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City Café designs a range of delectable Christmas menus

20 October 2014

The award-winning City Café restaurant at DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds offers an unrivalled waterside haven, just a short walk from the exuberant city centre, where guests can indulge in a range of classic and contemporary Christmas dishes this festive season.

A Spooktacular Halloween at The Light

17 October 2014

Strap on your ghost catchers and grab your witch repellent as Halloween season is here and The Light in Leeds is set to host a selection of spooky events.

Tredegar Town Band performs Pride soundtrack piece at Morley Town Hall

17 October 2014

On Saturday 25 October, Tredegar Town Band performs the first concert in the Leeds Best of Brass series at Morley Town Hall, opening with a piece the band recorded for the 2014 feature length film Pride.

Life in Roman Britain lecture series continues at Leeds City Museum

15 October 2014

A fascinating programme of free lectures exploring a range of insightful topics linked to the Roman Empire in Yorkshire and Britain are set to continue at a popular Leeds museum this week. In what promises to be a series of events not to be missed, visitors can find out more about the Roman Empire through the talks which will include experts in their respective fields.

Love Arts Festival Descends On Leeds For Its 4th Year!

15 October 2014

The Arts and Minds Network is set to showcase artwork by its members at their annual show, Highlights, to be held at The Light, Leeds. The exhibition is part of the amazing Love Arts Festival that launches along with the exhibition today.

The Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards 2014 – a spectacle of courage, bravery and fun!

12 October 2014

The St. James's Place, Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards 2014(YCCA), in association with Arrow Cars took place at New Dock Hall, Leeds on Friday 10th October and raised a phenomenal £100,000 for the St. James’s Place Foundation, doubling the amount raised in 2013 and contributing hugely towards helping local community groups and organisations in the region.

Comedian Lee Hurst In Leeds

10 October 2014

In this stand up show, comedian Lee Hurst is back on the road to ask audiences what winds them up? Lee Hurst is at City Varieties Music Hall on Sunday 19th October at 7.30pm.

Touching Commission from British Design Duo

10 October 2014

The Craft Centre reveals the people behind the work as they gear up for their Christmas exhibition programme. British design duo Ostinelli & Priest; due to showcase their hand built ceramic animal sculptures as part of The Craft Centre & Design Gallery's Christmas showcases, have revealed a touching commission from one of their collectors

Classical Music this Autumn at the Howard Assembly Room

7 October 2014

This Autumn, the Howard Assembly Room presents a packed season of performances including a range of classical events from early music to vocal recitals and chamber music.

The Black Prince to Launch in Leeds

7 October 2014

From historic bank and 80's nightclub to new city centre pub - the Black Prince to launch in Leeds. A BRAND NEW pub in the heart of Leeds will open its doors for the first time this month. ‘The Black Prince’ which is named after the legendary eldest son of King Edward III, Edward, whose statue is based in Leeds City Square, is in a stunning grade two building.

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20 October 2014 to 20 October 2014

20 October 2014 to 20 October 2014

Simon Lindley at Leeds Town HallMon 20 Oct 2014This recital is dedicated solely to the music of the great Johann Sebastian Bach.

21 October 2014 to 21 October 2014

The Lindisfarne Story at City Varieties Music HallTue 21 Oct 2014The Lindisfarne Story, a celebration of the Tyneside band’s music and achievements, will come to City Varieties 21st October.

21 October 2014 to 21 October 2014

Hidden Temple Newsam Tour at Temple Newsam House and FarmTue 21 Oct 2014A guided tour through the hidden passages and cellars below the House.

21 October 2014 to 21 October 2014

Morning Lecture Series: ‘The Winter Clean: Conse at Harewood House and GardensTue 21 Oct 2014Our final morning lecture of the year looks at conservation at Harewood, as the House prepares for the big ‘winter clean’.

21 October 2014 to 21 October 2014

The Queen's Knickers at Kings Hall and Winter GardensTue 21 Oct 2014Get your knickers in a twist with this classic comedy for wise young children.

21 October 2014 to 21 October 2014

Autumn Wine Dinners at De Vere Oulton Hall and SpaTue 21 Oct 2014Join Oulton Hall for an evening pairing the stunning wines From the Journeys End Estate, with dishes created by their Executive Chef.

22 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

Free Fitness Classes at Intersport Sporting ProWed 22 Oct 2014Reebok is hosting free and ongoing fitness classes at the Reebok FitHub located at Sporting Pro, Kirkstall Valley Retail Park, Leeds. The weekly classes are taking place in-store.

22 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

Joe McElderry at City Varieties Music HallWed 22 Oct 2014The singer will appear with his band, performing songs from rock, pop to classical.

22 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland at Leeds College of MusicWed 22 Oct 2014Students from the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland perform oboe, cello, piano and voice solo recitals.

