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


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.

Day 19 of the Citybreaks Advent Calendar

Beauty and the Beast

Northern Ballet’s Beauty and The Beast  –  World Premiere

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Northern Ballet at Leeds Grand Theatre and this year they continue this tradition with a new production of ‘Beauty & the Beast’.

Discover the magic that can happen when you look beneath the surface.

A handsome Prince is transformed into a Beast as punishment for his ugly arrogance. Only true love can break the spell – but who could love a monster like him? A beautiful young woman is sent to live with the Beast. Despite the riches and attention he lavishes upon her, she is unable to love him as anything more than a friend. As this classic story unfolds in an enchanting world inhabited by fairies, sprites and goblins, we discover that beauty is more than skin deep.

See the Company sparkle in a kaleidoscope of colour and Haute couture-style costumes, as breathtaking dancing is accompanied by an infectious score including music by Bizet, Debussy, Poulenc and Fauré, played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Set to delight adults and children alike, book now as Northern Ballet bring a new magic to this timeless fairytale.

At Leeds Grand Theatre from Saturday 17 – Saturday 31 December 2011

Tickets available from £10.00 – £39.50

Day 17 of the Citybreaks Advent Calendar

Father Christmas with the meerkats

Totally Tropical Christmas

Join Santa on his holidays for some seasonal Tropical family fun! Totally Tropical Christmas will see Tropical World in Roundhay Park lit by Christmas lights, with a steel band playing Christmas carols, and a warm version of snow!

Santa will also be popping in to hand out presents to all children who come along! Entry fee for this event will be £3.75 per person (regardless of age) or £3 for Leeds/Breeze card holders.

Tropical World
Canal Gardens, Roundhay Park, Leeds, LS8 1ER

Monday 19th – Wednesday 21st December 2011 – 17:00 to 20:00

Day 13 Citybreaks Advent Calendar

Dame Widow Twanky & Aladdin


It’s BACK! The City Varieties’ Christmas pantomime Aladdin The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto has opened with a crash, bang, wallop!

A cast of familiar characters come together in a whole new kind of pantomime where every character is also in the live band.  A full Commitments-type band of saxophones, drums and guitars is on stage at all times belting out big hits including ‘Born to be Wild’, ‘Tutti Frutti’, ‘I’m a Believer’ and ‘I’ll Be There for You’!  With all the usual audience participation, and more than a few surprises, Aladdin The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto promises to be a high-energy, musical roller coaster ride through the legendary story.

Aladdin The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto runs from Thursday 1 December until Sunday 8 January at Leeds City Varieties Music Hall, Swan Street. 

Tickets are priced from £13 to £20 with boxes from £32 to £46.

Visit or call box office on 0113 243 08 08.

Day 10- Citybreaks Advent Calendar

Christmas Carol Singing at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm Leeds

Pedro the donkey

Have you ever sung ‘Away in a Manger’ in a cowshed, festively decorated and accompanied by real donkeys and cows? Meanwood Valley Urban Farm in Leeds will be holding an evening of carol singing on Tuesday, December 13 from 7:30pm to 8.30pm. It should be an unforgettable experience! The cafe will be open and serving some lovely hot chocolate as well as hot turkey and stuffing sandwiches and pie and peas to ensure a warm glow. All proceeds will help ensure the continued survival of the Farm.


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.