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20 brilliant things to do in Leeds this week

Written by
Rob Martin

Welcome to the very first Time Out Leeds guide to the current week, and our pick of the best things to see and do in this great city. We've picked 20 of the most exciting, fun and interesting events so, sit back and plan your next few days on us. Ready? Here goes.

Things to do

Deli Market, Kirkstall Abbey, Sat Nov 29, free
The outstanding monthly market will be closed after the weekend until March, so it's your last chance to get some good local produce before it's all mince pies and nut roast.  

See more things to do here.


Ai Weiwei in the Chapel, until Sun Dec 7, free
The great Chinese artist, so long forbidden from leaving his homeland after his passport was taken by the authorities still manages to have extraordinary exhibitions across the world, and this is one of them. Catch it while you can.

Lygia Clark: Organic Planes, Henry Moore Institute, until Sun Jan 4, free
A chance to get close to some of the stunning work from this influential Brazilian artist.

Fiona Banner: Wp Wp Wp, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, until Sun Jan 4, free
There's still time to see Banner's beautiful Chinook helicopter blades alongside other work, including her film with actress Samantha Morton, 'Mirror'.

Want more art? See our list of best galleries in the city here.

Museums & Attractions

Roman Empire: Power and People, Leeds City Museum, until Sun Jan 4, free
Nearly 200 amazing artefacts are here from the British Museum, showing the huge wealth and influence of the Romans and how they considered their regional provinces in England.


Dirty Dancing, Leeds Grand, until Sat Dec 6, £15-£75
Wonderful fun in this record-breaking stage version of the hit film. It's faithful adaptation so, if you love the line 'nobody puts Baby in the corner' then you'll know exactly what you're in for.

White Christmas, West Yorkshire Playhouse, until Sat Jan 17, £12-£33
The festive favourite remains a heart-warming tale, made famous with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye on film, realised here with Darren Day as the Hollywood entertainer helping out his old army general whilst falling in love.

Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas, West Yorkshire Playhouse, £10-£12
An ideal alternative for a family ticket if you're not into panto, this much-loved story is back after a hugely popular run last year.

See our list of the best theatres in Leeds here.

Music & Nightlife

The Ting Tings, Belgrave Music Hall, Fri Nov 28, £15
The Manchester duo have a new album out, their third, following on from the critical panning of their last effort. And guess what? It's really rather good!

Feed The Love, Beaver Works, Thu Nov 28, £5
Locally sourced deep house and soulful techno and more from Feed The Love, with the extensive cast of usual suspect DJs, such as Terrorizer, Rick Hurst and Cosmic Minds.

Gorgon City, Canal Mills, Sat Nov 29, £25
With the release of their debut album, the boys bring their crossover house and garage beats to Canal Mills.

Joy, Musiquarium, Sat Nov 29, £11
As they themselves say, ‘no-nonsense clubbing for those who know the difference’.

Back to Basics, Beaver Works, Sat Nov 29, £23
Celebrating twenty-three years of the legendary night. It's enough to make you feel like you're too old to rave!

Central Beatz, The Faversham, Sat Nov 29, £6
Four compete, but there can be only one...

Selective Hearing, The Warehouse, Sat Nov 29, £12
Berlin’s Ben Klock takes the headline slot, joined by bass experimentalist Pariah, South London Ordnance, Ste Roberts and residents.

Slash, First Direct Arena, Sat Nov 29, from £40.25
Showcasing his career alongside the promotion of a third solo album, 'World On Fire'.

Dreadzone, Brudenell Social Club, Sat Nov 29, £15
The celebrated British band have a new album out, 'Escapades', featuring the likes of Mick Jones from The Clash and Lena Cullen on vocals.

Rodrigo y Gabriela, O2 Academy, Sun Nov 30, £25
You'd better take an energy drink before this one, so fast and flamboyant is the Mexican duo's fine mix of flamenco, rock and metal, to name a few styles on their crossover cannon.

Lee Scratch Perry, Brudenell Social Club, Sun Nov 30, £18
He's worked with Bob Marley and can still make music which is forward thinking. A great chance to see a true pioneer. 

Not enough? There's more Music & Nightlife here.


The furry bear arrives just in time for Christmas, bringing Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins along for the ride. We gave it four stars.

Find out all of your cinema-going needs here.

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