Monday, 5 November 2012

Bonfire Night Nov 5th Leeds

Bonfire Night Nov 5th Leeds

Bonfire night will be going off with a bang tonight with numerous, mostly Council run, bonfires taking place around the Leeds area, including Middleton Park, East End Park, Woodhouse Moor (Hyde Park), Bramley Park and Springhead Park. The biggest as usual will be at Roundhay where the fireworks start at 8.00pm.

As always the Guy Fawkes Bonfire plot provides a great reason to get out and have some fun. We only wish that we celebrated the Gowrie Plot which was an arguably better plot against James the First in which he was kidnapped with the ruse that the kidnapper had found a small man with a pot of gold and James was conned into going to see it. This happened when he was only king of Scotland, but nonetheless it could be a great additional celebration to add to our seasonal calendar.

Don't forget to bring your sparklers and wrap up warm tonight.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Leeds Vintage Fair

Leeds Vintage Fair

Attention all fashionistas, psycho-billy chics, retro afficionados and bargain hunters. Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair returns to Leeds on the weekend of 3-4 November 2012. The Corn Exchange will be brimming with 30 stalls of retro and vintage goodies, collectables and fashion.

Judy's Vintage Fair is the place to go for retro clothing and homeware at a good price and started out in Leeds in 2005. The Fair now travels to venues across the UK including London, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Market Harborough, Nottingham and Cambridge.

Entry is free and doors are open 10am to 6pm on Sat and 10.30 to 4.30pm on Sun.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Halloween Events in Leeds

Halloween Events in Leeds

In 2012 Leeds is hosting some spine-chilling events for the Halloween period. This could be the best frightfest Leeds has ever seen!

Fright at the Medical Museum - Zombie Attack at Thackray Museum

Interactive horror at the Thackray Museum as a flesh-eating virus wreaks havoc on its visitors. Prepare to be seriously spooked. If you enjoy a good zombie flick this event is not to be missed.

Friday 26 Oct
Tickets cost £8.00 and this event is for the over 18s only.
Call 0113 244 4343 to book your tickets for the Zombie Attack at Thackray Museum

Thackray Museum
Beckett Street

Circus of Horrors, Freaks and Feathers - City Varieties Music Hall

Fantabulous circus freaks and caberet grotesques led by the undead Ringmaster Doktor Haze with the world's stretchiest man, a girl in a bottle, a demon dwarf, sword swallowing and much more. What's not to love.

Monday 29 Oct, Tuesday 30 Oct
There will be two performances each day. 2.30pm (child friendly) and 7.30pm (age 16 plus).
Ticket prices vary
Call 0113 243 0808 to book your tickets for Circus of Horrors, Freaks and Feathers

City Varieties Music Hall
Swan Street, Leeds, LS1 6LW

How to Kill a Vampire - The Royal Armouries Museum

Learn all you need to know about slaying vampires with Jonathan Ferguson, Curator of Firearms as he shows you around his favorite vampire killing kit. A must see and you'll never need to worry about getting bitten again.

Tuesday 30 Oct 6.30PM
Tickets cost £5.00
Call 0113 220 1999 to book your tickets for How to Kill a Vampire

Royal Armouries Museum
Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT

The Darker Side of Leeds walking tour at Leeds City Centre

Learn about Leeds's dark history of witchcraft and body snatching on this grusome tour of Leeds's dark history.

Tuesday 30 Oct
Tickets cost £4.00 (children free)
Call 0113 2526807 to book your tickets for The Darker Side of Leeds

Ghost Walk walking tour of Leeds City Centre

The Ghost walk starts at 7.30pm outside Leeds Corn Exchange.

Ticket Cost £4.00
Wednesday 31 Oct
Call 0113 2526807 to book your tickets for the Ghost Walk walking tour of Leeds City Centre

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Dogs Trust Open Day and Fun Dog Show 7th August

The Dogs Trust are putting on an Open Day and Fun Dog Show on Sunday August 7th which will be held at the Dogs Trust Leeds Rehoming Centre, Woodlands Farm, York Road, Leeds, LS15 4NL from 11am. Events will include Fun Dog Show, BBQ, Stalls, Raffle and Kids Activities (an entry fee might apply).

