Performances, workshops, tours and more

Join us for a series of drop-in performances, workshops and tours, suitable for all the family:

Big and Small

11.30am and 1.30pm | Banham Theatre, Michael Sadler Building | 30-minute duration 

Big and Small is an interactive game show where you settle a scientific argument: which one is superior – the big or the small?

Fighting for the Big is PhD student Affelia Wibisono from UCL, who studies the biggest planet in our Solar System – Jupiter. In the other corner is Leeds PhD student, Alex Holmes, who studies the small side of life in the form of proteins. Their aim: to convince you that they have the snazziest equipment, the most beautiful data and the greatest impact on your lives.

No tickets are required, however seating is limited and once the performance is underway, no further entry is possible. 

Opera North Explorers: Carnival of the Animals

10:45am, 11:45am and 2pm | LG.16, Michael Sadler Building | 30-minute duration 

Join Opera North for a very special workshop which introduces children to the different sounds of the orchestral world in a fun and dynamic way. Inspired by The Carnival of the Animals, written in 1886 by French composer Camille Saint-Saens, come along and explore a menagerie of different animals and orchestral instruments through movement and music.

No tickets are required, however each workshop will have a limited capacity. 

Watch Opera North’s digital version of The Carnival of the Animals in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre throughout the day.  

Woodlands workshop with Unlimited Theatre

12.30pm and 2.30pm | The Plaza

If you go into the woods today… 


What does it mean to go in to the woods? To lose yourself, find yourself, and connect with the space and the people around you?

Through music & storytelling, theatre-maker Ali Pidsley and singer-songwriter Sam Slatcher will lead you on an imaginative journey into the woodlands we grew up in, the woodland we’ve been to, and the woodlands we haven’t created yet. 

Marks & Spencer Company Archive: family discover and do day

Drop in 10am–4pm | Michael Marks Building, Clarendon Road 

Discover the amazing M&S archive collection with exciting hands-on activities. Meet Percy Pig and enjoy free refreshments! The Archive is just a 5–10minute walk through campus – ask one of our Student Ambassadors to point you in the right direction.

Sustainability campus tour

Tours run throughout the day and last about an hour | Meet at the Sustainability stall in Parkinson Court

Join our informative sustainable campus tour to learn about the role plants and wildlife play for people and planet. From buzzing bees to planting seeds – take part in fun activities along the way and have your questions answered by our guides.

How trees grow – tree tour

Pick up a guide from the How Trees Grow stall in Parkinson Court and try our self-guided walk to explore the carbon stored by our campus trees!

Chill out zone

Looking for a space to relax? Visit the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre in the Michael Sadler Building, grab a seat. We’ll be playing exciting short videos in there all day, so you can continue to be curious with us while you chill out.

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