What to do in Leeds in a Week

As I told you in a previous post about my travel plans for this winter, I was spending 10 days in Leeds, my home city. I didn’t go last Christmas so I was long overdue a visit…

Mostly I was catching up with family, opening Christmas presents and raiding Primark and TK Maxx like they were closing down for good.

But as well as those traditional Leeds activities, I also went out and about to visit places and discover new things.

Here are a few things I got up to…

White Christmas at Leeds Playhouse

I went to the West Yorkshire Playhouse, one of my favourite theatres, to see White Christmas.

Every year they do a big Christmas musical and this was this year’s production. The Quarry Theatre at the Playhouse is a marvellous modern space, and the show was excellent. It seems that it has been very popular because they have actually extended the show until 24th January.

Here is my opinion about White Christmas at Leeds Playhouse.

Where to eat and drink in Leeds

One of my favourite Leeds activities is discovering new places to eat, and checking out amazing lunch offers, of which there are always plenty.

During this trip I discovered a new restaurant (new to me) that I was really impressed with, plus a cool bar and a brand new beer shop all in the city centre.

Special Markets in Leeds

Leeds in a week

Handmade Gifts Fair at Leeds Corn Exchange

As you know, Leeds has one of the best markets in the UK, but sometimes there are special markets as well, such as the Briggate food market on a Sunday and a Christmas gift fair that we went to at Leeds Corn Exchange.

Jet2 Customer Service Horror

I spent some time catching up with my mum and she told me of an awful experience she’d had with Jet2 customer service…

Here’s what happened to her.

Beamish Visit

One of my favourite days on this trip to Leeds is when we drove up to Durham and visited Beamish Museum.

It’s an old Edwardian village displaying life as it was lived and businesses as they were run. Beamish Museum is so enormous that we didn’t have time to even get around half of it. The great thing is you can go back again for free as your ticket is valid for a year. We’ll definitely have to try to use it, as Beamish was great fun.

You can read all about my experience at Beamish Museum here.

On Ilkley Moor bar t’at

We were certainly not bar t’at (without hat) when we braved Ilkley Moor for a hearty lunch at the Cow and Calf pub, right on top of the moors on Christmas Eve. We were well wrapped up but still freezing on the wide open moor.

The short and stimulating climb up the hillside was more than worth it for the delicious meal and real ale at the top.

We had taken the train from Leeds; a very pleasant half hour ride through the countryside and through some small villages.

Stay tuned for more about what I got up to in Leeds over Christmas… How about you? Do you ever travel over Christmas?

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