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An unmissable August in Leeds

Leeds Pride Family - Credit Mark Douglas


Excitement is building as the 2017 Leeds LGBT+ Pride is just days away!
The Leeds Pride main event is taking place on Sunday 6th August and will include two hours of entertainment in Millennium Square, a spectacular rainbow hued parade through the city centre with over 60 floats and five hours of entertainment on Lower Briggate.

Make sure you get involved on social media during the day by tagging @VisitLeeds and @LeedsPride and using the hashtag #LeedsPride!

Why not make a break of it and stay at one of Leeds fantastic hotels?


Leeds West Indian Carnival - credit Maria Spadafora


It’s time to get happy and prepare for carnival fever to hit the city! This August, Leeds West Indian Carnival turns 50, bringing an explosion of colour, soca rhythms, authentic flavour (and if we’re really lucky, maybe even sunshine) to Bank Holiday Monday (28th).

This is Europe’s longest running authentic Caribbean carnival!

Find out more here


Cow and Calf outcrop and boulder, Ilkley - VisitEngland, VisitBradford


Leeds provides the perfect base for exploring the local countryside. Just half an hour’s drive or bus ride outside Leeds is Otley Chevin Forest Park. Hike or cycle through the Chevin Forest for stunning Wharfedale vistas from the 282-metre Surprise View summit. Be sure to visit Otley too, a quaint market town in a picturesque setting.

Hop on a train to Ilkley for a scenic walk on the famous Ilkley Moor. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, call into Bettys Tea Room for some quintessentially English refreshments.

Add Haworth to your list to take in the landscape that inspired the Brontës. A trip to this charming village surrounded by rough, brooding moorland is sure to leave you inspired. Pick up the Brontë bus from Keighley train station to see more of the area.

Each of these destinations are within easy reach of Leeds. Enjoy a day in the countryside and be back in the city centre in time for dinner and a show!


One of the hottest food destinations in the UK, Leeds is home to some of the most tasty and innovative eateries. We will be celebrating the city’s outstanding food scene from 14th – 20th August, with the very first Eat Leeds Restaurant Week.

Diners will be able to choose from exclusive 2 or 3 course menus for £10 or £15 at over 50 of their favourite restaurants – find out more and download your voucher at

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


Leeds Pride Parade Day– 6th August


Vintage Weekend at Lotherton Hall – 19th & 20th August


Leeds Festival - 25th-27th August


Leeds West Indian Carnival Parade– 28th August


Thought Bubble Festival– 18th–24th September

Thought Bubble - Photo Credit Bob Peters