Child Friendly Headingley


There is such a lot to enjoy for families with children living in or visiting Headingley. 
Cafes, community centres, parish halls and the library are just some local facilities that welcome families and their children who have chosen to make this bustling Leeds suburb their home.  Join in the wonderful variety of children’s groups, events and activities happening in the area. 
Inspiration is plentiful with many people and groups spending so much time and effort working together
to make Headingley such a welcoming and vibrant place to be.




There are sixteen pre-school options in and around Headingley, including some rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
For details, go to Pre-School & Playgroups


There are a half-dozen Primary Schools in our area, with a range of council, academy and independently led.
For details, go to Primary Schools


There are two Secondary Schools, representing diverse catchments, at either end of our area.
For details,
go to Secondary Schools


Sports Clubs

Sport for children of all ages is well catered for in Headingley, with local community- and university-based opportunities.
For details, go to Sports & Games Clubs


Be inspired by our local creative industries or join a specialist class.
For details,
go to Art, Music, Dance


From developing outdoor survival skills to becoming a co-operative team player.
For details,
go to Scouts, Guides, Woodcraft Folk


Cre8@HEART, after school club
TinyBoo, play space for under 5s

Child’s Play

Enjoy fresh air and greenery, climb, swing, slide, join a playgroup.
For details,
go to Parks & Playgrounds & Playgroups

Church Groups

St Augustine’s Wrangthorn, St Chad’s, St Michael’s, St Urban’s and South Parade run groups for children and young people. 
For details, visit their websites, at Places of Worship



Headingley Library is well stocked with a wonderful range of books for children .
For details,
go to Community Centres


Headingley has two independent cinemas offering a range of exciting and diverse events for children.
For details, go to Film

Sport Venues

Be inspired by experts and watch international athletics as well as rugby and cricket matches right on our doorstep.
For details, go to Sports Venues


Visit a variety of animals cared for at Hope Pastures (horses, ponies, donkeys) and many more farm animals at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm.


Toys and games at charity shops, also Wilko, books at Oxfam Books, fancy dress at Dress Up, craft at Dinsdales. For details, go to Media, Charity, Household, Clothes Shops


Premier Inn in the Arndale Centre offers good value family rooms for those visiting Headingley.
For details of local hotels,
go to Hotels.

Eating Out


Play traditional games together in Cafe Lento, find the toy box at Secret Garden Cafe and read books provided in Assembly Bar and Kitchen.  There are many options to explore.
For details,
go to Cafes


All the chain and larger restaurants in Headingley have great value children's menus, including Pizza Express and Nando’s, also Premier Inn (open to non-residents), as well as Head of Steam and Red’s, and not forgetting local Salvo’s.  Several of these also provide games.
For details, go to Restaurants


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Child Friendly Headingley is a small community group aiming to develop and promote Headingley as a fun, safe and welcoming place for all children to be.  We are seeking to do this through forming effective partnerships and working together as a community, celebrating our neighbourhood’s strengths and channelling resources where possible to make an even better experience for all children who live or visit here. 
Go to

Child Friendly Leeds
We’re working to bring everyone together to make Leeds a child friendly city
Go to

North Leeds Mumbler
Information for families about days out, events, nearly new, offers & discounts, classes and playgroups in North Leeds
Go to 


Headingley has been a neighbourhood of choice for families to settle for many generations, and in the past was also home to a number of children’s homes, including St Chad’s Home for Girls in Far Headingley (now Weetwood Primary School) and Headingley Orphan Homes in North Hyde Park.
For information on these and other homes, go to the Children’s Homes website, at

For the website’s Safeguarding Policy, see our contact page.


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