Carnival time in Leeds this Bank Holiday Weekend!
It's Leeds West Indian Carnival
, with an explosion of colour, amazing costumes, addictive rhythms and an unrivalled happy atmosphere in the city! Leeds Carnival King and Queen Show
starts the weekend off in style as royalty comes to West Yorkshire Playhouse on Friday 22 August at 7.30pm. The stunningly elaborate creations compete for the prestigious Leeds Carnival King and Queen titles and the honour of leading the Carnival Parade.
The Leeds Carnival Calypso Monarch Show takes place on Saturday 23 August at 9.30pm at the Leeds West Indian Centre, as kaison Kings and Queens backed by the Stone Roots band perform calypso songs in a bid to take the Calypso Monarch 2014 crown. Bank Holiday Monday 25 August sees the J'Ouvert Morning from 6.00 - 8.30am; start Leeds Carnival Day the Caribbean way with a Mini Parade from the Leeds West Indian Centre in your PJs, nighties, onesies or fancy dress!
The Big Leeds Carnival Parade 2014 sees hundreds of costumes make up a rainbow hued procession accompanied by Caribbean rhythms on floats. The parade leaves Potternewton Park, Harehills Avenue at 2.00pm on Monday 25 August, windings its way along Harehills Avenue, Harehills Lane, Roundhay Road, Barrack Road and Chapeltown Road before returning along Harehills Avenue to the park at approximately 5.00pm for the judging of the costumes. There'll be music, fun fair rides, stalls and global cuisine in Potternewton Park, so get there early, pick a good spot and enjoy one of the North's biggest annual events.
has transformed Millennium Square
with a real sandy beach, deckchairs and a traditional seaside funfair. Our urban beach is open every day until Sunday 31 August and features a wide range of summer activities, rides and attractions. Admission is FREE, although charges apply for individual attractions, games and food.
The Tour de France
theme continues with events at Leeds Museums and Galleries
, including the Parallel Lives
and Cross Currents
exhibitions at Leeds Art Gallery until 7 September.
And if you've got the cycling bug, Leeds is a great place to ride a bike and - following on from the second Sky Ride Leeds
there are loads of guided rides and social rides
across the city for you to enjoy throughout the summer; encouraging people of all ages and abilities to discover the fun and freedom of going out on a bike ride.
hosts Classical Fantasia
on Saturday 6 September
; the annual classical concert will this year feature special guests Noah Stewart, Laura Wright and Amy Dickson. This is an enchanting evening of live classical music set in the illuminated historic 12th century Abbey ruins and features a spectacular firework finale.
presents Guiseppe Verdi's Rigoletto
on the Big Screen on Wednesday 17 September,
this year's final live relay from the Royal Opera House
. It provides the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy this world class production in true alfresco style. As this is an outdoor space please dress appropriately for the weather, bring your own chairs/blankets, food and drink as there is no provision for these on site (except within surrounding bars/restaurants).
Why not check out the new Leeds Industrial Heritage Trail
, which gives an introduction to the story of Leeds, concentrating on the legacy of Victorian times and some of the people, places and spaces that have made the city what it is today. It provides you with all the information you need to follow the trail around the historic buildings of central Leeds and along the waterways; as well as details of other places of interest in and around the city. You can also download the app at www.yourtrailsapp.co.uk/leeds
If that isn't enough, Leeds has many things to do and places to visit in the city centre at any time of the year ...
There's lots on offer for all the family at Home Farm at Temple Newsam
. Our new born animals will be and about, including our beautiful little donkey foal. Come along and enjoy the countryside on your doorstep.
Visit your local library
where there are lots of exciting activities
to for you and your family - from Storytimes and Rhymetimes for the under 5s to Gaming Groups for children and young people, and a host of events for adults of all ages. Why not explore the historic Central Library
on the Headrow, or browse and reserve your books from home with our new library app
We've permanent collections and temporary exhibitions at Leeds Art Gallery
where you will find something of interest for all ages and tastes; as well as the perfect place to stop for a break in the stunning Victorian Tiled Hall Cafe
The Carriageworks Theatre
, Millennium Square hosts theatre, comedy, exhibitions and talks as well as offering exciting opportunities to have a go or take part through Leeds Civic Arts Guild and the Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers.
Alternatively, enjoy one of our many glorious parks
, or get active at your local Leisure Centre
. Or for the more adventurous amongst you, why not try your hand at caving at our Indoor Cave
! Find your way through the maze of stalactites and stalagmites in a clean, safe and fun environment for all ages (8 years +) and abilities.
For our full range of council events, LSevents
lets you view events across the city by date, type and venue.
Coming in to the City Centre, Woodhouse Lane Car Park is ideally situated if you are visiting any of our attractions in Leeds City Centre, it has onsite security and easy access to the motorways and major roads out of the city.
Or visit www.wymetro.com for information on bus and train timetables and routes.