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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

“A trail of art, light and magic”

Throughout December, there have been a number of installations across Leeds as part of Leeds Bid‘s “Christmas in Leeds” project. The trail is made up of 15 different art and light installations, created by various artists and organisations. My intention was to… 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 →

8 reasons to go to Roundhay Park

Roundhay Park is in north Leeds and is apparently one of the biggest city parks in Europe. There are plenty of things to love about Roundhay Park, so I’ve made a list of a few of them here: It’s a… 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 →

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 →

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 →

More food and drink

Just a quick post from me today to let you know that the Yorkshire Food and Drink Festival is taking place this weekend in Millennium Square, so if you haven’t been yet – there’s still time to go get some… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Meerkats and turtles and frogs, oh my!

My friend Sophie came to visit from London at the weekend and I wanted to take her somewhere in Leeds that she hadn’t been to before which was a bit different from the usual city centre activities. I decided that Tropical… Continue Reading →

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