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It's all happening in Leeds. Few cities can boast such a varied calendar of performances, activities and festivals. We're here to guide you to the events that you'll enjoy, whether you're into sport, fashion, culture or cuisine... here's a taster of what's hot, what's here, and what's coming soon to our city...


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IMAGE: Simon Fujiwara, Fabulous Beasts, [detail] 2015. Shaved fur coat. Photo by Agustín Estrada. © Simon Fujiwara Courtesy of Proyectos Monclova, Mexico


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16 July 2015 to 27 September 2015

Lucy Beech: Me and Mine at The TetleyThu 16 Jul - Sun 27 Sep 2015In the words of Lucy Beech’s new film Me and Mine, empathy – the compassionate attempt to see the world through another’s eyes – is also ‘a kind of penetration, a travelling’.

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.

29 July 2015 to 06 September 2015

Heroes and Villains at Royal Armouries MuseumWed 29 Jul - Sun 6 Sep 2015Visit the Royal Armouries for an action-packed summer of family activities. Meet the HEROES & VILLAINS from history and popular culture - fantasy or reality!

28 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Leeds Festival at Bramham ParkFri 28 - Sun 30 Aug 2015This year, Leeds Festival is set to be bigger than ever, with over 75,000 tickets available, which include weekend campsite tickets and day tickets. Metallica and Jamie T are among the first names of 2015’s line up to be announced

30 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Story Telling at East Riddlesden HallSun 30 Aug 2015Sing, laugh and have a fun time in our weekly interactive storytelling sessions. After the storytelling, we run craft activities - make something to take home inspired by the story. Aimed at children between 2-5.

30 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Summer Special Beside the Seaside at Keighley and Worth Valley RailwaySun 30 Aug 2015Every year families from across the country headed to the seaside by steam train for a week of sand, sea and fun. On Sundays in August, you can relive those hazy days of summer right here on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

19 June 2015 to 30 August 2015

Tate St Ives - Terry Frost at Leeds Art GalleryFri 19 Jun - Sun 30 Aug 2015On the occasion of his centenary, Leeds Art Gallery presents an exhibition celebrating the life and work of leading modern painter, Sir Terry Frost (1915–2003) who had a strong association with Leeds

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

18 July 2015 to 01 September 2015

30 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Annual Classic Landrover at National Coal Mining Museum for EnglandSun 30 Aug 2015This August Bank Holiday, the annual Classic Landrover Show will be held at the National Coal Mining Museum.

20 July 2015 to 04 September 2015

Summer Holiday Fun! at National Coal Mining Museum for EnglandMon 20 Jul - Fri 4 Sep 2015There's fun for all the family, rain or shine!

28 August 2015 to 01 November 2015

Light Fantastic:Adventures in the Science of Light at National Media MuseumFri 28 Aug - Sun 1 Nov 2015Join us throughout the summer holidays for Light Fantastic, to explore the wonder of creating and capturing light. Get hands on with our fun family activities, workshops and shows.

28 August 2015 to 01 November 2015

An Additive Mix by Liz West at National Media MuseumFri 28 Aug - Sun 1 Nov 2015Enjoy the magical power of light in our brand new installation by artist Liz West. Spark your imagination and senses as you surround yourself in luminous colour and radiant light.

28 August 2015 to 04 September 2015

Bright Ideas at National Media MuseumFri 28 Aug - Fri 4 Sep 2015Our fun interactive demonstration looks at two parts of the electromagnetic spectrum - the stuff you can see and the stuff you can’t!

28 August 2015 to 04 September 2015

Colourful Science at National Media MuseumFri 28 Aug - Fri 4 Sep 2015Get a brand new understanding of light in our exciting science demonstration. Using the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum we’ll show you experiments and demonstrations on how light can be split, mixed or even absorbed.

29 August 2015 to 04 September 2015

Light Fantastic: Shaping Shadows at National Media MuseumSat 29 Aug - Fri 4 Sep 2015Get hands on with ‘cutting-edge’ technology to create your own intricate shadow puppets, inspired by the Java puppets in our collection. Suitable for ages 5+

29 August 2015 to 04 September 2015

Light Fantastic: The Great Shadow Adventure at National Media MuseumSat 29 Aug - Fri 4 Sep 2015Join Harri, our storyteller; in her great shadow adventure as she travels through time to discover how light has helped us to tell stories. Suitable for ages 5+

28 August 2015 to 04 September 2015

Light Printing at National Media MuseumFri 28 Aug - Fri 4 Sep 2015Find out how to make a photograph without a camera - a cyanotype. Explore the science behind the art and make a beautiful photograph to take home. Suitable for ages 5+

15 July 2015 to 07 September 2015

Summer Adventure at Stockeld ParkWed 15 Jul - Mon 7 Sep 2015Fabulous family days out this Easter, Spring and Summer with active Adventure Zones within the beautiful woodland of Stockeld Park.

17 August 2015 to 22 January 2016

Sheffield cares for the wounded at Thackray Medical MuseumMon 17 Aug 2015 - Fri 22 Jan 2016An exhibition telling the story of the dedicated work of the 3rd West Riding Field Ambulance on the Western Front in France and Flanders during the First World War.

29 July 2015 to 03 October 2015

FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition 2015 at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GalleryWed 29 Jul - Sat 3 Oct 2015Celebrating its third year the FUAM Graduate Art Prize showcases the work of four top students from the Schools of Fine Art and of Design at the University of Leeds.

27 July 2015 to 30 August 2015

A Library of Forms at Yorkshire Sculpture ParkMon 27 Jul - Sun 30 Aug 2015Library of Forms, inspired by Henry Moore’s studio at Perry Green, Hertfordshire, is open throughout the summer in YSP Learning's Garden Studio.

