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Welcome to Leeds There’s so much to love about Leeds, who better than those who love it the most to help you make the most of your time here. From the best places to shop, eat, relax and explore to insider advice on the best sport and outdoor activities that are quite literally a breath of fresh air, you’ll find it all right here in Leeds Inside Out 2010. And to prove you can love Leeds without spending a fortune, look out for the fantastic special offers on many great attractions and accommodation, plus plenty of ideas on what to do for next to nothing.

We all look forward to welcoming you to the city we love.

All prices and details featured within this guide were correct at the time of printing and may be subject to change during the period of the publication. All establishments in this guide are inspected by either VisitBritain, or the AA. If you should have any cause for complaint regarding any of these establishments, please bring the matter to the attention of the management at the earliest opportunity.

4 don’t miss Your must-have list to what is going on in our city in 2010.

Visit Leeds has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information and cannot accept any responsibility and makes no offer of indemnity in the case of any dispute or claim as to the standard of accommodation, or the range of services provided.

12 ARTISTIC Pippa Hale, Director of the Northern Art Prize tells us why she is so proud of Leeds’ cultural credentials.

No recommendation of any particular establishment is implied by its inclusion in this guide. This guide was produced by Visit Leeds, White Rose House, 28a York Place, Leeds LS1 2EZ Design and editorial by Front Photography by Martin Brent and Bill Cooper. Page 58 Britainonview/Rod Edwards.

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 indulgence John Bade, Centre Director of the Victoria Quarter shares his thoughts on the shopping and luxury treats in Leeds.

18 CITY NIGHTS The General Manager at the O2 Academy Leeds, Steve Hoyland, gives us his top tips for a night on the town. 24 DELICIOUS Foodie blogger Katie Bolton shares her favourite dining experiences featuring a wide range of tastes and flavours.

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30 FAMILY Great attractions, acres of parkland and family focused museums come as standard in Leeds, Shaun Gregory Visitor and Retail Manager at Roundhay Park runs through the family favourites. 36 H  ERITAGE Leeds’ heritage can be found around every corner, James Hill Editor of Secret Leeds, takes us through Leeds’ past and present. 42 SPORT Leeds and sport have always made a great team and Head of The Snow School at Xscape, Aidan Harington, tells us why he’s a big Leeds fan. 48 OUTDOORS City and countryside live side by side here and Kevin Sunderland of the Aire and Calder Rivers Group explains that you can have everything here in Leeds.

ALSO 59 Enter & win a luxury break in Leeds

56 Leeds Visitor Centre Services

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58 Getting to & Around Leeds

104 LEEDS CITY MAP

60 experience the best 61 Attractions Listings 69 Cultural Venues 73 Accommodation 102 Accommodation A-Z 106 AREA MAP

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54 Gateway to YorkSHire Leeds is at the heart of England’s largest county with a beautiful coastline and three National Parks - we’re the perfect base from which to explore.

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So here it is. Our insider guide. All you need to know about Leeds by those who know all about it. And don’t forget, for the very latest events, offers and to book your short break in Leeds check out visitleeds.co.uk

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leeds - a city for all seasons

Summer

Spring, summer, autumn, winter it’s easy to find something you love doing in Leeds. From music to medieval jousting, food festivals to film festivals and much more, it’s all going on right here. To make sure you don’t miss out, here’s a taste of what’s happening. And don’t forget to check online for the very latest events, news and special offers.

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Summer 24 July 2010 James and the Giant Peach Open Air Theatre at Harewood Estate

opera north’s production of puccini’s la bohÈme.

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Magical Theatre in Magical Surroundings! Roald Dahl’s fantastic story gets the Illyria treatment in this colourful summertime production for children.

May 2010

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Temple Newsam - Wonderwall: 300 Years of Wallpaper

Leeds Half Marathon

July 2010

Showcasing some of the most exciting wallpapers from the seventeenth to twentieth century, this exhibition explores the history and craft of wallpaper and will change your perception of its importance. www.leeds.gov.uk/ templenewsamhouse 15 February - 8 June 2010 La Bohème by Opera North at Leeds Grand Theatre

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Opera in the Park at Temple Newsam Estate Opera fans gather every year on the beautiful Temple Newsam Estate for the free summertime Opera in the Park spectacular. www.leeds.gov.uk

With demonstrations, competitions & activities going on throughout both days, The Yorkshire Game Fair brings the excitement of the countryside alive for visitors of all ages. www.harewood.org

Leeds West Indian Carnival.

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Autumn/ Winter

Leeds Waterfront Festival Taking place over three key waterfront sites - Brewery Wharf, Clarence Dock and Thwaite Mills, Leeds Waterfront Festival will feature a broad mix of entertainment, including live music, boat cruises and a craft market. www.leedswaterfrontfestival.com

30 - 31 May 2010 Yorkshire Game Fair at Harewood Estate

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July - August 2010 Leeds Shakespeare Festival at Kirkstall Abbey Cloisters The British Shakespeare Company performs at Kirkstall Abbey Cloisters during the Leeds Shakespeare Festival. The event is always a sell-out - the productions appeal to all ages, there is covered seating, free parking, disabled access, and picnics are welcome. www.leeds.gov.uk/ kirkstallabbey

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November 2010

England v Pakistan at Headingley Carnegie Stadium

24th Leeds International Film Festival

Catch top-flight international cricket action at Headingley Carnegie Stadium for the Natwest One Day International Series England v Pakistan.

Every November, Leeds International Film Festival is your gateway to the world of cinema. Leeds is an immense and intense experience that reveals the incredible wonder of global filmmaking that you can’t see on your local screen or at home. Over thirteen days Leeds presents more than 200 screenings and events in a dozen venues to thousands of filmgoers eager to discover what is really happening in contemporary cinema.

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The Leeds Festival, the northern site of the Reading and Leeds Festival, takes place at Bramham Park over the August bank holiday weekend. Now in it’s 12th year it’s officially the North’s largest music festival.

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27 - 30 August 2010

October 2010

Leeds West Indian Carnival

Leeds Loves Shopping

The longest running West Indian carnival in Europe, Leeds West Indian Carnival is a three day event, climaxing in a carnival procession on Bank Holiday Monday, which starts and finishes in Potternewton Park in Chapeltown.

Leeds Loves Shopping is back with a bang and set to be even bigger for 2010. Now in its fifth year, it’s an annual celebration of all things retail, taking place in October. Expect catwalk shows, beauty makeovers, celebrity appearances, fantastic offers and promotions.

Fifty venues throughout the city are open throughout the night to host a collection of weird and wonderful events and one-off spectacles during the annual Light Night.

www.leedsfilm.com November - December 2010 Christkindelmarkt

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A little piece of Germany can be found in the heart of Leeds, as over 40 traders from the city of Frankfurt set up stall for the annual Christkindelmarkt. Shoppers have the opportunity to sample a warming mug of Gluhwein or a traditional Bratwurst whilst browsing the fantastic range of products on offer. www.leeds.gov.uk

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From Phyllida Lloyd, the director of the global phenomenon Mamma Mia! comes a classic production of Puccini’s masterpiece set in 1950s Paris. With its vivid portrayal of the excitement of love and the desolation of loss, this is a Bohème high on emotion.

The route to the annual Leeds Half Marathon takes participants through Leeds City Centre, with a finish in Millennium Square. Take part or come along and add your support.

