The popular Light Night Leeds festival returns on the 4th and 5th October and is a great event for families, find out more about this year’s family-friendly events below.
An incredible Fire Laboratory is set to thrill audiences of all ages at this year’s Light Night Leeds festival.
This unmissable installation, entitled Dr. Kronovator’s Fire Laboratory, will see Queen Square transformed by a spectacular fire display complete with interactive, experimental flame and steam-powered contraptions.
Visitors will be able to wander through a vista of flames and chemical reactions made all the more exciting by a unique soundscape.
Dr Kronovator’s Fire Laboratory – Emergency Exit Arts, coming to Queen Square on Light Night
Created by Emergency Exit Arts, the installation will run on both October 4 and 5 from 7 pm until 10.30pm and will be situated in the event’s Arena Zone.
The piece is just one of a huge programme of family-friendly events and installations at this year’s Light Night Leeds.
Also included in the family-friendly fun is the Light Night Big Top. Celebrating 250 years of the modern circus, Leeds Children’s Circus will be turning the event space at Kirkgate Market into a fun-filled big top on both nights from 6 pm until 11 pm.
Light Night Big Top, at Kirkgate Market this Light Night
Alternatively, young visitors can enjoy a more tranquil installation, entitled Light Field, which will be brightening up Merrion Gardens.
The exciting installation made of light, people and sound and will run on both nights between 7 pm and 11 pm.
Further family-friendly installations include the high tech VR playground at Leeds Train Station, where young visitors aged 11 and over can don on a virtual reality headset, jump on a playground swing and be transported on an exhilarating swing-powered adventure
A silent disco will also be held at St Peter’s Square on both nights from 7.30 pm until 11 pm and at The Carriageworks Theatre will be hosting Colour Curiosity, where colour and sound will be used to stimulate the senses and give guests a chance to relive their childhood.
The installation will take place on Thursday and Friday from 6 pm until 10 pm alongside wallFour’s Laser Games, where kids aged eight and over can use laser pointers to control the action on a huge projection screen.
The bright and colourful Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants exhibition will also be at Leeds Central Library looking at the work of children’s author and illustrator Nick Sharratt on the Friday from 6 pm to 9.30 pm.
These installations are part of more than 60 incredible light and sound pieces which will transform city centre landmarks around Leeds including The Queens Hotel, Kirkgate Market, Leeds Town Hall and Leeds Civic Hall.
This year’s event has the theme of progress and innovation, with a programme of pieces by international artists celebrating history, technology and social change.
Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said:
“Over the past 14 years, Light Night Leeds has continued to evolve, growing into an event of such impressive ambition and creativity that it has become one of the benchmarks for culture and innovation in Leeds and beyond.
“As Light Night once again brings thousands of people together, we hope that the event is not only a celebration of culture and artistic endeavour but also of the unity, diversity and collective civic pride which are part of the foundation of Leeds.”
Light Night Leeds takes place on October 4 and 5 from 6 pm until 11 pm. The event’s headline partner is Leeds 2023.