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

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.

13 August 2015 to 08 November 2015

Paul Neagu: Palpable Sculpture at The Henry Moore InstituteThu 13 Aug - Sun 8 Nov 2015Paul Neagu (1938-2004) demanded sculpture be appreciated by all of the senses: sight, sound, touch, smell and taste

30 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Freddie Flintoff: 2nd Innings at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSun 30 Aug 2015Unguarded and unleashed: behind the crease with one of cricket’s greatest legends

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

01 August 2015 to 04 October 2015

Memoria: Memories of Light at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley MillsSat 1 Aug - Sun 4 Oct 2015This exhibition captures the memories of working life at Armley Mills and presents them in a series of stunning illuminated porcelain sculptures.

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.

11 July 2015 to 01 November 2015

New Rhythms: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska at Harewood House and GardensSat 11 Jul - Sun 1 Nov 2015New Rhythms: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska: Art, Dance and Movement in London 1911 - 1915 A major new exhibition from Kettle’s Yard, marking the centenary of the death of renowned WW1, , French-born sculptor & draughtsman, Henri Gaudier-Breszka

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!

11 July 2015 to 01 November 2015

Recent Works: Thomas J Price at Harewood House and GardensSat 11 Jul - Sun 1 Nov 2015Thomas J Price is a rising star of the British contemporary art scene. Never meeting your gaze, these intriguing sculptures explore why black men are only represented in certain ways within art.

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.

02 June 2015 to 27 September 2015

Summer Bands in Leeds ParksTue 2 Jun - Sun 27 Sep 2015Leeds International Concert Season - Summer bands in Leeds Parks

15 August 2015 to 31 August 2015

Leeds West Indian CarnivalSat 15 - Mon 31 Aug 2015Leeds Carnival is back for 2015 and here to help you get happy!

28 August 2015 to 01 November 2015

Speedway at Bradford Industrial MuseumFri 28 Aug - Sun 1 Nov 2015After the success of a small exhibition in 2012, Speedway returns to Bradford Industrial Museum. Thanks to the support and assistance of enthusiast John Murphy and his connections within the Speedway community.

28 August 2015 to 29 September 2015

Summer Family Fun at Impressions GalleryFri 28 Aug - Tue 29 Sep 2015Pop in to Impressions Gallery during the summer holidays and enjoy free activities inspired by our exhibition extra{ordinary} Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery.

30 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Bronte Tractor Run 2015 at Haworth VillageSun 30 Aug 2015Come and enjoy this annual event, see many different Tractors and Agricultural vehicles making their way around a planned route in Bronte Country, raising money for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.

30 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

The Amazing Bavarian Stompers Bier Keller at Cedar Court Hotel RestaurantSun 30 Aug 2015By popular demand Frank Chislett and his Amazing Bavarian Stompers are back! Get your friends together and join us for a bank holiday evening full of fun and frolics!

08 August 2015 to 06 September 2015

City Beach at Millennium SquareSat 8 Aug - Sun 6 Sep 2015No need to queue in the traffic to get to the beach this summer; as City Beach returns to Millennium Square for a second summer season.

04 July 2015 to 24 October 2015

Mandy Pattullo and Catherine Green at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 4 Jul - Sat 24 Oct 2015Mandy Pattullo and Catherine Green offer up their latest works in this beautifully bright and vibrant exhibition of screen prints and monotype prints.

01 August 2015 to 31 October 2015

Figure That at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 1 Aug - Sat 31 Oct 2015An exciting exhibition studying the human form. A diverse group of makers who explore various materials and techniques in their collections come together in this showcase of contemporary craft.

01 August 2015 to 24 October 2015

Solo Ceramic Showcase - Paul Jackson at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 1 Aug - Sat 24 Oct 2015This series of pots focuses on the recent development of a new range of slips and patterns.

26 August 2015 to 13 September 2015

Leeds International Piano Competition at University Of LeedsWed 26 Aug - Sun 13 Sep 2015'The Leeds' gives an outstanding opportunity for young international pianists to advance their careers and become the artists of the future.

17 July 2015 to 03 January 2016

Tailored: A very British Fashion at Leeds City MuseumFri 17 Jul 2015 - Sun 3 Jan 2016Explore the significance of tailoring in the story of British fashion, from the eighteenth century to today. #Tailored

30 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Emmerdale Locations Bus Tour at Leeds City Railway StationSun 30 Aug 2015Although 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. MEET AT LEEDS RAILWAY STATION

12 June 2015 to 27 September 2015

Summer Events at Salvo'sFri 12 Jun - Sun 27 Sep 2015Summer at Salvo's has never been more appetising, see here for details of all events at Salvo's Salumeria.

30 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

‘Sunday Sessions’ at Leeds Corn Exchange-Katie Hea at The Corn ExchangeSun 30 Aug 2015Leeds based singer songwriter Katie Heap will perform solo with a variety of styles accompanied by acoustic guitar.

30 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Bullfrog Blues at SmokestackSun 30 Aug 2015Live Blues straight from the Aire Delta. Every Sunday @ Smokestack Free entry 8pm - 10pm

03 August 2015 to 12 September 2015

Cornel Lucas Photographs at Gallery Munro HouseMon 3 Aug - Sat 12 Sep 2015A pioneer of film portraiture, in 1998 Cornel Lucas became the only photographer to win a BAFTA Award for his Outstanding Contribution to the British Film Industry.

28 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Burley Summer Festival at Burley-in-WharfedaleFri 28 - Sun 30 Aug 2015Join us for the 7th Burley Summer Festival. We've loads of fun events for all the family including a vintage steam rally, music, food and drink events and a fabulous scarecrow trail.A number of the events are free and some require tickets.
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