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Fulneck Baroque: Handel Anthems Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 4pm

26 August 2015

Join St Peter's Singers at their annual August Bank Holiday Fulneck Baroque Festival in the idyllic Moravian settlement Monday 31 August 2015 at 4.00pm.

Freddie Flintoff at Leeds Grand Theatre This Week

25 August 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 this 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.

Leeds prepares to thrill visitors with British Art Show

25 August 2015

Preparations are underway at Leeds City Art Gallery and Leeds Craft and design centre for the internationally renowned exhibition, The British Art Show 8, which they’ll be proudly hosting from October.

Tickets now on sale for The Sonata: Leeds International Chamber Season 2015/16

25 August 2015

Curated by pianist Paul Lewis, tickets are now on sale for The Sonata: Leeds International Chamber Season 2015/16 taking place at The Venue, Leeds College of Music.

‘Listen’ Up! Kooky Characters set to rock the Barbican ‘Inside In/Inside Out’

24 August 2015

The Kooks continue their busy year with a 10 date UK tour, and they're playing York Barbican on December 9th!

Explore the history of M&S lingerie at M&S Leeds

24 August 2015

The Marks & Spencer Company Archive is bringing the history of M&S lingerie to shoppers in Leeds, with a special ‘Lingerie Innovation Pop-Up’ event on Thursday 27th August

Nation gets ready to welcome the world with one month to go until Rugby World Cup 2015

18 August 2015

With one month to go to the start of Rugby World Cup 2015, Tournament Organisers, England Rugby 2015, today updated fans on plans for the Tournament.

The Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Harewood

13 August 2015

The Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Harewood opens from Friday 11 September until Sunday 13 September 2015 in The Marquee in the grounds of Harewood House, Harewood, near Leeds in West Yorkshire LS17 9LQ. One of The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited's portfolio of annual boutique style events, the fair returns for the fourth time, supported by Knight Frank's Harrogate office and Masons Yorkshire Gin.

The start of something wonderful at Leeds Craft Centre

13 August 2015

This year The Craft Centre is shaking things up with their Winter exhibition programme with a series of introductions to up and coming makers as well as those more established artists. In October The British Art Show comes to Leeds City Art Gallery and with it thousands of visitors exploring the rich visual arts Leeds has to offer. The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, located underneath Leeds City Art Gallery, has decided to shake up their Winter exhibition programme to highlight the wealth of talent that British makers bring to this vibrant city. A series of monthly Winter Craft Shows from September through to December will not only highlight well established makers from the contemporary craft scene but also introduce some up and coming makers. So what can you expect to see first?

Intrinsic – Touring Jewellery Exhibition at The Craft Centre & Design Gallery

11 August 2015

Textile artist and member of the Makers Guild in Wales Mandy Nash has invited six other makers working in the field of textiles and jewellery design to exhibit in a touring jewellery exhibition.

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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’.

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.

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!

28 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Leeds Festival at Bramham ParkFri 28 - Sun 30 Aug 2015This year, Leeds Festival is set to be bigger than ever, with over 75,000 tickets available, which include weekend campsite tickets and day tickets. Metallica and Jamie T are among the first names of 2015’s line up to be announced

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 August 2015 to 01 November 2015

Light Fantastic:Adventures in the Science of Light at National Media MuseumThu 27 Aug - 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 August 2015 to 01 November 2015

An Additive Mix by Liz West at National Media MuseumThu 27 Aug - 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.

28 August 2015 to 04 September 2015

Bright Ideas at National Media MuseumFri 28 Aug - 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!

28 August 2015 to 04 September 2015

Colourful Science at National Media MuseumFri 28 Aug - 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.

25 August 2015 to 04 September 2015

Light Fantastic: Shaping Shadows at National Media MuseumTue 25 Aug - 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 August 2015 to 04 September 2015

Light Fantastic: The Great Shadow Adventure at National Media MuseumThu 27 Aug - 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+

28 August 2015 to 04 September 2015

Light Printing at National Media MuseumFri 28 Aug - 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.

