Event Spotlight: Pharaoh – King of Egypt visits Leeds

British Museum Pharaoah exhibition- Leeds City Museum

Pharaoh – King of Egypt

FREE AND COMING SOON!  Pharaoh: King of Egypt – British Museum Tour

11 February – 17 June 2012

Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square Leeds LS2 8BH

Leeds City Museum is proud to be hosting a major touring exhibition, ‘Pharaoh: King of Egypt’, from The British Museum in 2012.  Featuring over 130 breathtaking objects from the British Museum’s collection, this blockbuster exhibition at Leeds City Museum will explore the different roles of the King of Egypt, as head of state, chief priest and commander of the army.  Marvel at the tomb statue of Ramses I, see unique reliefs and figurines and explore the life and death of the Pharaoh!

The exhibition will touch on themes as diverse as the Pharaoh’s relationship to the gods, festivals, war, and life in the royal court.  Featuring audio visuals, interactives and family trails, this exhibition will be a feast for the senses and a must-see for anyone with an interest in ancient Egypt.

Staged in the amazing Leeds City Museum Arena, this is a major blockbuster show for the whole family and a once in a lifetime opportunity to see all of these fantastic objects in Leeds.




Find out more about the touring exhibition from The British Museum.


Event: Stargazing Live at National Space Centre.

Stargazing Live at National Space Centre 

Tue 17 Jan 2012 18:00 to 21:00
Notes All outdoor stargazing in dependant on the weather.

The National Space station in Leicester

Come along for a evening inside and out dedicated to the night sky. Leicester Astronomical Society join us for a evening of star gazing, workshops and free access to the galleries.
Leicester Astronomical Society will be on hand to guide you through how to explore the night sky as well as show you examples of some of the latest kit for amateur Astronomers.
Learn about the night sky and what to look for as we take you on a tour of the night sky in the largest Planetarium in the UK.
On top of this Children can take part in craft session to build their very own constellation viewers, as well as never seen before space artefacts from our vaults.

Tickets: £8 – Tickets are very limited for this event and must be booked in advanced.
Contact the National Space Centre on: 0116 258 2111 or visit their website.

Event Spotlight: 2012 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival

All kicking and screaming new trailer for the 2012 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, March 9 -11th 2012, produced by Posing Productions, featuring the track ‘Wishbone’ by local Sheffield based band Hey Sholay. Check out videos of the band here – http://www.youtube.com/user/heysholay?feature+watch and find them on Facebook too http://www.facebook.com/heysholay

European Figure Skating Championships 2012 at Motorpoint Arena Sheffield

The European Figure Skating Championships 2012 will be held in Sheffield at the Motorpoint Arena from Sunday 22nd until Sunday 29th January 2012.

As England gears up to be the focus of worldwide sporting attention in 2012 for the London Olympic Games, another major event is set to catapult the country into the global limelight.

The ISU European Figure Skating Championships are being held in England for the first time in over 20 years after Sheffield was successful in its bid to stage the prestigious event.

It is the third largest competition involving figure skaters, behind the World Championships and the Winter Olympics.

Nearly 200 skaters from 40 countries, including many Olympians, will take part in the prestigious championship in Sheffield from January 23-29.

Men, Ladies, Pairs and Dance couples will compete.

Tickets can be purchased online here, or on 0114 256 56 56 or in person at the Motorpoint Arena.

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 www.visitstoke.co.uk

Day 22 of the Citybreaks Advent Calendar



It’s the perfect start to your family Christmas…..

Santa has swapped his sleigh for a fun filled journey on an enchanting steam train. Ride on board Great Central Railway’s award winning Santa Specials and let Father Christmas surprise you with a an exciting present and a chat with the man himself!


Climb aboard a heritage train and meet Santa and his helpers. Travel from Loughborough to Leicester North and back on the steam hauled Santa Special train. Children receive an exciting gift from Santa, a drink and sweets, whilst adults enjoy festive refreshments too. The journey lasts for approximately an hour and the whole experience is full of festive fun.

There are several ways to make a booking for one of our Santa Services. Either telephone us on 01509 230726 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday), pop in to the Loughborough Central Booking Office (7 days a week, 9am-5pm), or use our online booking system!

Day 21 of the Citybreaks Advent Calendar

Maison Foo's 'Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin'

Today we bring you a great idea for a last-minute Christmas gift from the lovely ladies at Maison Foo

Well here at Maison Foo theatre HQ we can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas, the Autumn Tour has flown by which means not long now until an exciting 2012 begins!

And what excitement there is to come with our Edinburgh Festival sell out show ‘Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin’  heading just up the road to the fabulous Sheffield Crucible to begin the Spring tour! Hurrah!!!!

So if you’re still looking for something a bit different this Christmas and fancy joining us then why not fill your stocking with a ticket to see us in action!

Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin is a magical topsy-turvy tale for grown-ups that crept from nowhere to become one of the most sought after tickets at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. During the first leg of the tour in Autumn 2011 it was mentioned an unprecedented 5 times in Guardian reviewer Lyn Gardner’s Theatre Tips.

‘My surprise hit of the festival…touching and beautifully crafted…deceptively sophisticated and layered work…a little show with a big heart’ Lyn Gardner Guardian ««««

This warm and intriguing tale follows the story of a wall, a floor and a chimney as they search for the forgotten old lady who lives in them and cares for them. Using an inventive blend of clowning, visual theatre and puppetry it looks at the memories that lie within. With charm, wit and just a touch of pathos, Maison Foo bring to life the imaginative world lurking behind the unkempt door of Number 92 after the decaying house is left to fend for itself.

‘Unforgettable performances that speak directly to audiences’ hearts…

…this show is a must see’ ThreeWeeks «««««

 Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin tours into:

Sheffield Crucible Studio on Thursday 16th FEBRUARY at 7.00pm

Box Office: 0114 249 6000
Tickets £12 which you can buy here