Wall mural, Leeds in yellow on blue background. Credit Carl Milner

Leeds At Home

Here at Visit Leeds, our priority is to keep visitors and locals safe and healthy. On this page you’ll find ways to enjoy Leeds from the comfort of your own home, with online activities, events and more.  Coronavirus information and resources can be found here. Please stay safe and follow government advice.

Eat Your Greens

 

FOOD & DRINK

Whilst our restaurants, cafes and bars have closed many venues are still offering delicious dishes direct to your door. Supporting the local independents is more important now than ever. You can find out what many of Leeds wonderful independent eateries are doing during lockdown on Leeds Indie Food’s online directory. Be sure to also check out PGPromo for more ways you can still enjoy a Leeds restaurant from home.

With Restaurant Bar and Grill’s new Bar and Grill To Go, The Owl and Matt Healy x The Foundry you can now enjoy fine dining at home! Now’s a great time to hone your cooking and baking skills. Head to La Casita’s YouTube channel or Kanassa Kitchen’s Instagram for tasty recipes, or bake along with Ben from Leeds Bread Co-op. While Leeds Bradford Airport are sharing recipes with a European flavour. Leeds Food Tours have launched a Leeds Feed E-Book, available for just £5 or free if you book a tour.

Meat lovers are in for a real treat with Fazenda at Home Box, consisting of a selection of five starters, three prime meats, an accompaniment and South American delicacies mini-churros and dulce de leche alfajores to finish the experience.

You don’t have to miss out on a can of your favourite local brew either.  Kirkstall Brewery, Northern Monk and North Brewing Co are delivering to your door!

Check out our blog, Enjoying Leeds Independent Food & Drink During Lockdown, for more inspiration.

 

SHOPPING

Why not shop independent this Christmas? Christmas shopping may look a little different this year with so many stores closed for in-person buying. However with more and more shops in Leeds increasing their online presence, there has never been a better time to shop independent for your festive gifts.

Harvey Nichols have launched their Virtual Concierge Service to bring a personal shopping experience direct to your device.

Kevin Poeung as Renfield in Dracula - photo Emma Kauldhar

 

THEATRE & PERFORMING ARTS

Leeds is proud to be home to a number of incredible performing arts companies and venues, and is one the only English cities outside London to boast an Opera House and Ballet company; Opera North and Northern Ballet.

Leeds based ballet company, Northern Ballet, have created a pay as you feel digital season so you can watch their awe inspiring ballets online. From the sensational and spooky Dracula to the beautiful Geisha and children’s ballet Little Red Riding Hood. Plus lots more to discover.

Opera North, have put three of their incredible operas online for you to view: The Ring Cycle, an acclaimed dramatic concert staging of Richard Wagner’s epic masterpiece, The Turn of the Screw, Opera North’s production of Benjamin Britten’s spine-chilling chamber opera, and The Lullaby Project, an online collection of lullabies featuring performers appearing at the Howard

Ever fancied giving opera a go? Opera North are here to help! With their ‘From Couch to Chorus: The Festive Edition’ online workshops, you’ll learn all the best singing tips and tricks from a professional choral director. They’ve also launched a new online home music programme for children aged 7-11; delivered by specialist Opera North tutors. And, for those aged 55+, take part in weekly music and singing activity led by professional artists in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Seven strangers take refuge from flesh eating ‘ghouls’ in an isolated farmhouse. As the night draws in, their situation becomes desperate, hope turns to despair, and the picket-fence American dream is smashed apart. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD ™ – REMIX, a Leeds Playhouse and imitating the dog Co-production, is available to watch online.

Watch Leeds Playhouse’s Playhouse Connect: A Digital Showcase; an amazing digital celebration of the inspiring work created by their community during lockdown. If you’re missing visiting the Leeds Playhouse as much as we are, why not join the virtual tour on Thursday 26th November?

Watch the incredible Phoenix Dance Theatre perform Sharon Watson’s Windrush: Movement of the People, the first contemporary dance work to explore the narrative of the arrival of SS Empire Windrush that brought the first Caribbean migrants to the UK. The work is a lively celebration of the rise of multicultural Britain and features an uplifting soundtrack from calypso, jazz, gospel and reggae with original music created by Christella Litras and features set and costume design by Eleanor Bull.

