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

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 →

There’s no business like show business: pitch your musical theatre idea

As you may have gathered from previous blog posts, I’m a big fan of the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Home to such a fantastic variety of brilliant shows, I was pleased to hear that it will be used as one of… Continue Reading →

Treating my pregnant self

In true Han style, I’ve been ridiculously busy the last few months (mainly enjoyable stuff!) but have decided that at 33 weeks pregnant, now might be a good time to start slowing down and thinking more about what my body… Continue Reading →

Eat Leeds: Discovering a new and an old favourite

So as I mentioned in my last blog post, lots of restaurants and bars in Leeds took part in “Eat Leeds Week” last week, where they offered either two or three course menus for £10 or £15. I used this as a great… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Eat Leeds Week

As you’ll have gathered if you’re a regular reader of the blog, one of the things I love most about Leeds is all the fantastic places you can go for food. Not only is there a high volume of cafes,… Continue Reading →

Catching a killer

Having enjoyed other treasure hunts around Leeds, and knowing how much my friend Chloe likes a good murder mystery, I was pretty excited to see an event advertised on Facebook for a city-wide manhunt, promoted as a cross between Cluedo and PokemonGo!… Continue Reading →

Celebrating at the DoubleTree by Hilton

Every now and then, I’m amazed at how lucky I can be. I felt like this at the weekend after receiving an invitation to review the DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds on an evening that just so happened to coincide with James’… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Sound stones at the Sculpture Park

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park has been on my list of places to blog about for ages. Just a short distance from Leeds, it’s one of West Yorkshire’s best attractions and somewhere I like to take friends when they come to… Continue Reading →

A treasure hunt for grown-ups

As I’ve mentioned in an earlier blog post, I’ve done a couple of “treasure hunts” in Leeds – both very different. This post is about the GPS pub treasure hunt, more suitable for adults. I went on this treasure hunt… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Opera North’s trio of outdoor concerts

I’m really pretty excited about these three events. The Orchestra of Opera North is going to be performing three very different outdoor concerts for its “Opera North in the City” weekend. Taking place from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July, the… Continue Reading →

An example of an excellent weekend in Leeds

This is a short blog post as I’ve actually already written about all the events I want to mention (click the links below to read the previous posts). I just wanted to give a “real life” example of what a… Continue Reading →

Going on a treasure hunt

I’ve been on two treasure hunts in Leeds – both very different and lots of fun. One is more suitable for families, smaller groups and uses a traditional pen and paper approach, and the other is better for larger, older… Continue Reading →

Good food and good vibes at The Good Luck Club

I love discovering great new places in areas of Leeds that I wouldn’t normally go to. It would never occur to me to turn left out of the train station, along Whitehall Road, to enjoy an evening out with friends… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: The Accordion at Lambert’s Yard

I’m always on the lookout for interesting sounding concerts so I was really excited to receive an invitation to attend ‘The Accordion’. Hosted by Manchester Collective (a creative arts organisation “comprising some of the most exciting musical talent from a new generation… Continue Reading →

Pre-baby bucket list

My life is going to drastically change later this year as I’m expecting my first baby in October. Although I’m determined to still be sociable and attempt to leave the house, I know that long gone are the days where… Continue Reading →

Fine dining at Iberica

Iberica has been on my list of Leeds restaurants to try for a while now. Although I walk past the Spanish tapas restaurant every day I’d not yet had an excuse to visit, despite various friends recommending it to me,… Continue Reading →

Quizzing and eating – my new Wednesdays

Don’t ask me to do something on the first Wednesday of the month, because I have plans. As of last month, it is now tradition for me to go with a group of friends to the Waterstones book quiz and… Continue Reading →

March for Men

The team at Prostate Cancer UK got in touch with me recently to tell me about their search for walkers in Leeds to take part in their “March for Men”. March for Men brings people together to celebrate the lives… Continue Reading →

Eating at Ox Club

Ox Club has been on my list of restaurants to try for a while now. It’s located in Headrow House, the four-floored bar, restaurant and events space, run by the same guys behind Belgrave Music Hall. You know what a… Continue Reading →

10 things you didn’t know about the Yorkshire Air Ambulance

I work near Leeds General Infirmary and so often see the air ambulances flying near by, bringing in those who need urgent medical care. Whenever I see one of the yellow helicopters, it always makes me feel really thankful that my… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged)

I’m a big fan of the Reduced Shakespeare Company (“the other RSC”). This comical theatre group specialises in cutting out the bard’s boring bits and putting on plays that will have the audience in stitches. I first saw them in “The… Continue Reading →

Playing dress up: costume hire at the Playhouse

As part of my birthday weekend, I went on a backstage tour at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. As you may have guessed from my previous blog posts, I absolutely love going to the theatre and I really love the Playhouse,… Continue Reading →

Veeno: Selezione wine tasting

One of the perks of running a blog about what’s going on in Leeds is that I sometimes get invited to new bar and restaurant openings. (Sounds fancy – I know!) I received one of these perks last week when I… Continue Reading →

Discovering the Discovery Centre

Where can you go and see an ostrich skeleton, a life-sized model of a baby giant squid, a silk dress from the 18th century, various models of old typewriters, and ornate Japanese vases all in one room? The Leeds Discovery Centre! The… Continue Reading →

We Are Wellness

After attending a class at the We Are Wellness centre and having signed up for a few more, it was my intention to write a blog post about this beautiful building and all the great-sounding classes that were on. However,… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: #CookForSyria

On Monday I will be going to a Syrian feast at the Northern Monk Refectory. It’s part of the “#CookForSyria” charity campaign – “A celebration of Syrian cuisine in aid of the largest humanitarian crisis of our time.” This Leeds event has been… Continue Reading →

Pairing music with meals: an international flavour

“If music be the food of love…”  I love live music, I love eating out, and I love spending time with my friends, so I’m pretty excited about my birthday as I’ll be doing all these things in one evening. I’m… Continue Reading →

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