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Leeds for Culture Vultures

16 May 2015
Leeds for Culture Vultures
Are you spending a day in Leeds shopping? Or over for a business assignment? The city has something for everyone, but notably Leeds is rich in culture and heritage with a major presence of the arts, music, theatre and history. Here are just a few things in that realm that you may want to explore during your visit in Leeds:

Leeds City Museum

With its six amazing galleries rich in history and information, the museum offers an interactive family friendly experience for the whole family.

What’s On? Explore the science and wonder of light through time in the museum’s ongoing family friendly exhibition which looks at how light is used and made across the globe.

Find more at: Leeds Museums & Galleries

Royal Armouries Museum

Home to weapons and armour of warriors through the ages from early medieval knights to the modern-day soldier, the Royal Armouries displays Britain's national collection of arms and armour with a world-renowned collection of over 75,000 objects.

What’s On? ‘Waterloo 1815: The Art of Battle’ is a special exhibition of art, and arms and armour to mark its 200th anniversary from 22nd May.

Find more at: Royal Armouries - Events for May 2015

Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House

Renowned as a chief milestone in Victorian theatre building, the Grand Theatre and Opera House is the performing home of Northern Ballet Theatre. The venue frequently stages internationally renowned productions including West End and Broadway musicals, dance and drama.

What’s On? ‘Carousel’ a musical by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein until 23rd May.

‘Jeeves & Wooster’ A new play adapted from the works of P.G Wodehouse by the Goodale Brothers, directed by Sean Foley from 1st – 6th June.

Find more at: Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House - What's On

Leeds Town Hall

Distinctive for its architecture, Leeds Town Hall is a majestic Grade 1 listed building and is one of the largest town halls in the country. Today the town hall is mainly used for concerts and formal civic functions.

What’s On? ‘A Little Bit of History’, a Photographic exhibition from Little London residents past and present.

Find more at: Leeds Town Hall - What's On

Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Art Gallery showcases some of the most significant national and international artists and is home to one of the most important collections of 20th century British art in the country. A venue with a diverse and changing programme of exhibitions and displays throughout the year, the gallery also offers you Artspace, a creative space with art materials and activities running along the themes of current exhibitions to appeal to your creative side.

What’s On? ‘Age of Glamour - Fashions from the Fifties’ is the debut exhibition at Lotherton Hall’s brand new Fashion Galleries from 8th May.

Find more at: Leeds Museums & Galleries

West Yorkshire Playhouse

With its two theatres, the Quarry and the smaller Courtyard, the West Yorkshire Playhouse is a producing house and a cultural hub for the city and beyond. Showcasing both independent producers as well as distinctive, original talent the Playhouse also offers a creative space for emerging and individual theatre makers.

What’s On? ‘Birdsong’ a mesmerising story of love and courage set both before and during the Great War, by Sebastian Faulks until 23rd May.

‘Anna Karenina’ a West Yorkshire Playhouse & Royal Exchange Theatre production until 13th June.

Find more at: West Yorkshire Playhouse - What's On

Carriageworks Theatre

A modern venue, the theatre is located in the Electric Press on Millennium Square with a wide variety of theatre, film and events for the whole family. It is home to the Leeds Civic Arts Guild the Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers.

What’s On? ‘The Lady Killers’, a classic black film comedy, adapted for the stage by Graham Linehan, the creator of Father Ted & The It Crowd from 22nd – 23rd May.

Find more at: Carriageworks Theatre - What's On

City Varieties Music Hall

Built in 1865 and virtually unchanged across three centuries, this much loved venue set in the heart of Leeds city centre on Swan Street is a rare surviving example of a Victorian music hall of the 1850s/186’

What’s On? ‘ Lee Nelson: Suited and Booted’ – touring comedy show by Simon Brodkin.

Find more at: City Varieties Music Hall - What's On

Find this useful? Feel like a bit of adventure? Look out for more things to do in Leeds in the coming weeks as we come back with more and more exciting things for you to extend your stay in this wonderful city.

Kam is a Business Writer for Leeds Living. Having joined in April 2015 she writes for the Strictly Business section and specialises in business editorials.