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  • The Botanist Pub Quiz Sun 1 Feb 2015Prepare to be met with our merry medley of quaffable questions, live music rounds and puzzles designed to get you and yours in a terrible topical tangle. We say with excite! You scribble in delight!
    Artificial Caving at The LightSat 31 Jan - Sun 1 Feb 2015Try the 90ft artificial caving system! Visitors are welcomed to experience two levels of tunnelling, filled with life-like stalactites, boulders and fossils.
    Sunday Jazz at Salvo'sSun 1 Feb 2015'The Stallies' - An evening of Jazz Standards and Supper £15
    Bullfrog Blues at SmokestackSun 1 Feb 2015Live Blues straight from the Aire Delta. Every Sunday @ Smokestack Free entry 8pm - 10pm
    Behind The Curtain at White Cloth GalleryWed 26 Nov 2014 - Sun 1 Feb 2015This winter, White Cloth Gallery in Leeds hosts Behind the Curtain, an exhibition of new photography exposing the hidden world behind-the-scenes at one of the UK’s major opera companies - Opera North.
    Ice Cube at Millennium SquareFri 23 Jan - Sun 22 Feb 2015Yorkshire's coolest wintertime attraction returns to Millennium Square
    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.
    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.
    The Marriage of Figaro at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 24 Jan - Fri 27 Feb 2015It’s Figaro’s wedding day, and, to add to the usual worries, Figaro learns that his master, the Count, is out to bed his bride-to-be Susanna
    Nostalgia & Progress at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GalleryWed 12 Nov 2014 - Sat 28 Feb 2015Nostalgia & Progress: Illustration After the Second World War reviews this fertile period after the Second World War.
    Portraits of Emotion at The TetleyThu 15 Jan - Sun 1 Mar 2015An exhibition of large-scale paintings by Leeds-based artist Paul Digby of people enacting the emotion of joy.
    Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014 at The TetleyFri 16 Jan - Sun 1 Mar 2015The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK.
    ‘Made with Love’ at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 17 Jan - Sat 14 Mar 2015Our annual exhibition celebrating the romance of British Craft.
    The Labours of Herakles at Leeds City MuseumFri 23 Jan - Sun 15 Mar 2015The timeless Athenian tragedy of ‘Herakles’, will be explored through a series of fascinating lithographs and etchings by New Zealand artist Marian Maguire from Friday 23 January 2015 at Leeds City Museum.
    The Art of Baking at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GalleryFri 16 Jan - Sat 21 Mar 2015The Art of Baking: Cake Making and Bread Baking through the Ages. Recipes weird and wonderful, new, old, faithful and plain disgusting, feature in this small display.
    Solo Ceramic Showcase - Charlotte Jones at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 17 Jan - Thu 30 Apr 2015Cornwall with its dramatic land and seascapes inspire Charlotte Jones to make her beautiful ceramics. Her distinctive pots are made from coloured stoneware clay using oxides and self-dug clay.
    '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.
    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
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01 February 2015 to 01 February 2015

The Botanist Pub Quiz Sun 1 Feb 2015Prepare to be met with our merry medley of quaffable questions, live music rounds and puzzles designed to get you and yours in a terrible topical tangle. We say with excite! You scribble in delight!

31 January 2015 to 01 February 2015

Artificial Caving at The LightSat 31 Jan - Sun 1 Feb 2015Try the 90ft artificial caving system! Visitors are welcomed to experience two levels of tunnelling, filled with life-like stalactites, boulders and fossils.

01 February 2015 to 01 February 2015

Sunday Jazz at Salvo'sSun 1 Feb 2015'The Stallies' - An evening of Jazz Standards and Supper £15

01 February 2015 to 01 February 2015

Bullfrog Blues at SmokestackSun 1 Feb 2015Live Blues straight from the Aire Delta. Every Sunday @ Smokestack Free entry 8pm - 10pm

26 November 2014 to 01 February 2015

Behind The Curtain at White Cloth GalleryWed 26 Nov 2014 - Sun 1 Feb 2015This winter, White Cloth Gallery in Leeds hosts Behind the Curtain, an exhibition of new photography exposing the hidden world behind-the-scenes at one of the UK’s major opera companies - Opera North.

02 February 2015 to 02 February 2015

Candlemas Programme at Leeds Town HallMon 2 Feb 2015Candlemas Programme, Simon Lindley - City Organist.

04 February 2015 to 04 February 2015

Royal College of Music at Leeds College of MusicWed 4 Feb 2015Pianist John Fisher performs Haydn's Sonata No 47, Brahms' Variations on a Theme of Paganini and Rachmaninov's Sonata No 2 (1913 version).

04 February 2015 to 04 February 2015

Brown Sugar Sessions at SmokestackWed 4 Feb 2015Live Funk, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Reggae and Ska every Wednesday night from 9:30pm. At Smokestack, 159a Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6LY

05 February 2015 to 05 February 2015

First Thursday - Drawing Machines at The TetleyThu 5 Feb 2015Inspired by the Jerwood Drawing prize exhibition, experiment with and make drawing contraptions and machines. Use the mark making inventions to create new drawings both large & small scale working with machines made by The New Drawing Club

05 February 2015 to 05 February 2015

Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan & Ayaan Ali Khan at Howard Assembly RoomThu 5 Feb 2015Renowned maestro of the sarod, Indian string superstar Amjad Ali Khan performs a rare UK show alongside his two sons for an evening of delicate and expressive classical Indian music.