This food lovers’ festival is coming to Leeds in July and is set to bring a culinary extravaganza, celebrating all things food and drink. The city’s eateries will be showcasing everything from light bites and snacks to mouth-watering meals and delicious desserts.

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Go on, treat yourself Whether you want to shop ‘til you drop or pick yourself up with a pampering treatment, take a look around and you’ll notice there’s something pleasantly different about Leeds. John Bade, Centre Director of the Victoria Quarter explains.

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With so many shops and so much to do, it’s only fair that Leeds is also well stocked with places to stop, unwind and enjoy some wellearned pampering.

Mulberry and Oliver Sweeney. I could go on, but there’s so much more to discover. Like Clarence Dock. It’s the place to stock up on today’s best cool urban brands. G-Star, Replay, Joy, All Saints, Moda in Pelle, Aspecto and many more are there. For those who like shopping and entertainment rolled into one, - and who doesn’t? The Light is a modern and airy retail retreat in the heart of the city. You’ll find Henri Lloyd, Lacoste, Ark and Exit to list just a few, plus there’s a great choice of bars, restaurants, a multi-screen cinema and even a hotel here too. Believe me, these are just the very edited highlights. Shop in the centre of Leeds and every turn offers something unique and different. So grab your bag and a friend (well, everyone needs a second opinion) and enjoy some of the most exciting, invigorating and unique shopping in the UK today. With so many shops and so much to do, it’s only fair that Leeds is also well stocked with places to stop, unwind and enjoy some well-earned pampering. So, make a weekend of it with some R&R at one of the many hotel spas in the city. Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa, Wood Hall Hotel and Spa and De Vere Oulton Hall Hotel and Spa offer great value short break packages with the emphasis on luxurious relaxation. If you’re not stopping over but still feel in need of a little pampering visit Waterfall Spa Leeds ladies only day spa. It offers the perfect retreat for women to relax, unwind and be pampered in style.

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In Leeds city centre you’ll find over 1,000 shops from luxury department stores to one-off independents and boutiques. As you’d expect from a bustling city, it has all the names you’d expect a modern 21st century city to have. But to be honest, that’s where the similarities end. Shopping in Leeds has it’s own character, look and feel. That’s why I love it here. Forget faceless malls and identical high streets, instead we have a number of pockets of retail heaven dotted around the city. Each has it’s own identity and personality, and are all within easy walking distance, so there’s no excuse not to give them all a go. This year the Victoria Quarter celebrates it’s 20th year, and I’m proud to say I’ve been in management there since the very beginning. The beautiful Victorian arcades are home to an impressive list of 76 stores, including Harvey Nichols, Vivienne Westwood, Jo Malone, Paul Smith,

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love the way Leeds really knows how to make you feel special. Take the shopping. Here even that’s done with a sense of style and individuality. Pretty streets, and not your faceless boring high streets, John Bade Centre Director interesting and unique of the Victoria Quarter. independent stores and a generous sprinkling of A-list designer names all make Leeds number one for shopping. Where else can you buy Vivienne Westwood in a perfectly restored Victorian arcade or beautiful jewellery in a Grade I Listed building? It’s definitely a feel-good city, so if you want to treat yourself, Leeds is the place to be.


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Top of the Shops

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Everyone loves shopping. And everyone loves a winner. Put the two together and you can’t go wrong.

Leeds Retail Therapy Award Winners 2009 Best Homeware House of Fraser

Best Local Fashion Designer James Steward

Best Jewellery & Accessories Pandora

Best Menswear Mr Chimp

Best Footwear Office

Best Womenswear No.15 Boutique Best High Street Top Shop

Best Independent Mr Chimp


Best Health & Wellbeing Rose & Co

Best Sports & Hobbies OK Comics

Best Customer Service Pandora

Best Lingerie La Senza

Best Newcomer The Hidden Wardrobe

Best Beauty Salon Saks

Leeds Guide Retail Legend Award Marks & Spencer

Afternoon Tea in Leeds • Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Café • The Tiled Hall Café • The Mansion House, Roundhay Park • The Terrace Tearoom, Harewood House • Anthony’s Patisserie • The Gatehouse at Kirkstall Abbey

• Leeds Vintage Fashion Fairs (April, October, November) • Affordable Vintage Fashion Fairs (16th May) • Artsmix Markets (Monthly) • Leeds Loves Shopping (October) • VQ Shopping Affair (October) • Christkindelmarkt (November - December) • Marks in Time - Marks & Spencer exhibition (Until Summer 2011)

• Neal’s Yard Treatment Rooms • Waterfall Spa • Lush Spa • Nicky Clarke Hair & Beauty Salon • Elemis SpaPod at Harvey Nichols

Just 10 miles from Leeds is the famous Salts Mill. A landmark in Saltaire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s home to a wonderfully eclectic mix of stores from designer interiors to books and beautiful jewellery.

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Our fabulous vintage and pre-loved fashion stores offer a new angle to shopping in Leeds: • Blue Rinse • Retro Boutique • The Final Curtain • Found by Create • Pop Boutique • Coco Rooms • Best Vintage • Upstaged • Rose & Co

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Luxury accommodation Go on, make a break of it and get yourself booked into one of these luxury hotels or serviced apartments. You’ll be glad you did. • Wood Hall Hotel & Spa • Residence Six • Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa • 42 The Calls • Woodlands • The Queens Hotel • Quebecs • The Chambers

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The Final Curtain, Hyde Park (D4) The Gatehouse at Kirkstall Abbey (D4)

Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa (F5) Wood Hall Hotel & Spa, Wetherby (G2) Woodlands (C5)

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Leeds creative side When it comes to arts and culture, Leeds really has its finger on the pulse. Pippa Hale, co-Director at Project Space Leeds and director of the northern art prize, runs through some of the cultural highlights of our artistic city.

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When you’re looking for an enlightening cultural experience in Leeds the dilemma is not what to do, but where to start. Theatre or gallery, modern or classic, quiet or loud, treat yourself or try something free. If you’re not sure what to do, take my advice, make a weekend of it and try a bit of everything! Let’s start at the theatre. You’re in for a treat in Leeds. Take your pick from the aptly named Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House and the newly transformed Howard Assembly Room to the Carriageworks Theatre in Millennium Square and the ever-popular West Yorkshire Playhouse. Further afield we have Bradford’s St Georges Hall and Alhambra Theatre, as well as the Theatre Royal Wakefield. There’s an exciting line up of performances scheduled all year round, so check out what’s on when you visit. A night at the opera is always one to remember, and Leeds-based Opera North continue to amaze

audiences with stunning productions of both the classics and contemporary operas. Sharing the acclaim as one of Leeds must-see cultural experiences is The Northern Ballet Theatre. One of the most regarded and established dance groups in the world, they and the contemporary Phoenix Dance Theatre company both make their home in Leeds. Catch a performance for either and you’re guaranteed a breath-taking experience. Of course, performance arts are a big thing in Leeds, but the visual arts are massive. Leeds Art Gallery is home to the best collection of 20th century art outside the capital. Project Space Leeds, the independent and artist-led contemporary art space I helped to create is a must visit. We have some amazing exhibitions across all art forms and shows by artists from the UK and further afield. The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery at the University of Leeds is a real hidden gem in the heart of the city too. The legendary Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, nearby Yorkshire Sculpture Park and forthcoming Hepworth Wakefield, show just how entertaining, invigorating and family-friendly art can be. Not too far away and worth a look is the stunning Salts Mill in Saltaire, home to over 400 works by David Hockney. Bradford’s Art Trail, Impressions Gallery and both the Leeds and Bradford International Film Festivals are some of Yorkshire’s best cultural highlights too.

performance arts are a big thing in Leeds, but the visual arts are massive. Leeds Art gallery is home to the best collection of 20th century art outside the capital.

