This Weekend in Leeds: 23rd to 25th September

Stuck for something to do this weekend? Fear not: as per usual the calendar is jam packed with fabulous events.

If you’re a fashionista on a budget, or you like your threads to be one of a kind, check out The UK’s Big Vintage and Fashion Fair on Saturday and Sunday in The Light Leeds. In attendance will be Leeds staple Blue Rinse along with Laura Baker Vintage, Curious Cat and many more. 

There’s a foodie double whammy this weekend. The Headrow is hosting the World Curry Festival  from Friday to Sunday, so pop down for free samples, demonstrations and charity events. You can book free tickets online but it doesn’t seem to be necessary – a lot of people are just turning up. Meanwhile Saturday and Sunday sees the Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival which features brewery tours, arts and crafts, local produce and children’s entertainment.

If all this sounds a bit too much like hard work, why not spend a quiet hour or three in Leeds Art Gallery?  The most popular exhibition at the minute is Artist Rooms: Damien Hirst which features a good range of his work. It’s easy to miss the ‘Pharmacy’ section of the exhibition, which is on your right before you even go in the main entrance, so make sure you see it – it’s a recreation of the restaurant of the same name which was in Notting Hill from 1997 to 2003, and was decorated with various artworks by Hirst. While you’re in the gallery, have a sandwich and a cup of tea in the lovely café. 


The lovely Tiled Hall Cafe at Leeds Art Gallery. Picture by Karen V Bryan


King Lear opens at West Yorkshire Playhouse  tonight. Starring Tim Pigott-Smith in the title role, it’s bound to be a corker. Alternatively, Saturday is your next chance to see Madama Butterfly by Opera North at Leeds Grand Theatre. There’s a pre show talk too, which is free, but you do need to book your place.

Finally, there’s a citywide Zombie game taking over Leeds tonight, Kirkstall Deli Market  in Kirkstall Abbey grounds tomorrow and a poetry festival at the Carriageworks tomorrow night.

That should put you guys on for now…. If there’s anything I’ve missed, do let me know! Are you organising or attending something new and amazing? Let me know! Comment below or email


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