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UP+OPEN – 2021 at Harewood

With the days getting longer and warmer, Harewood is UP + OPEN and looking ahead to an exciting few months. As restrictions slowly begin to lift, Harewood’s doors are open for visitors to enjoy the outdoors and moments of mindfulness, explore Harewood’s history and experience a range of special events.

GET OUTDOORS, FIND YOUR WELLBEING

With exciting outdoor installations and a new circular walk, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Harewood this spring, whether you’re wanting a moment of peace and reflection or to enjoy some outdoor family fun.

+ On Monday 29 March, the rule of six comes back into play, a perfect opportunity to reconnect with friends and family in our outdoor spaces and enjoy take away food and drink from the reopened Courtyard Cafe, run by the Harewood Food and Drink Project.

+ Our feathered and farmyard friends will be delighted to see visitors once more when our Bird Garden and Farm Experience can reopen on Monday 12 April, along with our Courtyard Shop which will be brimming with new products from local makers.

+From 17 May, take a moment and pause under Together We Are by graphic artist Anthony Burrill, featuring six unique flag artworks out in the open space of the North Woods.

+ From 17 May, walk along the new circular route, the Three Parks Walk and take in more of the site than ever before, including the East Terrace and South Front.

+ As part of our new circular walk from 15 May, families can enjoy Harewood’s Woodland Wonderland, created with willow weaver Leilah Vyner. With winding willow mazes, twisting and turning between the trees, there is plenty to discover in this new outdoor play space. Nestled next to Harewood’s All Saints’ Church, our new play space sits in an area of woodland not usually open to the public, and is just waiting for you to explore!

OPEN HISTORY

+Bertie Robinson: The Footman from St Vincent, will open from 17 May and will bring to life the story of Harewood’s first black member of staff, George ‘Bertie’ Robinson. Created in partnership with Leeds-based DSRG (the Diasporian Stories Research Group) as part of an annual series, this display will tell Bertie’s story and look at the Lascelles’ links to the West Indies and attitudes towards people of colour at that time.

+ This summer, Heritage Corner will be bringing a new insightful Black History Walk, A Storm at Harewood. These imaginative and family friendly walks will explore the estate’s history from wealth gained from the West Indian sugar trade, through to its links with the collections and stories of black history in Leeds.

SPECIAL EVENTS

+ Car Park Party will be bringing Horrible Histories and David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy to Harewood for the ultimate drive-in family theatre experience on 2 May.

+ The Luna Drive-In Cinema is returning to Harewood from 3 June, bringing box office hits and cult classics to the big screen, which you’ll be able to enjoy in a social distanced setting from the comfort of your own car.

+ Much missed last year, the Great British Food Festival will be back for the late spring bank holiday weekend from Saturday 29 to Monday 31 May.

+ From 13 to 30 August, Harewood will be hosting outdoor performances of West End hit MAMMA MIA! Enjoy this fun filled show under the stars with family and friends, with Harewood as its stunning backdrop.