February 19, 2014 at 3:01 pm , by Blue
Though London had the pleasure of hosting the Olympic games back in 2012, this year, it is Leeds’ turn to shine with an array of sporting, artistic and musical events happening throughout the year.
Here are some of the best:
BBC Philharmonic – February
One of the most prestigious orchestras in the UK is making its way to Leeds in just a few days.
Performing at Leeds Town Hall on 22 February, Paul Daniel leads the orchestra through Shostakovich, Barber and Rachmaninov.
With tickets ranging from £12.50-£31.50, a pre-concert talk is also to take place in the Albert Room at 6:45pm.
The talk is free for concert holders, though space is limited. Anastasia Belina-Johnson shall discuss the evening’s works.
Live at Leeds – May
Taking place on 2-5 May, Live at Leeds is a festival of music that takes place throughout a variety of locations in and around the city centre.
Now in its seventh year, the event has in its short history enjoyed acts such as Alt-J, Bombay Bicycle Club and Ed Sheeran.
This year, the festival includes groundbreaking acts such as Yuck, Albert Hammond Jr, Kodaline and Blood Red Shoes, making it one of the biggest festivals in UK for anyone looking to enjoy a little indie rock and roll.
For more information about who is playing, or to buy a ticket, see the official site.
Tour de France – July
With Yorkshire having recently been voted as the best place in the world to visit by Lonely Planet, this couldn’t be made truer thanks to the fact that the Tour de France shall start in the very centre of Leeds in July.
Scheduled to begin on 5 July, stage 1 encompasses a 190km route from Leeds to Harrogate with stage 2 taking place the very next day, with a 200km trek from York to Sheffield.
For more information on the event, take a look through the official site.
Leeds Festival – August
One of the most important music festivals in the UK, the event is set for the August bank holiday weekend and once more finds its home in the prestigious Bramham Park.
With plethora of international acts including Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182, and Of Mice and Men, this year promises to be one of the biggest festivals of recent years.
For more information, or to buy tickets (including the new £50 ticket deposit scheme), click here.
October 8, 2013 at 10:10 am , by Blue
Though of course, Leeds city centre is a treasure trove of shops, restaurants and entertainment, very little love is given to the suburbs or outskirts of Leeds where there is much to see and do.
Here is a quick guide to the outskirts of one of Britain’s most exciting cities:
A great place to party if you are in your early twenties; Headingley is known locally as ‘the student quarter’ and is home to undergraduates from both of the city’s universities.
As the suburb is full of people who like to study as well as party, Headingley is also a great place to wander independent bookshops and cafes if you like to relax and learn with a coffee and bun at your table.
One of the most notable attractions is of course the independent Cottage Road Cinema. One of the oldest cinemas in the UK, the art house is a fantastic place to pass a couple of hours if you don’t want to spend extraordinary amounts of money in the usual chain cinemas.
If you enjoy your sports, then you may also be glad to know that Leeds Rhinos, Leeds Carnegie and the Yorkshire County Cricket Club are all based in Headingley.
Somewhere that is a tad more mature, Chapel Allerton is a place where post graduates and young professionals go to live after finishing university.
Peppered with friendly pubs and attractive restaurants, the place is renowned for keeping its village atmosphere despite having been enveloped by the city over the past few years.
With the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival taking place every summer, the inner suburb offers a gentle mix of culture and is a great place to have a relaxing drink on a summer afternoon.
Ilkley and Harrogate
Though neither town is strictly in Leeds, they are both only a twenty minute train journey away and are superb places to visit if you fancy somewhere a little highbrow.
With the Harrogate Flower Show and Ilkley Literature Festival both planned for the coming year, both towns provide visitors with a wealth of art and entertainment; great if you’re searching for leisurely activities.
And if that doesn’t grab you, Harrogate is also celebrated for its shopping centre, and the outskirts of Illkley offers natural beauty that is unparalleled.
September 19, 2013 at 1:12 pm , by Blue
After beating off competition from Berlin, Florence and Madrid, was named as the best place to visit in Europe Yorkshire this month by the World Travel Awards at a ceremony in Turkey.
This makes Yorkshire the first location, rather than a major city or country, to have won the award in 17 years. So what makes Yorkshire so special?
Leeds – Our City
Leeds is the third largest city in the UK, and is also one of the most exciting. Dubbed the ‘Knightsbridge of the North’, Leeds is heralded for its shopping centres, which includes Trinity Leeds; the city’s newest addition.
If shopping is not quite your thing, the city also boasts multiple museums and most notably, the Royal Armouries, which can be found just outside the newly refurbished Clarence Dock.
Not only is York the capital city of Yorkshire, but also, it is also one of the most beautiful and historic cities in Europe. With hundreds of attractions and things to do within the tight-knit city, there’s little wonder why roughly 4 million people choose to visit every single year.
Almost certainly one of the most exquisite towns in the UK, Harrogate is a spa town located just outside the Yorkshire Dales. Like Leeds, Harrogate is great for shopping; most notably for fashion, antiques and art.
Another great feature of Harrogate, is the fact that it offers a fabulous array of restaurants. From cafés to fine dining, there is something for every palate and the more notable establishments include Chez La Vie and Van Zeller.
The Yorkshire Dales
Otherwise known as The Dales, the 680 square mile National Park forms one of the most magnificent places in Northern England alongside the Lake District.
With five visitor centres in the park at Aysgarth Falls, Grassington, Hawes, Malham and Reeth, there really is no reason why anyone should not want to begin an adventure in the most natural and beautiful place in Yorkshire.
Have you got any favourite places in Yorkshire that you think made it the Leading European Destination of 2013?
Let us know with a comment below!