Attraction spotlight: Leeds City Museum

Here’s a great day out in Leeds, a trip to the city’s museum…

If you’re in Leeds and looking for things to do, than how about popping out to the Leeds City Museum.  There’s loads to see and do.  Experience a world of discovery, explore four floors of interactive and exciting galleries.  Come face to face with the Leeds tiger, step into Ancient Worlds to meet Nesyamun, the Leeds mummy, and dig for fossils in the Life on Earth gallery.

More information:

Leeds City Museum
Millennium Square

0113 2243732

Opening Times
Monday closed (with the exception of Bank Holidays)
Tuesday 10 am – 5pm
Wednesday 10am – 5pm
Thursday 10am – 7pm
Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 11am – 5pm
Sunday 11 am -5pm

Admission is free


Attraction spotlight: Sheffield Ski Village

If you can’t quite make it on a skiing or snowboarding winter break this year, than Sheffield offers you an excellent alternative… how about a visit to Sheffield Ski Village? 

Their slopes cater perfectly for beginners and advanced riders and our lesson programme will soon have you enjoying all that Skiing and Snowboarding has to offer.

Regardless of if you want to learn in preparation for a holiday or are just looking for a new, exciting way to keep fit then the Sheffield Ski Village is the perfect place to learn to ski or snowboard.

With one-third of a mile of artificial alpine slopes and the only half-pipe in the UK, the Sheffield ski village is one of Europe’s largest artificial ski facilities. This is also a great place to master a variety of ski lifts including the button and T-bar lifts.

It’s a great day out….

2012 in Stoke-on-Trent


2012 in Stoke-on-Trent

Happy New Year! Wishing you a fantasic 2012. Loads to look forward to this year including;

Wedgwood Olympic commemorative ware                                                                                           

  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee.
    Stoke-on-Trent based pottery companies such such as Wedgwood, Moorcroft, Royal Worcester, Burleigh, Aynsley, Churchill, Dunoon, and Emma Bridgewater will all be producing Royal Commemorative ware for the Diamond Jubilee. Come and shop in over 25 pottery factory shops for that special memorabilia or take a behind the scenes factory tour of one of the producers of the Diamond Jubilee commemorative ware. Wedgwood, Emma Bridgewater and Moorcroft all provide factorytours whilst Aynsley provide factory tours for groups.
  • Staffordshire Hoard Exhibition at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. The museum already has a permanent display of artefacts from the hoard but a much bigger exhibiton of items will go on display in July 2012.
  • 2012 London Olympics. Wedgwood and Royal Doulton have been chosen to produce commemorative ceramics for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Stoke-on-Trent will also be hosting the Olympic Torch on 30 May.

More information at

Day Five- Citybreaks Advent Calendar

The Snowman

Festive Films at the National Media Museum in Bradford

Festive Films showing throughout December. For the full schedule visit:

Puss in Boots: An IMAX 3D Experience (U)
Showing from 9 December on Yorkshire’s only giant IMAX screen. Tickets – Adult £11 Concessions £8.50

The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience (U)
Showing throughout December on Yorkshire’s only giant IMAX screen. Tickets – Adult £11 Concessions £8.50

Arthur Christmas 2D & 3D (PG) a story set on Christmas night at the North Pole when Santa’s youngest son looks to use his father’s high-tech operation for an urgent mission – Showing from 2 December.

The Muppets Christmas Carol (U) The Muppet Christmas Carol is a 1992 musical comedy film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, starring Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge – Showing 17 & 18 December. All tickets £2

The Snowman (U) The timeless Christmas classic from Raymond Briggs, about a little boy who builds a snowman, that takes him on an adventure one snowy night – Showing from 17 December. All tickets £2.

Happy Feet Two 2D & 3D (U) the sequel to massively popular Happy Feet, revisiting Mumble and his son Erik in the emperor penguin world – Showing from 16 December.

Meet Me in St. Louis
Vincente Minnelli’s enchanting musical starring Judy Garland as Esther Smith, which has been re-released – Showing from 16 December.

Whatever the weather this Christmas there’s always something for the family at the National Media Museum!

National Media Museum

Attraction Highlight: The Staffordshire Hoard at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

The Staffordshire Hoard at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

Discover the unique Staffordshire Hoard at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. This exceptional group of seventh-century gold and silver warrior gear, many  pieces with intricate garnet inlay, were found buried in a field in Staffordshire in 2009. It is the largest and most valuable hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found and worth £3.258m. The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery has a permanent exhibition of artefacts which will be bigger and better from July 2012 when a special exhibition will be on display for over 12 months.

Not only does the museum have the most valuable collection of Anglo-Saxon treasure but also the world’s greatest collection of Staffordshire ceramics and a Mark XV1 Spitfire and it is completely FREE to visit.

See for more information.

Attraction spotlight: Leeds Art Gallery

Name of Attraction: Leeds Art Gallery

Why it is important to Leeds: Leeds Art Gallery has been described as ‘Probably the best collection of  twentieth century British art outside London’ (John Russell Taylor, The Times).

It is a creative and lively gallery located on The Headrow, nestled in between the Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Central Library.

At Leeds Art Gallery you can see a rich variety of art on display from Leeds’ impressive collections. See nationally acclaimed prints, watercolours, paintings, sculptures, photography, and contemporary art. Wander between rooms and see well-known artists from our region, such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Atkinson Grimshaw, Jacob Kramer, as well as work by a range of contemporary artists including Paula Rego, Bridget Riley, Georgina Starr, Tony Cragg, Antony Gormley, Francis Bacon.

Break up a visit to the gallery by visiting the adjoining Victorian Tiled Hall Café, or the Craft Centre and Design Gallery and brand new Art Gallery Shop and Cafe downstairs. You can also take part in regular events and activities, such as artist’s talks, ‘Art On The Mat’ sessions for kids, demonstrations or seminars.

Offering displays of Leeds’ stunning collections as well as a dynamic programme of changing exhibitions, Leeds Art Gallery is an innovative and exciting place to visit for people of all ages and tastes!

The Northern Art Prize 2011 exhibition launches today. The four artists shortlisted for the fifth annual Northern Art Prize are Liadin Cooke, Leo Fitzmaurice, James Hugonin and Richard Rigg. The winner, will be announced on 19 January 2012 at Leeds Art Gallery and the exhibition will run until 19th February 2012.

Details: Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AA

Opening Times:
Monday and Tuesday: 10am to 5pm
Wednesday: 12pm to 5pm
Thursday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 1pm to 5pm

The Art Gallery is closed on Bank Holidays.

Admission Charges: Free admission.


Attraction – Bradford – Cartwright Hall

Cartwright Hall – Bradford’s Famous Art Gallery

Jacqueline Callaghan

Cartwright Hall is Bradford’s civic art gallery and offers an exciting programme of contemporary exhibitions, with four permanent galleries displaying works from our art collections. The collections consist mainly of 19th and 20th century British art, with strong collections of international contemporary prints and contemporary South Asian art and crafts.

© David Hockney Collection: Tate Gallery, LondonThis family friendly, free gallery is set in beautiful Lister Park where you will find a boating lake, adventure playground and the Mughal Gardens.

Until 4th March David Hockney’s largest painting Bigger Trees Near Warter will be on display. To create this remarkable, fifty panel painting, Hockney used a combination of traditional techniques and new technology.    Watch the video to see how this impressive piece was installed in the gallery

Image credits

© David Hockney Collection: Tate Gallery, London
Other images – Jacqueline Callaghan