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100 Day Countdown to Leeds West Indian Carnival 2015 Underway

21 May 2015

Organisers of Leeds West Indian Carnival are in full preparation mode with this weekend signalling 100 days to go until Europe’s longest running authentic Caribbean carnival parade takes to the streets of Leeds.

ITU World Triathlon Series stars heading for Leeds

19 May 2015

Leeds will host a round of the prestigious ITU World Triathlon Series next summer, presenting the opportunity for Olympic medallists, Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee to compete in front of packed crowds in their home city.

Great Drama coming to Leeds Grand Theatre

14 May 2015

This year Leeds Grand Theatre welcomes a host of quality drama in between its usual feast of musicals, opera, comedy and dance.

Leeds Museums and Galleries set to light up May half term

12 May 2015

If finding ways to keep all the family entertained throughout the May half term holidays is already becoming a bit of a headache, help is once again on hand from Leeds Museums and Galleries.

New Comedy on Sale at City Varieties Music Hall

10 May 2015

The City Varieties Music Hall continues to be a reputable comedy venue in Leeds City Centre with esteemed acts such as Al Murray, Ross Noble, Katherine Ryan, John Bishop, Shappi Khorsandi, Phill Jupitus, Paul Merton are just a few of those that have taken over the Victorian venue in recent years - each one returning for more. This week the theatre announces yet another load of new on-sales including returning favourites, Josh Widdicombe, Chris Ramsey, Ed Byrne, Lip Service and Stewart Francis alongside new-to-Leeds acts Luisa Omielan and Amanda Palmer.

Leeds Loves Cocktails is back for 2015!

8 May 2015

They say three is the magic number and with the Leeds Loves Cocktails festival back for a third year from 1st – 7th June 2015, you’re set to be spellbound as Leeds’ finest bars unite to host exquisite tasting events, cocktail conjuring master classes and extraordinary parties all over the city.

first direct Arena Awarded Prestigious Accreditation for Accessibility

7 May 2015

The first direct arena, operated by SMG Europe, has received recognition of its design, commitment and support for deaf and disabled music fans, from leading charity Attitude is Everything. The first direct arena has been awarded the Silver level of the Charter of Best Practice.

Their Final Ever Tour! Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace in The Last Tango

25 April 2015

Britain’s best-loved dance duo to perform together in theatres for the last time! The Last Tango is at Leeds Grand Theatre from Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th May 2016 – tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday April 24th at 10am.

Sunday Sessions Arrive at Angelica

22 April 2015

Early May Bank Holiday weekend sees the revival of Angelica’s popular all-day al fresco terrace parties – Sunday Sessions. Returning Sunday, 03 May, the original Sunday Sessions were one of the ‘must-attend’ weekly parties of 2014 - providing revellers with summer treats of fantastic food, classic cocktails and a chilled out, Ibiza soundtrack.

Let's Rock Leeds! The Ultimate 80s Festival, Returns 20th June 2015

21 April 2015

After 7 years of 80s fun at our sell out Ultimate 80s Festivals around the country, Let’s Rock Leeds! returns to Temple Newsam on Saturday 21st June 2015. With a fabulous line-up of artists to bring you the very best of the 80s, and an action packed day of general 80s madness, there is plenty to do for everyone at this Family Friendly Festival!

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26 May 2015 to 26 May 2015

See Your Place in Artspace at Leeds Art GalleryTue 26 May 2015Artspace at Leeds Art Gallery is also providing the chance to get creative in ‘See Your Place’ throughout half term, with artist-in-residence Clark Mitton on hand 23, 26 and 28 May.