Come along and support the Dogs Trust and help them to raise money to care for dogs in need of a new home.

Find out more about the event here:

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Pants in the Park - Roundhay Park Leeds

A 5km charity fun run in aid of Prostate Action will be held at Roundhay Park on Sunday June 12th. Fancy Dress is encouraged and wearing your pants outside your trousers is doubly encouraged at this event. Tickets cost £ and under twelves go free. All entrants will recieve a medal for their endevours.

You can register for Pants in the Park from 10pm on the day, the race begins at 11am and prizes will be awarded for the best decorated pants on show at 12.00.

To sign up visit

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Dave Gorman Waterstones Leeds Book Promotion

The witty beardy chappy of Googlewhack fame Dave Gorman will be in Leeds on Wednesday June 16th reading from his new book Dave Gorman Vs the Rest of the World which is due to be published on June 2nd.

Tickets cost a meagre £3.00 and can be picked up from the counter at Waterstone's. The ticket price is also redeemable if you happen to want to pick up a copy of the book.

Dave Gorman is a familiar face on TV these days, after being catapulted into the public eye in 2003 with his sellout Googlewhack Adventures tour. If you haven't read the book or seen the DVD about Dave's utter failure to write a book and the Google-esque escapades that this dragged him into, then it's about time you did. Tears of laughter are coming your way and watch out for the anecdote about the tattoo.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Bounce for Leeds - Yorkshire Cancer Research

Yorkshire Cancer Research is running a Guiness World Record attempt for the most people bouncing on a space hopper for one minute on July 30th at Roudnhay Park. If you want to participate call 01423 877210 or visit the website here:

Entry costs £10.00 and includes a space hopper and a teeshirt (minimum age is 6 years). Once you've entered you'll be sent a sponsorship form and fundraising pack to use to raise money for Cancer Research. You even get to keep your space hopper. Two thousand entrants are needs to beat the current world record. Or just come along on the day, enjoy the fun and make a donation. There will be fairground rides and inflatable games as well as the beautiful scenery of Roundahay Park.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Frankenstein's Wedding Kirkstall Abbey Leeds

This televised performance event took place at Kirkstall Abbey on Saturday March 19th and adapted Shelley's gothic novel into something which aptly but unintentionally had a bit of an identity crisis. Great venue, great scenery, great set and effects, but then again the Abbey was taken over by the set builders and crew for about two weeks beforehand.

The problem was that the show was unsure whether it was a Leeds city council event like Opera in the Park or a television show or whether it was a musical event or a drama or a dramatic comedy. Different elements of the event were sewn together with the slightly over-enthusiastic crowd-rousing compere-ing that we get at Classical Fantasia and Opera in the Park with musical interludes shoehorned inbetween rather hammy acting and ocassionally rather embarrassed looking actors who obivously knew that the whole thing was off kilter. In short the whole thing was sewn together like a badly constructed Frankenstein's monster flailing around trying to figure out what media it belonged to, what genre it was and who it's audience were.

All this I got from the first eight minutes on the television before I was too nauseated to go on. It was a misguided pastiche of media and types of entertainment which tried far too hard to please the crowd and the viewer at home, and like all ungodly creatures desperately searching for a sense of place and belonging doomed to failure. I'm sure that everyone held up their end and did their jobs adequately and even well, but ultimate responsibility has to rest with the producer who cobbled this together - they really should have known so much better.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

gaming Night at the Leeds Playhouse Sat 14th May

Gaming Festival Leeds - BUTTON MASH

Button Mash Gaming Festival

Aperture Science and Button Mash are holding a public testing day for gamers at Bradford Playhouse in Little Germany on Saturday 14th of May. Doors open at 3pm and you will be able to enjoy engage cooperative portal testing and also play many of your favorite games including Portal 2. There will be four rooms of gaming available for both new computer games and retro games to enjoy as well. Play games such as Rock Band, Kinect and many more on a big screen.

