Roll up, roll up…A World Famous Leeds Variety Show in Support of our Carers.




Join local charity Carers Leeds this Saturday for an afternoon of great entertainment held in one of the UK’s oldest music halls. Five incredible acts from across the UK will come together for an afternoon of fun and entertainment.

Opera-lele – George Bartle and Amanda Harkett offer a crossover act specialising in singing music from opera and musical theatre accompanied by the emotionally powerful yet understated twang of the ukulele.

Andy Eastwood – specialist in the ukulele, ukulele-banjo, violin and guitar, in a high-energy, upbeat stage act, he combines his showmanship and personality with remarkable vocal and instrumental artistry.

The Mersey Belles – cousins Nancy and Pearl will take you on a trip down memory lane infusing the ukulele with fabulous renditions of all the old classics from the 20’s right up to the 50’s.

Alan Yates – offers music including George Formby, Melody and old time ‘Sing-alongs’ for those trips down memory lane! 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, Rock & Roll, Beatles, Shadows and Eagles.

Ray and Jonny – Whether it is wartime songs, or cheeky ballads, these boys have something for everyone.

Master of Ceremonies Matthew Ward – returns to the City Varieties to host a splendid afternoon of music and merriment and will ensure that the afternoon runs smoothly and splendiferously.

The Acts appearing are all giving their time and talents to show their support for the 72,000 carers living in Leeds. With your help, together we can support carers to take care of themselves, whilst caring for their loved ones.

For over 20 years Carers Leeds has been committed to improving the lives of the city’s unpaid carers and helping them to continue caring. Based in Leeds city centre, it delivers confidential one-to-one and group support, as well as advice over the phone and online.

Tickets are just £12 each or £10 for carers. To book call Carers Leeds on 0113 246 8338 or book online here.



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‘Young at Arts’ Serves up a Free Treat for the Over-55s


Food, Glorious Food: an afternoon of fun, feasting and festivities is a free event for over 55s taking place on Saturday, 8 July.

Yorkshire Dance is inviting anyone aged 55+ from across Leeds to bring a dish they’ve made, grown or bought to add to a delicious cold buffet, then sit back and enjoy an afternoon of great entertainment.

Award-winning dance company, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein, will transform Left Bank into a restaurant for May Contain Food, May Contain You, a playful mix of dances, songs and humorous monologues.

The show includes amuse-bouches and Luca Silvestrini himself baking a scrumptious sticky ginger pudding for everyone to share.

The day will also feature two performances by participants in other Young at Arts Projects. Food for Thought is a five-month partnership project with Armley Junk-tion Café, in which poet Christian Watson has worked with a dozen participants, exploring their personal histories through their memories of sharing food with others, and creating with them a moving, often hilarious script.

Leeds-based poet and musician Peter Spafford has been working with various men’s groups around the city, talking about what the word ‘home’ means to them. He has helped them to turn some of their memories into a 10-minute performance called Home.

The afternoon will culminate in a dance for everyone to join.

Although Food, Glorious Food is targeted at people over the age of 55, guests are encouraged to bring their younger family and friends with them – everyone is welcome to share in the fun.

Saturday 8 July, 12.30pm – 5.00pm

Left Bank,

Cardigan Road, LS6 1LJ

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance: 0113 243 8765

Yorkshire Dance can assist with transport to and from the event.

To discuss access or support needs, contact April Skipp: or 0113 259 5702




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Extraordinary Opportunity for Young Musicians with Opera North



Opera North’s popular Orchestra Camp returns this summer with young players being given the opportunity to spend a week of their school holidays perfecting their skills with some of the region’s finest performers.

The camp will run at the University of Leeds School of Music from Monday 21 to Friday 25 August and is open to keen instrumentalists aged 10 to 18 years. It is suitable for orchestral players of all abilities, from Grade 1 to Grade 8, including strings, woodwind, brass, and percussion. Over the course of the week, participants will be appropriately challenged to develop within their own technical ability.

The young people will take part in instrumental activities, vocal sessions, and drama and movement workshops, designed to enhance both their playing skills and general musicianship in an enjoyable, creative and inspiring way. They will also master new pieces with professional musicians, and will be mentored by members of the Orchestra of Opera North, culminating in a side-by-side performance on the final day.

