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Opera North Autumn Season 2015

3 August 2015

This Autumn Opera North presents Cole Porter’s jazzy Broadway sensation alongside two contrasting revivals from the opera repertoire; Rossini’s door-slamming farce The Barber of Seville and Tom Cairns’ production of Janácek’s powerful tragedy Jenufa. The season opens at Leeds Grand Theatre on 24 September before embarking on their well-established tour circuit of iconic Northern venues including: Theatre Royal Newcastle, The Lowry Salford Quays and Theatre Royal Nottingham.

The Alchemist Brings its Brand of Cocktail Magic to Greek Street

30 July 2015

The Alchemist Bars and Restaurants Ltd. has announced the launch of its newest cocktail bar and dining destination with The Alchemist Greek Street set to open in October

The Webb Ellis Cup Comes To Leeds Dock

30 July 2015

To celebrate the trophy's arrival, Leeds Dock will be holding a mini-festival in its honour. With FREE water zorbing, live music, outdoor bar and fantastic street food from around the region.

Dora and Friends come to Leeds!

29 July 2015

Meet Dora and Win the chance to sing on national TV! Hold on to your backpacks and get ready for a fiesta – Dora and Friends: Into the City! is set to land in Watford. As part of the nationwide Nick Jr.’s Sing-Along Summer kids will have the chance to meet Dora and show off their singing ability for a chance to appear on national TV.

Freddie Flintoff at Leeds Grand Theatre

29 July 2015

A decade after England’s legendary 2005 Ashes victory, cricket icon Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff is set to share his memories at Leeds Grand Theatre on Sunday August 30th. The 2005 Ashes victory propelled Freddie Flintoff to sporting legend status making him one of England’s most admired cricket stars of all time. Famed for his record-breaking performances and well deserved legacy as one of the game’s greats, hitting the ball harder than any other cricketer and being able to bowl accurately at 90mph, he became the most feared all-rounder of his generation. The 2005 Ashes saw his pinnacle career performance and won him the title of ICC and PCA’s player of the year as well as the BBC’s Sport Personality of the Year. To celebrate this sporting milestone - and to share his memories of that long, hot summer - Freddie and his TV producer & writer friend Clyde Holcroft will take to the stage with a brand new live show.

And Then There Were None at Leeds Grand Theatre

28 July 2015

Gary Mavers, Neil Stacy and Deborah Grant join Frazer Hines, Mark Curry, Ben Nealon, Eric Carte and Kezia Burrows in Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None". World's best-selling thriller welcomes new cast members to double anniversary production in Leeds. Three more famous faces from stage and screen are set to become Agatha Christie’s latest guests as they join the UK tour of And Then There Were None this summer, which marks the 10th anniversary of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company and the 125th anniversary of the author’s birth.

Childhood memories inspire new work by Yorkshire artist…

28 July 2015

A new exhibition in Leeds uncovers the childhood memories of Yorkshire based artist Chiu-I Wu. An exhibition celebrating the human form starts this Saturday 1st August at Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery. Featuring the work of Yorkshire based artist Chiu-I Wu, Figure That explores various materials and techniques by British makers in a unique collection of functional and sculptural ceramics, sculptural wire pieces and works in mixed media.

Simple Minds Arena Tour Announcement

28 July 2015

Simple Minds announce November Arena Shows playing the greatest hits and tracks from the acclaimed new album Big Music, with special guests; The Stranglers. Following the acclaim of their 16th album BIG MUSIC and current tour, due to demand and to cap off what has been a remarkable year for the band, Simple Minds will play three arena shows in November.

Hyde Park Picture House to open its doors for Yorkshire Day Celebrations

27 July 2015

On Saturday 1st August the Hyde Park Picture House is set to open its doors for a day of free screenings and activities, celebrating this year’s Yorkshire Day. The day, made possible thanks to support from funders Leeds Inspired, will celebrate film making and watching in Yorkshire, as well as showcasing some of the best local artists and food producers in the region.

Making music magical - Leeds welcomes the National Children's Orchestras on 15 August!

27 July 2015

107 of the UK’s best young musicians are gearing up for an 8 day residential course at Sedbergh School in Cumbria in order to master impressive repertoire ahead of their upcoming performance at Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 15 August – all of them 13 years of age or younger! The National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain (NCO) Under 13 Orchestra will deliver an exceptional performance at Leeds Town Hall. There is stunning and recognisable repertoire in store, from Tchaikovsky’s beloved Symphony No 5 to Márquez’s fiery and exotic Danzón No 2.

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01 July 2015 to 31 July 2015

Cocktail of the Month at Napoleons Casino and RestaurantWed 1 - Fri 31 Jul 2015Mojitos – TWO for £8

16 July 2015 to 27 September 2015

Lucy Beech: Me and Mine at The TetleyThu 16 Jul - Sun 27 Sep 2015In the words of Lucy Beech’s new film Me and Mine, empathy – the compassionate attempt to see the world through another’s eyes – is also ‘a kind of penetration, a travelling’.