From 8pm there will be a club night with Bands, DJ's and cocktails. DJs will be playing anything from dance, to 8-Bit, Pop Punk and Classic Rock.

Saturday 14th May

3pm until 2am

Gaming all day, DJs from 8pm

£4 on the door

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Ghost Dog at Urban Sprawl's Summer of Love

You can hear Ghost Dog's Summers of Love for the Urban Sprawlers Summer of Love fundraiser at TJs last week at Or just click play below.

Urban Sprawl is a not-for-profit drama therapy organisation working with homeless people in Leeds.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

IL Divo Tribute Night Ramada Leeds Parkway 13th May

The Ramada Leeds Parkway hotel is hosting an Il Divo tribute night on Friday the 13th of May. Tickets cost £25.00. You can enjoy a gourmet picnic while listening to trbute act Un Divo and then dance your socks of to the DJ.

To book call 0844 8159020 or email

Venue Address: Ramada Leeds Parkway, Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS16 8AG

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Urban Sprawls Summer of Love TJ's 02/04

The wonderful Urban Sprawl is putting on The Summer of Love at TJs in Woodhouse on Saturday April 2nd promising a ridonkulously fab night of entertainment featuring live music from The Delorean Drivers, Maggie8, Superset and much much more.

Tickets are £7.00, or £5.00 concession, doors open at 7pm and the night goes on until 1.30am. You can buy your tickets from TJ's or email .

Urban Sprawl is Yorkshire's only homeless theatre company and you can find out more about them on their Facebook page ( or on their website (

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Arts & Crafts Christmas Fair this Saturday!

There's no need to panic about the lack of purchased christmas gifts just yet,... as The Stalls Arts & Crafts Christmas Fair is this Saturday!

The Stalls plays host to 60 designer makers who are ready to entice you, to buy their exclusive ranges and wares.

With a wide range of mediums such as textiles, photography, jewellery, glass, knitted crafts, illustration and ceramics, to name but a few - you'll be able to find that unique gift for your loved ones and friends.

So avoid the freeze and mundane high street shops and shop in style at The Stalls Arts & Crafts Christmas Fair at Victoria Hall in Saltaire.

The Marvellous Tea Dance Company have the kettle on and cupcakes on stand by!

Event Details:

The Stalls Arts & Crafts Christmas Fair

Address: Victoria Hall / Victoria Road / Shipley / Saltaire / BD18 3JS

Date: Saturday 18th December 2010

Time: 10am-4pm

Entry:£2 On The Door / £1 With A Flyer (print and bring) / Under 12's Free

Saturday, 20 November 2010

The Stalls Arts & Crafts Christmas Fair

The Stalls Arts & Crafts Christmas Fair, is one month away

The Stalls fair is set in the idyllic and prestigious location of Victoria Hall in Saltaire. With amazing designer makers and skilled artisans work readily available, The Stalls is the perfect opportunity to purchase unique and exclusive gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

The Stalls plays host to new emerging and established artists and designers specialising in virtually everything: art, ceramics, textiles, upcycling, photography, glass, fashion and jewellery.

The Stalls Arts & Crafts Fair, is the must-visit location for Christmas shoppers!

Venue: Victoria Hall / Victoria Road / Saltaire / Shipley / BD18 3JS

Date (for your diary): Saturday 18th December 2010 10am - 4pm

ENTRY: £2 on the door / £1 with a flyer (just print and bring) / Under 12's free

or more info about the event visit:

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Leeds Federated’s Christmas Craft Fair

If you love crafts, hand made gifts and cake you’ll love this!

Leeds Federated is hosting a lovely craft fair just in time for Christmas on Wednesday 8th December from 11 – 3pm.

There’ll be lots of stalls with fabulous items to solve your Christmas present dilemmas or to just treat yourself! We are raising money for our chosen charity Homeless International SEE HERE on the day so there’ll be a 50p charge for adults on the door and a cafĂ© selling lovely cakes and refreshments for you to enjoy.

Stalls are available for a charge of £7.50, if you would like to reserve one or find out more information about the event please call 0113 3861000 and ask for Sue Jennings or Megan Henderson or visit SEE HERE

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