Outdoor cinema specialists Sneaky Experience are set to screen movies such as The Exorcist and The Blair Witch Project inside our Abbey ruins from Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November.  The movies will be shown alongside horror storytelling, alarming actors and evening ghost-tours. There will also be something for the children, with screenings planned …
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Free Guided tours of Kirkstall Abbey 14-15 September

September 11th, 2014 | Posted by Jenny.Budd in Events | Kirkstall Abbey - (Comments Off)

A special programme of free events and activities are set to be held in a number of Leeds Museums and Galleries’ sites this month as part of the national cultural initiative Heritage Open Days. Our own Kirkstall Abbey is also taking part, with free guided tours available 14 September 2013 – 15 September 2013, 11:30am – …
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Bernard Atha OBE

Celebration of decades of Public Service by Bernard Atha Friday 29th August, 7:30 pm The Gatehouse, Kirkstall Abbey House Museum, Leeds LS5 3EH Buffet dinner included Bernard, who hold the record of Leeds longest serving councillor, was first elected in 1957 and represented Kirkstall Ward from 1970 to 2014, he was elected Lord Mayor in …
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The secrets, mystery and intrigue of a 12th century abbey in Leeds are set to be revealed as part of  a special ‘Twitter tour’ taking place next week. In what promises to be a unique experience, fans of the abbey will be able to join a virtual tour on Twitter on Friday 18 July around …
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Kirkstall Abbey has some money from the Happy Museum Project to look at ways of making people feel happy. One of these ways is trying something new and learning new skills. All Happy Museum sessions are free but we do ask that you help us to evaluate them; this might be by filling in a …
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Creative Light at Night Experience Day

December 12th, 2013 | Posted by Simon Dawson in Events | Kirkstall Abbey - (Comments Off)

Join Olympus Magazine for a Creative Light at Night Photography Workshop on Tuesday 17 December, at Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds, open to all photography fans. The location We’ll be meeting at the Gatehouse café opposite the Abbey at 3pm for introductions over coffee and to hear about the best techniques for creative night photography. This …
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The Heritage Singers at Kirkstall Abbey will be performing christmas carols this weekend on 15 December 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm in the Abbey church. The Heritage Singers is a 24 voice chamber choir based in Leeds. Our aims are to preserve and maintain the Anglican Choral tradition especially in rural areas, and also to provide service music …
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Mary, the Maid at the Inn

October 28th, 2013 | Posted by Jenny.Budd in History | Kirkstall Abbey - (Comments Off)
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Mike Harwood, a local historian whose work we have published in past issues of Kirkstall Matters, has again provided us with an insight into local history. This time Mike delves into the suposed local legend of the popular ballad “Mary the Maid of the Inn”, trying to establish whether this was in fact based in …
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Kirkstall Abbey Gothic Film Festival

October 20th, 2013 | Posted by Jenny.Budd in Events | Kirkstall Abbey - (Comments Off)

PREPARE FOR DARKNESS…CAMBRIDGE FILM TRUST AND BROADWAY NOTTINGHAM ANNOUNCE HALLOWEEN GOTHIC FILM FESTIVAL EXTRAVAGANZA AT KIRKSTALL ABBEY, LEEDS, 31st OCTOBER – 3rd NOVEMBER   Kirkstall Abbey’s Gothic Film Festival set against the spectacular backdrop of the 12th century ruined Cistercian monastery in Leeds offers audiences a unique and terrifying Halloween trick or treat experience in this stunning, historic location. A …
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Kirkstall Abbey shortlisted for award

September 6th, 2013 | Posted by Jenny.Budd in Kirkstall Abbey - (Comments Off)
Kirkstall Abbey in the Autumn by Clare Rose

Kirkstall Abbey has been shortlisted in the ‘Britain’s favourite heritage site’ category in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2013. The 10 nominees in the favourite heritage site category were selected by Countryfile presenter John Craven, who said: “My first heritage site – I was brought up a couple of miles away and often went here as a child. One of Yorkshire’s …
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