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20 amazing things to do in Leeds this week

Written by
Rob Martin

From art to music, clubs to film, here are the best things that your city has in store for you over the coming seven days. It is indeed beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go...

Things to do

Gothic Christmas, Thackray Medical Museum, until Sat Dec 13, some activities are free, others are charged
As part of the festive celebrations, kids can make their own gothic-style Christmas decorations to give your tree a more traditional look.

Christmas at the Abbey, Kirkstall Abbey, Fri Dec 12 - Sun Dec 14, free
A lovely opportunity to visit the abbey for a series of free things to do, including traditional carol singing.

WWI Heritage Trails, Thackray Medical Museum, Sat Dec 13, £7.50
The East Leeds Military Hospital Trail - Find out about the former hospital, and the infections and injuries – including ‘Blighty wounds’ – of the soldiers treated there during this historian-led guided tour.


Peter Pan, Leeds Grand, Thu Dec 11 - Sat Dec 20, £10.50-£40
Northern Ballet's delightful version of the boy from Neverland. Music is by the Oscar-winning composer  Stephen Warbeck.

White Christmas, West Yorkshire Playhouse, until Sat Jan 17, £12-£33
This musical is like getting a gorgeous warm hug from the stage for Christmas. Try not to sing along to the song... 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Carriageworks Theatre, until Sat Jan 9, £9.50-£18
Traditional panto for all the family, based on the Disney tale.

Music & Nightlife

Gnarwolves, Brudenell Social Club, Tue Dec 9, £8
If you like your music with more than a little bite whilst still being able to sing along to a good tune, get yourself down to the social. 

Mike Heron & Trembling Bells, Brudenell Social Club, Wed Dec 10, £10
Mike Heron has teamed up with Honest Jon’s artist Trembling Bells to rework some of his classic String Band material.

Status Quo, First Direct Arena, Wed Dec 10, from £45.80
With a collection of hits spanning five decades, there'll be no shortage of tunes from Britain's best loved rock band.

Jack Garrett, Brudenell Social Club, Thu Dec 11, £5
The young singer / songwriter is getting quite a reputation for his live shows so see him intros great venue while you can.

Madness, First Direct Arena, Thu Dec 11, from £41
Back in the 80s when they had their first hits, the notion that these cheeky chappies would still be playing arenas over 30 years later would have been considered madness indeed. But they are. 

Carnabells, The Wardrobe, Fri Dec 12, £5
Fancy something stomping? This venue for new talent sees the band come back to their Yorkshire roots. Should be energetic.

Snoop Dogg, O2 Academy, Fri Dec 12, £32 
OK so it's sold out but these things are always worth trying for late on when promotors let go of their holds, so might be worth a snoop... 


Lygia Clark: Organic Planes, Henry Moore Institute until Jan 4, free
The Brazilian artist's 1960 piece, 'Creature Passing Through Space', is accompanied by several of her collages. 

Ursula von Rydingsvard, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, until Jan 4, free
Over 40 pieces in this exhibition follow the American artist's career over several decades.

Fiona Banner: Wp Wp Wp, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, until Jan 4, free
Banner's new piece, two rotating Chinook helicopter blades, has been getting a strong and positive reaction, and you can see accompanying supporting work too. It's a powerful installation.

Cross Currents, Leeds Art Gallery, until Mar 21, free
Taking pieces from the gallery's French collection, this exhibition includes work by Rodin and Degas.  

Narrating Objects, Leeds Art Gallery, until Mar 21, free
Key sculptures from the Leeds collections are combined with film, photography and text to reveal the stories connected to each work.

Museums & Attractions

Roman Empire: Power and People, Leeds City Museum, until Jan 4, free
A treasure trove of over 160 stunning artefacts from the British Museum is brought to Leeds to explore the Roman Empire’s immense wealth and power. This touring exhibition demonstrates how the Romans viewed their provinces and other peoples.


There's really only one big release to look out for this week. Can you believe that the first 'Lord of the Rings' film is now nearly 14 years old?

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 
Our review is in of the absolute final part of the trilogy which is a prequel to the other trilogy, making it six films in all. That's going to be one heck of a big box set next Christmas! Opens Friday.

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