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My Leeds in Focus

5th February 2016 – 31st March 2016

  • 10:00am – 4:00pm every day

An exciting photography exhibition showcasing the images and stories of the amazing buildings, places, people and activities that define our city.

Curated by Leeds Community Foundation, a charity dedicated to bringing about positive change in local communities, the exhibition includes a collection of shortlisted entries from their My Leeds in Focus photography competition.


Changing Faces of Leeds at Leeds City Museum


Roger Palmer: Winter Garden

22nd January 2016 – 17th April 2016

  • 11:00am – 6:00pm every day

The Tetley

Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ

In the depths of a northern hemisphere winter, Roger Palmer’s project, Winter Garden, temporarily transforms the Tetley’s 1930s atrium interior with a larger than life-size mural of a tropical palm tree recalling the botanical gardens of the colonial era. Appropriating an illustration from the pages of an early 20th century horticultural book, Palmer’s mixed-media rendering of Acanthophoenix Crinita, a palm native to the Indian Ocean island of Réunion, acts as a cipher to the colonial and post-colonial discourse Palmer’s work has traversed over the past 30 years.

Working as an artist and educator since the 1970s, Palmer has pursued a multi-media approach to image-making, through photography, printmaking, wall-drawing and video. He has also made text works as site-specific signs, billboards, neon sculptures, LED panels, vinyls, temporary paintings and drawings. A comprehensive collection of Palmer’s artist’s books documenting various exhibitions and projects are on display for the first time here at The Tetley.

Based in Glasgow, Palmer has participated in exhibitions and undertaken residencies in different international contexts, including several projects in South Africa. The range of works brought together for Winter Garden offers an insight into his four decades of research and practice, which have contributed to international debates on the representation of place and ideas of location and dislocation, migration and settlement.

A selection of artist’s books by Roger Palmer dating from 1972-2014 will also be on display in the adjacent galleries exhibition documenting a selection of overseas projects. A comprehensive archive of Palmer’s work is
available at www.rogerpalmer.info.



Changing Faces of Leeds

5th February 2016 – 5th June 2016

  • 10:00am – 5:00pm every day

Leeds City Museum

Millenium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH

Portraits of a city and its people.

Uncover the city of Leeds and its people in a brand new portraits exhibition.

In late 2015 Leeds City Museum challenged selfie-takers, budding photographers and professionals alike to uncover some of the faces of Leeds today. This unique exhibition showcases the best of the competition alongside portraits from the city’s past, found deep within the collection.

From early Victorian photography to modern day selfies, abstracts and studio portraits, this fascinating exhibition will take you on a journey through the history of the people of Leeds from the 1800s to the present day.

Get hands-on in their photography studio and create your own studio portrait! Explore what a portrait can tell us about a person and take a look at the different ways in which people have chosen to represent themselves through time.

Exhibition kindly sponsored by http://www.straightpix.com/, AS Frames and CC Imaging.

Easter Adventure

23rd March 2016 – 17th April 2016

  • 10:00am – 6:00pm every day

Stockeld Park

Harrogate Road, Wetherby, Leeds, LS22 4AN

Fresh air and Spring-time family fun awaits at Stockeld Park’s Easter Adventure.

Beautifully crafted GIANT hand painted eggs, gambling ‘Live Lambs’, hopping Bunnies, Little Bo Peep, and an opportunity to watch in wonder at the Hatching Eggs are just some of the calendar of ‘Egg-stra’ special events taking place during the school holidays.

Children can also enter to win a chocolate egg when completing the ‘Eggs-traordinary’ Enchanted Forest Easter Egg hunt



Stop Motion Animation Workshop

25th March 2016 – 26th March 2016

  • 10:00am – 11:00am every day until Sat 26 Mar 2016
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm every day until Sat 26 Mar 2016
  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm every day until Sat 26 Mar 2016
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm every day until Sat 26 Mar 2016

Carriageworks Theatre

3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD

Practice stop-motion animation techniques with stop motion animator Paul Couvela. Using a wire armature, Scream Street animator Paul will teach you one of the biggest challenges for any animator – how to animate a convincing walk!

Paul Couvela began his career at Cosgrove Hall Films (Terry Pratchett’s Truckers, Noddy, Oakie Doke, Brambly Hedge, Rocky & the Dodos) before heading the animation team at HOT Animation (Bob the Builder, Rubbadubbers, Pingu). Paul has also worked in CG, supervising the animation team on Chuggington. Recently, he’s animated at Mackinnon & Saunders (Toby’s Travelling Circus, Postman Pat, Twirlywoos) and is currently an animator at Factory Transmedia (Scream Street, We Wish You a Merry Walrus).