18 July 2015 to 02 August 2015

Pyramid of Arts at The TetleySat 18 Jul - Sun 2 Aug 2015Members of Pyramid's Eden and Ribblehead Groups for people with and without learning disabilities are creating responses to The Tetley's exhibitions, culminating in a display of their own work and a series of public events.

04 April 2015 to 26 September 2015

Tasting Adventure at Roast + ConchSat 4 Apr - Sat 26 Sep 2015Our Chocolate Tasting Adventures have been created especially for chocolate lovers who would like to take the next step in their appreciation of chocolate – gaining delicious insider knowledge and tasting tips.

19 March 2015 to 26 September 2015

Bean to Bar Experiences at Roast + ConchThu 19 Mar - Sat 26 Sep 2015Learn how to make chocolate straight from the cocoa bean, using freshly roasted cocoa beans grown on our cocoa estate in Saint Lucia.

31 July 2015 to 31 July 2015

Magic Mike Night at The Centenary PavilionFri 31 Jul 2015Join us for Magic Mike Night. Perfect for a birthday, Hen Do, or just a great excuse to get together with your friends for the ultimate Girls Night Out! You will enjoy a sensational Strip Show full of Music, Muscle & Mayhem

29 July 2015 to 06 September 2015

Heroes and Villains at Royal Armouries MuseumWed 29 Jul - Sun 6 Sep 2015Visit the Royal Armouries for an action-packed summer of family activities. Meet the HEROES & VILLAINS from history and popular culture - fantasy or reality!

27 July 2015 to 14 August 2015

Life - A portrait exhibition by Doug Binder at Bradford CathedralMon 27 Jul - Fri 14 Aug 2015Bradford-born artist Doug Binder, is exhibiting his new exhibition entitled LIFE which includes recent portraits, together with prints from his 'Horse' and abstract 'Roman' series.

19 June 2015 to 30 August 2015

Tate St Ives - Terry Frost at Leeds Art GalleryFri 19 Jun - Sun 30 Aug 2015On the occasion of his centenary, Leeds Art Gallery presents an exhibition celebrating the life and work of leading modern painter, Sir Terry Frost (1915–2003) who had a strong association with Leeds

08 May 2015 to 31 December 2015

Age of Glamour at Lotherton Hall Fri 8 May - Thu 31 Dec 2015An exhibition exploring glamorous fashions showing the impact of Dior’s ‘New Look’ and Parisian design on post war British style

18 July 2015 to 01 September 2015

22 June 2015 to 04 October 2015

The Path of the Ponies at National Coal Mining Museum for EnglandMon 22 Jun - Sun 4 Oct 2015The story of ponies and horses has been entwined with that of coal mining for many centuries. This exhibition explores the world of the industry’s pit ponies and provides a glimpse into their working lives.

20 July 2015 to 04 September 2015

Summer Holiday Fun! at National Coal Mining Museum for EnglandMon 20 Jul - Fri 4 Sep 2015There's fun for all the family, rain or shine!

27 July 2015 to 01 November 2015

Light Fantastic:Adventures in the Science of Light at National Media MuseumMon 27 Jul - Sun 1 Nov 2015Join us throughout the summer holidays for Light Fantastic, to explore the wonder of creating and capturing light. Get hands on with our fun family activities, workshops and shows.

27 July 2015 to 01 November 2015

An Additive Mix by Liz West at National Media MuseumMon 27 Jul - Sun 1 Nov 2015Enjoy the magical power of light in our brand new installation by artist Liz West. Spark your imagination and senses as you surround yourself in luminous colour and radiant light.

27 July 2015 to 04 September 2015

Bright Ideas at National Media MuseumMon 27 Jul - Fri 4 Sep 2015Our fun interactive demonstration looks at two parts of the electromagnetic spectrum - the stuff you can see and the stuff you can’t!

27 July 2015 to 04 September 2015

Colourful Science at National Media MuseumMon 27 Jul - Fri 4 Sep 2015Get a brand new understanding of light in our exciting science demonstration. Using the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum we’ll show you experiments and demonstrations on how light can be split, mixed or even absorbed.