25 May 2015 to 26 May 2015

Muggle May Family Crafts at Abbey House MuseumMon 25 - Tue 26 May 2015Magic crafts and activities around the museum inspired by our favourite magician

26 May 2015 to 26 May 2015

Little Howard's Big Show For Kids at Carriageworks TheatreTue 26 May 2015Presented by Makin Projects Age 6+

26 May 2015 to 26 May 2015

Ric ‘Nature Boy’ Flair Limo Riding Jet Flying Tour at Headingley Carnegie StadiumTue 26 May 2015WWE legend Ric Flair will embark on a UK tour this summer of epic proportions. The former WWE & WCW superstar Ric Flair is coming to the UK & 1 of his many events includes the incredible opportunity to see the 'Nature Boy' in the flesh

27 May 2015 to 27 May 2015

Street Fighter 2 at Crowd of FavoursWed 27 May 2015Join us for our monthly Street Fighter 2 Tournament on our Super Nintendo. £3 entry gets you: • Entry • Discounted drinks • Nibbles • Chance to win £50

27 May 2015 to 27 May 2015

Allertons 1st Anniversary Event Wed 27 May 2015Celebrate Allertons 1st Anniversary!

27 May 2015 to 27 May 2015

27 May 2015 to 27 May 2015

Style Masterclass at Victoria QuarterWed 27 May 2015Victoria Quarter is delighted to offer an exclusive Style Masterclass in association with award winning image consultant Jacqui Cooper.

27 May 2015 to 27 May 2015

Brown Sugar Sessions at SmokestackWed 27 May 2015Live Funk, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Reggae and Ska every Wednesday night from 9:30pm. At Smokestack, 159a Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6LY

27 May 2015 to 27 May 2015

Torchlight Tour at Leeds Museum Discovery CentreWed 27 May 2015Find out more about the fascinating artefacts, objects and pieces it holds from across the world in a ‘Torchlight Tour’

27 May 2015 to 27 May 2015

Dr Who Symphonic Spectacular at First Direct ArenaWed 27 May 2015Featurin over 100 performers, the live music will be accompanied by a big screen presentation of key moments and specially edited sequences from the past 50 years of Doctor Who.

28 May 2015 to 28 May 2015

Comedy Cask at Crowd of FavoursThu 28 May 2015Free stand-up comedy in the Basement at The Crowd of Favours. Once a month on the Last Thursday with 3 acts performing.

28 May 2015 to 28 May 2015

A Day for Curio.sea.ty - Spool Knitting at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GalleryThu 28 May 2015Artists Lorna Barrowclough and Hondartza Fraga will be back in the Gallery for a second day of specially themed workshops which form part of a larger project, CURIO*SEA*TY

28 May 2015 to 28 May 2015

Tariq Ali at Howard Assembly RoomThu 28 May 2015English-Pakistani writer, journalist and filmmaker Tariq Ali investigates the deep currents of change sweeping across the Eastern Mediterranean

29 May 2015 to 29 May 2015

Family Art Workshop: Big Rolling Painting at The TetleyFri 29 May 2015Collaborate on a giant group painting made by rolling, twisting and dabbing painted balls, and make a smaller one to take home (outdoor if weather permits)

25 May 2015 to 29 May 2015

Springtime animals and creatures at Stockeld ParkMon 25 - Fri 29 May 2015Barney the giant bunny, Guinea pigs, Tortoises Stick insects and a Giant millipede.

25 May 2015 to 29 May 2015

Meet Florence Nightingale at Thackray Medical MuseumMon 25 - Fri 29 May 2015Meet Florence Nightingale and help her in a Scutari Hospital Ward. Learn how to suture a wound and join in with Florence Nightingale themed crafts.

29 May 2015 to 29 May 2015

Bohemians and Marginal Communities in the 18th C at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GalleryFri 29 May 2015Bohemians and Marginal Communities in the 18th Century: George Morland in Context

29 May 2015 to 29 May 2015

Beyonce Tribute Night at BW Cedar Court Hotel Leeds / BradfordFri 29 May 2015Join us for a party, dance and sing along to all those fabulous Beyonce hits, with a stunnig live performance by our tribute artist.

26 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

The King's Speech at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseTue 26 - Sat 30 May 2015The West End play which inspired the Oscar-winning film. This is a prestigious co-production between Birmingham Rep and Chichester Festival Theatre.

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Fairy-tale Fun at Lotherton Hall Sat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Based on traditional stories

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Spring Adventure at Stockeld ParkSat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Stockeld Park Spring Adventure - where magic is made & adventures begin....

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Crafts & Glitter Tattoos at Stockeld ParkSat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Our Spring Craft area is brimming with things to make and do.

