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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

7 shows I want to see at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

I’ve already written about how much I love the West Yorkshire Playhouse in a previous blog entry (mainly because there’s not a bad seat in the house) but seeing as they have recently released their spring/summer programme, I thought it would… Continue Reading →

Magical Lanterns in Leeds

In a recent blog post about Roundhay Park, I’d mentioned that I was looking forward to going to the upcoming Magical Lantern Festival. As it turns out, I know a guy who knows a guy, so was lucky enough to get… Continue Reading →

Visiting The Royal Armouries

Now that winter’s drawing in and the days are shorter (and a whole lot wetter) I’ve been thinking about some of the indoor activities you can do in Leeds. The first thing that springs to mind is The Royal Armouries –… Continue Reading →

Christmas countdown (part two)

Carrying on the Christmas countdown, here are some other ace things I’d recommend doing in Leeds over the festive period. It’s a Wonderful Life at Hyde Park Cinema Built in 1914, Hyde Park Cinema is a beautiful, traditional cinema showing… Continue Reading →

Independent and international film festivals

No Gloss and Leeds International Film Festival. After writing a preview post on No Gloss Film Festival, I was looking forward to a weekend of independent films at Canal Mills. I already had plans for the weekend so couldn’t stay… Continue Reading →

Food, drink and a show at the Electric Press

James and I bought tickets to see Tape Face at The Carriageworks a while ago. I was actually purposefully looking for something to see at The Carriageworks as I realised I’d never been to a performance there before. Even if you’ve not been… Continue Reading →

Christmas countdown (part one)

Okay, so I know it’s only just October, but there are so many ace things to do in Leeds over Christmas, and for a lot of them you need to book tickets in advance, so I wanted to give you… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Light night

Light Night is a “free annual multi-arts event” which is taking place this year on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 October. Different light installations and projections appear across the city, as well as “film, dance, music, theatre, exhibitions and street… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: No Gloss Film Festival

I regularly go to the Showcase cinema but for ages I’ve been wanting to see films at different venues other than purpose built cinemas, and also independent films rather than just the usual, big blockbusters. There’s plenty on in Leeds… Continue Reading →

Pizza and pool with dad

Whenever my mum goes away on holiday, I use it as an excuse to go out for tea with my dad. They tend to be evenings of over-eating and drinking. We went to Smoke BBQ last time, and Reds before… Continue Reading →

Open air theatre at Temple Newsam

It’s become a tradition that every summer, my friend Becky and I watch a play by Heartbreak Productions at Temple Newsam. Two years ago we saw Pride and Prejudice; last year we saw Emma (we love Jane Austen) and this year we… Continue Reading →

The powerpoint, the challenge and the Wardrobe

Earlier this week I went to my first “Bettakultcha” event. Bettakultcha is an evening where people deliver presentations on a topic of their choosing (but no sales pitches allowed!). The catch is that they have to do it using exactly… Continue Reading →

The history plays

I absolutely love going to the theatre, and in Leeds we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to exciting plays and musicals. There’s enough on at various venues across the city that you could always see something new; I’d go every week… Continue Reading →

Oh yes sir, Leeds likes to boogie

I spent Friday evening in a car park dancing next to a giant disco ball, and it was awesome. As part of Yorkshire Festival, Duke Studios organised a massive disco in the car park by the Tetley, and encouraged people… Continue Reading →

Chef – the experience

One of mine and James’ favourite films is Chef. Nothing much really happens in it – it’s just a really cute film. The main character is a chef  (hence the title) who is creatively stifled in his restaurant job, and ends up… Continue Reading →

Music, food and literature festivals

Most people will have heard of Leeds festival, the annual music festival held over August bank holiday weekend at Bramham Park, but did you know there’s also a city musical festival, independent food festival and literature festival, all taking place… Continue Reading →

Tick Tock Unlock

Instead of getting each other tangible presents, my friend Lorraine and I buy each other experiences for our birthdays. This year she’d booked us and the James’s in for a game of Tick Tock Unlock – “a simple and exciting real… Continue Reading →

Finally – an arena

Okay, so my title for this blog post is a little misleading as we’ve actually had the First Direct Arena for a few years now, but after waiting for an arena in Leeds for ages, it still feels very new… Continue Reading →

A sneaky experience at Kirkstall Abbey

The last two times I’ve been to Kirkstall Abbey, I’ve been wearing a tie. “That’s quite formal for walking around some ruins” you might be thinking to yourself, and you’d be right. But it wasn’t because I wanted to suit… Continue Reading →

Feather boas and fire eaters at The Wet Spot Leeds

I’ve already blogged about how ace the Belgrave is for its food and rooftop garden, but did you know it’s also home to a monthly burlesque and cabaret night? Organised by Ryvita Von Cheese (love it), the Wet Spot occurs… Continue Reading →

A weekend with Opera North

Last weekend I got to experience a double helping of Opera North as I went to see L’elisir d’amore on Friday evening at The Grand and then the Orchestra of Opera North play The Best from the West End at the Town… Continue Reading →

Help make Heckyfest happen

Okay, so this post is about a festival in Heckmondwike, which I know isn’t in Leeds BUT… it is in West Yorkshire and it is about an ace event, and it is my blog – so I can do what… Continue Reading →

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