Leeds Young Film will get in touch with everyone who books workshop tickets and send additional information




20th Easter Tournament

25th March 2016 – 28th March 2016

  • 10:00am – 5:00pm every day

Royal Armouries

Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT

Enjoy the thrills and spills of authentic medieval jousting in the heart of Leeds.

This Easter the Royal Armouries’ arena will resound to the clamour and clash of a live-action tournament, as internationally renowned knights battle for the coveted Sword of Honour and the prestigious Queen’s Jubilee Trophy – spectacular entertainment for all the family.

Stay for the day
Each day of the tournament weekend will be packed with pomp and pageantry, music and minstrels plus two not-to-be-missed dangerously entertaining tournament shows at 12 noon and 3pm.

Easter Monday: Mêlée and Grand Final
Following on from last year’s fantastic competition there will again be a mêlée at 12 noon on Easter Monday, when all the competing knights will clash with clubs in an exciting contest. This is followed at 2.15pm by the magnificent Parade of the Knights and the Grand Final at 3pm.

Tickets for our Easter Tournament and the Easter Tournament Grand Final can be purchased on EventBrite.





Pubs and Yards of Leeds

5th April 2016 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Leeds Rail Station

Aire Street, Leeds, LS1 4DY

The history of the pubs and yards around the city center (mainly along Briggate and Riverside). Calling at one on route for refreshments.

Starts from outside McDonalds, inside Leeds Railway Station
Adults £5.00, accompanied children free

Starts 7.30 pm (duration 2h30 min)





Urban Art Workshop

14th April 2016 11:00am – 3:00pm

Leeds City Museum

Millenium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH

Join artist Elliot Wigzell at this free drop in urban art workshop. Learn new urban art skills and techniques and create your own museum inspired piece of urban artwork. For young people aged 13+ and their families.



Family Sculpture Workshop: Come Rain, Come Shine at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Workshop/Course, Sun 13 Mar – Sat 25 Jun 2016


Immerse yourself in an imaginative world of sculpture making. Work and play together to build sculptures inspired by artists in the park.

Will you make an enormous cartoon character or a mythical monster? Or maybe you’ll create a sculpture that makes you think of home or something that celebrates shape and pattern? Let your imagination guide you!

Always outdoors, Come Rain, Come Shine is about playful making in the fresh air.

-All materials provided – including branches, stones, pipes and other found materials.
-Each session will last approx. 1hr
-We will be building outdoors so please wear sturdy footwear, appropriate outdoor clothing and sun protection, if needed
-Suitable for all the family
-Children must be accompanied by an adult
-Please meet at the Learning Tent behind YSP Learning


Dates Times
Sun 13 Mar – Sat 25 Jun 2016 11:00 to 12:00 13:30 to 14:30




Lotherton Hall Food & Drink Festival at Lotherton Hall

Food and Drink Event, Sat 30 Apr – Mon 2 May 2016


Lotherton Hall hosts its very first Food & Drink Festival, while the Tour de Yorkshire whizzes past. Take your pick of delicious snacks in the hot food court, taste locally brewed ales or call in at the Pimms & Fizz tent. There’s no end of family entertainment including kid’s cookery classes, face-painting, balloon modelling, bouncy castle, fun fair, crafts and bubbleology. There will also be live music all weekend and even a Man v Food competition! Visit lothertonhallfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk for further information

Dates Times
Sat 30 Apr – Mon 2 May 2016 10:00 to 00:00




Billy Elliot at Alhambra Theatre

Musical, Tue 10 May – Sat 11 Jun 2016, £21.50-£64

The West End Phenomenon comes to Bradford! Now celebrating 10 extraordinary years in London’s West End, Billy Elliot the Musical, one of the most beloved shows on stage today, is embarking on its first ever UK and Ireland tour.

Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.

Featuring a timeless score by Elton John, sensational dance and a powerful story that has captivated millions around the world, Billy Elliot the Musical is a funny, uplifting and spectacular theatrical experience that will stay with you forever. See this multi-award winning sensation when the tour arrives at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford in May 2016.

Billy Elliot the Musical contains some strong language and is not recommended for children under 8 years old. Running time: 3 hours including one interval of 20 minutes.




Ale Trail at Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

Beer Festival, Sat 28 – Mon 30 May 2016

The KWVR is not only a great way to travel but also a great place to sample real ale and 2016 sees the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway launch our new Steam and Ale Trail over the Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 28th May until Monday 30th.

