Leeds today: food, towels, nature, art, shows, school, bank holiday and did we say food?

Friday! Long weekend! Yay!

A nature theme first this morning, with a new North Sea conservation centre opening, and a new nature park on the site of a former open cast mine is opening tomorrow. St Aiden’s is a cracking spot for nature and fans of huge machines.

Next up, art, and the Northern Art Prize has been won by Margaret Harrison, for her ‘vital new work that reflects on her 50-year career at the front line of art and activism’.

The Hepworth Wakefield has announced that a new contemporary art space will open this later this year.

Bank holidays are usually good excuses for shows and this weekend is no exception: the Farsley Festival is happening on Monday. Sheep! Bands! Dancing! Tea!

Over in Calverley one of Victoria Park’s flowerbeds is going to be eaten! Volunteers from Calverley Horticultural Society and local business Zenith will be supporting the Feed Leeds Edible Beds project. If the rain and wind hold off today (eep!) they will be putting in 1000 plants, including 500 lettuce, 60 sweetcorn, 80 beetroot, along with fennel, chard and globe artichokes. And as it’s all organic, they’ve put out an appeal for eggshells to keep the slugs away. They are going to need a lot of eggs!

A free school has been given the go-ahead for Leeds city centre.

While on the subject of school, I only realised yesterday that it’s a Bank Holiday weekend, but Leeds List tells us what to do and where to go, while in that grand tradition of doing children out of an extra day off, half term also arrives.

South of the River time, and this week Jeremy responds to the events in Woolwich with a look at media reaction and bias:

Sunday is Penny University, and it seems that yours truly is playing hostess. Do drop in and say hello if you’re anywhere near Brewbar Espresso under the Art Gallery, from 1.30pm.

If your thirst for local news and views is not yet sated, issue 3 of The City Talking (paper copy) is now out. Its food theme supports the start of Leeds Loves Food this weekend.

I do try not to tell you things twice, but some events bear repeating, so for those who missed Wednesday’s announcement: chocolate demonstrations. Need I say more?

Finally, Don’t Panic! Tomorrow is the all-important Towel Day. Quite apart from the fact that I do like to shoe-horn in references to my favourite things whenever possible, it gives me the opportunity to tell you about this event at Leeds Grand Theatre in November. Yes, it’s a while off, but I have my tickets.

Enjoy the long weekend if you get the time off, treat yourself to some cake if you have to work, and we’ll see you next Wednesday!

Ed’s note: an earlier version of this article referred to the Otley Show happening this weekend, when it was last weekend instead. We apologise for any confusion caused. Note to self: read dates and calendars properly.

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