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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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.

Big Leeds Bike Ride

The Big Leeds Bike Ride

Sun 21 Sep 2014

A challenging ride from Leeds to York and back to raise money for Leeds Children’s Hospital

Kirkstall Abbey Deli Market

Kirkstall Deli Market

Sat 27 - Sun 28 Sep 2014

Join us on the last weekend of the month from 12 noon to 3pm for a great day out shopping and browsing at our two fantastic markets.

Doc Brown

Doc Brown - The Weird Way Round

Thu 2 Oct 2014

Fresh from his sell-out UK tour Of Mice And Men, a starring role in the hit show Law and Order, as well as singing with Ricky Gervais on the YouTube viral Equality Street, Doc Brown is back with his unique take on Life, Love and Lyricism.

Light Night

Light Night

Fri 3 Oct 2014

This year we are celebrating the 10th festival! For one night only the city centre will come alive with spectacular large scale light projections, exhibitions, installations, film, dance, music, theatre and street performances.

The Return of the Emett Machines

The Return Of The Emett Machines

Fri 3 Oct - Sat 8 Nov 2014

Town Centre Securities will be displaying their collection of Emett Machines from 3 October till mid-November in the Merrion Centre, Leeds as part of the Centre’s 50th anniversary celebrations

Battle Lines - Josh Warrington

Matchroom Boxing - Battle Lines

Sat 4 Oct 2014

Leeds lad Josh Warrington will tackle Davide Dieli for the vacant European Featherweight title at the first direct arena in Leeds on October 4, live on Sky Sports.

The Coronation of Poppea

The Coronation of Poppea

Sat 4 - Thu 30 Oct 2014

Based loosely on actual events in 1st-century AD Rome, The Coronation of Poppea charts the consuming erotic obsession of the Emperor Nero for the beautiful Poppea Sabina.

Ray Quinn

An Evening With Ray Quinn

Sun 5 Oct 2014

Ray Quinn will appear at City Varieties Music Hall this October, for an informal evening of songs, chat and audience participation

The Ladyboys of Bangkok

The Ladyboys of Bangkok

Fri 10 - Tue 28 Oct 2014

The Lady Boys of Bangkok are back in their latest sizzling and seductive production.

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

Sat 11 Oct 2014

Pop folk star Ed Sheeran will be coming to the first direct arena this October

Clean Bandit

Clean Bandit

Wed 15 Oct 2014

Following a recent sold-out headline tour of the UK, Clean Bandit return in the autumn.

Caro Emerald

Sat 18 Oct 2014

Dutch jazz cross-over artist Caro Emerald brings her unique sound to the first direct arena next March as part of her largest UK tour to date.

The Bartered Bride

The Bartered Bride

Sat 18 - Fri 31 Oct 2014

Marenka and Jeník are in love, but her father wants her to marry the son of the wealthiest man in town.

Jake Bugg -  coming to first direct Arena

Jake Bugg

Sun 19 Oct 2014

Festival favourite Jake Bugg will be bringing his blend of indie, rock and folk to the first direct arena 19th October in a unique event in conjunction with the arena’s sponsors first direct.

Lee Hurst

Lee Hurst

Sun 19 Oct 2014

In this stand up show, comedian Lee Hurst is back on the road to ask audiences what winds them up?

Lee Evans

Fri 24 - Sat 25 Oct 2014

Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Fri 24 Oct 2014

Halloween Adventure

Halloween Adventure

Sat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014

Katy B

Katy B

Mon 27 Oct 2014

Katy B embarks on a full UK tour in October.

The Big Reunion

The Big Reunion- Boy Band Tour

Mon 27 Oct 2014

Following the success of The Big Reunion on ITV2, The Big Reunion Boy Band Tour will hit the road in 2014.

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr

Wed 29 Oct 2014

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Il Divo

Fri 31 Oct 2014

Il Divo will perform at the First Direct Arena this October.

upcoming events

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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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