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Pippa Hale Co-Director at Project Space Leeds and Director of the Northern Art Prize.

eeds is definitely one of the most vibrant, culturally diverse and creative cities around. We’re very lucky to have our very own opera and ballet companies in Leeds – I’m proud to say nowhere else outside London can boast that. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much more to see, experience, explore and wonder at. Visual arts, music, sculpture - it’s all here. And the best bit is, many of Leeds cultural gems are free. So there’s no excuse not to leave Leeds culturally richer.


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Exhibits Galore

FEStivals • Leeds International Concert Season (All year round)

• La Bohème, Leeds Grand Theatre (Until 8th June)

David Nash at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Soap Season at the National Media Museum

29th May 2010 - January 2011

Until 31st December 2010

• Thought Bubble - Leeds Sequential Art Festival (November)

Heroes and Heroines at Leeds City Museum

The Museum will be commemorating numerous soap anniversaries during 2010 by hosting a series of events examining the impact, popularity and longevity of British soap opera. The season begins with a celebration of EastEnders’ 25th anniversary. Reminisce about classic moments, watch rare and previously unseen footage and there’s also the chance to meet a soap star or two!

• Count of Monte Cristo, West Yorkshire Playhouse (16th April - 16th May)

• 24th Leeds International Film Festival (4th - 21st November)

An extensive exhibition of work by David Nash, tracing the evolution of the artist’s forty-year career. This is envisaged to be the largest ever exhibition by an internationally acclaimed artist, who has developed an eloquent understanding of trees to create sculpture, installation, projects and related drawings.

Flock Together at Leeds Museums and Galleries

• The Importance of Being Earnest, Harewood House (19th August)

Throughout 2010

• Dirty Dancing, Drive in Movie at Harewood (11th September)

• The 15th Leeds Shakespeare Festival (July - August) • Saltaire Festival (September) alhambra theatre - enjoy.

Performances of the Year

• Leeds Light Night (October) • Morley Literature Festival (October)

July 2010 - January 2011 flock together at temple newsam.

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And to prove it you can enjoy entry to all these without paying a penny. • The Henry Moore Institute • Yorkshire Sculpture Park • Leeds Art Gallery • Project Space Leeds • The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery at the University of Leeds • Pavillion

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• Death of a Salesman, West Yorkshire Playhouse (1st - 29th May) • Hairspray, Leeds Grand Theatre (22nd June - 3rd July) • Opera in the Park, Temple Newsam (July)

• Classical Fantasia, Kirkstall Abbey (September) • A Christmas Carol, West Yorkshire Playhouse (20th November - 15th January)

Comedy Up for a laugh? You’re in luck. Check these venues out. • The HiFi Club • West Yorkshire Playhouse • Highlight • Seven • St George’s Hall, Bradford • The Adelphi • The Library Pub • Mr Ben’s Bar

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Twenty-one years ago the Terrace Gallery was established at Harewood by artist/curator Diane Howse - a radical gesture in its day and the first dedicated contemporary art space in the setting of a country house. This year Harewood looks back on twenty-one years of the exhibitions programme.

Bright, colourful, vibrant and dynamic, birds have inevitably been used as inspiration for design and decoration through the ages. 2010 sees a series of bird-inspired events being held across Leeds. Study Turner’s bird watercolours at Leeds Art Gallery, investigate JJ Audubon’s birds as wallpaper at Temple Newsam House and take a look around Leeds’ collection of feathered fashion at Lotherton Hall.

• Enjoy by Alan Bennett, Alhambra Theatre Bradford (19th April - 24th April)

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Step into the silver screen with the ultimate film and television costume collection. See the rich fabrics and tight corsets used in films such as Jane Eyre and The Duchess, standing alongside original clothing worn by our ancestors.

• Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Alhambra Theatre Bradford (29th March - 3rd April)


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Art Trail, Saltaire (A4) Hepworth, Wakefield (D7)

The Terrace Gallery, Harewood House (E2)

Impressions Gallery, Bradford (B5)

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (D7)

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a Good night – guaranteed With such a varied and interesting nightlife In Leeds, you’ll be glad you didn’t opt for an early night. Steve Hoyland, General Manager at O2 Academy Leeds talks us through his favourite city hotspots.

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eeds is a fantastic city, with a real buzz and energy about it. With a nightlife that’s second to none, you can see why students flock to study here from all over the country, and often never leave. With an abundance of bars, pubs, music venues and clubs, it’s no surprise that all genres and tastes are catered for to reflect such a cosmopolitan crowd. And wherever you go, you’ll see that Leeds knows how to have a good time. Why not come and see for yourself? I guarantee it will be the best night out you’ve had in years.

Steve Hoyland General Manager at O2 Academy Leeds.

Whether you fancy a pint of Yorkshire beer whilst listening to a live acoustic guitar or going crazy at some of the biggest and best club nights around – you’ll find it all, and lots in between, right here. The traditional warm Yorkshire welcome is always something worth popping out for, and you’ll find it in any one of the hundreds of pubs in and around the city. Specialty beers and plenty of homegrown hospitality make even the most chilled night out worth remembering. The Cross Keys, Calls Landing, North Bar and The Adelphi have more than their fair share of rare beers for the more adventurous amongst you. However, if you prefer your socialising with a little more cosmopolitan sophistication, not to mention the odd cocktail or two, then try out one of the many popular bars in the city. Stylish décor, cool playlists and even cooler Mojitos are definitely the order of the day at bars such as Oporto, Mojo, Chilli Whites, Norman and Sandinista. Many of Leeds bars are open until the early hours to help you make the most of your night out. But the bars aren’t the only place to be, when the hour is late. Leeds is undoubtedly the clubbing capital of the North. It’s definitely where you want to be if you’re looking to lose yourself on the dance floor. Go clubbing in style at The Mezz Club. It’s home to Glasshouse, a unique club night with a legendary status. Habit, Basics and Federation, are a good bet for a great night too. For something decadent and different, head to Mission, The Mint Club, The Subculture or Wire. There’s always something new to discover in Leeds, so you’ll never get bored.

Live music is always top of the agenda in Leeds, thanks to the many music festivals and amazing venues we have right here in the city. Catch jazz at The Wardrobe, funk and soul at The HiFi Club, the next big thing at Brudenell Social Club or The Faversham, plus some amazing rock nights at Rio’s. There are always huge up-for-it crowds at The Cockpit and The Refectory too. Here at O2 Academy Leeds, we welcome the biggest international music artists to the stage as well as being home to several club nights in our main room and Underground. Without a doubt, we’re proud to play such a large part in the city’s outstanding entertainment scene. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy yourself in our city. You can always have a lie in tomorrow.

You haven’t Lived Leeds until You’ve tried the Chilli Cobra cocktail at Chilli White. The recipe is a closely guarded secret, but let’s just say it’s hot hot hot.

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Night out planner Whatever you’re in the mood for, Leeds has got it covered. So what do you fancy tonight?

A relaxing evening If you fancy a log fire and a cosy chat, head to The Reliance, The Cross Keys or The Victoria Hotel. For relaxation with a sophisticated edge, visit the Skylounge on the 13th floor of the City Inn hotel with it’s fantastic views of the city, or Epernay for the largest champagne list in Leeds.