05 February 2015 to 05 February 2015

Betway Premier League Darts at First Direct ArenaThu 5 Feb 2015Premier League Darts features the top four players in the world rankings following the World Championship, which ends on January 4, and six Wildcard selections - who will be headed by current Premier League champion Raymond van Barneveld.

07 February 2015 to 07 February 2015

Tasting Adventure at Roast + ConchSat 7 Feb 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.

07 February 2015 to 07 February 2015

Medicine and History Lecture at Thackray Medical MuseumSat 7 Feb 2015Selling a Smile: How Companies Sold Teeth to the British c. 1850-1950 Dr Claire Jones, Research Associate, King's College London The Endocrinology of Sex...& Pope Joan Prof. Paul Stewart, Dean of Medicine, University of Leeds

07 February 2015 to 07 February 2015

Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GallerySat 7 Feb 2015Life drawing workshop with experienced tutor and artist Rob Oldfield! “Excellent models & tuition;" "A great balance of education, advice and fun..." Why not come and see for yourself? Held the first Saturday of the month

07 February 2015 to 07 February 2015

Festive Grandeur at Dewsbury Town HallSat 7 Feb 2015Programme: Brahms ‘Tragic Overture’, Shostakovich Piano Concerto no.2, Pärt ‘Fratres’ and Mozart Symphony No.41 ‘Jupiter’ [K551] Alexandre Bloch Conductor Ian Buckle Piano

07 February 2015 to 07 February 2015

Quercus at Howard Assembly RoomSat 7 Feb 2015June Tabor joins forces with pioneering jazz musicians Iain Ballamy (saxophone) and Huw Warren (piano) to perform tales of courtship and traditional songs, effortlessly moving between folk and jazz.

08 February 2015 to 08 February 2015

Harewood House Half Marathon at Harewood House and GardensSun 8 Feb 2015Run all over heart disease at Harewood House Half Marathon this February. Take on 13.1 miles across muddy off road tracks and steep forest inclines, all set within the stunning grounds of Yorkshire’s historic Harewood House.

08 February 2015 to 08 February 2015

Andrew Tyson at University Of LeedsSun 8 Feb 2015Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, The University of Leeds. “A real poet of the piano. His piano playing is exquisite, flexible, subtle, colourful, passionate and daring...,” BBC Radio 3

08 February 2015 to 08 February 2015

Bullfrog Blues at SmokestackSun 8 Feb 2015Live Blues straight from the Aire Delta. Every Sunday @ Smokestack Free entry 8pm - 10pm

09 February 2015 to 09 February 2015

University of Huddersfield Brass Band at Leeds Town HallMon 9 Feb 2015Phillip McCann conductor Simon Lindley City Organist

11 February 2015 to 11 February 2015

Potting Shed Shenanigans! at The BotanistWed 11 Feb 2015Help us fund Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice for a day, at The Botanist’s Potting Shed Shenanigans!

11 February 2015 to 11 February 2015

Simon Amstell - To Be Free at City Varieties Music HallWed 11 Feb 2015With intense vulnerability and troubling honesty, Amstell explores freedom, joy, love, death, adventure, art, peace, sex, regret, success, eating, suffering, dreaming, healing, forgiving and other areas.

11 February 2015 to 11 February 2015

Ilkley Concert Club- Aurora Ensemble wind group at Kings Hall and Winter GardensWed 11 Feb 2015Ibert, James Macmillan, Nielsen, Danzi & Walton arr. Mason "The excellent Aurora Ensemble . . . dazzling precision and infectious wit." Financial Times

11 February 2015 to 11 February 2015

Royal Academy of Music at Leeds College of MusicWed 11 Feb 2015Trombone and piano duo, Emma Bassett and Yukiko Shinohara, perform a varied programme to include Rota's Trombone Concerto and Kenny's Secret House.

11 February 2015 to 11 February 2015

Brown Sugar Sessions at SmokestackWed 11 Feb 2015Live Funk, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Reggae and Ska every Wednesday night from 9:30pm. At Smokestack, 159a Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6LY

12 February 2015 to 12 February 2015

Ocean Colour Scene at Leeds Town HallThu 12 Feb 2015Having sold millions of records and headlined arenas around the world, Ocean Colour Scene have reached their landmark 25th anniversary

12 February 2015 to 12 February 2015

Doric String Quartet with Andreas Haefliger at Howard Assembly RoomThu 12 Feb 2015The Doric Quartet and pianist Andreas Haefliger perform a programme of Haydn, Britten and Shostakovich.

12 February 2015 to 12 February 2015

13 February 2015 to 13 February 2015

STEMtech Live! Career and Job Expo at New Dock HallFri 13 Feb 2015 Looking for your next step in Education? Look no further than STEMtechLive! Come along to one of our roadshows and speak to Universities, Employers, Recruiters, Apprenticeship, Internship and Graduate programme providers!

