Potternewton Park is a popular and versatile park in the heart of Chapeltown, with activities for people of all ages. For one weekend in August the park becomes a focal point for the celebration of West Indian culture and is recognised as one of the longest running, and fastest growing celebrations of its kind in Europe.
- Potternewton Park, Harehills Lane, Leeds LS7 4HA, UKGoogle Map Directions
- Avg Time Spent: 30 minutes
Take a look around
Things to Note
Potternewton Park has the following on-site or nearby:
- Disabled Access
- Dog Waste Bins
- Nearby Food & Drink
- Nearby Parking
- Nearby Shops
- Pushchair Access
- Rubbish Bins
- Wheelchair Access
The park is over 32 acres in size and is located between Harehills and Chapeltown, 2-miles from the north east of Leeds city centre.
Things to Do
Friends of Potternewton Park
The Friends of group are committed to keeping the park a tidy, clean and inviting space for the public. This volunteer group work alongside the council in promoting a positive environment through relationship building; fundraising; community events; and practical work to the environment. Sign-up to volunteer with the Friends of Potternewton Park.
Running at Potternewton
The park is a perfect terrain to get your heart beating and your lungs pumping. This short park loop mapped by Run Leeds will test any walker and runner. And if you feel confident to share a walk or run with other people then check out the super supportive parkrun event every Saturday morning. Over 100 people come to complete 5k and have a brew afterwards. You can join the event for free every Saturday from 9am at Potternewton parkrun.
Over the years Potternewton Park has continued to add different sporting and physical activity opportunities to the park. Many, like the exercise trail – hanging bars, bikes and strengthening equipment – are ideal for an exercise regime on your terms or with friends. Of which outdoor classes like Zumba are regularly hosted in the park, keep an eye on the Strong Nation class schedule.
Alongside the more contemporary take on sport and fitness is the traditional games of Bowls and Tennis, both have well maintained sporting courts for you to enjoy at your leisure. Adjacent to this is the Basketball court and Skatepark, the latter is generously setup with different sized ramps, inclines and rails for any board, bmx or scooter to use.
In the centre of the park just below the sports courts is the playground that comes with a variety of installations that will keep both a toddler and a teenager happy. Our picks are the aerial zipwire; slides; swings including a bucket; bucket spinners; sandpit; spider web climbing frame. And after the fun you can unwind on the picnic bench or take it down a gear with a giant game of chess marked on the floor.
Walk Around the Park & Orchid
The park itself is adorned with beautiful trees that shelters the greenery from the busy roads. Follow the path around the edge and appreciate the numerous open flower beds and a community orchid tucked away just behind the tennis courts. If you do a full loop you’ll pass the mansion house to the north of the park.
The origin of Potternewton Park is a literal namesake. In the Roman period the park and wider area was a place of pottery manufacture. Over time the area became private property of different landed gentries – the Mauleverers, the Scotts, and the Hardwicks – and eventually the Earl of Mexborough and Earl of Cowper. You’ll recognise these latter two names on the residential streets either side of Chapeltown Road.
By the 1800s a gentleman known as James Brown presided over the legal deeds to much of the area in and around the park. And by the early 19th century mansions were popping up left, right and centre in the area we now know as Harehills and Chapeltown. It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that the 750-acre estate saw back-to-back terraces built on it – many you will recognise surrounding the park now.
With ongoing development reaching a peak at the end of the 19th century the council, formerly known as Leeds Corporation bought and created Potternewton Park in 1900. Soon after, Potternewton Mansion was opened to the public in 1906, becoming an educational hub for the local area in 1929. The house is now the start and finish for the Leeds Carnival procession.
Dog walkers can make the most of the wide hilly expanses between the sports courts and play installations; with rubbish and dog waste bins on many of the paved walking routes around the park. But, please factor in that there are no public toilets available when using the park.
Food and Drink
Just under 1-mile from the park is Maureen’s – arguably the best Caribbean restaurant and takeaway in Leeds. For over 20 years Maureen has been serving up traditional Caribbean home cooking favourites like curried goat, jerk chicken and a slice of pineapple cake to finish it off. And thirst quenching homemade drinks including Mo special juice, sorrel and ginger, cucumber juice and pineapple punch.
There is no official parking for Potternewton Park. However, as the park is located in a residential area, there are plenty of side streets to park on. We suggest:
All the entrances apart from one – there is a step entrance at the top of Avenue Hill not suitable for wheelchairs – are accessible to all. Once in the park each path is negotiable with a wheelchair and pushchair; keep in mind that some of these paths can be hilly and steep. And over in the playground the equipment has been installed to promote inclusive play.
How to Get HereGoogle Map Directions
Getting to Potternewton Park is really easy. First Bus Leeds numbers 2, 3, 36, 48, 91 all take you from the city centre to Chapeltown Road. Alight at the Reginald Centre and walk 200 yards down Harehills Avenue to enter the southern end of the park. If travelling by taxi it is a 10-minute journey from the centre of Leeds.