Lively indie bars

Glamming it up Smarten up to rub shoulders with Leeds’ movers and shakers in classy venues such as Oracle, Prohibition, Distrikt, Norman, The Rock Bar and Boutique.

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How about a Headphone Disco at Stylus, or a Roller Disco at Highlights? Get creative at Doodle-Booze, run by OK Comics, where anyone can turn up, have a drink and do a little drawing. Or test your music trivia skills with Rock & Roll Bingo at Baby

A big night out Leeds is clubbing heaven for those who like to party til the early hours. Some of the biggest nights in the city are: Basics at My House, Sessions at Gatecrasher Seven, Filth at Mint Club, Wax:On at Leeds University Union, Kissdafunk at Mission and Glasshouse at Mezz. If you like a choice of environments and musical styles under one roof, try Chilli White, Tiger Tiger, or even Oceana, where you’ll find the largest illuminated dance floor in Europe!

Jupiter. It’s sure to leave you in a happy mood! Cabaret lovers will enjoy a visit to The Birdcage, Cabaret Heaven at Seven or The Slippery Belle Burlesque Show at The Subculture. As for the dress code, well, anything goes!

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5 big events to put in your diary:

Live music

1. Live at Leeds (1st - 3rd May)

Leeds creates and attracts some of the best bands around, and live music has always been the centre of it’s nightlife. Our biggest venues The Cockpit, O2 Academy Leeds, The Refectory all attract huge crowds. If you fancy something more intimate, try The Brudenell Social Club, Smokestack, The Faversham, The Well, The HiFi Club or The Wardrobe. Or you can try out your vocal skills at OK Karaoke.

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A showcase of the region’s emerging musical talent alongside top national acts. www.liveatleeds.com

2. Leeds Pride (1st August)

The annual Gay Pride celebration parades through Leeds city centre, and is the biggest Pride event in Yorkshire. www.leedspride.com

3. Moor Music Festival

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(12th - 15th August) Annual grass-roots music festival, taking place in the beautiful countryside just outside Leeds. www.moormusicfestival.co.uk

4. Leeds West Indian Carnival

(27th - 30th August) The longest running West Indian Carnival in Europe, with music, floats and colourful costumes galore. www.leedscarnival.co.uk

5. Leeds Festival

(27th - 29th August) Over six stages and three days, Leeds Festival is one of the biggest music events of the summer. www.leedsfestival.com

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Leeds is home to the oldest gay pub in the UK, The New Penny, as well as many stylish gay bars such as Fibre, Queen’s Court and

looking for something a little different?

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These bars are loud, ‘lived-in’ and are always full to the brim. They regularly win awards for having a party atmosphere and for their legendary cocktail making skills! Try Oporto, A Nation of Shopkeepers, Jake’s Bar, Mojo, Neon Cactus and Sandinista.

The Viaduct. Party late into the night with regular Leeds club nights Pink Pounder, Homo, Back Door Disco and Federation.

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What’s on the menu? One thing’s for sure. When it comes to eating out in Leeds, you’ll never get bored. Local restaurant critic, writer and foodie Katie Bolton tells us why you’re in for a mouth-watering experience.

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Anthony Flinn has four must-visit eateries in the city, including the chic Anthony’s and Piazza by Anthony in the stunning surrounding of The Corn Exchange.

and Yorkshire flair. Places such as Whitelocks, haven’t changed in years and the landmark Tiled Hall Café is as much a feast for your eyes as it is for your stomach. Kids of any age will love Shaky Jakes retro 50’s milkshake bar, or if you fancy a delicious and filling sandwich, Pickles and Potter deli is a must. Opposite coffee shop is exactly the place to go when you need a quick pick me up. Featured in The Guardian’s top ten coffee shops in the country, these guys serve amazing coffee at prices that beat the chains hands down. The choice of places to eat is astounding, and one thing you’ll notice is the warm, open and friendly vibe in Leeds that makes eating out a memorable experience. Add delicious food and great value into the mix and you can’t go wrong. So enjoy.

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When you look around the city and see the exciting mix of cultures, it’s not a big surprise to learn that Leeds cuisine has an unmistakable international flavour. Having the UK’s curry capital Bradford as our neighbour must have played a part. From chic Indian restaurants with Michelin starred head chefs and stylish modern Japanese noodle bars, to warm and welcoming curry houses and rustic Greek tavernas where every kebab comes with a hug and a kiss from the chef - whatever your tastebuds desire, you’ll find it in Leeds. I’d definitely put, The Bird at ALEA, Hansa’s, Kendell’s Bistro, The Olive Tree, Bibi’s and Sukothai on my must-visit list. I also can’t wait to try Jamie’s Italian when it opens in April. No write up of the Leeds restaurant scene would be complete without a mention of local food hero, (and mine too) Anthony Flinn. He has four must-visit eateries in the city, including the chic Anthony’s and Piazza by Anthony in the stunning surroundings of The Corn Exchange. The food is amazing and the prices are really reasonable too. Each Spring, visitors travel from miles around to Wakefield’s annual Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb. The Rhubarb Triangle of Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield is known as the centre for the world’s production of forced rhubarb. The region is also home to Leventhorpe, England’s most northerly vineyard, as well as a number of local ale producers including Ossett Brewery, Saltaire Brewery and Leeds Brewery. Traditional fare is as popular as ever and Leeds still does the classics with a sense of style

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’ve been eating my way around Leeds for years and I’m still hungry for more. It’s the sheer variety of international and homegrown flavours at your fingertips that make Leeds stand out as a top eating out destination. The settings are something special too, take your pick from the converted Old Post Office, the Victorian Tiled Hall and the cute little street vendors. We’ve everything from luxurious fine dining courtesy of local hero, Anthony Flinn to small coffee shops like Opposite that just seem to get everything right. Whatever you fancy, Leeds has it - and then some. The value, and of course, the famous warm Leeds welcome is pretty legendary too. So, let’s get stuck in.


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good value Eats Leeds is full of fantastic affordable eateries, with something to suit all taste buds and budgets. Here’s a selection for you to try: • Fuji Hiro (Japanese) Wade Lane, Leeds mumtaz, bradford.

• Anthony’s Patisserie (British) Victoria Quarter, Leeds

• The Bird by Vineet (Modern Indian) Alea Casino, Clarence Dock, Leeds

• Wokon (Asian noodle bar) Lower Briggate and New Station Street, Leeds

• The Tiled Hall Café (British) Next to Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds

• Salvo’s (Italian) Otley Road, Headingley

• Spice Quarter (Chinese, Italian, Indian, Thai Buffet) The Electric Press, Great George Street, Leeds

• Ephesus Mangal (Turkish grill, bring your own alcohol) Bishopgate Street, Leeds Piazza by anthony.

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Looking for somewhere where the food pleases the parents and the kids get a smile from the friendly staff? These restaurants are great for families:

There’s a cosy atmosphere with an exciting range of sandwich options and tasty home made cakes. The emphasis is on organic, local produce.

(Sandwiches, Cakes)

The Olive Press

Leeds City Museum CafÉ

(Italian)

(British)

Wagamama

Kids have the chance to make their own pizzas with the ‘Little Olives’ menu.

Locally sourced food at affordable prices. High chairs and outside tables available.