The theme of the Orchestra Camp has been inspired by L’enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells) which is one of Opera North’s forthcoming productions in The Little Greats season of six shorter operas. Ravel’s bewitching work tells the fantastical tale of a naughty young boy who, having been confined to his room for refusing to do his homework, is rebuked by the animals, furniture and plants that he has mistreated in the past. As well as looking at Ravel’s extraordinary music, the young players will explore a range of other scores written in response to mystery and magic, including pieces by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and John Williams.

Opera North Orchestra Camp is non-residential with sessions running from 9.30am-4pm each day. Parents are welcome to drop off children from 9am and can collect up to 5pm.

Places are limited so early booking is advised.

The cost of the camp is £150 per person, which includes all workshops and the final performance with the Orchestra of Opera North.

Discounts are available for siblings: places for two children cost £270, while the price for three children is £400. Bookings can be made at Orchestra Camp or, for two siblings or more, on 0844 848 2720.

The deadline for booking is the end of July.

The Orchestra Camp is supported by the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund. Opera North’s Education programme is supported by Opera North Future Fund and the Whitaker Charitable Trust.

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Welcome to the Jungle … in Roundhay!


The Jungle Garden is a lush rainforest of a suburban garden and the brainchild of Roundhay resident Nick Wilson who is opening his little corner of tropical paradise to the public for charity.

Nick’s inspiration for the ’Jungle’ garden style was borne out of a few holidays to Cornwall, visiting the lush, tropical looking gardens of Trebah, Trellisick and Glendurgan he came away with the idea of trying to create something similar in Yorkshire.



A multi-level suburban garden with jungle style planting areas and accents of hot tropical colour all connected by boardwalks and bark paths, crown lifted trees create an overhead canopy. Walk underneath mad, huge Gunnera leaves, brush past bamboos – adventure, exploration. . . if Indiana Jones did it, you can too – right here in Leeds!



Open Dates:

  • Sun 25th June 1pm – 5pm Roundhay Open Gardens  Plants for sale. Visit more than 20 gardens for one donation at first garden. Proceeds to St Gemma’s Hospice, Moortown.
  • Sun 30th July 11am – 5pm  Admission £3, children free. Plants for sale. NGS Gardens for Charity  Beneficiaries include Marie Curie & Macmillan



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Cultural Pioneer James Lavelle Brings Daydreaming Exhibition to Leeds Dock


Leeds Dock will be hosting a very special exhibition from cultural pioneer James Lavelle of UNKLE and Mo’ Wax in spaces across the site June 24th – 25th.

Daydreaming with UNKLE presents… The Road: Leeds Dock is a multi-sensory exhibition in partnership with Canon, Bowers & Wilkins and Leeds BID (Business Improvement District) and curated by the Mo’Wax and UNKLE founder himself.

The Daydreaming with… exhibitions are inspired by the desire to marry music and the visual arts and aim to create a unique and multi-sensory experience, unprecedented by museum exhibitions or music festivals.

James Lavelle whose 25-year career spans and has influenced art, music, graphic design, film, fashion and media will take control of a series of spaces at Leeds Dock to create a unique and interactive exhibition celebrating 25 years of UNKLE by exploring the cultural impact of his work in anticipation of the release of UNKLE’s fifth studio album: The Road: Part I.

“UNKLE has always been a multi-sensory creative project, ranging from genre-defining music to cutting-edge visual art,” said James. “It therefore feels incredibly fitting to celebrate UNKLE’s past, present and future in Leeds, with an immersive show at the cultural hub of Leeds dock. The exhibition is a collaboration between a number of very talented artists, presenting everything from paintings, videos, artefacts and film screenings. I look forward to welcoming visitors to daydream with us.” James Lavelle


Sunday 25th June 2017

  • James Lavelle DJ set- Waterfront Festival Stage at Leeds dock – 5:30pm – 7pm

Saturday 24th– Sunday 25th June 2017
Dock Works at Leeds Dock – 10am – 18:00.
The exhibition will feature:

  • Classic pieces from the Mo’ Wax and UNKLE archives: Music releases, art, fashion and toy collaborations.
  • Ground-breaking UNKLE music videos from the likes of Spike Jonze and Jonathan Glazer.
  • A new Virtual Reality installation captured from ‘Daydreaming With…Stanley Kubrick’
  • A unique opportunity to ‘step inside’ Doug Foster’s mesmerising new installation to experience art at its most immersive and witness four tracks from ‘The Road: Part 1
  • A pop-up store featuring UNKLE artefacts, merchandise, records and toys.
  • An exclusive opportunity to experience songs and videos from the forthcoming UNKLE album.

