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Cocktails in the City returns to Leeds

11 February 2016

This April sees the return of the UK’s greatest cocktail festival to Leeds, as cocktail enthusiasts are set to converge to the iconic Town Hall to celebrate the unique cocktail culture our great city has to offer.

Heart Dissection Workshops at Thackray Medical Museum

11 February 2016

Thackray Medical Museum is inviting families to investigate the mechanisms of one of the most important organs in the body this half term, by taking part in heart dissection workshops.

Leeds Museums and Galleries to host a raft of activities during February half term

11 February 2016

A fantastic week of everything from music and history, science and nature, to arts and crafts will help keep the family busy at Leeds Museums and Galleries this half term.

Bringing a taste of Bombay to the heart of Headingley

10 February 2016

Khana Bombay Café, opening in Headingley, Leeds TODAY (10th February), is totally different from any Indian restaurant you’ve seen before. This is not your typical, stuck-in-the-70’s ‘curry house’ and there’s not one picture menu in sight; in fact, Khana Bombay Café blows all stereotypes of Indian restaurants right out of the Tandoor with its quirky, stripped back vintage decor, casual all day-dining and cosmopolitan vibe.

Eastern Warriors: India - Festival at Royal Armouries Museum

10 February 2016

Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the rich and varied culture of India this February half term, at the Royal Armouries in Leeds through its exhibits and events for all the family, including dance, cookery, yoga and music.

Leeds Corn Exchange remains a magnet for Leeds’s long-standing and new independent retailers

6 February 2016

2016 is set to be a landmark year for a number of the independent retailers based at Leeds Corn Exchange, one of the grandest shopping centres in the city. Throughout the year, a diverse range of businesses will celebrate milestone anniversaries in the Grade I listed building.

New gallery shows off University treasures to all

6 February 2016

A rich collection of rare manuscripts and books will form a special public display of treasures when the University of Leeds opens a new £1.9m gallery today.
The Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, situated beneath the iconic Parkinson tower, will take visitors on a journey through the University’s renowned Special Collections.

Big Disco : Little Disco : Cardboard Box

5 February 2016

Big Disco will see the world's largest disco ball, 10.33m in diameter, on loan from Bestival, suspended from a crane in Leeds while more than 20,000 people dance to the same track, at the same time, at parties across Yorkshire.

More Pleasure at Opera North due to popular demand

1 February 2016

With two nights already sold out, Opera North have scheduled another performance of their new chamber opera, Pleasure, created by the young composer Mark Simpson and writer Melanie Challenger with Lesley Garrett in the lead role.

Justin Fletcher announced as headline act for Geronimo Festival

31 January 2016

Geronimo, the largest children’s festival in the North West has announced its most exciting line-up to date, with headliner CBeebies Superstar Justin Fletcher!

Countdown begins as full route details for Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds released

29 January 2016

The countdown to the inaugural Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds has begun with the full route detail for the event being released today.

Forget resting - Sundays are for Socialighting

29 January 2016

The Light launches ‘Socialight Sundays’ – A day dedicated to great giveaways and outstanding offers

Leeds BID brighten up George Street - Welcome to Leeds

27 January 2016

The Leeds Business Improvement District (BID) have revealed the first of a series of public art installations in the city, using leading contemporary artists from the area to produce outstanding pieces of work.

Our Cousin Florence - Florence Nightingale and her family

25 January 2016

Florence Nightingale, an iconic figure, heroine and a selfless woman devoting herself to a career of care and compassion is a story well known; but what of the high society life she spurned in favour of the very different path she took to women in her social class in Victorian England? Our Cousin Florence is a journey into the person less known, examining and contrasting the life she chose by exploring the young fashionable Florence little known to the public today.

Rugby League Rocks in Leeds

25 January 2016

First Utility Super League stars, celebrity hosts and a chart-topping band will descend on New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries, Leeds on Saturday January 30 to welcome in the 2016 season with a bang.

Yorkshire's Phoenix Dance Theatre Celebrates 35 Years

25 January 2016

Yorkshire’s own internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company Phoenix Dance Theatre is to turn 35 in a special anniversary tour in 2016 which will open at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds on 17 February.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to Leeds Town Hall

22 January 2016

Experience an extraordinary collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival at Leeds Town Hall on Wednesday 27 January.