(Japanese noodle bar)

Chaophraya

Nash’s Fish & Chip Restaurant

(Thai)

• Kirkgate Market (Monday to Saturday, no open market on Wednesday)

• Leeds Loves Food (1st - 4th July)

• Wakefield Market (Monday to Saturday, global market on Thursday) • Otley Market (Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) • Leeds Farmers’ Market (1st and 3rd Sunday of each month) • Headingley Farmers’ Market (2nd Saturday of each month)

(British, Fish) With a special Little Ones menu and a discounted Senior Citizens offer alongside the main menu, there’s something for all the family at this traditional restaurant.

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• Pudsey Farmers’ Market (Last Thursday of each month) • Otley Farmers’ Market (Last Sunday of each month) • Wetherby Farmers’ Market (2nd Sunday of each month)

• Pontefract Liquorice Festival (11th July) • Saltaire Brewery Winter Ales Beer Festival (17th - 18th September) • Otley Beer Festival (November) • Christkindelmarkt (November - December)

5 fantastic restaurants for al fresco dining • Brasserie 44 • Restaurant Bar & Grill • Casa Mia Millennium • Oracle • Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Café

5 places to enjoy real ale: • The Midnight Bell (Leeds Brewery) • Whitelocks • The Scarborough Hotel • The Hop (Ossett Brewery) • The Adelphi

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Chaophraya has a Sunday buffet - perfect for kids to try new and exciting flavours. They can even meet the chef afterwards.

Children’s menu, high chairs, mini chopsticks and colouring books all add to the family friendly welcome.

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Shaky Jakes, Headingley (D4)

Otley Beer Festival (C2)

Sukothai, Chapel Allerton (D4)

Otley Farmers’ Market (C2)

The Hop Osset Brewery (D7)

Pontefract Liquorice Festival (H7)

Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink & Rhubarb (D7)

Pudsey Farmers’ Market (C5)

Wakefield Market (D7)

Saltaire Brewery (A4)

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Salvo’s, Headingley (D4)

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Fun for all the family With great attractions, loads of fun places to eat, hundreds of acres of parkland to explore and much more besides, no wonder kids love Leeds. Shaun Gregory, visitor and retail manager at roundhay park tells us why.

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Right, where to first? If you’re looking to avoid the ‘are we there yet?’ heckles, there’s lots to do within a short walk or drive of the city centre.

Rain or shine, curious toddler or hard to please teenager, Leeds is the perfect place to spend quality family time. There’s a huge list of things to do and because showing the kids a good time is only half the battle, there are loads of child-friendly cafés and restaurants to keep the whole family’s energy levels up. So stock up, you’ll need it. If you’re looking to avoid the ‘are we there yet?’ heckles, there’s lots to do within a short walk or drive of the city centre. The award-winning Royal Armouries, the fascinating Leeds City Museum and the brilliant and sometimes gory Thackray Museum are guaranteed to keep the kids hooked. Of course, my passion is for our amazing parkland and the 700 acres of Roundhay Park and neighbouring Tropical World. With its exotic butterflies, collection of equatorial plants and meerkat house, it should be on your must-visit list. In Bradford, you can visit the UK’s only five-storey high IMAX cinema screen, and catch the latest exhibitions at the National Media Museum.

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If you fancy an all-in-one family day out, you’re in luck. Harewood House is a short drive away from Leeds City Centre. There’s the house, grounds and gardens to explore, an adventure playground, a bird garden, including the famous penguins, ever changing exhibitions and even a new children’s indoor interactive area. Animal lovers like me will be in their element at Lotherton Hall Estate with its famous collection of rare and endangered birds. And at Temple Newsam you can visit Home Farm by day and go bat detecting by night! Thrill seekers young and old will love Xscape. With the country’s biggest real snow slope, rock climbing walls, aerial assault course, laserzone and glow in the dark cosmic golf, it’s cool in more ways than one. Or there’s unusual activities like The Works Skatepark or nearby DiggerLand where all the family can get hands on with normally off limits construction equipment. Bringing your family to Leeds is always an eventful time, for all the right reasons. Every year we have the Leeds Young People’s Film Festival, Party in the Park plus jousting tournaments at the Royal Armouries Museum to name just a few. Wintertime sees The Christmas Adventure reopen its magical doors from October - January and the Ice Cube, the UK’s largest temporary ice skating rink returns to Millennium Square from January - March. If you’re looking for something for all the family, give Leeds a go and join in the fun.

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eeds is definitely a family city. There’s so much to do and it’s so easy to get around. Bring the kids, grab Granny and come and have a great time! Whether your family is into museums, extreme sports, outdoor fun, eating out, big attractions or more than likely a combination of the lot, this is the place for you. It’s easy to fill a fun packed day or weekend and the thing you can’t help but love about Leeds is that it’s not just child friendly, it’s kind on parents’ pockets too. With a mixture of great value attractions and loads of free stuff to get stuck into, keeping the kids busy doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Shaun Gregory Visitor and


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Family Fun for Free

Yorkshire Pass

You don’t have to spend a lot to have a great time. The following attractions are all free to enter so why not give them a go? • Leeds City Museum

• Golden Acre Park

See more of Yorkshire with a Yorkshire Pass - over 75 attractions included on 1,2,3 or 6 day passes - the more you see the more you save!

• Leeds Art Gallery

• Lotherton Hall Estate and Bird Garden

Available to buy online at www.yorkshirepass.com

• Fairburn Ings RSPB Nature Reserve

Email info@yorkshirepass. com or telephone 01904 550099 to find out more about Yorkshire’s latest sightseeing accessory.

• Henry Moore Institute • Yorkshire Sculpture Park • Kirkstall Abbey • Royal Armouries Museum • Temple Newsam Estate and Garden, the Home Farm here is also free to the under 5’s

• Under 5’s go free at Tropical World • The National Media Museum

What’s happening for Kids in 2010

Best for:

• Leeds Young People’s Film Festival (29th March - 9th April)

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• Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam & Noddy, Harewood House (2nd - 3rd May) • Dr Rock’s Lost Gallery at Leeds City Museum (Until 4th July) • The Mermaid Princess, West Yorkshire Playhouse (30th June - 4th July) • Teddy Bear Festival, Thackray Museum (12th - 13th August)

• National Coal Mining Museum for England

• Roundhay Park

• A Christmas Carol, West Yorkshire Playhouse (20th November - 15th January)

• Chevin Forest Park

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Rainy days Leeds City Museum Educational but fun Thackray Museum Entertainment Jousting at Royal Armouries Animal lovers Temple Newsam Home Farm Sports mad Leeds United stadium tours Letting off steam Harewood Adventure Playground Little ones Tropical World Thrills Xscape Inspiring West Yorkshire Playhouse Parents Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Leeds hidden, and not so hidden, gems Leeds heritage is hardly difficult to find. It’s everywhere and according to James Hill, Editor of secretleeds.com, that’s what makes it so easy to tap into.

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For a forward-looking city, Leeds isn’t shy about showing off its rich heritage. Our incredible Victorian past is everywhere and the city is packed with gems of huge historical importance. Our industrial past has added another dimension to the cityscape. And that’s what I love about Leeds. Every mill, church, abbey and grand building has a story to tell. In and around the city it’s easy to stumble upon our historical gems. The landmark Corn Exchange and Town Hall are the more obvious ones, but leave the shops behind, take a turn off Briggate and you’ll find inner city wonders like St John the Evangelist Church. The oldest church in Leeds, it’s one of our great hidden gems. You can’t miss Wakefield Cathedral in the heart of our neighbouring city. With beautiful stained glass windows and a spire of approximately 247 feet, it is the tallest church in Yorkshire. Wherever you go, there’s no getting away from our industrial past. It’s what’s made Leeds the city it is today, and we’re proud of it.