17 August 2015 to 22 January 2016

Sheffield cares for the wounded at Thackray Medical MuseumMon 17 Aug 2015 - Fri 22 Jan 2016An exhibition telling the story of the dedicated work of the 3rd West Riding Field Ambulance on the Western Front in France and Flanders during the First World War.

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 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.

13 August 2015 to 08 November 2015

Paul Neagu: Palpable Sculpture at The Henry Moore InstituteThu 13 Aug - Sun 8 Nov 2015Paul Neagu (1938-2004) demanded sculpture be appreciated by all of the senses: sight, sound, touch, smell and taste

24 August 2015 to 29 August 2015

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseMon 24 - Sat 29 Aug 2015The National Theatre returns to its Leeds home with its award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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

01 August 2015 to 04 October 2015

Memoria: Memories of Light at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley MillsSat 1 Aug - Sun 4 Oct 2015This exhibition captures the memories of working life at Armley Mills and presents them in a series of stunning illuminated porcelain sculptures.

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.

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

15 August 2015 to 31 August 2015

Leeds West Indian CarnivalSat 15 - Mon 31 Aug 2015Leeds Carnival is back for 2015 and here to help you get happy!

27 August 2015 to 01 November 2015

Speedway at Bradford Industrial MuseumThu 27 Aug - 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.

27 August 2015 to 29 September 2015

Summer Family Fun at Impressions GalleryThu 27 Aug - Tue 29 Sep 2015Pop in to Impressions Gallery during the summer holidays and enjoy free activities inspired by our exhibition extra{ordinary} Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery.

28 August 2015 to 28 August 2015

Minibeast Safari at RSPB Fairburn IngsFri 28 Aug 2015Come on a safari at Fairburn Ings and be on the look out for some of the minibeasts that live at the reserve.

08 August 2015 to 06 September 2015

City Beach at Millennium SquareSat 8 Aug - Sun 6 Sep 2015No need to queue in the traffic to get to the beach this summer; as City Beach returns to Millennium Square for a second summer season.

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.

01 August 2015 to 31 October 2015

Figure That at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 1 Aug - Sat 31 Oct 2015An exciting exhibition studying the human form. A diverse group of makers who explore various materials and techniques in their collections come together in this showcase of contemporary craft.

01 August 2015 to 24 October 2015

Solo Ceramic Showcase - Paul Jackson at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 1 Aug - Sat 24 Oct 2015This series of pots focuses on the recent development of a new range of slips and patterns.

26 August 2015 to 13 September 2015

Leeds International Piano Competition at University Of LeedsWed 26 Aug - Sun 13 Sep 2015'The Leeds' gives an outstanding opportunity for young international pianists to advance their careers and become the artists of the future.

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.

28 August 2015 to 28 August 2015

Elvis Tribute with DJ at Village Hotel Leeds SouthFri 28 Aug 2015The KING is back by popular demand! .

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!

03 August 2015 to 12 September 2015

Cornel Lucas Photographs at Gallery Munro HouseMon 3 Aug - Sat 12 Sep 2015A pioneer of film portraiture, in 1998 Cornel Lucas became the only photographer to win a BAFTA Award for his Outstanding Contribution to the British Film Industry.

27 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Burley Summer Festival at Burley-in-WharfedaleThu 27 - Sun 30 Aug 2015Join us for the 7th Burley Summer Festival. We've loads of fun events for all the family including a vintage steam rally, music, food and drink events and a fabulous scarecrow trail.A number of the events are free and some require tickets.

28 August 2015 to 28 August 2015

Some Yorkshire Men at Waterloo at Hazlewood CastleFri 28 Aug 2015An illustrated talk by Paul Brunyee Friday 28th August 2015 7:30pm, Hazlewood Castle LS24 9NJ Preceded at 6:15pm by a historic tour of Hazlewood Castle .