Leeds is all over the national papers today, so there’s a good chance you missed some of the smaller stories. Here they are (well some) in one easy-to-read package.
The finalised list for Leeds and the surrounding area’s Heritage Open Days has been released. This is a great chance to get into places that aren’t normally open to the public, or find out more about your favourite buildings, and this year has a staggering 84 events to choose from (making Leeds one of the biggest participants outside London). Heritage Open Days are organised by Leeds Civic Trust, supported by Leeds City Council. Past highlights have included the private Leeds Library, a tour of the Town Hall Clock and backstage at the Grand Theatre.
There’s another nod to Leeds heritage today, with the announcement in the Yorkshire Evening Post that the historic White Swan pub is set to reopen. The pub, which has been pulling pints since 1796, sits next to City Varieties on Swan Street, and will be run by Leeds Brewery after a £70,000 makeover. It will also have an entrance directly into City Varieties itself making for a ideal pre-show venue.
If you prefer to be on the stage rather than watching it, then a drama school which is launching courses in Yorkshire for the first time might be for you (so long as you’re a kid). Act 2 Cam is giving young people the chance to star in and produce their own films, holding free workshops in Harrogate, Leeds and York for aspiring actors and film makers between the ages of eight and 18 starting from Tuesday.
The Culture Vulture has got a new banner. Designed by Phil Wall of Project Photo Doodle using a photo of the Leeds skyline taken by Rick Harrison, it’s an affectionate view of the city. There’s also more images of Phil’s work and an interview on the site.
Ilkley Literary Festival has updated its site, so you can now book tickets online. Running from 30th September to 16th October, there’s something for everyone, from Mark Radcliffe to Ranulph Fiennes, but tickets sell fast so be quick!
Craftsville Craft Club is looking for crafters to create work for their Light Night project. The team are currently crafting three themed gardens for the event, but need more helpers to create crafted flora and fauna, as well as volunteers to help on the night itself. Get in touch with @fearfulpenguin via twitter, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
And finally, a very happy blogging birthday to Exploring Leeds, who is always writing interesting and thoughtprovoking posts about Leeds, and who has written a post about her year of blogging and her plans for the next 12 months. We look forward to covering your forthcoming adventures!