Artists in the show:
James Lavelle
Ben Drury
3D from Massive Attack
Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones
Doug Foster
Jonathan Glazer
Ty Evans and Spike Jonze
Nathan Coley
John Nolan
John Issacs
Norbert Schoerner

Archive merchandise items being shown: 
Bathing Ape
The Vinyl factory
Mo’Wax arts
UNKLE records
Hysteric glamour



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The Martin House Hospice Colour Run


Dazzle and dash for cash as Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People holds its annual Colour Run on Sunday 23rd July.

Martin House is asking runners from around the region to wear their whitest whites and prepare to be pelted with paint as they run around the 3.5km course at Stockeld Park near Wetherby.

Perfect for families, friends and workmates, runners set off dressed in perfect white and end up as unique works of art as they pass through yellow, blue, green, red and pink paint stations on the route.

“This is the ultimate fun run – you can walk, run or even dance your way round, becoming more colourful as you go. In fact, the brighter you are at the finish line, the better,” said Ellie Barker, events fundraiser for Martin House.

A fitness coach will get the crowd warmed up before the start of the run, and everyone who takes part will receive a Colour Run medal. There will also be Martin House merchandise on sale. Stockeld Park will also be selling cakes and refreshments, and it will be open at a discounted rate for people who have taken part in the run.

Martin House provides care and support to children and young people with life-limiting illnesses throughout West, North and East Yorkshire – along with their families – at its hospice, in hospitals and in their own homes.

It costs £20 for adults, £15 for children (five to 15), £50 for a family ticket (two adults, two children) and group bookings of five or more adults is £15 each. There is also a free goody bag for people who raise more than £50 in sponsorship. You can sign up at, by emailing or by calling 01937 844569.



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Leeds Mencap & Barclays Yorkshire raise an amazing £32,500



Leeds Mencap’s 2016 partnership with the Barclays Yorkshire and North East Region has raised £32,500 to support very young children with learning disabilities across Leeds in their specialist Hawthorn playroom.

“We have worked closely with Barclays over many years but 2016 was fantastic as the staff threw themselves enthusiastically into raising money for us,” said Cath Lee, CEO of Leeds Mencap. “They had a corporate golf day, worked up a sweat with a ‘rowathon’, organised a sporting dinner at Headingley and put on a private showing of the BFG for our service users. Some lovely volunteers also got green fingered and did some hedge trimming and gardening. They were amazing.”

“The whole business got involved and really got behind Leeds Mencap and the fantastic work that they are doing at the Vinery Centre,” said Barclays Business Manager, Dawn Spencer. “We wanted to support Leeds Mencap’s Hawthorn Specialist Playroom as it is critical that very young children with learning disabilities get early intervention when they most need it. It was great to have the cinema showing for some of Leeds Mencap’s families as it is sometimes difficult for them to go to the cinema together as a family.”

People with a learning disability find it harder than others to learn, understand and communicate.  Leeds Mencap offers support to people with very different needs and aspirations in order to help ensure that they live a fulfilling life and achieve their goals. To continue to provide these valuable services, Leeds Mencap are on the lookout for more corporate partners who would like to make the most of the teambuilding and engagement opportunities that working with a charity presents.

If you would like to help Leeds Mencap to help others, either as a corporate or an individual then please contact Sarah Hooker on or call 0113 2351331.







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Young Leeds Kick Boxer Wins British Title


Worlds Youngest Black Belt, Jake Frood (9 years old) from Leeds  has gained himself yet another title. Jake who fights on the England Kickboxing Team and is officially sponsored by the Stobart Group recently returned from Birmingham where he Won GOLD and took the British Grand Slam Kickboxing Championship Title.

