Welcome to Leeds

Enjoy one of England's great cities. From its independent retailers and thriving markets, to its fine fresh food, family attractions, ballet, opera, art and concerts by some of the world's top performers. A fantastic range of quality hotels for you to choose from to match your style and budget. Leeds is a city full of experiences, easy to explore and there to be discovered.

Magical Leeds

‘Magical Leeds’, in partnership with Trinity Leeds, has a spectacular programme of entertainment, mouth-watering Christmas shopping and the exciting new addition of the Leeds Reindeer Trail to entice visitors to the city and inspire their senses.

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VIDEO: WELCOME TO LEEDS

Welcome to Leeds, Yorkshire's unofficial capital. Our city is easy to enjoy and ripe to discover, with a neat, walkable city centre and lots to discover. There's an irresistible mix of old and new, providing the ideal environment for exploration and adventure.

 

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Rugby World Cup 2015 Leeds

Leeds is a Host City for Rugby World Cup 2015 and will be hosting two international games at Elland Road during the pool rounds.

 

 

 

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Dick Whittington Rock 'n' Roll Panto

Dick Whittington: The Rock 'N' Roll Panto

Sat 29 Nov 2014 - Sun 11 Jan 2015

The Rock’n’Roll Panto returns to City Varieties in December 2014 with Peter Rowe’s Dick Whittington. Tickets go on general sale 1 February at 10am.

La Traviata

La Traviata

Sat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015

Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love. But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life.

ROMAN EMPIRE: POWER & PEOPLE

Roman Empire: Power & People

Sat 20 Sep 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015

This exhibition provides a rare opportunity for visitors to see the British Museum’s objects in Leeds for the first time combined with items from Yorkshire’s own prized collections which will give the exhibition a unique local context.

Santa's Grotto

Santa's Grotto

Mon 22 Dec 2014

Santa and his helpers will be in the Merrion Centre this Christmas

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Fri 5 Dec 2014 - Sat 10 Jan 2015

Simply wicked, simply wonderful, simply must be seen! And there are seven other reasons why Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs is the pantomime to dwarf all others!

Santa's Grotto

Santa's Grotto

Tue 23 Dec 2014

Santa and his helpers will be in the Merrion Centre this Christmas

Top Hat

Top Hat

Tue 23 Dec 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015

Top Hat brings the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the glorious tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to the stage in one of the greatest dance musicals of all time.

Santa's Grotto

Santa's Grotto

Wed 24 Dec 2014

Santa and his helpers will be in the Merrion Centre this Christmas

Strictly Come Dancing Live Arena Tour

Strictly Come Dancing

Thu 22 Jan 2015

As BBC One’s smash hit entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing returns to our TV screens this month, tickets for the 2015 Strictly Come Dancing Live UK tour, which will return to the first direct arena this January.

Strictly Come Dancing Live Arena Tour

Strictly Come Dancing

Fri 23 Jan 2015

As BBC One’s smash hit entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing returns to our TV screens this month, tickets for the 2015 Strictly Come Dancing Live UK tour, which will return to the first direct arena this January.

The Marriage of Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro

Sat 24 Jan - Fri 27 Feb 2015

It’s Figaro’s wedding day, and, to add to the usual worries, Figaro learns that his master, the Count, is out to bed his bride-to-be Susanna

Betway Premier League Darts at first direct Arena

Betway Premier League Darts

Thu 5 Feb 2015

Premier League Darts features the top four players in the world rankings following the World Championship, which ends on January 4, and six Wildcard selections - who will be headed by current Premier League champion Raymond van Barneveld.

Simon Amstell

Simon Amstell - To Be Free

Wed 11 Feb 2015

With intense vulnerability and troubling honesty, Amstell explores freedom, joy, love, death, adventure, art, peace, sex, regret, success, eating, suffering, dreaming, healing, forgiving and other areas.

Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs

Sat 14 Feb 2015

The critically acclaimed Leeds-based band, Kaiser Cheifs return to the First Direct Arena.

Gianni Schicchi

Gianni Schicchi

Wed 18 - Sat 28 Feb 2015

After the dark, suicidal angst of La vida breve, Gianni Schicchi is the perfect companion piece – a satyr play played out around the death-bed of a rich man

La Vida Breve

La Vida Breve

Wed 18 - Sat 28 Feb 2015

From the composer of the orchestral showpiece Nights in the Gardens of Spain and the popular ballet The Three-Cornered Hat comes this irresistibly exuberant opera.

The Script

The Script

Tue 24 Feb 2015

Danny O'Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power, otherwise known as The Script, will be coming to the first direct arena this February as part of a new UK tour, hot on the heels of the release of their fourth album No Sound Without Silence.

Stephen K Amos

Stephen K Amos: Welcome To My World

Wed 25 Feb 2015

Fresh from sell-out tours of Australia and New Zealand, the maestro of feel-good comedy is back on tour with his new show

Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie

Wed 4 Mar 2015

The five-time GRAMMY winner and international superstar is performing at first direct Arena 4th March 2015!

The Black Keys

The Black Keys

Thu 5 Mar 2015

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, otherwise known as The Black Keys, will be bringing their blend of blues and garage rock to the first direct arena March 2015 as part their Turn Blue world tour.

Thunder coming to first direct Arena

Thunder

Thu 12 Mar 2015

British rock band Thunder will be coming to the first direct arena Thursday 12th March.

The Australian Pink Floyd

The Australian Pink Floyd

Fri 13 Mar 2015

The Australian Pink Floyd Show will be bringing their incredible live show back to the first direct arena with a sensational new tour.

Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading

Sun 22 Mar 2015

Over her 42 years of touring Joan Armatrading has never done a solo world tour. For her last Major tour she has decided this is the perfect time to perform her first ever full scale solo concerts.

Lee Nelson

Lee Nelson: Suited and Booted

Fri 10 Apr 2015

well as his own BBC Three series Lee Nelson's Well Good Show, Nelson has appeared on Al Murray's ITV1 sketch show Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder and has performed on Live at the Apollo.

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Lionel Richie at First Direct ArenaWed 4 Mar 2015The five-time GRAMMY winner and international superstar is performing at first direct Arena 4th March 2015!

05 March 2015 to 05 March 2015

The Black Keys at First Direct ArenaThu 5 Mar 2015Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, otherwise known as The Black Keys, will be bringing their blend of blues and garage rock to the first direct arena March 2015 as part their Turn Blue world tour.

12 March 2015 to 12 March 2015

Thunder at First Direct ArenaThu 12 Mar 2015British rock band Thunder will be coming to the first direct arena Thursday 12th March.

13 March 2015 to 13 March 2015

The Australian Pink Floyd at First Direct ArenaFri 13 Mar 2015The Australian Pink Floyd Show will be bringing their incredible live show back to the first direct arena with a sensational new tour.

22 March 2015 to 22 March 2015

Joan Armatrading at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSun 22 Mar 2015Over her 42 years of touring Joan Armatrading has never done a solo world tour. For her last Major tour she has decided this is the perfect time to perform her first ever full scale solo concerts.

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