Leeds…looking to be the City of Culture in 2023, so what’s all the fuss about?
History, food, architecture, it’s passion for the arts, the diversity that this city has to offer is unbelievable. Whether it’s city life, museums, Victorian engineering or green spaces that tickles your fancy Leeds covers all bases. Indeed, it is even the birthplace to some of our much loved cuddlies Sooty & Sweep and the iconic BBC Children in Need Pudsey Bear. It even boasts being the founding city of the whodunnit board game Cluedo and the first Marks and Spencer – no wonder retail in Leeds has had a head start. The list of qualities this West Yorkshire city has to offer is endless.
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It’s always an education with Uniquely Local! Here’s 4 bite-size facts about Leeds…
Leeds Children’s Day used to be held annually post-war in Roundhay Park. The children would participate in athletic displays and games. Sadly, it no longer runs, but we can work with what we have got and that’s International Children’s Day on 1st June
Barwick in Elmet is home to the largest maypole in the UK. It stands a proud 86 feet tall. Rumour has it that the villagers from Aberford tried to steal it one night but only got as far as Aberford Road.
Leeds West Indian Carnival is the largest in Europe founded in 1967, celebrating their 50th anniversary this year – not to be missed for a spectacle of music and colour! (Starts Sunday 20th August 2017)
The delicious sweet treat Jelly Tots were born all thanks to the accidental invention by Horsforth lad Brian Boffey. Who knew that he was creating a classic?
Looking for things to do in Leeds?
Why not try our Ceramics Taster Days which are hands-on sessions providing insight into a focused area of ceramics and pottery production. Each Ceramics Taster Day includes opportunities to build, adapt and embellish several pots. Your day will give you access to a wide range of custom-made tools and resources that have been designed, and made, by your tutor Rebecca.
Grab yourselves a seat on a comfy Chesterfield sofa, soak up the atmosphere and indulge in afternoon tea experience with an exciting twist. This fab gin experience have swapped the traditional cuppa for a refreshing gin punch – we wouldn’t expect anything less from one of Leeds’ premier gin bars! Enjoy a China teapot of Gin Punch served in China teacups served with a small selection of delicious cakes and sandwiches. This is an experience best enjoyed with company (the teapot will serve two – four people) so make a date with some friends and treat yourselves to a relaxing afternoon.
Fancy a brewery tour with some delicious sampling en-route? Then hop on the minibus to experience the contemporary craft beer culture of metropolitan Leeds with unrestricted access to some of the city’s finest breweries. With a reputation for its friendly drinking culture and a thriving scene of independent brewers, join Mark in Leeds to enjoy some of the city’s best-kept secrets.
Fancy brushing up on your cookery skills? This one day cookery course is perfect for someone who would like to increase their energy levels, get in shape, improve their health and be inspired to cook nutritious and healthy meals for themselves and their family. Emily has carefully designed the menu to include high protein dishes that you can easily re-create at home whilst Ann-Marie will be ensuring that you get lots of advice about the nutritional content of the dishes and with some healthy eating tips generally whether you have a specific health goal or just like the idea of improving your overall well-being.
Ever fancied flying a 1940’s biplane? Well here’s your chance – our Tiger Moth flight experience immerses you into the thrill of wartime flying – the initial flight briefing, aircraft checks, ground control procedures, taxiing, take off and of course the flight and all important landing! This is an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime-experience and the perfect way to mark that all important landmark birthday or special occasion. An incredible day that you won’t forget!