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Time travellers turn back the clock at Temple Newsam


Colourful characters plucked from the pages of history will to come face-to-face with visitors in the stunning surroundings of modern day Temple Newsam.

The estate’s amazing Time Travellers weekend will see a line-up of Saxon warriors, Tudor lords and ladies and Yorkshire pit workers give a captivating insight into the unique heritage of one of the city’s best-loved locations.

The event takes place on Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7 at the historic mansion and farm, with living history performers retelling the fascinating stories behind the people who have called the site home over the centuries.

Time Travellers weekend
Some of the activities at Temple Newsam’s upcoming Time Travellers weekend

At Home Farm there will be the chance to try traditional Tudor bread-making and the art of crafting medieval tiles.

The fearsome Waendelingas Warriors will also be recruiting little warriors and teaching them how to use wooden swords and shields like the Saxon warriors of old.

Historical dancers will be performing in the Picture Gallery of the house on both days, on Saturday July 6, actor Chris Cade will be taking on the role of the Victorian butler. And visitors can also see what Temple Newsam was like in the First World War when it was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers.

Demonstrations of the famous Pyke Clock will be taking place and a display of delicious meals through the ages will also recreate the mealtimes of past residents.

Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment and active lifestyles said:

“Temple Newsam has been part of the city’s heritage for hundreds of years and those who have lived and worked there through the ages have experienced some fascinating moments in history.

“This event will give visitors a chance to find out more about what their lives were like and the contributions they have all made to the story of the estate.”

Activities are included with entry to the house and farm. For more details, including admission times and prices, please visit: