Festival Line Up Announced

There will be five core days of online events, each with a different theme; nature, sports, discussion, heritage, and play. Many of the online activities will be hosted on Facebook and YouTube, so be sure to follow us on social media to get the most out of the week. Here is the detailed line up:

Monday 10th August – Nature Day

10AM: LeedsUniversity’s Conservation Volunteers host a Nature themed Quiz on our Facebook page after which they will answer nature themed questions you have, such as on tree species or unidentified birds.

12 NOON: Claire Rogers, one of Leeds’ Park Rangers, has filmed a Minibeast hunt in Armley and Gotts Park . Watch it on our Youtube Channel to learn about the creepy crawlies in your local green space.

Online activity: Take part in our Scavenger Hunt in your local park by downloading a list of things to look out for here. Share photos on social media @LoveLeedsParks using #LoveLeedsParksFestival tag

Roadshow location: Golden Acre, near the café, 11am – 3pm

Tuesday 11th August – Sports Day

From 9AM: Active Leeds have different sporty activities that you can follow on their YouTube channel. Why not give Tai Chi a go? It is a great sport which can benefit both your physical and mental health.

12 NOON: We will be livestreaming an interview with a Woodhouse Moor park runner about how they have coped during lockdown on Facebook

ALL DAY: With help from Active Leeds, we have put together a Mini Olympics that you can complete in your local green space, garden or home. Download the list of activities here. Make sure to print off your certificate here when you complete them!

Roadshow location: Woodhouse Moor 11am – 3pm

Wednesday 12th August – Discussion Day

From 9AM: There was an unprecedented increase in Litter in parks as lockdown eased and Keep Britain Tidy have now launched a national campaign, which Leeds is participating in, to change behaviour. We’ll be asking park users what should be done to solve the litter epidemic? Join the conversation on social media using #LoveLeedsParksFestival and #LoveParks hashtags.

An online debate with speakers from Keep Britain Tidy, Zero Waste Leeds and Leeds City Council has been postponed to September.

Roadshow location: Meanwood Park, near the café, 11am – 3pm

Thursday 13th August – Heritage Day

10AM Watch David Preston, one of Leeds’ Park Rangers, livestream awalk and talk about the history of Sugarwell Hill and its wildlife on Facebook

FROM 11PM: Explore your local green space by participating in our Heritage “I Spy” activity. Share photos of what you find on social media,

12 NOON : Watch David Churchill from the University Leeds talk about the history of Leeds parks on our YouTube Channel

ALL DAY: The University of Leeds also have a photo archive and poster exhibition about the heritage of green space in Leeds. Check it out!

Roadshow location: Middleton Park, near the visitor centre, 11am – 3pm

Friday 14th August – Play Day

LUNCHTIME: Throughout the coronavirus crisis, bears have been providing entertainment to children across the globe as they complete their daily exercise. Why not take your favourite bear to your local park and have a Teddy Bear’s Picnic. The first five people to share a photo will win a fab pack of Love Leeds Parks badges. This event is organised in partnership with Child Friendly Leeds.

We have collaborated with Active Leeds to come up with some bear themed games for your picnic, find the printable activity sheet here.

Take care to follow the government’s social distancing guidelines whilst you are out and about.

Roadshow location: Roundhay Park, near the Lakeside play area, 11-3