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Harewood is a great Yorkshire family day out and you’ll find all sorts of activities here for family fun. The big problem will be trying to fit it all into one day.

Whatever day of the week, during term time or school holidays, there is plenty to do here for children of all ages and for adults too.

A Family Summer at Harewood!

We have a special activities for families over the summer holiday – from outdoor play for little ones with our ‘Small Wonders’ sessions to craft workshops inspired by Useful/Beautiful.  Our craft sessions are for grown-ups and children to enjoy making things together and to spend that quality time as a family.  Whether its making a pot, a printed and stitched bag or a woven bird feeder, all our craft sessions are led by specialist artists and are great fun for children and adults alike.

We also have our Curiosity Cabin – a drop-in space for families to enjoy every day of the summer holidays.  A treasure trove of finds from nature, our summer-themed Curiosity Cabin has activities for babies and toddlers as well as craft activities for older children and grown-ups, all inspired by our exhibition, Useful/Beautiful.  Just pop in and enjoy at your leisure!

More to see at Harewood

Visit the Bird Garden and see rare and exotic birds from all over the world, including our popular penguins, flamingos and parrots.

The penguins have been a part of Harewood’s landscape for nearly thirty years and are fed daily at 11am and 3.30pm. You can find out about feeding the penguins in the Information Centre or by calling 0113 218 1000.

Families have been coming to Harewood for decades to enjoy the Adventure Playground, where children of all ages can find their own space and freedom to climb, clamber, slide and swing. Bring a picnic and sit back, relax and enjoy the view, or the Courtyard Cafe and Kiosk are just nearby to keep you all well fed and watered.

The House is included in your entry and it’s a fascinating location to discover, from the formal rooms on the State Floor, where you can imagine the Lords and Ladies taking tea, or listening to music, to the warren of hidden spaces and objects Below Stairs, where the servant’s bells might intrigue you.  Pick up one of our handling baskets and a family activity sheet to explore our exhibition Useful/Beautiful together – perfect for keeping little hands and creative minds busy.

The Children's University

Harewood is pleased to announce we have been validated as a Learning Destination by the Children’s University. Remember to bring your Passport to Learning next time you visit Harewood, and you can earn up to two Children’s University stamps per visit. Click here to find out more.

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Events for families


Mother’s Day Weekend

21 – 22 March 2020


Spring Wreath Making with Leafy Couture

2 April 2020Discounted for members

Family Drop-in

Easter at Harewood

10 – 13 April 2020Free for members

Bird Garden 50th Anniversary

Dawn Chorus Walk

30 May 2020Discounted for members

Bird Garden 50th Anniversary

Spotting and Jotting with Matt Sewell

30 – 31 May 2020

Bird Garden 50th Anniversary

Harewood Bird Garden Birthday Party

30 – 31 May 2020Free for members