Jake who attends Broadgate Primary School won his British Title fighting in the Kickboxing category in the boxing ring winning him the Championship belt.

This was a huge achievement for Jake especially as he has been out of training and competitions for 4 months due to a flair up of his Juvenile Arthritis which meant the pains in his legs prevented him from fighting.  Jake had started to regain his fitness and returned back to training at Leeds North AEGIS Martial Arts and Leadership Academy just 2 weeks prior to this competition as he was adamant that he wanted to defend his title which he has won for 2 years previously.

Following this win Jake has now qualified to represent England at the World Kickboxing Championships for the 4th year in a row that are being held in Ireland in August and the World Ring Sports Championships in Spain in October.


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Dadstastic: The Huge Free Father’s Day Party at Leeds City Museum


Dadstastic, a day of free family fun organised by Leeds Dads, takes place on Father’s Day (Sunday 18 June 2017) from 11am – 3pm at Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square.

The day is for babies, toddlers and children up to 11 years old and offers a great opportunity for parents, carers and grandparents to interact with their children.

The day’s activities will include music, dance, science, storytelling, arts and crafts, and sport.

Children can learn to dance with Phoenix Dance, upcycle vinyl and turn old records into art, jump and shout at the BoomChikkaBoom baby rave, and meet their favourite fairy tale story characters. There’s fun outdoors with Pop Up Sport on Millennium Square, you can create crazy carnival headpieces, or make ‘Dad-Face’ biscuits and eat them!


Some sessions are bookable on the day and loose clothing and trainers should be worn:

BoomChikkaBoom – Baby Rave!

Sponge Tree Storytime – Laughing Yoga Story time

Phoenix Dance – Movement, Balance and Taking Space Classes


Other sessions are drop-in and do not need to be booked. These are:

Bloom Bakers – make your own ‘dad-face’ biscuits

Valentina’s Collective Carnival Arts (part of Leeds West Indian Carnival) – create crazy carnival headpieces

Zulu King Monk – upcycle vinyl and turn records into art

SaturDads – Tiny Play – heuristic play for under 2s

Scraptastic – invent musical instruments using scrap

Leeds Library – Dadstastic Zines – make a mag about your family

Health For All / Young Dads – fabulous food art and other edible creations

The Tetley/Timid Elk – 3D dad’s construction

Hamara Centre – mendhi and face painting

Leeds Children’s Theatre – meet your favourite fairy tale story characters

Leeds Pop-Up Sport – fun and engaging activity session to get your heart pumping and your face smiling. Please wear loose clothing and trainers.

Leeds Museum Family Trail – find out more about dads in the Life on Earth Gallery – from the sensational seahorse to the perfect penguin!

Anyone wishing to attend this FREE event should pre-book and register at

For more information about Leeds Dads and Dadstastic, please visit their website:; Facebook:; Twitter @leedsdads

Or e-mail:

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Charity Cycling Fun Day to Support Great Britain Transplant Sport Cyclist


Cyclists from across West Yorkshire are invited to take part in a Charity Cycling Fun Day at the Brownlee Centre on Sunday 18th June between 1-4pm.

Proceeds from the event will enable Leeds-based junior cyclist, Esben Rost, to represent Great Britain in the World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain later this month.

Esben, aged 13, underwent a life-changing liver transplant in 2008 and, since then, has become a keen, competitive cyclist. His cycling gold medal at the British Transplant Games last July meant selection for the Great Britain Transplant Team for Malaga.

The Fun Day will give the opportunity to ride on the mile-long, traffic-free cycling circuit, part of the UK’s first purpose-built triathlon training centre. There will also be skills sessions and fun races for children and refreshments. Tickets will cost £4 per person.

“I’m really proud to be selected for the Great Britain Transplant team and represent my country at the World Transplant Games,” said Esben. “It would be lovely to see lots of fellow riders at the Charity Fun Day for a great day of cycling to raise funds for me and my team mates to go to the World Games in Malaga.”

The biannual World Transplant Games are supported by the International Olympic Committee. It represents the largest organ donor awareness event in the world with over 2000 athletes from 55 countries competing.

For further details email and to pre-book tickets go to

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