Leeds today: markets, space hoppers, green parks and the country way!

Sorry for the delay; day job got in the way. Have to pay the bills somehow!

Tomorrow sees LCC discussing the future of the Markets; the Guardian takes a closer look at what is to be discussed and The Friends of Leeds Kirkgate Market will be releasing their thoughts on the matter a bit later on today or tomorrow. The results of the discussion are eagerly awaited by BGL.

The YEP has a great story about a record-breaking attempt being held in Roundhay Park on Saturday: the most number of people on space hoppers. The previous record, that of 1505 people bouncing for 60 seconds, is held by Dublin and organisers raising funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research hope that record will be smashed. Entry is £10, but for that you get a T-shirt and a space hopper, with all profits going to the charity. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Also in the YEP is a report on the chessboards outside the library finally being put back into play. The Victoria Gardens project is finally complete and has several environmentally sound features, such as low-energy uplighters and reusing materials wherever possible.

As the summer holidays have started and people are looking for places to go, My Life In Leeds has produced a handy guide to some of Yorkshire’s great places to visit. If you have a spare weekend or are wondering what to do with the kids, then a day trip to Harrogate or Whitby, or going out for a walk in the Dales is always an option.

Seven Leeds parks have won a Green Flag award, the national standard for park quality. From LCC:

Golden Acre Park, Kirkstall Abbey, Lotherton Hall Estate, Pudsey Park, Roundhay Park, Temple Newsam Estate and Otley Chevin have all maintained their positions on the national list of excellence which has been announced for this year.

Parks and green spaces are judged on certain criteria including accessibility and community involvement, as well as how well it is maintained and safety. All award-winning sites are also now in the running for the People’s Choice Award. This award is voted for by the public through the Green Flag Award website.

No Grownups Allowed, by Dervish Images

Some images from the final days of the delightful I Love West Leeds festival are coming through; to the left is an example from No Grown Ups Allowed, a performance piece held in a children’s playground.

The BBC has some video footage of the Water Music event held in Bramley Baths, too. The festival as a whole has been an incredible joy, and BGL hopes that organiser Jane Earnshaw and her team of helper elves get the recognition they deserve for putting on such a stupendous programme of events. Roll on next year!

The Secret Tea Room had another event on Sunday, this time taking advantage of the host’s new tea brewing skills. Using what looked like a freezer bag with some holes poked in it – I’m sure it’s far more technical than that – to brew tea that reduced washing up sounds like the work of a genius.

If there’s something to explore in Leeds then you can bet that the Exploring Leeds blog has got there or is planning on getting there one day soon. Alex recently completed the Leeds Country Way, a 62-mile route that runs around the outskirts of what some of us would call the Greater Leeds Region. Well done! And hopefully this will inspire more people to go hiking on an underused route.

Because we’re running late today it’s a shorter post than usual. But check back tomorrow for a guest post from Simon on the Streets, as well as the usual Leeds news and events updates. Thanks for reading!

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