friendly Leeds Live will be coming to Millennium Square on 8 August, featuring live entertainment for children under 12 from a star of CBeebies Andy Day and his band ‘Andy and the Odd Socks’. These events are the result of competition entries and ideas that were submitted by children across the city around making Leeds city centre more child-friendly.

Further events include a Roller Disco at Kirkgate Market between 28 – 31 August and a whole host of music performances across the city centre.

Alternatively, if you just want to find a space to put your feet up, you can lounge back on one of the many deck chairs scattered across the city centre courtesy of Leeds BID, visit City Beach as it returns on 11 August – 2 September in its new home at Victoria Gardens, or take time out in a second pop up park in front of the iconic Leeds Town Hall (August only).

The leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake said:

“It’s absolutely fantastic to see so many activities and events happening across the city centre this summer.

“With so much on offer, I hope that everyone is able to enjoy the summer festivities and celebrate what a fantastic city Leeds is for all ages.”

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Leeds City Council’s executive member for children and families said:

“We were thrilled that so many young people took part in the city centre competition; their ideas are vital as we continue our mission to make Leeds the most child-friendly city in the UK! The Child Friendly Leeds Sunday’s project is made possible due to the remarkable contribution of our ambassadors and we are extremely grateful for their support.

Child Friendly Leeds Live also promises to be a really exciting event and we hope that by offering child-friendly events right in the heart of the city centre, families are encouraged to come and enjoy all there is to offer.”

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