Head over to the Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s Facebook page and delve into their video collection. Be there from Wednesday 2nd – Friday 4th December when they will be live streaming performances!

South Asian Arts are also putting on a live performance which you can enjoy from home on Wednesday 18th November. Baithak LIVE / Sacred Voices is a celebration of Diwali, festival of light, in a year unlike any other.

Join Northern Opera Group this December for the perfect musical treat for all the family; Cinderella. Filmed on location in Leeds, Pauline Viardot’s beautiful 50 minute version of the classic fairytale is brought to you by director Sophie Gilpin and conductor Chris Pelly. You can pre-order the film now on Northern Opera Group’s website for £5.

 

EVENTS

Although we can’t currently physically attend all events there are still plenty of ways to enjoy a virtual get to together. From dance classes to yoga, and sketching to workshops, there’s plenty of ways to join in with these online events!

Leeds International Film Festival are thrilled to be able to present a 2020 programme virtually through their new streaming platform Leeds Film Player.

This year’s Leeds Christmas Lights Switch-On will be held virtually for the first time on 2nd December and will feature a line-up of performances and celebrities.  You can get involved too by submitting your pic or video message of your Christmas light displays at home! The virtual switch-on event will be free to watch on the Millennium Square YouTube channel and Facebook page on Wednesday 2nd December from 4pm.

Leeds City Museum - Carl Milner for Leeds City Council

ATTRACTIONS

Leeds Museums and Galleries have launched a Virtual Visit page with online exhibitions, podcasts,  blog and activities to do from home. Have a look at their latest exhibitions including ‘Fast x Slow Fashion’, exploring Shopping in Leeds 1720 – 2020, Making Japan, Sounds of Our City and lots more. Join in with events and activities, there’s plenty for kids to enjoy too.

Watch Emily, Learning Officer from Leeds Discovery Centre, explore weird and wonderful artefacts. Discover a new treasure every day on the Royal Armouries website. And take a virtual tour of The Tetley.

Animal lovers are in for a treat with Temple Newsam Home Farm’s own Farmer Joe’s weekly videos. And virtually meet the animals at Tropical World, they have meerkats, monkeys, crocodiles, butterflies and so much more.

Enjoy Harewood at Home as they share the collections, the stories and the landscape of this museum-accredited House; plus its 50-year-old Bird Garden, licensed zoo, and 120 acres of Grade I listed gardens and grounds. From hands-on tips to behind the scenes with the curators and collections team, the content will be shared on the Harewood blog, on InstagramTwitter and Facebook @harewoodhouse and on their YouTube channel. Support Harewood’s Bird Garden in raising £35,000 and help them conserve and take care of their 50+ species of Birds whilst Harewood remains closed.

Left Bank Leeds have started two online creative communities on Facebook – one for those who love to draw, and another for knitters and stitchers. These are friendly places for discussion, skill sharing, tutorials and Q+As.

Craft Centre Leeds have also taken their latest exhibitions online and can be perused here. Art UK have launched Curations: a revolutionary free digital tool allowing anyone anywhere to create an online exhibition.

Feel like you’re really here with a virtual tour. There are city centre spots on VR Leeds or travel further afield with Welcome to Yorkshire. Or bring travel home with Leeds Bradford Airport’s Family Fun ideas.

Make staying at home a fun-filled adventure with Yorkshire Attractions’ activity top tips!

Harewood House from the North Front credit Simon Warner and Harewood House Trust

 

WATCH / LISTEN / READ

Watch. Yorkshire is fast becoming THE filming location of choice, with a number of productions using locations in Leeds. Harewood House features in the critically acclaimed Downtown Abbey film, ITV’s Victoria and BBC’s Gentleman Jack. You’ll spot a number of Leeds places in the BBC’s The ABC Murders and Loves, Lies & Records. And who could forget award-winning soap Emmerdale? There’s plenty more too, browse through Screen Yorkshire’s list or delve into the Yorkshire Film Archive.
Need a good film recommendation? Hyde Park Picture House are sharing their #HydeParkPick of films to watch while in lockdown on their Twitter feed. You can also find ways to support them there too.

Leeds International Film Festival are curating special programmes of films available online. The first is an 80-minute selection of 9 short films from previous editions of Leeds International Film Festival, all former LIFF audience favourites and mainly animations, plus two musical interludes and one Yorkshire treat.

