Leeds today: Elvis, Swaledale, bank holiday, library, peppa pig, road safety and le Tour.

Morning! Mike here. If you’re able to go & spend some time outdoors today, really, do it. The weather is looking like it might change tomorrow or Wednesday (although I wouldn’t hold my breath!) but again it’s a glorious day in GOC.

We’re cautiously excited about this: according to the YEP the Tour de France organisers were impressed by the bid by Leeds to bring le Grand Depart to the city in 2016. It would be very, very cool to see the start of the Tour from the clock tower in the town hall (hint).

Perhaps thanks to a big road safety campaign in Leeds schools last year, the number of injuries on roads fell to their lowest in 40 years in 2011. A brilliant result – and hopefully one that will continue. However, 297 fatalities or serious injuries is still 297 too many. Keep up the good work, folks.

According to Calendar news there will be a protest at Leeds train station against government rail reforms. There’s no real detail about this yet, but we’ll try & keep you posted.

Culture Vultures has a brilliant competition for families this week: a chance to win Peppa Pig tickets at the YWP. Not only do you get to see the show but you get to meet Peppa too! How cool is that?

Next weekend – a bank holiday, if you weren’t keeping track – promises to be a busy one if you want it to be. Not only is there street parties and wall-to-wall Jubilee TV coverage, there’s Twitnic and Bramley Cavies small animal rescue centre open day, and Harewood House’s courtyard tea party. LCC’s website has a pretty decent list of events and all the officially sanctioned street parties (according to Bristol24-7 there’s 72 in Leeds, the second highest number in the UK outside of London). Do you have an event? Let us know!

The Swaledale Festival is still going on this week; events include Slung Low theatre, Carenza Lewis and more walking and music than you could shake a stick at. A beautiful part of the world, too.

Are you at a loose end on Tuesday or Wednesday evening? Leeds playwright and poet Sarah Wallis (wife of BGL’s own Mike) has written a play about Elvis, water and a goat called Chrimbo set in Africa which will be on at the Theatre in the Mill in Bradford as part of the WYP New Writing Season. We’re really excited about this, and it promises to be a lot of fun.

We love Jess & the Travelling Suitcase Library here at BGL Towers, so it’s with glee that we see her in today’s YEP! Jess is plugging the Library and Guilty Pleasures at Dock St in June. Brilliant.

Finally, it’s a big week for Leeds phenomenon Bettakultcha. Not only do they have the first instalment of BKTV on Tuesday, Bettakultcha will be at the Brudenell on Thursday.

Thanks for reading, now go & top up that vitamin D! Kirsty Ware will be with you tomorrow (yay!) and then I’ll be back later in the week for more BGL goodness. Cheerio!

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