Play areas and playgrounds in Leeds to begin reopening

Children’s play areas and playgrounds in Leeds will begin to reopen. The reopening programme is being done gradually to ensure they meet the requirements set out in the government guidelines around cleaning and social distancing to allow them to reopen safely. There are more than 200 play areas and outdoor gyms across Leeds with…

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Estate takes visitors on a journey to Japan

A new exhibition will take visitors to Lotherton on a journey to Japan thanks to fascinating links forged decades ago by a Leeds diplomat and his family. Making Japan, which opens on March 1, will see the Aberford estate bridge a gap of more than 5,000 miles to explore three centuries of the island…

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Himalayan exhibition scales spectacular heights of fashion

A new exhibition will reach the pinnacle of sartorial style by exploring flamboyant fashions from the home of the world’s highest mountains. Lotherton’s new Himalayan Fashions exhibition, which opens later this week, will see incredible clothes and outfits collected from Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal go on display in the house’s stunning fashion galleries. Among…

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Dead exciting Halloween horrors at city’s museums and galleries

A spine-tingling programme of Halloween horrors will see historic sites in Leeds taken over by spooky scarecrows, ghosts and witches next week. Venues including Temple Newsam, Kirkstall Abbey and Lotherton Hall will be transformed by an exciting line-up of special activities during the scariest time of the year. The ancient grounds of Kirkstall Abbey…

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Object of the week-Jane North bodice

Fabulously flamboyant and elegant this colourful garment played its part in a true Leeds rags-to-riches story. The eye-catching leg of mutton sleeve bodice dates from around 1895 and once belonged to Jane North, a former Hunslet factory worker. While she was working in Leeds, Jane met and married John Thomas North, the son of a…

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Lotherton’s fabulous food festival returns

A fabulous feast of food and drink will return to Lotherton later this month as the estate prepares to host its second annual food festival. Following on from last year’s successful event, this year’s festival takes place from April 29 until May 1 and will see some of the city’s favourite street food traders…

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Full steam ahead for St George’s Day dragon hunt

Little dragon hunters can follow in the footsteps of St George this weekend as Lotherton celebrates the most patriotic day of the year. The Aberford estate will be hosting an exciting programme of traditional English activities across the weekend to mark St George’s Day on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April. Young visitors will be able…

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Object of the week- Mary Holden Illingworth dress

A glamorous glimpse into one Yorkshire woman’s passion for fashion, this elaborate dress is currently on display at Lotherton Hall. Part of a stunning new exhibition of fabulous outfits worn by local women over the past 500 years, the dress once belonged to Mary Holden Illingworth, who lived in both Bradford and Paris between…

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Pots of art and history to uncover as exhibition celebrates Yorkshire’s special ceramics

Fascinating historic ceramics will be displayed alongside striking contemporary sculptures in a new celebration of Yorkshire’s potted history. The new Yorkshire- Pots and People exhibition opens at Lotherton Hall today (March 17) and will see ceramics displayed throughout the beautiful Edwardian country house, telling the story of how pottery has been created and used in…

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Focus on fashion as exhibition explores how Yorkshire women dress to impress

It’s a collection of timelessly fabulous fashion any Yorkshire woman would be proud of. And this weekend, Lotherton Hall’s stunning fashion galleries will be transformed into the ultimate historical walk-in wardrobe for a spectacular new sartorial celebration. The glamorous Fashionable Yorkshire exhibition will see the galleries filled with outfits worn by local women over the past…

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Festive experience at Lotherton attracts almost 65,000 visitors

Tens of thousands of people flocked to a fantastic new festive extravaganza at Lotherton Hall last Christmas. A report that will go before the council’s executive board next week reveals that the new Lotherton Christmas Experience, which saw the estate transformed into a festive wonderland, attracted more than ten times as many visitors as…

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Object of the week- Lotherton pet cemetery

The beloved four-legged friends of some of Leeds’s most prominent aristocrats are immortalised in this historic pet cemetery. The dogs once lived a life of luxury as faithful companions to Sir Alvary and Lady Gascoigne, the last private owners of stunning Lotherton Hall in Aberford. Lady Gascoigne, a devoted dog lover, took her dogs…

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Brand new festive experience set to open at Lotherton Hall this week

The Christmas Experience will open in the beautiful grounds of Lotherton Hall this week. Featuring an Elf Village and Santa’s Grotto, the estate’s spectacular new attraction officially opens this Friday, November 25, with families urged to book in ahead of the busy Christmas period. Spread throughout the estate and Edwardian house, The Christmas Experience…

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Frightfully good fun at Leeds Museums and Galleries this Halloween

Historic sites across Leeds will be hosting a spine-tingling programme of spooky activities this Halloween. Leeds Museums and Galleries will be celebrating the scariest time of the year over the October half-term, with youngsters getting the chance to try trick or treating and creepy crafts and Halloween special effects. Lotherton Hall will be hosting…

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Object of the week- Gothic Revival credenza

Newly arrived at Lotherton Hall, this beautiful hardwood credenza was expertly crafted by an esteemed Leeds cabinet maker more than 150 years ago. The superbly made cabinet was recently bequeathed to the estate by Selwyn Barker, a furniture collector who lived near Preston, and was made by Marsh and Jones of Leeds in around…

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‘Amazing Animals’ to be celebrated at Home Farm

A superb collection of exotic animals and birds are all set to light up a popular Leeds farm next week. Featuring animals and birds from popular attractions and sites across the city, visitors can from Monday 15 August – Friday 19 August, enjoy a range of family fun themed activities and events under one…

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