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Ten great things to do this summer in Leeds

Our round up of the very best things to do in the city when the sun comes out for the summer

Six long weeks of summer fun at Lotherton Hall
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Six long weeks of summer fun at Lotherton Hall

With those long summer days just around the corner, (hopefully), Lotherton Hall has laid on plenty of weekly themed activity to make sure they're filled with things to do.

DATES: Sat 18 July - Sun 30 August

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By: Rob Martin
Parklife: the top five parks in Leeds
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Parklife: the top five parks in Leeds

You know, there's nothing better in summer than getting out for a walk, so here are some of the best places to do just that in and around the city.

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By: Vicki Psarias
Ten outdoor drinking spots in Leeds
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Ten outdoor drinking spots in Leeds

Fresh air and good beer – it’s a heady combination and Leeds has some great outdoor spots where you can sit down, enjoy a drink and watch the world go slowly by.

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By: Jon Howe
Four new eating experiences heading to Leeds
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Four new eating experiences heading to Leeds

Summer dining has just got a lot more varied with these four new places to enjoy a good meal, opening soon in the city centre. Tasty!

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By: Shaun Curnow

Free things to do in Leeds all year round

The Tetley

Occupying the space left by Leeds’ oldest brewery, The Tetley opened in late 2013 and has quickly become the place to enjoy exciting, contemporary art exhibitions, screenings, talks and fairs. The building itself, a blocky art deco affair with original brewery features, is worth the visit alone, while the downstairs bar and restaurant are good for real ale (but of course) and hearty comfort food. 

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Leeds Art Gallery

Recognised for being of 'national importance' and described as hosting 'probably the best collection of twentieth century British art outside London', Leeds Art Gallery is a must-visit. The gallery’s permanent collection includes works by JMW Turner, Paula Rego, Rembrandt, Francis Bacon and William Holman Hunt while a dedicated team ensure an inspiring, ever-changing programme of exhibitions which have recently included works by Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry and David Hockney. 

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Royal Armouries

These days Leeds is better known for real ale pubs and shopping, but there is still a place where you can relive the past and spectate at a good old-fashioned horse-back jousting contest. As well as such medieval weekends, the Royal Armouries plays host to some 70,000 arms, artillery and fetching chainmail suits dating back in some cases to before the Romans. Your great, great, great, great granddad would have been proud.

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