27 July 2015 to 04 September 2015

Light Fantastic: Shaping Shadows at National Media MuseumMon 27 Jul - Fri 4 Sep 2015Get hands on with ‘cutting-edge’ technology to create your own intricate shadow puppets, inspired by the Java puppets in our collection. Suitable for ages 5+

27 July 2015 to 04 September 2015

Light Fantastic: The Great Shadow Adventure at National Media MuseumMon 27 Jul - Fri 4 Sep 2015Join Harri, our storyteller; in her great shadow adventure as she travels through time to discover how light has helped us to tell stories. Suitable for ages 5+

27 July 2015 to 04 September 2015

Light Printing at National Media MuseumMon 27 Jul - Fri 4 Sep 2015Find out how to make a photograph without a camera - a cyanotype. Explore the science behind the art and make a beautiful photograph to take home. Suitable for ages 5+

15 July 2015 to 07 September 2015

Summer Adventure at Stockeld ParkWed 15 Jul - Mon 7 Sep 2015Fabulous family days out this Easter, Spring and Summer with active Adventure Zones within the beautiful woodland of Stockeld Park.

14 February 2015 to 30 November 2015

The Healing Home at Temple Newsam House and FarmSat 14 Feb - Mon 30 Nov 2015An intimate exploration of the role of Temple Newsam House as a hospital and a home during the First World War.

20 July 2015 to 28 August 2015

Summer Fun at Thackray Medical MuseumMon 20 Jul - Fri 28 Aug 2015Notorious King Henry has injured his leg in a jousting accident and the wound refuses to heal. Using herbs and traditional remedies, our Tudor Wise Woman will attempt to create a cure that will get King Henry back on his feet.

29 July 2015 to 03 October 2015

FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition 2015 at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GalleryWed 29 Jul - Sat 3 Oct 2015Celebrating its third year the FUAM Graduate Art Prize showcases the work of four top students from the Schools of Fine Art and of Design at the University of Leeds.

27 July 2015 to 25 August 2015

Come Rain, Come Shine: Family Sculpture Day at Yorkshire Sculpture ParkMon 27 Jul - Tue 25 Aug 2015Build gigantic towers, space creatures or even an underwater world from wood, branches, stones and other found materials.

27 July 2015 to 30 August 2015

A Library of Forms at Yorkshire Sculpture ParkMon 27 Jul - Sun 30 Aug 2015Library of Forms, inspired by Henry Moore’s studio at Perry Green, Hertfordshire, is open throughout the summer in YSP Learning's Garden Studio.

01 January 2015 to 01 March 2016

Figure and Architecture: Henry Moore in the 1950s at The Henry Moore InstituteThu 1 Jan 2015 - Tue 1 Mar 2016These projects represent Moore's most fully realised attempts to integrate sculpture into the rhythm and fabric of a building

27 May 2015 to 30 August 2015

Eileen Agar: Natural Ready-mades at The Henry Moore InstituteWed 27 May - Sun 30 Aug 2015Experimenting with natural forms, Eileen Agar (1899-1991) brought together shells, horns and bones gathered in Britain and France during the 1930s, creating objects and collages from these materials.

04 November 2014 to 27 September 2015

John Fowler Exhibition at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley MillsTue 4 Nov 2014 - Sun 27 Sep 2015Marking the 150 year anniversary of his death, the work of John Fowler, who was a pioneer in the development of steam engines for ploughing and inventions which changed the course of agricultural practice, will be showcased at Armley Mills

24 January 2015 to 31 December 2015

How Do I Look? at Abbey House MuseumSat 24 Jan - Thu 31 Dec 2015Join us to peep in the mirror and see how people throughout history have enhanced their looks and presented themselves to others.

11 July 2015 to 01 November 2015

New Rhythms: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska at Harewood House and GardensSat 11 Jul - Sun 1 Nov 2015New Rhythms: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska: Art, Dance and Movement in London 1911 - 1915 A major new exhibition from Kettle’s Yard, marking the centenary of the death of renowned WW1, , French-born sculptor & draughtsman, Henri Gaudier-Breszka

03 April 2015 to 01 November 2015

Daily Penguin Feeding at Harewood House and GardensFri 3 Apr - Sun 1 Nov 2015At Harewood, we feed our penguins’ whitebait and sprats – fish that are similar in size to their natural diet, although they will also eat small herrings. And you can enjoy the event!

03 April 2015 to 04 November 2015

The Art of Conservation at Harewood House and GardensFri 3 Apr - Wed 4 Nov 2015Explore the challenges of protecting Harewood’s collection of furniture in The Art of Conservation series. With a focus on Chippendale, this exhibition reveals some of the techniques used by expert conservators to care for these rare pieces

11 July 2015 to 01 November 2015

Recent Works: Thomas J Price at Harewood House and GardensSat 11 Jul - Sun 1 Nov 2015Thomas J Price is a rising star of the British contemporary art scene. Never meeting your gaze, these intriguing sculptures explore why black men are only represented in certain ways within art.

31 July 2015 to 02 August 2015

CLA Game Fair at Harewood House and GardensFri 31 Jul - Sun 2 Aug 2015The CLA Game Fair is the biggest celebration of field sports in Britain. From international gun dog competitions, shooting, fishing, falconry, horse & hound, field archery and more, the best of the best are on show at the Game Fair.

