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Example Announces UK Tour

20 August 2014

The live arena is where Example is a true master. Renowned for his monstrous live sets, he is set to once again transform venues across the country in to colossal party scenes. Announcing a tour taking him to 26 towns and cities later this year

Sam Sweeney's Fiddle - Made In The Great War Tour - Playing City Varieties Leeds on Thursday 18 Sept

20 August 2014

Six years ago, Sam bought a violin in Oxford, the label inside gave the date 1915 and the name Richard S. Howard. Discovering the history behind Richard and the fiddle inspired Sam to create a multi-media performance telling the incredible story of the fiddle which took nearly 100 years to complete.

Enjoy a decadent Afternoon Tea at Doubletree

19 August 2014

Those looking for an extra special treat over the August bank holiday can enjoy a sumptuous Afternoon Tea at DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds. Diners can select the setting for the tempting menu – and dine either on the beautiful canalside terraces of Granary Lounge and City Café - or in the cloud-coasting 13th floor SkyLounge bar; both fabulous backdrops for an indulgent afternoon with friends or family.

The Miners Arms Host Bank Holiday Beer Festival

19 August 2014

To introduce a little community spirit back into their pub, the welcoming team at The Miners Arms are showcasing their impressive venue, delicious food and quality ale with a festival for the family, this Bank Holiday weekend.

A New Season Is Coming To The Howard Assembly Room

13 August 2014

This Autumn, the Howard Assembly Room presents a packed season of international performance and special one-off events for Leeds including film, jazz, folk, world music, vocal recitals and chamber music

Tickets on sale for the Leeds International Orchestral Season 2014/15 from this Saturday

12 August 2014

Tickets will be available on general sale for the Leeds International Orchestral Season 2014/15 from this Saturday 16 August. Acclaimed as one of the finest orchestral programmes in the country, this wonderful series features breathtaking programmes, remarkable orchestras and astounding soloists from all corners of the globe

Leeds West Indian Carnival Countdown

11 August 2014

With just under a fortnight to go until the annual Leeds West Indian Carnival, preparations are in full swing for Europe’s longest running authentic Caribbean carnival parade.

Leeds’ North Bar group takes entire management team to Belgium

11 August 2014

Pioneering craft beer bar group North Bar Ltd is set to take its entire management team on a research trip to Belgium. A three day tour of Brussels and Gent will see the directors and staff visit a vast number of bars and restaurants to study continental cafe-bar service and sample rare Belgian beers

Tom Gee Band Live Ont’ Sofa – Out Now

11 August 2014

Online music channel Ont’ Sofa have revealed the next release in their string of live EP’s, this time with the Tom Gee Band, recorded live from the Leeds Corn Exchange. Tom Gee Band Live Ont’ Sofa is out today and available to buy via iTunes

The Mousetrap Returns To Leeds Grand Theatre

7 August 2014

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been the world’s longest running stage production at its London home for more than 55 years. The 60th Anniversary – and first ever - UK tour of this beloved murder mystery has now been seen by over 600,000 people across more than 600 performances.

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20 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Brass at City Varieties Music HallWed 20 - Sat 23 Aug 2014To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War National Youth Music Theatre has commissioned a new work from Benjamin Till

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Hidden Temple Newsam Tour at Temple Newsam House and FarmSat 23 Aug 2014A guided tour through the hidden passages and cellars below the House.

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Red Kite Talk and Viewing at Harewood House and GardensSat 23 Aug 2014Red Kite Talks and Viewings are held throughout the year at Harewood.

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Rhythm and Booze at It Bar LeedsSat 23 Aug 2014Our amazing DJs spinning the best Indie, Rock, Funk, Blues, Electro Pop and everything in between

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Emmerdale Bus Tours at Leeds Visitor CentreSat 23 Aug 2014Although the current Emmerdale is now filmed on a closed set this tour will take you to the original locations dotted around West Yorkshire as well as a few sites featured in modern Emmerdale.