23 October 2014 to 23 October 2014

23 October 2014 to 23 October 2014

East Street Arts Symposium at Leeds Art GalleryThu 23 Oct 2014The day promises to be a platform for fresh thinking and the start of a wider conversation of artists, creative thinkers, organisations and businesses. We invite you to join us, participate, listen, challenge, observe and add to the day.

23 October 2014 to 23 October 2014

Introduction to the House Tour at Temple Newsam House and FarmThu 23 Oct 2014A brief guided tour of the House with one of our knowledgeable guides.

23 October 2014 to 23 October 2014

The Magic of the Beatles at Kings Hall and Winter GardensThu 23 Oct 2014Join the Beatles live concert show, celebrating the Golden Anniversary of A Hard Day's Night. The Magic of the Beatles superbly recreates their legendary live performances.Taking you from their Mop Top roots to the psychedlia of Sgt Pepper

23 October 2014 to 23 October 2014

History Thursday at Leeds City MuseumThu 23 Oct 2014Join us for a more in depth look at our collections, including tours, talks and historical characters.

24 October 2014 to 24 October 2014

Sing Freedom at St. Edmund's ChurchFri 24 Oct 2014As part of the support & celebrations for Black History Month, the charity, Stop Hate UK is pleased to announce a fund-raising performance of Sing Freedom by the Leeds-based Free Range Choir on Fri 24th October at 7:30pm

24 October 2014 to 24 October 2014

Tiny Tigers at Leeds City MuseumFri 24 Oct 2014Free craft activities for children under 5.

24 October 2014 to 24 October 2014

24 October 2014 to 24 October 2014

Untold Scandal at Howard Assembly RoomFri 24 Oct 2014(Dir. EJ-Yong, Korea, 2003, 124 mins, with English subtitles. Cert 18) EJ-Young’s adaptation of the classic French novel Les Liaisons dangereuses, to 18th Century Korea. A drama of immorality eroticism and betrayal.

24 October 2014 to 24 October 2014

Brandon Street Night Market at Canal MillsFri 24 Oct 2014Brandon Street Night Market returns to Canal Mills on the 25th July, and will be continuing right through the summer on the last Friday of every month!

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Art Workshop at The TetleySat 25 Oct 2014All the family can drop in to this artist-led session to build a 3D colour globe based on the traditional colour wheel, using a pre-cut cardboard and colourful material to decorate the globes.

03 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

The Good Old Days at City Varieties Music HallFri 3 - Sat 25 Oct 2014The City Varieties hosts The Good Old Days as it returns for its four-weekend run this October, with a host of acts to recreate the legendary Music Hall experience.

21 August 2014 to 25 October 2014

FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition 2014 at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GalleryThu 21 Aug - Sat 25 Oct 2014Now in its second year, the FUAM Graduate Art Prize, supported by the Friends of University Art & Music (FUAM) rewards the artistic excellence of 4 top students completing studies in Design and Fine Art at the University of Leeds in 2014.

29 September 2014 to 25 October 2014

The Crucible at West Yorkshire PlayhouseMon 29 Sep - Sat 25 Oct 2014

23 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Grounded at West Yorkshire PlayhouseThu 23 - Sat 25 Oct 2014

23 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Comic Potential at The Carriageworks Theatre Thu 23 - Sat 25 Oct 2014Humanoid robot actor JCF31333 develops so many faults that she starts to malfunction, just like a real person.

22 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Eight at The Carriageworks Theatre Wed 22 - Sat 25 Oct 2014Eight strangers. Eight lives. Eight stories that need to be shared. From prostitutes to school boys, from soldiers to businessmen, these eight stories attempt to give a portrait of British youth today.

21 June 2014 to 25 October 2014

Inspired by Le Tour Yorkshire at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 21 Jun - Sat 25 Oct 2014An exhibit of works by designers inspired by the upcoming Tour de Yorkshire; whether you're an avid print collector or simply want a token to commemorate this remarkable event you'll be sure to leave as inspired

01 August 2014 to 25 October 2014

Richard Phethean: Solo Ceramic Showcase at The Craft Centre and Design GalleryFri 1 Aug - Sat 25 Oct 2014Richard’s exploration of glazed tableware using paper resist and sponge-printed motifs has resulted in a fabulous collection of jugs, mugs, vessels, dishes, bottles, bowls and teapots.

24 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Lee Evans at First Direct ArenaFri 24 - Sat 25 Oct 2014

23 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Open Studios 2014 at East Street ArtThu 23 - Sun 26 Oct 2014East Street Arts’ annual Open Studios is a celebration of the huge range of creative activity happening in our studios and spaces in Leeds and across the country.