If you fancy a grand day out, we have some of the UK’s best-loved historical houses nearby. Harewood House with its spectacular Capability Brown landscaped grounds, the Tudor-Jacobean estate of Temple Newsam and the beautiful Edwardian estate, Lotherton Hall all offer a fascinating insight into our past. There is also the National Trust owned Nostell Priory, a magnificent country house near Wakefield. For me, another must-see destination has got to be the Royal Armouries Museum. They really know how to bring history to life there and everyone will love the jousting tournaments and hand-to-hand combat demonstrations. Wherever you are, there’s no getting away from our industrial past. Bradford Industrial Museum at Moorside Mills is also home to the museum’s team of working horses, and is a great place to experience life in the industrial heydey. Nearby in Wakefield, you can descend 140 metres underground at the National Coal Mining Museum for England, where a guide will take you around and share his mining experiences with you. Thwaite Mills Watermill in Leeds is one of the only fully restored working water-powered mills in Yorkshire, with exhibits dating back to the 18th century. But of course, Leeds history goes back a little further than that. Kirkstall Abbey was founded in 1152 by a party of Cistercian monks. It’s one of the bestpreserved medieval abbeys in the UK today and in my opinion a truly amazing place.

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herever you are in Leeds, chances are you’re only feet away from our rich heritage. Just look up from the modern shop fronts and fashionable restaurants and Leeds glorious history is right there, in all its Victorian glory. But that’s nothing. Where else can you stumble upon 13th century monastic ruins, re-creations of Florence’s Giotto Campanile bell tower or a building like the amazing Temple Works, our very own Egyptian landmark based on the Temple of Edfu, complete with obelisk? But I guess that’s typical of Leeds. History, quirks, great stories and always something interesting around every corner. You’ll love it.


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A few hidden heritage gems just waiting to be found Middleton Railway At over 250 years old, Middleton Railway is the oldest commercially successful railway in the world, and a great day out for all the family.

Thornton’s Arcade The clock in the gothic-arched Thornton’s Arcade features an animated group of cast iron figures such as Robin Hood and Friar Tuck. Be sure to visit on the hour to catch the figures striking the bell.

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Top 5 Gardens Some of Leeds best gems aren’t buildings at all. So get out in the fresh air and enjoy our city’s green heritage.

The Hyde Park Picture House Built in 1914, Leeds’ premier art house cinema is a beautiful example of an Edwardian venue and one of the only surviving picture palaces in the UK. As a Grade II Listed building, it still boasts many original features including gas lighting and a decorated Edwardian balcony.

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Little Germany was home to the German merchants who came to Bradford in the late 1850s for the prosperous textile industry. Today these unique buildings form a collection of 85 buildings constructed between 1855 and 1890, of which 55 are Listed.

With 700 acres of parkland, lakes and woodland, this Park includes scented gardens for the blind, National Plant Collections, the Monet and Alhambra Gardens, plus Tropical World. Two former Chelsea gardens are situated here along with the ‘Friends of Roundhay Park’ garden, and the café restaurant is now open at the Mansion House for a range of delicious refreshments.

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Kirkstall Abbey Built between 1152 and 1182 on the northern bank of the River Aire, the Abbey was once home to a community of Cistercian monks. Kirkstall Abbey is hugely popular with local families and visitors, consisting of 23.5 hectares of historical grounds, landscaped walks and open grassland.

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• Tower Works

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• The Mansion Roundhay Park york gate garden.

Temple Newsam Estate One of the great historic estates in England, set within over 1,500 acres of parkland, woodland and farmland landscaped by Capability Brown in the 18th century. Highlights of the grounds include the Rhododendron Walk, Lakeside Gardens and Walled Gardens, as well as Home Farm.

The Leeds OWL trail Leeds has a strong history with the owl, this symbol of wisdom is on our coat of arms and there are plenty of owls around the city. Try and spot them all on the Owl trail. You can download a map at www.leedsowltrail.com

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• The Who ‘Live at Leeds’ The Refectory, University of Leeds • Louis Le Prince Leeds Bridge

A one-acre masterpiece and outstanding example of 20th century English garden design, noted for its striking architectural features and exquisite vistas.

Over 100 acres of gardens set in a magnificent landscape created by Lancelot Capability Brown. Visitors can enjoy the Terrace, the Lakeside Garden, the Himalayan Garden and the Walled Garden.

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There are many stories behind the famous people and places commemorated for posterity by Blue Plaques. Here are some of our favourite plaques:

• Park Square

RoundHay Park

Harewood House

History & heritage on the go

• Marks & Spencer Kirkgate Market

York Gate Garden

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The world’s first ever moving images were captured on Leeds Bridge in 1888 by Louis Le Prince.

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Get close to the action Leeds and sport have always made a great team. Whether you’re watching the professionals or having a go yourself, AidAn Harington, head of the SNOW SCHOOL at Xscape tells us why he’s a big Leeds fan.

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Aidan Harington Head of The Snow School at Xscape.

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Whatever sport you’re into, you’ll love how easy it is to get close to the action in Leeds. With rugby, cricket, football and horseracing all here, if you’re a sports fan, believe me, you’re onto a winner. For rugby fans, Leeds is a dream destination. The former rugby league World Club Challenge winners Leeds Rhinos, and Leeds Carnegie Rugby Union are both based at Headingley Carnegie Stadium. The facilities are family friendly, the tickets are great value and the atmosphere is always electric! Check out neighbouring Bradford Bulls, Wakefield Wildcats, Castleford Tigers and Featherstone Rovers too. Talking of great atmospheres, why not experience a match day at Elland Road the home of the great Leeds United or local rival Bradford City? Stadium tours are available at both, if you fancy a look around. If you prefer your sporting heroes with four legs, Wetherby Racecourse is a good bet. Many great steeplechasers have graced its turf and with free entry to under 16’s it’s a treat for all your family. Or, you could join the 45,000 who travel to Leeds each summer for the Bramham International Horse Trials. And of course, this is Yorkshire and we love our cricket. So it’s great news that the Yorkshire Cricket Museum is opening in the new pavilion at Headingley this autumn. All the world’s greats have played at Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground. Home to Yorkshire County Cricket Club it’s also the place to catch one of the international matches being held this year. For guaranteed fast and exciting action, try to catch one of the

Twenty20 matches. It’s quick, edge of your seat cricket. So get yourself booked in. If watching world-class sport isn’t enough for you, get your kit on and get stuck in. We have a great choice of facilities, from swimming pools to boating lakes, golf courses to tennis courts, it’s all right here. Just minutes from the city centre you can be mountain biking in the picturesque Yorkshire countryside. Leeds is also home to the North’s finest indoor karting arena, Pole Position, where you can spend hours racing the circuit, with pitstops and driver changes adding to the fun! If you’ve been inspired by the Winter Olympics, you’ll love the 170m slope of real snow at Xscape in nearby Castleford. So, come and enjoy a city that loves sport just as much as you do.

If watching world-class sport isn’t enough for you, get your kit on and get stuck in. We have a great choice of facilities, from swimming pools to boating lakes, golf courses to tennis courts, it’s all right here.