13 February 2015 to 13 February 2015

Valentines Dinner at The Food Academy Restaurant Fri 13 Feb 2015Prosecco reception Four course dinner Coffee and petit fours Live music provided by Leeds College of Music

13 February 2015 to 13 February 2015

Anti-Valentine's Dinner at Salvo'sFri 13 Feb 2015A six course tasting menu. A night for the not-so-romantic. Good food and live music for the last minute planners.

14 February 2015 to 14 February 2015

Be my Valentine! Card Making with extra kisses! at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GallerySat 14 Feb 2015Whether your Valentine is old or new, your best friend or a secret crush, come and get creative and make them a unique card in this weekend's Burton Saturday led by local artist Kelly Reagon.

11 February 2015 to 14 February 2015

Phoenix Dance Theatre: Mixed Programme 2015 at West Yorkshire PlayhouseWed 11 - Sat 14 Feb 2015Phoenix Dance Theatre’s programme for 2015 once again features an exhilarating, diverse mix of world-class dance; with works by Christopher Bruce CBE, Caroline Finn and Sharon Watson.

14 February 2015 to 14 February 2015

Black Dyke Band at Morley Town HallSat 14 Feb 2015Black Dyke is the most successful contesting band in the world, having won the British Open no fewer than twenty-nine times and the National Championships twenty-two times.

14 February 2015 to 14 February 2015

Flamenco Twilight & Blood Wedding at Howard Assembly RoomSat 14 Feb 2015Fall in love with Spain in a two-part evening of flamenco music and dance on film.

13 February 2015 to 14 February 2015

Valentines Weekend at Cosmopolitan HotelFri 13 - Sat 14 Feb 2015Treat your loved one to the night they will remember this Valentine’s Day at the Cosmopolitan Hotel Leeds.

23 January 2015 to 22 February 2015

Ice Cube at Millennium SquareFri 23 Jan - Sun 22 Feb 2015Yorkshire's coolest wintertime attraction returns to Millennium Square

12 February 2015 to 22 February 2015

Leeds Valentines Fair at Leeds United Football ClubThu 12 - Sun 22 Feb 2015The ever popular Leeds Valentines Fair is back at Elland Road this February. Roller Coasters, thrill rides, family rides, Dodgems, Twists, Waltzer’s and a huge firework display!

14 February 2015 to 23 February 2015

February Fun at Half Term at Stockeld ParkSat 14 - Mon 23 Feb 2015Whether it’s your first time on the ice, you want to build your confidence or you’re looking for something fun to do with friends and family, Stockeld Park is the place to be this February half term.

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.

24 January 2015 to 27 February 2015

The Marriage of Figaro at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 24 Jan - Fri 27 Feb 2015It’s Figaro’s wedding day, and, to add to the usual worries, Figaro learns that his master, the Count, is out to bed his bride-to-be Susanna

12 November 2014 to 28 February 2015

Nostalgia & Progress at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GalleryWed 12 Nov 2014 - Sat 28 Feb 2015Nostalgia & Progress: Illustration After the Second World War reviews this fertile period after the Second World War.

15 January 2015 to 01 March 2015

Portraits of Emotion at The TetleyThu 15 Jan - Sun 1 Mar 2015An exhibition of large-scale paintings by Leeds-based artist Paul Digby of people enacting the emotion of joy.

16 January 2015 to 01 March 2015

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014 at The TetleyFri 16 Jan - Sun 1 Mar 2015The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK.

17 January 2015 to 14 March 2015

‘Made with Love’ at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 17 Jan - Sat 14 Mar 2015Our annual exhibition celebrating the romance of British Craft.

23 January 2015 to 15 March 2015

The Labours of Herakles at Leeds City MuseumFri 23 Jan - Sun 15 Mar 2015The timeless Athenian tragedy of ‘Herakles’, will be explored through a series of fascinating lithographs and etchings by New Zealand artist Marian Maguire from Friday 23 January 2015 at Leeds City Museum.

16 January 2015 to 21 March 2015

The Art of Baking at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GalleryFri 16 Jan - Sat 21 Mar 2015The Art of Baking: Cake Making and Bread Baking through the Ages. Recipes weird and wonderful, new, old, faithful and plain disgusting, feature in this small display.

14 February 2015 to 12 April 2015

Ilkley Camera Club Creative Light Exhibition 2015 at Manor House Art Gallery & MuseumSat 14 Feb - Sun 12 Apr 2015Stunning exhibition of over 100 photographic prints and projected images from one of Yorkshire’s top rated camera clubs. Vote for your favourites. See creative light objects and our take on them. Talks and workshops on many Saturdays.

17 January 2015 to 30 April 2015

Solo Ceramic Showcase - Charlotte Jones at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 17 Jan - Thu 30 Apr 2015Cornwall with its dramatic land and seascapes inspire Charlotte Jones to make her beautiful ceramics. Her distinctive pots are made from coloured stoneware clay using oxides and self-dug clay.

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.

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