Purls of wisdom at Lotherton as knitted miners memorial is unveiled

A newly-knitted tribute to the men, boys and ponies who lost their lives in a Yorkshire mining disaster has been unveiled after being lovingly crafted by their descendants. The tragedy at Peckfield Colliery in Micklefield claimed the lives of 63 people and 19 ponies when, on Thursday April 30, 1896 an underground gas explosion…

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Lotherton’s new arrivals are top of the hops

Six adorable new arrivals have bounced onto the scene at Lotherton Wildlife World. The Aberford attraction has become the only zoo in the UK to be home to a group of rare Chacoan mara, a South American relative of the guinea pig and one of the world’s largest rodents. The new additions arrived from…

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Visitors delighted as Lotherton welcomes 25 newborn fawns

Historic Leeds country estate, Lotherton, is celebrating the safe arrival of 25 stunning newborn fawns. The new members of the Lotherton family are busy settling into the beautiful 30-acre deer park in the grounds. Visitors of all ages can make the most of the recent sunshine by walking along the deer park trail and…

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Penguins are the toast of the coast as spectacular new attraction opens

The city’s coolest residents were chilling by the pool today as they made some friends and showed off their spectacular new home. The excitable colony of 17 Humboldt penguins gave a noisy welcome to Lotherton Wildlife World’s very first visitors as the attraction officially opened to the public. The Aberford estate’s incredible Costal Zone features a huge…

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Enchanting festive extravaganza returns to Lotherton this Christmas

The picturesque grounds of Lotherton will once again be transformed into a unique festive attraction this Christmas. After a hugely successful debut year last year, the Lotherton Christmas Experience will return on November 24, complete with Santa’s North Pole, a brand new Elf Village attraction and a stunning Twelve Days of Christmas woodland walk.…

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Object of the week- Quaker dresses

An elegant look at a bygone age and a different lifestyle, this simple but stylish dress once belonged to a member of a prominent Yorkshire Quaker family. One of two similar dresses currently on display in Lotherton’s fabulous Fashionable Yorkshire exhibition, the dress dates from the mid-1700s. Along with its counterpart, it is believed…

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New fashion film explores why Leeds is a city of style

The people of Leeds have been made sartorial stars in a new film exploring the city’s passion for fashion. Put together by a team of young people working with Leeds Museums and Galleries, the Street Style film examines the looks and trends of people from different backgrounds, age groups and communities through a series of interviews at well-known…

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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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Work set to start on new Lotherton Wildlife World

Ambitious plans to transform Lotherton Bird Garden into an exciting new wildlife attraction are set to get underway this month. The spectacular Lotherton Wildlife World will see a number of new animal additions joining the Lotherton family including tapirs, capybaras and a colony of Humboldt penguins. The impressive redevelopment of the historic attraction, which…

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Lotherton Hall turns back time for vintage summer fair

Visitors to Lotherton Hall can go back in time and experience all the fun of the 50s and 60s this summer. The estate’s vintage fair takes place on August 20 and 21 and will include live music, dancing, classic cars and outdoor games. Judges will be on the lookout for those in fancy dress,…

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