03 April 2015 to 01 November 2015

A Gift from the Whole Nation at Harewood House and GardensFri 3 Apr - Sun 1 Nov 2015From April until November 2015, Harewood House is hosting an exhibition ‘A Gift from the Whole Nation’, where over 70 examples of these very special gift boxes will be on display on the State Floor in the main house.

02 June 2015 to 27 September 2015

Summer Bands in Leeds ParksTue 2 Jun - Sun 27 Sep 2015Leeds International Concert Season - Summer bands in Leeds Parks

22 July 2015 to 21 August 2015

Mad Science Summer Camp at Leeds Wed 22 Jul - Fri 21 Aug 2015It’s almost summer again which means it’s time for our annual Summer Camps, where every day of camp will be filled with exciting new scientific adventures for children aged 5-12 years!

28 July 2015 to 01 November 2015

Speedway at Bradford Industrial MuseumTue 28 Jul - Sun 1 Nov 2015After the success of a small exhibition in 2012, Speedway returns to Bradford Industrial Museum. Thanks to the support and assistance of enthusiast John Murphy and his connections within the Speedway community.

31 July 2015 to 31 July 2015

TEXAS with Sharleen Spiteri at Millennium SquareFri 31 Jul 2015Texas, with lead singer Sharleen Spiteri, will perform a spectacular open-air concert in Leeds city centre on Friday, July 31.

17 July 2015 to 31 July 2015

Summer Series at Millennium SquareFri 17 - Fri 31 Jul 2015Millennium Square are proud to announce our first Summer Series; from 17 - 31 July we will be hosting live outdoor music concerts in our specially created outdoor arena. In partnership with Heart.

31 July 2015 to 31 July 2015

Birra Moretti Gran Tour at Leeds Town HallFri 31 Jul 2015Authentic Italian street food and drink festival 'Moretti Gran Tour' opens at the Leeds Town Hall 30th July – 2nd August. Experience authentic Italian cuisine from a selection of regions across Italy from leading street food vendors.

01 May 2015 to 31 July 2015

Solo Ceramic Showcase - Jacqui Atkin at The Craft Centre and Design GalleryFri 1 May - Fri 31 Jul 2015Jacqui showcases her recent work with us which explores new surface treatments where texture forms the background for botanical imagery.

04 July 2015 to 24 October 2015

Mandy Pattullo and Catherine Green at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 4 Jul - Sat 24 Oct 2015Mandy Pattullo and Catherine Green offer up their latest works in this beautifully bright and vibrant exhibition of screen prints and monotype prints.

28 July 2015 to 09 August 2015

Otley’s Yorkshire WeeksTue 28 Jul - Sun 9 Aug 2015A packed programme of events, many with a Yorkshire theme, to celebrate all aspects of Yorkshire Life. With activities centred around arts, music, cuisine, recreation, history and tradition.

17 July 2015 to 03 January 2016

Tailored: A very British Fashion at Leeds City MuseumFri 17 Jul 2015 - Sun 3 Jan 2016Explore the significance of tailoring in the story of British fashion, from the eighteenth century to today. #Tailored

12 June 2015 to 27 September 2015

Summer Events at Salvo'sFri 12 Jun - Sun 27 Sep 2015Summer at Salvo's has never been more appetising, see here for details of all events at Salvo's Salumeria.

31 July 2015 to 31 July 2015

Olly Murs Tribute with DJ at Village Hotel Leeds SouthFri 31 Jul 2015Trouble maker is back singing all his chart hits.

22 July 2015 to 29 August 2015

Face Painter at The Merrion CentreWed 22 Jul - Sat 29 Aug 2015Over the Summer holidays, the fantastic face painter will be visiting the Merrion Centre twice a week to turn kids into superheroes, animals and more!

12 June 2015 to 23 August 2015

The Coors Light Ice Bar at Around the World in 80 BeersFri 12 Jun - Sun 23 Aug 2015The famous Coors Light Ice Bar is coming to The Bierkeller Entertainment Complex’s this Summer for a limited time only.

31 July 2015 to 01 August 2015

2.8 Hours Later at Leeds City CentreFri 31 Jul - Sat 1 Aug 2015Leeds is on the brink of annihilation. Zombies out-number survivors and the city is humanity's final stand. Who will make it through the night?

03 July 2015 to 01 August 2015

Behind the Mask, BAFTA Photography by Andy Gotts at Gallery Munro HouseFri 3 Jul - Sat 1 Aug 2015‘Behind the Mask’ is a BAFTA Future Archive collaboration with renowned photographer Andy Gotts MBE, a celebrity photographer for 23 years specialising in actors’ portraits.