10 October 2014 to 28 October 2014

The Ladyboys of Bangkok at Millennium SquareFri 10 - Tue 28 Oct 2014The Lady Boys of Bangkok are back in their latest sizzling and seductive production.

15 October 2014 to 29 October 2014

Salsa Leeds at The Corn ExchangeWed 15 - Wed 29 Oct 2014Keep fit and meet new people through regular dance classes with Salsa Leeds. Refreshments will be available from Primo’s

04 October 2014 to 30 October 2014

The Coronation of Poppea at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 4 - Thu 30 Oct 2014Based 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.

18 October 2014 to 31 October 2014

The Bartered Bride at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 18 - Fri 31 Oct 2014Marenka and Jeník are in love, but her father wants her to marry the son of the wealthiest man in town.

01 April 2014 to 02 November 2014

From Versailles to Yorkshire: Sèvres and Moore at Harewood House and GardensTue 1 Apr - Sun 2 Nov 2014If only objects could talk.

18 April 2014 to 02 November 2014

From Royal Serves to Versailles to Harewood at Harewood House and GardensFri 18 Apr - Sun 2 Nov 2014The delicate and fragile objects shown in this exhibition survived the downfall of their original owners, the tumult of the revolution, and transportation from Versailles to Harewood. These exquisite items have played a part in and been the

18 April 2014 to 02 November 2014

Harewood Masterpieces at Harewood House and GardensFri 18 Apr - Sun 2 Nov 2014Harewood has enjoyed a very special relationship with contemporary artists throughout its history. In 1797, Beau Lascelles commissioned two young artists from London to paint watercolours of the House his father had recently inherited.

18 April 2014 to 02 November 2014

Morning Highlight Tours at Harewood House and GardensFri 18 Apr - Sun 2 Nov 2014This year you will be delighted to hear that visitors will be able to book onto daily highlight tours of the House.

18 April 2014 to 02 November 2014

Afternoon Highlight Tours at Harewood House and GardensFri 18 Apr - Sun 2 Nov 2014Enjoy the State Rooms at Harewood House with one of our House Stewards.

03 October 2014 to 08 November 2014

The Return Of The Emett Machines at The Merrion CentreFri 3 Oct - Sat 8 Nov 2014Town 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

09 September 2014 to 17 November 2014

Not For Rental at The Carriageworks Theatre Tue 9 Sep - Mon 17 Nov 2014Love cinema? Under 25? Then you’re in for a treat. For a few special dates between June and November, Carriageworks Theatre is being transformed into a cinema in the heart of the city.

25 September 2014 to 24 November 2014

John Bulmer Exhibition at White Cloth GalleryThu 25 Sep - Mon 24 Nov 2014White Cloth Gallery are delighted to exhibit around 20 framed colour and black & white photographs from The North and Wind of Change by acclaimed photographer John Bulmer.

23 August 2014 to 07 December 2014

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences at Temple Newsam House and FarmSat 23 Aug - Sun 7 Dec 2014Temple Newsam House are pleased to announce The Vanity of Small Differences by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry will be displayed at the House from August to December this year

08 February 2014 to 27 December 2014

Regional Dinners at Salvo'sSat 8 Feb - Sat 27 Dec 2014A 10 course regional tasting menu served every Saturday at 7.30pm only.

25 January 2014 to 28 December 2014

A Snapshot of Yorkshire at Abbey House MuseumSat 25 Jan - Sun 28 Dec 2014The exhibition explores Yorkshire life, culture and stereotypes. It is shaped by responses to a survey on Yorkshire conducted in autumn 2013 and will also feature images from the winners of the "Snapshot of Yorkshire" competition.

22 March 2013 to 31 December 2014

Country House in Time of War at Lotherton Hall & GardensFri 22 Mar 2013 - Wed 31 Dec 2014Two exhibitions exploring different themes about the impact war has had on peoples’ lives. Duty Calls and Dressed for Battle.

31 January 2013 to 31 December 2014

Hester Reeve at Yorkshire Sculpture ParkThu 31 Jan 2013 - Wed 31 Dec 2014Reeves practice encompasses live art, philosophy, drawing and photography.

05 February 2014 to 31 December 2014

Cenare Con Amici Dinners at Salvo'sWed 5 Feb - Wed 31 Dec 2014A traditional Italian Dinner. Three Antipasti, A pasta course, Mains and a dessert.

20 September 2014 to 04 January 2015

Roman Empire: Power & People at Leeds City MuseumSat 20 Sep 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015This 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.

20 September 2014 to 26 February 2015

La Traviata at CrafthouseSat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015From Saturday 20th September until Thursday 26th February 2015, food lovers and theatre buffs alike can enjoy a lavish three-course dinner at Crafthouse (either before or after) an evening enjoying Opera North’s rendition of La traviata.

20 September 2014 to 26 February 2015

La Traviata at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015Violetta 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.