The new event is the result of the hugely popular Beer and Music Festival which takes place in October. The Steam and Ale trail is a 5 mile long ale trail where you hop off at each station to enjoy a pint of fine Yorkshire ale from a selection of local breweries. With over 40 beers to choose from you can visit each station where each different brewery will be bringing their brewery bars where you can choose from their range of beers. We are proud to be working with Old Spot Brewery, Gooseye Brewery, Bridgehouse Brewery, to name a few.

When you start to feel peckish you will find a variety of catering available at Keighley, Ingrow, Haworth and Oxenhope. So have a break, fill your stomach and jump back on the train to the next bar.

You also have no excuse if the sun isn’t shining as you will find indoor seating at Ingrow and Oxenhope.







Open Houses – Saltaire Arts Trail at Saltaire Village

Arts & Crafts Event, Sat 28 – Mon 30 May 2016



Our famous Open Houses challenge the concept of art galleries. Residents and local artists across Saltaire Village open up their Grade II listed homes, letting you enjoy contemporary art in an intimate, domestic setting, whilst getting a glimpse of life behind the doors of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.





Heroines and Heroes – People of the Coalfields at National Coal Mining Museum for England

Exhibition, Mon 30 May – Sun 9 Oct 2016


Explore the real lives of people who went beyond the call of duty in coal mining communities and add your own heroes and heroines to the Museum’s archives.




Medieval Day at the Museum at Leeds City Museum

Museum, Sun 3 Jul 2016


Immerse yourself in medieval-inspired crafts and activities for all ages. From 3-4 pm Catherine Karkov, Professor of Art History at the University of Leeds, will give a talk on the West Yorkshire Hoard in the context of Anglo-Saxon metalwork in England. The ‘West Yorkshire Hoard’, a group of seven objects dating to 7th to 11th centuries, was found by a metal detectorist in the Leeds Metropolitan area in 2008-09. Six of the objects are gold, the most spectacular item being a stunning gold ring with a lozenge-shaped bezel set with a garnet gem which is in near-perfect condition




Family Fun and Adventure this Summer at Stockeld Park

Children’s Fun Day, Sat 23 Jul – Wed 7 Sep 2016


Fabulous family days out this Summer with active Adventure Zones within the beautiful woodland of Stockeld Park. Try the outdoor roller rink, maze, go karts or explore, climb and play in the Enchanted Forest as you discover sculptures and themed adventure playground areas. Jump and slide in the inflatable zone or drive the electric scooter* trail! We also have indoors covered with indoor play, games, crafts and creativity, so that adventures await you whatever the weather! Let your imagination guide you for truly magical Adventures.




Ocean Film Festival World Tour at Leeds Town Hall

Film, Thu 29 Sep 2016


The world’s most amazing ocean films. The Ocean Film Festival showcases the world’s most amazing ocean films, filmed above and below the water’s surface! Brought to you by the producers of the Banff Film Festival UK Tour, this extraordinary collection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. Visit www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk for more details Age Guidance: 12A




Steam Punk Weekend at Haworth Village

Outdoor Event, Fri 18 – Sun 20 Nov 2016


Come and enjoy Haworth’s Steam Punk Weekend , dress up or just mingle .
Held every year since 2013 the event has gone from strength to strength, come along and enjoy the atmosphere.
The steam punk genre “reimagines Victorian & Edwardian science fiction in a “retro-fururistic” style.
Events taking place over the course of the weekend usually include street entertainers, bands, and a very special “steampunk burlesque” show (TBC).



Real Food Ilkley Market at Ilkley Town Centre

Market, from 6 Mar 2016, free entry


Open-air market showcasing fine food and local produce, with live entertainment from local performers plus ‘foodie’ demonstrations.

You will find sellers of fruit liqueurs, gluten-free foods, brownies, authentic Indian sauces, chocolate truffles, artisan chutneys, pickles, jams and marmalades, Sicilian olives and olive oil, plus an artisan bakery, a local coffee producer, and Ilkley-based butcher Lishmans.

Venue: South Hawkesworth Street, opposite the main town centre car park, from 10.30am to 3.00pm.

Markets: The first Sunday of every month from March to December 2016.


Dates Times
Sun 3 Apr 2016 10:30 to 15:00
Sun 1 May 2016 10:30 to 15:00
Sun 5 Jun 2016 10:30 to 15:00
Sun 3 Jul 2016 10:30 to 15:00
Sun 7 Aug 2016 10:30 to 15:00
Sun 4 Sep 2016 10:30 to 15:00
Sun 2 Oct 2016 10:30 to 15:00
Sun 6 Nov 2016 10:30 to 15:00
Sun 4 Dec 2016 10:30 to 15:00


















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