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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Christkindelmarkt

Christkindelmarkt

Fri 14 Nov - Sat 20 Dec 2014

Leeds Millennium Square once again transforms into a scenic winter village as the annual Christkindelmarkt Traditional German Christmas Market returns.

Dirty Dancing

Tue 11 Nov - Sat 6 Dec 2014

An unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing.

James

James

Sun 23 Nov 2014

Manchester rockers James will be coming to the first direct arena this November as part of their new UK tour La Petit Mort, supported by Starsailor.

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

Sun 23 Nov 2014

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

Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams

Tue 25 Nov 2014

Bryan Adams will come to rock the first direct arena stage this November as part of new tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of his hit album Reckless.

Scrooge – The Musical

Thu 27 - Sat 29 Nov 2014

Scrooge is a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ short story A Christmas Carol and is based on the film musical of the same name. A musical treat for all the family!

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.

Free Reindeer Petting

Free Reindeer Petting

Sat 29 Nov 2014

Dasher and Dancer, two of Santa’s most important reindeer will be returning to the Merrion Centre following their popular visit last year.

Passenger

Sat 29 Nov 2014

Santa's Grotto

Santa's Grotto

Sat 29 Nov 2014

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

Slash

Slash

Sat 29 Nov 2014

Former Guns n Roses lead guitarist Slash will be coming to rock the first direct arena in Leeds this November with his band The Conspirators.

Santa's Grotto

Santa's Grotto

Sun 30 Nov 2014

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

The Who

The Who

Tue 2 Dec 2014

The Who, one of the best selling bands of all time, will be coming to the first direct arena this December to celebrate 50 years of rock and roll!

Culture Club

Culture Club

Thu 4 Dec 2014

Culture Club will be performing with their original line up: Mikey Craig (bass guitar), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards), Jon Moss (drums and percussion) and flamboyant front man Boy George (lead vocals.)

Alfie Boe

Alife Boe

Fri 5 Dec 2014

Alfie Boe’s newest album Trust was influenced by his most recent UK concert dates, where the repertoire drew on the full range of Boe’s musical interests, from pop to rock to classical to musical theatre.

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!

Free Reindeer Petting

Free Reindeer Petting

Sat 6 Dec 2014

Dasher and Dancer, two of Santa’s most important reindeer will be returning to the Merrion Centre following their popular visit last year.

Jeff Wayne's - The War of The Worlds

Sat 6 Dec 2014

Next Christmas at the first direct arena, for the first and last time, one of the most ground-breaking tours of all time, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds

Santa's Grotto

Santa's Grotto

Sat 6 Dec 2014

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

Santa's Grotto

Santa's Grotto

Sun 7 Dec 2014

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

Michael Bublé

Michael Bublé

Mon 8 - Tue 9 Dec 2014

King of swing Michael Bublé comes to the first direct arena as part of a brand new UK Christmas tour.

Status Quo

Status Quo

Wed 10 Dec 2014

Britain's best-loved rockers Status Quo will return to the first direct arena with their new Status Quo Live In Concert UK Winter tour this December.

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04 March 2015 to 04 March 2015

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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