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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...

 

Championship Dog Show at Harewood House
IMAGE: Dog Show 2011 credit David Oakes and Harewood House Trust
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The King's Speech at Leeds Grand Theatre
IMAGE: The King's Speech Jason Donovan (Lionel Logue) Raymond Coulthard (King George VI) Picture by Hugh Glendinnimng
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30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Family Art Workshop: Big Rolling Painting at The TetleySat 30 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)

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Danny Bhoy at City Varieties Music HallSat 30 May 2015Danny Bhoy, host of BBC1 Live at the Apollo, is one of the most globally successful and prolific comics working today.

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Gold Leaf and Gilding with Rob Oldfield at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GallerySat 30 May 2015Gold Leaf and Gilding with Rob Oldfield [George Morland in Context]

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

What they told me was quieter than tree trunks at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GallerySat 30 May 2015In this session, writer and theatre director Adam Strickson will read from his own writing about those who struggle to have a voice in mainstream society.

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.

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

BBC Philharmonic... at Leeds Town HallSat 30 May 2015BBC Philharmonic, Leeds Festival Chorus & Leeds Philharmonic Chorus

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Emmerdale Locations Bus Tour at Leeds City Railway StationSat 30 May 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

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Casablanca at Howard Assembly RoomSat 30 May 2015(Dir. Michael Curtiz, USA 1942. 103 mins. Cert PG) Classic American melodrama Casablanca epitomises the golden-age in Hollywood cinema. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid.

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Jean-Christophe Novelli to cook up a treat at the at The Merrion CentreSat 30 May 2015Leeds’ Merrion Centre is welcoming celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli for a cookery demonstration on Saturday 30 May at 12.30, giving attendees the chance to see his skills live in action.

31 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Introduction to Lino Cut at Our Handmade CollectiveSun 31 May 2015Join OHC to learn new skills in our Creative Craft Classes. Learn how to design, print and cut your own lino cut from soft cut lino. Learn new skills and take up new hobbies with us!

31 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Family Fun Day at The Centenary PavilionSun 31 May 2015The Family Fun Day includes: Free car parking (first come first served), Interactive games, Special Guests, Face painting, Food stalls, Inflatables

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!

31 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Come and meet CBeebies Mr Bloom at Stockeld ParkSun 31 May 2015Come and meet CBeebies Mr Bloom this Spring Adventure on Sunday 31st May!

31 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Face Painting at Stockeld ParkSun 31 May 2015Face Painting at Stockeld Park - transform yourself and spread some sunshine this spring by having your face painted by our wonderful amazing faces artist.

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.

30 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Leeds Dock MarketSat 30 - Sun 31 May 2015Leeds Dock Market offers street food, locally roasted coffee, enormous cakes, handmade gifts, craft ales and a bar. Children's entertainers 10 - 12 and live music throughout the day. Free water taxis!

31 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Record Fair at The Corn ExchangeSun 31 May 2015The monthly vinyl fair keeps spinning with racks of hidden treasures

31 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Bullfrog Blues at SmokestackSun 31 May 2015Live Blues straight from the Aire Delta. Every Sunday @ Smokestack Free entry 8pm - 10pm

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

03 May 2016 to 07 May 2016

The Last Tango at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseTue 3 - Sat 7 May 2016Don’t miss your last ever chance to see this dynamic duo do what they do best live - in an intimate, passionate and explosive experience. It’s time for The Last Tango.

10 May 2016 to 21 May 2016

Rugby World Cup Leeds