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hat’s so great about Leeds, especially for a sports fan, is wherever you are, you’re never far from the action. Watching or taking part, there’s plenty to get the blood pumping. Footy, rugby, cricket and horse racing lovers will be in their element. There’s nearly always a big game or meeting on, so get a ticket and make sure you’re in good voice. And for those of you who like to get out and participate, the surrounding area has everything from fantastic hills that are perfect for mountain biking to indoor snow slopes for all-year round skiing.


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sport

A golfer’s dream

Sporting Highlights

There are four good quality and great value municipal golf courses around the city, based at Roundhay Park, Gotts Park, Temple Newsam and Middleton Park. The four star De Vere Oulton Hall Hotel and Spa also has a challenging golf course. A warm welcome awaits at Moortown Golf Club, one of the

Leeds Rhinos v Bradford Bulls (1st April) Leeds United v Milton Keynes Dons (24th April) Leeds United v Bristol Rovers (8th May) Leeds Half Marathon (9th May) Ladies Day, Wetherby Racecourse (20th May)

country’s finest Championship Golf courses where The Ryder Cup was staged in 1929. Fancy a game indoors? The PGA Tour endorsed Golf Café Bar has arrived in Leeds city centre. The latest technology makes these simulators the most realistic around and you use normal balls and clubs. Why not give it a go?

Leeds Rhinos v Crusaders Rugby League (20th June) Clarence Dock Dragon Boat Racing (26th - 27th June)

It’s all downhill from here

Leeds Rhinos v St. Helens (3rd July) Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All (4th July) Pakistan v Australia 2nd Test Match (21st - 25th July)

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Leeds Rhinos v Catalan Dragons (20th August) Bradford Bulls v Wakefield Wildcats (22th August) England v Pakistan (12th September) Bradford City Marathon (17th October)

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Whatever the weather the more adventurous of you can get your kicks at Xscape in Castleford. With nearly half a million square foot of extreme sports activities, here you’ll find over 1,500 tonnes of real snow to ski, snowboard or sledge down, plus climbing walls, an aerial assault course, skate park and much more. www.xscape.co.uk

Boxing Day Meet, Wetherby Racecourse (26th December) golf course at de vere oulton hall hotel & spa.

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Get out and about The beauty with Leeds is you don’t have to choose between a city break or escaping to the countryside, you can have both. Kevin Sunderland of the Aire and Calder Rivers Group tell us why he thinks Leeds has everything.

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The beauty of a destination like Leeds is that in no time you can leave the city behind you and be somewhere that feels a million miles from modern life. Wherever you head out, it’s not long before you’re exploring the natural beauty that surrounds us. Even if you’re not venturing out, Leeds itself is an oasis of wildlife with deer, red kites and otters all enjoying our clean rivers and unspoilt woodland. For me, walking is one of the best ways to experience the great outdoors, and we have loads of well-marked routes and plenty of facilities to help you enjoy all we have to offer. The Leeds Country Way and the Trans Pennine Trail are fantastic for the serious and the not so serious walker. Both pass through amazing scenery, from idyllic canal sides and Leeds Victorian industrial past, to rugged countryside and beauty spots. One thing’s for sure, you’ll never get bored. There are many other walks in and around the city. Otley Chevin, Almscliffe Crags, Eccup Reservoir and the Harewood Estate to name just a few. Another great way to experience the great outdoors is on your bike. Once again, we have more than our fair share of well sign posted routes ranging from the mammoth 150-mile West Yorkshire Cycle route, (you don’t have to ride it all) to the more sedate Aire Valley Towpath Route which runs for 22km from Leeds to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire. The Wetherby Railway Path is also popular and follows a disused railway track, between Leeds and Wetherby. It’s short, flat and great for young children. If riding a horse is more your thing, you’re in luck. Adel Wood Equestrian Centre has a 7-mile trail from Woodhouse Moor to Golden Acre Park

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For me, walking is one of the best ways to experience the great outdoors, and we have loads of well-marked routes and plenty of facilities to help you enjoy all we have to offer.

and lessons, hacks or lead-outs are available for all abilities. Middleton Park Equestrian Centre, one of Britain’s best, also has facilities on the edge of Middleton Woods, providing off road hacking and carriage driving in 300 acres of ancient woodland. The beauty of the nearby Pennine Yorkshire landscape is there for all to enjoy. It’s the perfect place to celebrate the outdoor life. Walk the moors where once the Brontës walked or explore the wooded valleys where poet laureate Ted Hughes grew up. There’s plenty to explore across the moorland bridleways. And if you fancy a bit of fresh air and greenery, but don’t want to go too far, you could visit one of the seven major parks in Leeds. Many have adventure playgrounds, tennis courts, fishing lakes and bowling greens.

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Kevin Sunderland Aire and Calder Rivers Group.

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herever you are in Leeds, you’re never more than a stones throw away from the great outdoors. And that’s what I love about the place. We’re lucky enough to have two rivers running right through the city and both attract fantastic wildlife right into the heart of the city. They make great routes out of the city into the open countryside too for anyone who wants to get out there and enjoy the open air. With so many beauty spots, nature havens, historic towns and endless walks, we’re a bit spoilt really, but you won’t hear me complaining.


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Birdwatching

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Leeds is home to a fantastic variety of birds including red kites, flamingos and penguins to name but a few! You can find them on the waterways, in parks, nature reserves and in our famous bird gardens. Spot your favourite feathered friends here: • RSPB Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve • Harewood House Bird Garden • Lotherton Hall Bird Garden

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• Tropical World • Kirkstall Abbey • Roundhay Park

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the lake at harewood.

The beautiful Pennine Yorkshire countryside offers something for all who enjoy spending their holiday walking, whether it’s a stroll along one of the canalside paths or an ambitious day hike across the heather moors.

If you’re a horse-rider, you’ll be able to follow the routes once trodden by packhorse

If you are looking to get the adrenalin going, we’ve plenty to tempt you. There are climbing and bouldering possibilities on our gritstone outcrops and a slalom route for canoeists on the river Calder. Pennine Yorkshire is also one of the country’s top areas for fellrunning, with regular fell races throughout the year to leave you tired, muddy, but exhilarated.

Pack your picnic basket & spend the afternoon in a local beauty spot: • The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a great place to see outdoor sculpture in a natural setting. There’s also 500 acres of parkland where you can walk off your lunch! • There are good riverside walks, a picnic area plus a free car park by the riverside bandstand in Wetherby.

Fishing

• In summer, the music heads outside every Sunday as part of Leeds Concert Season’s Summer Bands in Parks programme. Enjoy a free concert by the region’s brass, jazz and concert bands at 22 of the city’s parks.

There are miles of rivers, lakes and lengths of canal in Leeds, providing relaxing and peaceful places to cast your line and while away the hours.

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Popular spots include: • Knotford Lagoon in Otley • Yeadon Tarn

If you love climbing, you’ll love these:

• The pleasant Robert Park area in Saltaire is a great spot for a picnic or watching the cricket and is also the way to the Shipley Glen Tramway.

• Almscliffe Crag

• Otley Chevin is a popular local beauty spot with miles of walking, many picnic areas and several free car parks.

• West Chevin, Otley

• Cow and Calf Rocks, Ilkley Moor • Wetherby Crag • The Leeds Wall Indoor Climbing Centre

• River Aire and the Leeds Liverpool Canal

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• Night fishing is permitted in the four lakes at Swillington Park.

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Cyclists are spoilt for choice as well: two national cycle routes wend their way along quiet country lanes and by-ways, whilst there’s ample opportunity for off-road adventure on the Pennine moorland bridleways.

trains, carrying cloth across the Pennine moors. Follow the Pennine Bridleway, the first long-distance trail designed for riders.