Be sure to have a look at Leeds Live’s list of 24 TV shows that were made in Leeds. Have you seen them all? History buffs will love this ‘fantastically old-school video’ of Henry Moore from the BBC archives.

Watch the incredible Academy of Ancient Music at Leeds Town Hall on 14 March 2020.

Listen. Museums attract passionate people like moths to a flame, and Leeds Museums’ podcast, Museums n’that, gets to the very heart of the things that make them tick, by asking the questions you actually want to know.
Headrow House have your Saturday night playlist sorted. Their resident Redondo Beach DJs have carefully created a Club Soda playlist to keep the party going during lockdown!

Read. Now is a great time to get stuck into a good book. Check out iNews’ list of 10 books about Leeds that everyone should read. Get inspired for when you’re next able to visit Leeds by looking through our visitor guide.

 

GOOD LEEDS DEEDS

We’re bursting with pride when we hear of the good deeds being done in Leeds to support the NHS, key workers and those in need, and to help fight COVID-19. From individuals to brilliant businesses, we’d like to give them all a shout out.

Northern Monk Beer Co have been giving away free beer to NHS workers.

Leeds United joined up with His Church (HIS) to deliver essential food items to vulnerable families across Leeds in need of extra support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ivy will be delivering 50,000 meals to NHS staff and those who need it the most, in partnership with The Caring Foundation and The Felix Project

The Leeds United Foundation coaches have been setting a number of fun challenges to be done at home for the youngsters and families they work with across Leeds to help keep them engaged, motivated and inspired during the coronavirus lockdown. Check out their #LUFCEasterChallenge entries here.

House of Koko & Distrikt Bar Leeds have teamed up to get food to families in need, with their aim to feed a school a week. You can support this wonderful cause here.

Zaap Thai Street Food and Sukhothai are raising money so they can feed the NHS and vulnerable people. You can donate here.

Leeds Cares, the charity that supports Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, is raising money to make sure more than 18,000 NHS workers in the city have everything they need to carry on their important work and deal with the outbreak.

A colourful artwork thanking the NHS heroes on Hyde Park Billboard. A collaboration between In Good Company Leeds, Laura Wellington, Morag Myerscough, FYI and Studio.Build.

In Good Company Leeds have been spreading a message of positivity and thanking the NHS through colourful artwork around the city. They’re encouraging you to do the same with their Posters for the People project.

Burley Banksy creates tribute to NHS staff at Leeds General Infirmary battling coronavirus.

The Leeds Irish Communities are coming together to support the Irish and wider community in Leeds through this tough time.

Leeds school kids send adorable messages to care home residents after visits cancelled.

Students at the University of Leeds have delivered more than 100 art sets to people across the city in a bid to boost wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.

NHS workers in Leeds have been given hundreds of pairs of free trainers worth £45,000 in total. Luxury shoe brand Moda in Pelle, which was founded in Leeds in 1975, loaded 600 pairs of Balina trainers into a van and took them to the city’s two main hospitals, Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s Hospital.

The lovely people at Leeds Bread Co-op have been busy baking bread which will be included in the food parcels Leeds City Council are putting together for people across the city who are unable to access food right now.

Opera North’s Costume department have been using their sewing skills to help protect key workers in the NHS. From their homes, they have been making a variety of PPE using material sourced by the Head of Costume. So far, they have already donated over 400 masks and caps to hospitals across Yorkshire and also further afield in Manchester and Milton Keynes, as well as making much-needed scrubs alongside staff from the Leeds Playhouse.

Dakota Deluxe Hotel Leeds know you’ll be in need of a treat once this difficult time has passed, and so will the key workers. For all monetary vouchers purchased during this time, Dakota Hotels will provide two additional monetary vouchers – one for you and one for a nominated key worker of your choice!

My Thai restaurant group launch non-profit deli to raise funds for Yorkshires most vulnerable.

#LeedsSaysThanks – Leeds City Council sets up scheme to thank frontline workers for enormous efforts during COVID-19 pandemic. So far, 68 of Leeds’ cultural and sporting organisations have joined the scheme including Leeds United, Leeds Rhinos, Yorkshire County Cricket Club, first direct arena, Henry Moore Institute and Phoenix Dance Theatre.

 

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