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Get set, Grow... at Stockeld ParkSat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Get set, Grow… Get Planting this Spring at the Stockeld Park.

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Snail Racing at Stockeld ParkSat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Ready..... Steady..... Slow!

26 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Time Travelling Dress Up at Temple Newsam House and FarmTue 26 - Sun 31 May 2015If you have ever fancied stepping back in time, Temple Newsam House has just the event for you.

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Wonderful Wildlife at Thwaite Mills WatermillSat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Wonderful Wildlife, set in the idyllic surroundings of Thwaite Mills Watermill.

29 May 2015 to 02 June 2015

Investec Test Match - England v New Zealand at Yorkshire County Cricket ClubFri 29 May - Tue 2 Jun 2015The 2nd Investec Test match, England v New Zealand, will take place from Friday 29 May – Tuesday 02 June 2015

22 May 2015 to 07 June 2015

The Pink Vending Machine at Trinity LeedsFri 22 May - Sun 7 Jun 2015Make sure you visit Trinity Leeds during the Leeds Food & Drink Festival (22nd May - 7th June) and witness the wonder that is... Pink Vending!

22 May 2015 to 07 June 2015

Leeds Food and Drink Festival at Leeds City CentreFri 22 May - Sun 7 Jun 2015The annual Leeds Food and Drink Festival embodies the spirit of Leeds, bringing together local businesses, residents and visitors in a two-week celebration of the city and the region’s finest food and drink.

03 April 2015 to 23 June 2015

Light Lab at Leeds City MuseumFri 3 Apr - Tue 23 Jun 2015Come and explore the history and significance of light through the ages, get hands on with the science of light and carry out your own experiments in our light lab.

17 January 2015 to 27 June 2015

'Rings' at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 17 Jan - Sat 27 Jun 2015Our annual showcase of rings from ten jewellers who all work in very distinctive styles. Something for every occasion from rings for everyday wear to wedding and engagement rings.

07 March 2015 to 27 June 2015

Group Print Exhibition at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 7 Mar - Sat 27 Jun 2015Victoria Keeble and Emerson Mayes showcase their limited edition collagraphs and drypoint prints in this exploration of animals in their natural habitats.

21 March 2015 to 27 June 2015

A Walk in the Park – Jewellery showcase at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 21 Mar - Sat 27 Jun 2015Jewellery inspired by park life; trees, wildlife, flora and fauna found in recreational open spaces are all explored by these jewellers in a wonderful display of contemporary jewellery items

03 April 2015 to 04 July 2015

Mr Turner and Mr Girtin: The Early Years at Harewood House and GardensFri 3 Apr - Sat 4 Jul 2015Using important early works, this exhibition takes a fresh look at the relationship between JMW Turner and his contemporary Thomas Girtin. Enjoy a previously unseen depiction of Harewood Castle by Turner and explore the avant-garde styles.

03 April 2015 to 05 July 2015

Painting in Time: Co-Curated by Sara Kate Wilson at The TetleyFri 3 Apr - Sun 5 Jul 2015This stunning, large-scale exhibition brings together works by a range of international artists who are making a significant contribution to the idea of the ‘expanded field of painting’.

18 March 2015 to 11 July 2015

George Morland: In the Margins at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GalleryWed 18 Mar - Sat 11 Jul 2015A new exhibition focusing on the work of British artist George Morland (1763-1804). The first exhibition dedicated to the artist since 1975.

02 April 2015 to 12 July 2015

Garth Evans: Sculpture Photographs at The Henry Moore InstituteThu 2 Apr - Sun 12 Jul 2015Garth Evans (b. 1934) is central to the narrative of British sculpture, consistently exploring the possibilities of medium, form, weight and scale.

02 April 2015 to 12 July 2015

Carol Bove / Carlo Scarpa at The Henry Moore InstituteThu 2 Apr - Sun 12 Jul 2015This exhibition investigates how the ways in which objects and artworks are displayed gives them meaning

14 February 2015 to 24 July 2015

Georgie Meadows: Stitched Drawings at Thackray Medical MuseumSat 14 Feb - Fri 24 Jul 201520 textile artworks that explore personal experiences of ageing and dementia.

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.

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 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.

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

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 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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