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Rory's Saturday Club at Leeds City MuseumSat 23 Aug 2014Arts and craft activities relating to the museum displays.

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Summer Craft and Gift Fair at The Corn ExchangeSat 23 Aug 2014Whether browsing for summer weddings, christenings, birthdays or just a general treat, the summer craft and gift fair is a treasure trove of present opportunities.

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Hobby Horse Challenge at Roundhay Park Sat 23 Aug 2014On 23rd August 2014 Hope Pastures Horse and Donkey Sanctuary is attempting to create the largest herd of hobby horses to complete a 5km Fun Run and at the same time raise much-needed funds for the charity.

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Leeds Carnival Calypso Monarch Show at The West Indian CentreSat 23 Aug 2014A lyrical battle as kaiso kings and queens, backed by the Stone Roots band, perform calypso songs on every imaginable topic in a bid to take the Calypso Monarch 2014 crown.

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Artsmix at Albion PlaceSat 23 Aug 2014The Artsmix @ Albion Place market runs every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, and offers a truly alternative shopping experience.

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Stories from the war at Leeds Museum Discovery CentreSat 23 Aug 2014Soldiers home and away: WW1 objects commemorating the centenary of the First World War.

22 August 2014 to 24 August 2014

Leeds Festival at Bramham ParkFri 22 - Sun 24 Aug 2014The 2014 festival will take place over the weekend of 22-24 August. Headlining acts include Blink-182, You Me At Six, Paramore, Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg and loads more!

25 June 2014 to 25 August 2014

SciFi WiFi - FREE WiFi at Leeds City CentreWed 25 Jun - Mon 25 Aug 2014AQL are providing visitors to Leeds with free wifi - find a blue phone box and connect to Scifi Wifi. Perfect for uploading videos and pictures of your Grand Depart moments!

05 August 2014 to 28 August 2014

Falconry at Royal Armouries MuseumTue 5 - Thu 28 Aug 2014Be amazed as the falconers from York Birds of Prey Centre demonstrate the skills of their magnificent falcons, owls and eagles.

29 May 2014 to 28 August 2014

Object (of the month) Unlocked at Temple Newsam House and FarmThu 29 May - Thu 28 Aug 2014Take a closer look and discover the secrets of an object specially selected by one of our expert guides.

27 February 2014 to 28 August 2014

Behind the Scenes guided tour at Leeds Museum Discovery CentreThu 27 Feb - Thu 28 Aug 2014Special guided tours of the custom built store. Booking is required, contact (0113) 378 2100. Every Thursday; 11-12 & 2-3.

21 July 2014 to 29 August 2014

On your Bike Month at Thackray Medical MuseumMon 21 Jul - Fri 29 Aug 2014After the excitement of the Tour de France, we are going cycling mad for the summer.

22 February 2014 to 30 August 2014

Knit and Knatter at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley MillsSat 22 Feb - Sat 30 Aug 2014Join Armley Mills close knit friends at our knit and natter group.

21 June 2014 to 31 August 2014

A New Reality: Part 3 at The TetleySat 21 Jun - Sun 31 Aug 2014The third and final part of The Tetley’s inaugural programme A New Reality continues in the first floor galleries with projects by Edmund Francis, Nous Vous, Aidan Moesby and Rehana Zaman, and new photographic work by Stephen Iles.

26 July 2014 to 31 August 2014

Summer 2014 at Royal Armouries MuseumSat 26 Jul - Sun 31 Aug 2014Superheroes, Sword Fights and the slickest gun shoot outs in the West make sure there’s something different every day throughout Summer at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

23 July 2014 to 31 August 2014

Giant Outdoor Games at Lotherton Hall & GardensWed 23 Jul - Sun 31 Aug 2014Fun with giant outdoor games.

23 July 2014 to 31 August 2014

Schools Out: Summer Holidays at National Coal Mining Museum for EnglandWed 23 Jul - Sun 31 Aug 201421st July - 31st August Come along to the Museum for six weeks of themed summer activities including all the usual attractions and much more.