3 generations of African genius to visit Howard Assembly Room

20 January 2016

A highlight of the Howard Assembly Room’s Winter 2016 season, the 3 Generations series celebrates the richness of African music across the breadth of the continent from January 30, with performances from Cheikh Lô, Vieux Farka Touré and Mulatu Astatke, plus an African Drumming Workshop for younger visitors.

Winning snaps in the frame for museum’s new photo showcase

20 January 2016

A unique series of pictures captured by the people of Leeds will go on display in an exciting new photography exhibition.
The eye-catching photos are the winners of last year’s Leeds City Museum competition, which called on amateur snappers from across the city to submit their favourite shots for the Changing Faces of Leeds exhibition.

The Alchemist Trinity Sells its One-Millionth Cocktail

19 January 2016

The renowned Alchemist cocktail bar and restaurant in Trinity Leeds is delighted to reveal that it is set to shake up its one millionth cocktail this January!

Bringing the Brontës to the world and the world to Yorkshire

15 January 2016

The Brontë Society has unveiled its celebrations for this year’s bicentenary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë. The world-renowned author of Jane Eyre and Villette was born on 21 April 1816 and staff at her former Haworth home, now the Brontë Parsonage Museum, have put together an exciting programme of events to mark the occasion.

Hear Tchaikovsky's Rococo Roots in Haydn and Mozart

12 January 2016

The passion and precision of the late Baroque era comes to the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall on Sunday 17 January for the latest in the University of Leeds International Concert Series, with a Tchaikovsky gem bookended by two 18th century works that inspired it.

Leeds Art Gallery will close after 10 January for a year of essential repairs

8 January 2016

Leeds Art Gallery announces plans for 2016 including over a hundred works from the collection on loan

Mariah Carey will be coming to first direct arena Leeds 2016

14 December 2015

first direct arena are delighted to announce that Mariah Carey, the best-selling female artist of all time, will be visiting Leeds first direct arena this spring with her ‘Sweet Sweet Fantasy” tour.

Initial route overview revealed for Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds

26 November 2015

Initial information on the expected route of next year’s Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds event has been revealed today.

Leeds City Council, which is organising the prestigious event with Lagardère Sports, British Triathlon and the International Triathlon Union (ITU) with support from UK Sport, has revealed the communities likely to be impacted by the route of the mass-participation and elite men’s and women’s races to be held on Sunday 12 June 2016.

Magical Leeds Christmas Lantern Parade

26 November 2015

On Saturday 12th December, Leeds will host a magical Christmas Lantern Parade, led by Ronnie the giant Reindeer, and a stunning, giant illuminated white owl.

LIVE AT LEEDS REVEALS FIRST SEVEN ACTS AND PARTNERSHIP WITH DIGITAL FESTIVAL AS FESTIVAL NUMBER TEN

16 November 2015

The award winning Live At Leeds is back for 2016, celebrating its 10-year anniversary and
announcing an exciting partnership with Leeds Digital Festival. Today the festival is revealing
the first collection of exciting acts set to take over the city across a multitude of venues.

Animal Therapy Day at Thackray Medical Museum

13 November 2015

On Saturday 28th November, Thackray Medical Museum will be welcoming miniature horses, PAT (Pets As Therapy) Dogs and a whole host of mini beasts, including Geoff the friendly boa constrictor, a tarantula, scorpion, a gecko and cockroaches, all part of Animal Therapy Day.

Family favourites The Snowman and Paddington Bear’s First Concert live at Leeds Town Hall

12 November 2015

Delight your family this Christmas with a double-bill of classic musical stories for children: The Snowman and Paddington Bear’s First Concert, accompanied by a live orchestra at Leeds Town Hall on Sunday 20 December.

LEEDS ILLUSTRATOR KATE MCGUIRE ANNOUNCES PLANT PORTRAITS EXHIBITION ‘GREEN DETAIL’ FOR 3RD DECEMBER

11 November 2015

Leeds illustrator Kate McGuire announces new exhibition ‘Green Detail’ – (plant portraits) to take place at Outlaws Yacht Club from 3rd December until 3rd Feb.