Conference Activities

Leeds skyline at dusk

In addition to the jam-packed conference programme, we have organised additional conference activities for delegates to enjoy around the University and Leeds. If you are interested in any of these activities, please indicate.

All additional activities can be booked via the Registration page.

Please note places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. If you have not booked a place in advance and decide you would like to participate in one of the below activities, please speak to the registration staff upon arrival. You will be offered a place if one is available, subject to cash payment of the relevant fee.

Additional Conference Activities

Leeds City Centre Owl Trail – £8.00 per person
Wednesday 3 April, Morning, Time TBC

Discover the hidden history and modern metropolis that is Leeds with our unique city centre walking trail: the Leeds City Centre Owl Trail. As you go around the city, try and spot the Leeds city emblem which derives from the coat of arms of Leeds City Council. This tour gives a snapshot of the past and present of Yorkshire’s largest city, ideal if this is your first time visiting!

Image of sculptures on campusTour of University of Leeds Public Art on Campus – £5.00 per person
Thursday 4 April, 12.30-13:30, departure from Parkinson Steps

Public Art has played a key role on the University of Leeds campus from the controversial Eric Gill First World War Memorial Christ driving the Moneychangers from the Temple (dedicated in 1923) to the recent piece by Simon Fujiwara, A Spire, commissioned to celebrate the new Laidlaw Library in 2015. Art on campus enhances the experience of students, staff, local communities and visitors, reflecting the academic research themes and learning activities of University life. This trail will draw your attention to art you may never have previously noticed and celebrates the creative communities on campus.

The tour will take in the wide range of artworks installed across the campus, including works by Eric Gill, Simon Fujiwara and local and international artists. The tour will be led by a colleague from Leeds University Library Special Collections & Galleries.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park Trip – £10.00 per person
Friday 5th April, 14.00, departure from Parkinson Steps 

Join us for a trip to Britain’s first and finest sculpture park, located around 45 minutes from Leeds. YSP was the first sculpture park in the UK, and is the largest of its kind in Europe, providing the only place in Europe to see Barbara Hepworth’s The Family of Man in its entirety alongside a significant collection of sculpture, including bronzes by Henry Moore, and site-specific works by Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and James Turrell. Details of coach transfer will be confirmed shortly. More information can be found on the Yorkshire Sculpture Park website.

The tour will include  a talk and guided walk exploring the art and sculpture across the landscape of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

You may cancel your place on a social activity at any time by sending an email to, however no refunds for social activities will be available after 26th March 2019. If there is insufficient interest it may be necessary to cancel one or all of the social activities. In this circumstance you will be provided with a full refund for the activities that you have booked.