23 August 2014 to 31 August 2014

Look, React, Make at Temple Newsam House and FarmSat 23 - Sun 31 Aug 2014Activities linked to the Grayson Perry tapestries.

23 July 2014 to 31 August 2014

Mouse Hunt at Thwaite Mills WatermillWed 23 Jul - Sun 31 Aug 2014Can you help them find the mice?

23 July 2014 to 31 August 2014

Island Explorers at Thwaite Mills WatermillWed 23 Jul - Sun 31 Aug 2014Take part in fun activities and trails, including crafts, experiments, art and investigating nature.

23 July 2014 to 31 August 2014

Explore The Great Outdoors: Summer at Harewood House and GardensWed 23 Jul - Sun 31 Aug 2014Explore the great outdoors this Summer at Harewood, with a wealth of trails and activities for you and your family to enjoy!

09 August 2014 to 31 August 2014

City Beach at Millennium SquareSat 9 - Sun 31 Aug 2014Have fun on the beach without leaving the city!

04 August 2014 to 31 August 2014

But Not Forgotten at Leeds City MuseumMon 4 - Sun 31 Aug 2014To mark the start of our First World War centenary commemorations, come and see some of Leeds City Museum's collection in a new light.

03 June 2014 to 07 September 2014

Dino Jaws at New Dock HallTue 3 Jun - Sun 7 Sep 2014Visitors will find themselves stepping back in time, and walking straight into the feeding frenzy of hungry dinosaurs from slow-moving plant-eaters to fierce, agile flesh eaters.

06 June 2014 to 07 September 2014

Marlow Moss at Leeds Art GalleryFri 6 Jun - Sun 7 Sep 2014Marlow Moss (1889-1958) is now regarded as one of Britain’s most important Constructivist artists, though for many years her significance was overlooked.

06 June 2014 to 07 September 2014

Claude Cahun at Leeds Art GalleryFri 6 Jun - Sun 7 Sep 2014

25 July 2014 to 07 September 2014

Summer Funshine at The Merrion CentreFri 25 Jul - Sun 7 Sep 2014Celebrate the great British summer with fun filled free events for all the family.

30 July 2014 to 22 September 2014

Glastonbury, Exhibition by Venetia Dearden at White Cloth GalleryWed 30 Jul - Mon 22 Sep 2014White Cloth Gallery to exhibit Glastonbury by acclaimed photographer Venetia Dearden.

05 July 2014 to 27 September 2014

Bloom at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 5 Jul - Sat 27 Sep 2014Inspired by the beauty of flowers these makers come together to showcase ceramics, jewellery and works in mixed media to celebrate colour, pattern, form and amazing variety in this exploration of the wonderful world of flowers

05 October 2013 to 28 September 2014

Potts of Leeds; Clocks of Character at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley MillsSat 5 Oct 2013 - Sun 28 Sep 2014From the town hall to the corn exchange, so many of the clocks in the townscape of Leeds and beyond, were made by Potts of Leeds. To celebrate the work of this great Leeds company, Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills is exhibiting the P

22 March 2014 to 30 September 2014

Dressed for Battle at Lotherton Hall & GardensSat 22 Mar - Tue 30 Sep 2014An exhibition exploring how clothes and style have been effected by war - from the clothes worn by those on the home front to the designers' love of the military look.

28 March 2014 to 05 October 2014

Inspired by Heraldry at Royal Armouries MuseumFri 28 Mar - Sun 5 Oct 2014Step back in time and discover the fascinating world of coats of arms in the Yorkshire Heraldry Society’s new exhibition opening at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

24 July 2014 to 19 October 2014

Gego. 'Line as Object' at The Henry Moore InstituteThu 24 Jul - Sun 19 Oct 2014This exhibition is a collaboration with Hamburger Kunsthalle and Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, charts Gego's study of the sculptural possibilities of the line through drawings and sculptures.

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.

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.

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.

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.