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Temple Newsam Events – 6 Things to do

Unveiling the Charms of Tradition and Celebration

Temple Newsam in Leeds is one of the iconic country houses in West Yorkshire. Explore the Temple Newsam events held at the estate house here! With history dating back to as far as the 10th century, the main manor house was constructed in the early 16th century and has been owned by multiple parties. It is currently the property of Leeds city council, and is maintained as a museum and private venue for hire. The venue hosts events throughout the year, including some annual staples for music lovers and sight-seers.

Upcoming Temple Newsam Events

From Manor House tours to Halloween Hauntings and festive Christmas story-time, Temple Newsam events are as plentiful as they are popular.

For the country manor house’s current event listings — see more at

Temple Newsam House

There have been settlements on the Temple Newsam site since at least 1086 where it is referenced in the Domesday book; the land was acquired by Templars, sold to aristocrats and eventually brought into familial ownership, with construction beginning on the Tudor manor house in 1500. Modern visitors to the Grade I listed building can experience galleries from private art collections and discover the history of the great manor house. The greater estate is utilised for a dizzying array of events, from all-day music events to weekly Park-runs.

Temple Newsam's Calendar: A Cultural Extravaganza

Music Festivals Both New and Old

Slam Dunk Festival -present

The Rock and Alternative all-day festival is currently held as during the May Bank Holiday having moved to the site from Leeds City Centre in 2019. As one of the most popular Temple Newsam Events, the festival is linked to similar events in Hatfield and abroad, and historically in the Midlands.

Leeds Festival -2002

Leeds Festival was held on the Temple Newsam estate between 1999 and 2002. Originally an offshoot of Reading Festival, Leeds Festival is around as-big as its big brother and continues to grow year-on-year. In 2003 the festival moved to Bramham Park after violence and rioting at the 2002 festival

Opera in The Park -2014

Classical music event pulling crowds of up to 50,000 attendees. Cancelled in 2014.

V Festival -1999

Held at Temple Newsam between 1997 and 1999

Artistic exhibitions

Multiple exhibitions are put on at Temple Newsam house throughout the year including paintings, metalwork and other works known for their historic appearance.

Halloween Events

As the nights draw in and All Hallows’ Eve beckons, the estate puts on events including Pumpkin Carving and Ghost Hunt Tours around the manor house.

Celebrate Christmas at Temple Newsam — Events

At Christmas, Temple Newsam is transformed with festive cheer. Decorations adorn Christmas Trees and the house is open for visits with Santa! Those looking for a bit more Arts-and-crafts can find Christmas decoration making courses, whilst families can attend storytime with Mrs Claus.

Family-Friendly Fun and Activities

Keeping the little ones occupied during a day out can be difficult — but at Temple Newsam House, there’s plenty to wear them out. From the Home Farm to the Landscaped Gardens to explore, families are made to feel right at home.

After building up an appetite, you can visit the Cafe/ Tea Rooms for a bite to eat. The menu is substantial and is sure to satisfy hungry tummies whilst catering to a variety of dietary requirements.

Private Hire for Temple Newsam Events

Be it for Weddings or Corporate get-togethers, Temple Newsam Events are expertly organised and catered for by the estate’s facilities team.

The venue is licensed for Weddings and Civil Ceremonies and with parties given exclusive access to special areas of the manor house.

Private Meeting Rooms and corporate team-building are accommodated to and can be arranged by visiting the Temple Newsam website:

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