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Feeling the love in Leeds

Leeds Corn Exchange with hearts - credit Carl Milner Photography for Leeds City Council


Spend some quality time with a loved one this Valentine’s week in Leeds.

Be whisked off your feet (hopefully not literally) ice skating in Millennium Square or at the Valentine’s Roller Disco Party at Leeds Corn Exchange.

It’s not just your heart that will be doing flips at Leeds Valentines Fair or keep your feet firmly on the ground with a walk around the gardens and grounds at Temple Newsam, Kirkstall Abbey or Lotherton Hall.

Discover something new together; explore the art in Leeds then enjoy a fantastical evening of opera as Opera North perform The Magic Flute.

They say the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. With award-winning restaurants, independent eateries and rooftop retreats in Leeds, you’re sure to find dishes as divine as your date.

And if it all goes well, there’s an excellent range of hotels too…


Cocktails in the City


We made it through dry Jan and now it’s time to celebrate. And what better way than at a cocktail festival?! Cocktails in the City is back in the stunning setting of Leeds Town Hall, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March! Bringing two nights of exclusive cocktails from 16 of the city's finest bars, tasting sessions, flavour pairings and food from Leeds’ most celebrated chefs. Tickets are available now and include a free welcome cocktail!

Gin your thing? Check out The Leeds Gin Fair. More of a real ale fan? Northern Monk’s Hop City festival is back in April.

And there’s plenty more food and drink festivals to dive into in Leeds.


Back to Basics, Mill Sq Summer Series - credit Zagni Photography


From ska to disco and pop to classical; Millennium Square is the summer destination for music lovers. The Summer Series returns July to August and is a showcase of musical talent that spans genres and eras!

80s Classical ft Jimmy Sommerville, Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw & more, The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics and Jurassic Park Live in Concert with the Orchestra of Opera North (26-28 July) are now on sale. Plus, Brutus Gold’s Love Train returns with a huge open-air disco party (10 Aug) followed by the Leeds Ska & Mod Festival (11 Aug). More events to be announced soon!

Find out more and book your tickets here


Abigail Prudames as Queen Victoria and Joseph Taylor as Prince Albert. Photo Guy Farrow



Northern Ballet are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2019. The world premiere of their production of Victoria will be at Leeds Grand Theatre this March.



In 2019 Leeds is proudly hosting several major international sporting events including The Cricket World Cup, the UCI World Championships, the ITU World Triathlon Series and Tour de Yorkshire, and that’s in addition to Leeds United celebrating their centenary.

Cricket World Cup (c) Cricket World Cup - fans
Leeds Lit Fest



Leeds Lit Fest is a citywide celebration of words & thought. The first ever festival is taking place across various venues in Leeds 6-10th March 2019.




Ice Cube - open until 24th Feb

LGBT+ History Month – February

Cocktails in the City – 1st & 2nd March

Leeds Lit Fest – 6th - 10th March

Northern Ballet’s Victoria - 9th – 16th March

Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters at Harewood House - Opening 23rd March

Festivals in Leeds – throughout 2019


Ice Cube - credit Zagni Photography