Get back to nature
The Adel Dam Nature Reserve offers a rare combination of wet and dry woodland; admire over 30 different species of trees, and a wide range of flora and fauna. Kingfishers are the dam's main attraction, but lucky visitors may also see sparrowhawks, red kites and buzzards. Close by is the Breary Marsh Local Nature Reserve; designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, it's one of the most important nature reserves in West Yorkshire due to the sheer diversity of the wet valley alder wood and the habitats that come with it.
Family days out
Just five miles down the road is Kirkstall Abbey, one of the most complete examples of a medieval Cistercian abbey in Britain. Free to visit, the abbey is set in wonderful parkland along the banks of the River Aire, and its visitor centre runs a full programme of family activities throughout the year. Step back in time and wander through the streets, shops and houses of Victorian Britain at the Abbey House Museum - a fun, family-friendly and interactive day out.
Let the kids run off some steam
The Adel Dam borders Golden Acre Park, 55 hectares of wonderful gardens, open green space, a stunning circular lake walk and an abundance of nature. Spend the day walking, playing games and picnicking, or pop into the tea rooms for a delicious light snack. On a rainy day, head over to Holt Park Active, the local leisure centre with a large swimming pool and sports courts available for hire.