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A glimpse into some of the amazing things going on in the district

Painting pottery

It was always my intention when JJ was born to get his hand or foot print taken so I could look back in years to come and marvel at how small he once was. A year has gone by already… Continue Reading →

Babyccinos – the only cafe parents need to visit

Let me start by saying that Babyccinos is not in Leeds. It’s not even an LS postcode. There’s no Leeds link that I can try shoehorn in, but because it’s That Good, I’m blogging about it anyway. Besides, as Babyccinos… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Stood Together festival

On 27th October there’s a family-friendly festival taking place at Open Source Arts, Kirkstall Road, raising money for Women’s Aid. It sounds like it’ll be a fun day, all for a very worthy charity, so I thought I’d share the… Continue Reading →

ON After Hours: Northern Lights

You know how I love Leeds, and I love Opera North, and I love singing? Well it will come as no surprise then that I love the sound of “ON After Hours: Northern Lights”, an Opera North singing programme that’s… Continue Reading →

Photography exhibition celebrates 40 faces of St Gemma’s Hospice

I was sent some information last month about an exhibition in Leeds City Museum that celebrates 40 faces of St Gemma’s Hospice in the charity’s 40th anniversary year. My intention was to go and have a look round the exhibition… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Unusual talks by interesting speakers – a different way to spend an evening in Leeds

I was contacted recently by Funzing, an organisation that is here “to re-invent your evenings, creating an exciting alternative to having a drink in your local pub or bar. Funzing Talks pull together an impressive array of leading entrepreneurs, intellectuals, bright… Continue Reading →

Escaping the city in Middleton Park

I can’t believe I’ve lived in this house for four years and have only just discovered Middleton Park, which is practically on my doorstep. The only thing I really missed after moving from Wakefield was having somewhere nice to walk… Continue Reading →

Why I’m always at the White Rose Shopping Centre

I can just about remember the White Rose Shopping Centre opening when I was a kid, and although I didn’t know what a big deal it was at the time, I do remember being excited about trips to a new… Continue Reading →

A new favourite restaurant – Leeds’ Indian Tiffin Room

I was walking along Park Row a few weeks ago with a group of friends, and noticed signs for the new Indian Tiffin Room where Wagamamas used to be. We all commented on how inviting it looked, so when I… Continue Reading →

Fictions of Every Kind

One of the topics I’ve been meaning to blog about for ages is the amazing literary scene going on in Leeds at the moment. There are so many different festivals and workshops taking place that I’ve been quite overwhelmed and… Continue Reading →

A gastro pub in Roundhay, a cafe in the city centre and a Mediterranean restaurant in Weetwood

I have so many ideas for blog posts but just never seem able to get round to writing them. I thought I’d try save myself a bit of time by combining some together! Here’s a very brief overview of some… Continue Reading →

What have I got myself into?? – Part 2

So here’s my second and final blog post about my experience of taking part in The Lucky Ones. Two things to know before you read on: If you read my first blog post and decided you’d like to take part in… Continue Reading →

Sunshine on Leith at The West Yorkshire Playhouse

The perfect ratio of heart-warming and heart-wrenching for a feel good musical. I wanted to see Sunshine on Leith when the film came out but never got round to it. I knew it was a stage musical before becoming a… Continue Reading →

Making the most of Happy Hour

In the same way that I probably spend as much time browsing books to buy as I do reading them, I probably spend as much time leafing through theatre brochures and websites as I do actually watching shows. I love… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: DollyWould at Live Art Bistro

You should know by now that I love going to the theatre and love seeing both old favourites and taking a chance on something new. The latter is why I’ve said yes to going to see something that I know… Continue Reading →

What have I got myself into?? – Part 1

I have been doing something bizarre. Fun, and a little unnerving, but mainly bizarre. Before I continue, I should warn you that this is a long blog post, so go get yourself a cup of tea and a biscuit (take… Continue Reading →

Last week in Leeds

I had such a lovely week in Leeds last week so I thought I’d share what I got up to. On Tuesday I met with my new mum friends and had a really good lunch at The Deer Park in… Continue Reading →

By George – this is a good fish dish!

I have a new favourite restaurant. I’ve only been twice but would very much like to go again. George’s Great British Kitchen, as the name suggests, celebrates British food, but for me it’s all about their seafood dishes. The restaurant’s… Continue Reading →

Still Alice at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

An emotionally dramatic production showing there can be light in the darkness Having enjoyed reading Still Alice a couple of years ago (as much as you can enjoy reading about something so sad) I was pleased to see that The West… Continue Reading →

Just des(s)erts

Saying I have a sweet tooth is an understatement. I love chocolate. And biscuits. And milkshakes. And ice-cream. And cake. Don’t forget about cake. I love December, not because of Christmas, but because you can eat chocolate first thing in… Continue Reading →

Brunching with babies

There aren’t many places that can accommodate 17 adults, eight babies and all their accompanying paraphernalia for brunch, but luckily Leeds’ Revolucion de Cuba is up for the job. The antenatal class I went to had a reunion recently, which… Continue Reading →

Checking in with my core

Nine months of being pregnant is hard work – particularly those last few months when you have such a heavy bump and start to really feel the strain on your back. The toll on your body doesn’t end once you’ve… Continue Reading →

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

One of the best shows I’ve seen in years It’s no secret that I’m a massive fan of the West Yorkshire Playhouse and all the productions they put on. I’ve seen some amazing shows there including fantastic dramas (such as Death… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: What’s on at Leeds Town Hall

What better way to start the New Year than by booking lots of fun things to do. Although I’ll struggle to get out as much as I used to now Baby Preston is here, I still hope to be able… Continue Reading →

ODEON Luxe Leeds Bradford – enhancing your cinema experience

I love going to the cinema. My first Loving Leeds Blog post was about the Showcase cinema at Birstall retail park, and what it was like after its big refurbishment, so it was nice to be invited to another cinema that… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Jordan Mackampa at Oporto

From a very early age, my two main passions have been music and writing. Hobbies have come and gone over the years, but these two have remained, so I’ve been rather chuffed to receive invites over the last year via my blog to… Continue Reading →

The true spirit of Leeds: How Manjit’s Kitchen turned a nasty experience into something brilliant

There are many wonderful things about Leeds. I’m such a fan of the city that I created this blog to shout about it to friends and strangers across the UK so that they could make the most of their home… Continue Reading →

How to do a beer festival right

Earlier this year, Northern Monk Brewery hosted Hop City Beer festival. It seemed like a really cool event and was one a few of my friends were excited about, however it wasn’t something I was interested in attending as I don’t drink… Continue Reading →

It’s a little quiet over here…

You may have noticed that things have been a bit quiet on the blog recently. I have a very good excuse for the lack of posts however – Baby Preston arrived on the 1 October and he’s been keeping us… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Light Night 2017

It’s that time of year again when Leeds is lit up with a variety of creative and impressive light and art installations. Leeds Light Night is returning for its 13th year and is once again taking place over two evenings… Continue Reading →

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