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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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