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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 →

Lovin’ Livin’ Italy

Livin’ Italy – an Italian restaurant, bar and deli on Granary Wharf – has been on my list to blog about for a while, but I was saving it for a round-up of best places to go for breakfast in Leeds. I… 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 →

“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 →

Staycation – Days 7 to 11: Learning, shopping and gigging

Day 7 Thursday was quite a fun and unusual evening in Leeds. Both James and I ended up learning about something new. James did his coffee class (which you can read about here!) and I ended up in The Body… Continue Reading →

North Star Coffee Academy: A lesson for coffee lovers

When mum and I visited the Royal Armouries a couple of months ago, we went for a drink at Laynes Espresso in Leeds Dock and noticed that there was a rather impressive coffee roasting machine in the building next door…. Continue Reading →

Staycation – Days 5 and 6: tapas and open mic night

Tuesday – day 5 of my Yorkshire holiday – was spent having a lazy day at home (I tend to do a lot during days off so need to remember every now and then to just relax!) Don’t worry though… Continue Reading →

Staycation – Days 2 to 4: breakfast and music

Our second official “staycation” day was Saturday, James’ birthday. When it’s my birthday, James makes me blueberry pancakes in bed; when it’s James’ birthday, I take him out for breakfast. I can barely make toast, so going out is preferable… Continue Reading →

Staycation in Leeds – Day 1: The German market and our annual day of drinking

For the last few years, James and I have taken a week off work around his birthday to have a “staycation” here in Yorkshire. We eat and drink ridiculous amounts of food, without any guilt, and try go to places we… 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 →

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