What’s going on in Leeds (and elsewhere) today?

Half-term week continues! Otley courthouse – which is doing a really good job of hosting events and workshops – has a full programme of activities for young’uns this week: today they are making paper mosaics. If you fancy something a little more grown up, how about a vineyard trip? Yes, Leeds has a vineyard, and Thomas Harvey decided to have a look around.

The Oxfam Leeds group is having a flashmob in City Square today at 12:30 to show that the global food system is broken. Drop in and show your support!

In the news, the YEP is reporting that the escalators at the bottom of Albion St will be demolished. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Have your say in the comments. Also in the YEP is some anger about Leeds-Bradford Airport introducing drop-off charges. A letter accuses the airport of “abandoning customer service“.

The BBC reports that some student archaeologists have been discovering the history of Harewood House, finding an 18th Century chamber pot. The Beeb also reports that the Bramham House estate is up for sale and “at risk”; this is a stunning property with a great history, but its last use was as a children’s home and it has been empty for some time.

The Virtual Newsroom officially makes note of the launch of the Leeds Transition Fund, £140k that’s been set aside to help third sector organisations that may have been affected by the recent cuts. In other arts news, the West Yorkshire Playhouse is playing host to Transform, two weeks of events going on in the Courtyard theatre, starting next week.

Temple Works is playing host to Sneaky Experience on Saturday, which looks interesting. An evening of cinematic japery in that building… looks like fun to me. Penny Coles previews it on Culture Vultures. Tickets available on their website. Next door to TW is Marshall’s Mill, which in two weeks will be running the Loop Arts festival. A bit in the future, but I just wanted to give you a quick heads-up.


Katie of Leedsgrub fame takes a look at flower stalls in the market and finds some bargains to be had. South Leeds artist NaughtyNeighbour is looking for people to get fit and appreciate art at the same time by organising ArtRun. Finally for today, the I Love West Leeds festival programme is up for grabs from their website. Personally, I *love* the idea of having a water music programme in Bramley Baths. That one will check out fast.

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2 Responses to What’s going on in Leeds (and elsewhere) today?

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  2. Paula Finlay says:

    Awwww what a shame to lose the escalators at the bottom of Albion Street !!! They are a true landmark of Leeds !! Granted they’re a bit of an eyesore but still they’re history !!

    On the drop-off charge at Leeds and Bradford Airport… it’s an absolute disgrace !!! £2 for a one minute turn around !!! They should be ashamed of themselves ! I for one will be getting dropped of at the roundabout and walking up from now on !!

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