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Culture fans will love exploring the galleries, museums, historic houses and sights that Leeds has to offer.

Not your typical art gallery, The Tetley is a contemporary art centre in a former brewery HQ with plenty of workshops for you to get hands on. Don’t miss their headline event ‘The Tetley Weekender’ (4th-6th August); an annual micro-festival bringing their programme to life!

Try something new with a show at the Howard Assembly Room, the home of Opera North. Their stage regularly welcomes an eclectic mix of performers from around the globe for an unforgettable evening.

Or take a stroll through a city steeped in history. Download a heritage trail to suit your interest; whether that be the history of medicine, theatre, industry or even Marks and Spencer.

One thing is for sure, a weekend break in Leeds will leave you feeling inspired!


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Leeds attractions have got a summer packed full of family fun to keep everyone entertained.

Discover how the Royal Armouries bring history to life with their summer of Dangerous Arts, including combat demonstrations and have-a-go sessions for those feeling brave enough! Then try your hand at being a disease detective at Thackray Medical Museum.

There’s six weeks of themed activities from fashion, to wildlife, to all things Yorkshire with Lotherton Hall’s Summer Adventures. Temple Newsam is making your summer sparkly with silver-inspired crafts and Leeds Art Gallery invites everyone to play, make and enjoy free activities at their Park Here and Play Festival.

From the Enchanted Forest with themed play areas to the Magical Maze with its interactive installations there's so much to entertain the children at Stockeld Park Summer Adventure. While Harewood House and grounds will come to life with fun activities inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, Alice in Wonderland.

Plus there are plenty of special events in store! Take yourself back in time at the Lotherton Hall Edwardian Gala on 15th & 16th July, join in the swashbuckling Party on Pirate Island at Thwaite Mills on 13th August or catch an open-air blockbuster at The Film House on the Square.


Carnival credit Maria Spadafora


Excitement is building as we get closer to the 50th anniversary of Leeds West Indian Carnival. Celebrate half a century of carnival culture on bank holiday Monday 28th August at the most dazzling parade yet. With jaw-dropping costumes, Caribbean beats, fun fair rides, stalls and delicious world cuisine – it’s an event not to be missed!

Millennium Square is the hottest destination with the Summer Series bringing a packed ten days of music, film, culture and more.

Foodies are spoilt for choice with Horsforth Food and Drink Festival on 14th-16th July, Otley Food Festival on 16th July AND the North Leeds Food Festival on 22nd & 23rd July…YUM! There’s even an Ice Cream Festival this August to keep you cool.




Leeds is now home to the UK’s tallest mural; ‘Athena Rising’. This public art, created by internationally-acclaimed street art muralist pair Nomad Clan, is a breath-taking addition to Leeds flourishing street art scene.

From the iconic ‘Cornucopia’ next to Corn Exchange to the colourful ‘George Street Mural’ at Kirkgate Market and more, plus numerous sculptures and statues, there’s an artistic gem around every corner.


The completed piece - Athena Rising - Credit Bokehgo




Leeds Pride, Yorkshire's Biggest celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* life, is back with a weekend of events on 5th and 6th August.

The famous Leeds Pride Parade returns Sunday afternoon, taking over the city centre with a rainbow procession complete with over 60 floats and 5 hours of entertainment. You’re guaranteed an incredible weekend at the UK’s friendliest pride!


Travelling to Leeds is easy! Plus, with TransPennine Express, you can save over 50% on train travel when you book in advance online.

TransPennine Express run direct services into Leeds from a number of towns and cities across the north of England including Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and York. Book here




The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics– 28th July

A Night at the Opera with the Orchestra of Opera North – 29th July

The Leeds Show at Temple Newsam 29th & 30th July

Northern Craft Summer Fair at Northern Monk – 5th & 6th August

Leeds Pride Parade – 6th August

Light Night – 5th & 6th October

A Night at the Opera - Summer Series
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