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The Gateway to Yorkshire

3. York

5. LEEDS – SETTLE – CARLISlE

Known far and wide for its spa water it also has graceful architecture, stunning floral gardens, exclusive boutiques and arcades full of art galleries and antique shops giving the town a character all of its own. Another unique feature are the last working Victorian Turkish baths in England.

York is a city of contrasts and exciting discoveries - renowned worldwide for its exquisite architecture, tangle of quaint cobbled streets and the iconic York Minster. Delve into the city’s vibrant café culture, enjoy some street entertainment or simply watch the world go by while sipping a drink by the river.

The 72-mile route from Leeds to Settle to Carlisle takes you on a journey through the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, over the 24 arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct before plunging in to the longest tunnel on the line at Blea Moor.

2. THE YORKSHIRE DALES NATIONAL PARK

4. THE YORKSHIRE PENNINES

Travel a little further and head to the rugged Yorkshire coastline with pubs full of character and stunning beaches. Robin Hood’s Bay or Whitby are both musts.

Dramatic, untamed and awe-inspiring, the Yorkshire Pennine region is home to some of nature’s finest work. It’s also home to some amazing villages of our own making too. The perfect rest stop for walkers, or a great place to explore on its own, Hebden Bridge officially Europe’s 4th funkiest town - mixes old and new with great style.

7. FOUNTAINS ABBEY This UNESCO World Heritage Site is near Ripon, North Yorkshire, and has over 800 acres of beautiful countryside and ten historic buildings spanning over 800 years of history.

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Stunning natural features, breath-taking views, rich history and internationally important habitats are all reasons why this national park is one of the most popular in the UK. With over 680 square miles to explore there’s plenty to keep you busy here for a while.

6. YORKSHIRE COASTLINE

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With two UNESCO world heritage sites, the glorious Yorkshire Dales and a seemingly endless list of historic towns, villages and natural beauty spots right on Leeds doorstep, you’ve just got to get out there and explore. The real beauty of a destination like Leeds is its proximity to some of the UK’s best attractions and is an ideal base from which to explore the rest of Yorkshire. A short drive or a hop on a train in any direction and you can be in a world a million miles from the modern vibrant city centre. So make a day, a short break, or a week to remember, and explore some of Yorkshire’s treasures. Here are just a few of our highlights. You never know, you could find a few more of your own.

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CandiTV

Accommodation, theatre tickets, even travel arrangements, let the experts at the Leeds Visitor Centre do the booking for you.

If you are in Leeds and need help out of office hours, come along to Leeds Visitor Centre to use the new CandiTV information system.

The friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful people at the Leeds Visitor Centre are there to make sure you have the best time possible. Not only can they help by booking everything from hotel rooms to theatre tickets, they’ll give you loads of advice on how to get the most out of your visit.

CandiTV is an innovative technology which allows visitors 24-hour access, seven days a week, to a wide range of information about accommodation, restaurants, events, attractions, simply by calling the number displayed on the screen and then using your mobile phone as a TV remote control.

Need a hand? Let us book it for you.

It’s your complete one-stop-shop for everything you need, so why waste time and money doing all the research yourself? Pop in, call or just drop us an email.

• National Holidays, Superbreak and Kee Travel agent

• Finding and booking accommodation • Booking theatre, gigs and concert tickets • Advice for adventure weekends such as Paintballing or Go-Karting • Finding the latest special offers • Local transport advice, tickets and passes • National Express tickets

• Plus you’ll find great gifts, books and souvenirs too

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• Search for accommodation availability - during open hours it will connect you through to Leeds Visitor Centre staff for booking, and out-of-hours directly through to the accommodation provider. • Get up-to-the-minute information about events happening in and around the city, direct from www.visitleeds.co.uk plus information on the city’s many museums, attractions, bars and restaurants.

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They are a wealth of information on the city’s best free attractions, plus they’ll be able to tell you what special events and festivals are going on during your stay. The team of local experts are bursting with knowledge, not just about Leeds, but the whole of Yorkshire too. So just ask. They’ll not only tell you about the best places to go, but help you find your way there too with a detailed journey planning service whether you’re going by car, foot or public transport.


GETTING TO & AROUND LEEDS

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Getting to & around Leeds

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Located conveniently at the very heart of the UK, Leeds is one of the country’s most accessible cities. Add a great travel infrastructure covering land, sea and air, and getting to Leeds for even the shortest break becomes truly realistic. And once you’re here, this city’s compact centre makes getting around a doddle.

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By Air - UK Leeds Bradford International Airport lies just eight miles north of the city. With direct flights from 13 UK destinations, you can fly to Leeds from Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Jersey, London, Newquay, Plymouth, Southampton and many more.

By Air - International

Other airlines operating scheduled flights include Flybe and Eastern Airways. For full details of all flights, please visit www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk or call the Airport Information Desk (General Enquiries and Flight Information on 0871 288 2288. A half-hourly Airlink Bus (no 757) zips between the airport and Leeds City Bus and Train Station. To find out more, call +44 (0) 113 245 7676 or visit www.wymetro.com

By Rail and Bus

By Road Sitting at the crossroads of the M62 and M1 with the A1/M1 link, Leeds is easy to reach from any direction. Leeds ring road connects motorists to all major routes into the city. And, with a great number of car parks strategically placed at convenient locations throughout Leeds, parking is seldom a problem. Check out www.leedstravel.info for realtime travel information.

By Coach Getting to Leeds has never been easier with regular National Express coaches leaving Central London every hour. For more information about fares and journey details visit www.nationalexpress.com or call their dedicated booking line on 0871 781 8181 between 8am and 8pm.

Leeds is a straightforward drive from the port of Hull. Ferry services from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge are available from P&O North Sea Ferries by calling 0871 664 5645 or go to www.poferries.com. Services from Dublin to Liverpool are operated by P&O Irish Ferries call 0871 664 4999 or go to www.poirishsea.com. For services from Belfast to Liverpool call Norfolkline Irish Sea Ferry Services on 0870 600 4321.

Planning Your Journey Finding your way around Leeds is straightforward. But if you’d like a helping hand, try calling in at Leeds Visitor Centre at Leeds City Station or for more information call +44 (0) 113 242 5242 or email tourinfo@leeds.gov.uk. You’ll receive friendly advice and clear directions to ensure you see and experience everything on your wish list.

When you’re here Getting around the city centre couldn’t be easier, with the free city bus service. Disabled visitors can take advantage of Shopmobility schemes to loan scooter or powered wheelchairs. For more information or to book an appointment, please call +44 (0) 113 246 0125. Why not call Leeds Visitor Centre to help plan your journey to or around Leeds? t: +44 (0) 113 242 5242 e: tourinfo@leeds.gov.uk

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Frequent, direct trains carry visitors from London to Leeds in just over two hours. There are also regular services from Scotland, the North East, the Midlands, and across the Pennines. East Coast operates an inter-city

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Frequent scheduled services run between Leeds Bradford International Airport and the main airports of London Heathrow, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin and Paris, enabling worldwide connections. Low cost airlines Jet2.com and Ryanair have boosted the numbers of visitors flying to Leeds from all over Europe.

train service from Leeds to London King’s Cross, running half-hourly at peak times. CrossCountry trains also run a frequent service from many of Britain’s major cities such as Newcastle, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Glasgow. For more information go to www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 08457 48 49 50.

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