What’s Happening This Summer: Places in Leeds

Here’s a selection of what’s going on in Leeds – at Trinity Leeds Re:Pair Lab, White Cloth Hall, Seagulls Reuse, Water Lane Boathouse, Project House, Northern Market and LeedsBID’s Monopoly Takeover.

Trinity Leeds Launches Innovative Sustainable Retail Concept ‘Re.Pair Lab’ 

An innovative new sustainable fashion concept from Trinity Leeds will see up-and-coming designers showcased alongside local fashion brands and second-hand sellers this summer.  Re.Pair Lab is a new initiative from Trinity Leeds owner Landsec, partnering with Leeds Beckett University and Wayne Hemingway – co-founder of Hemingway Design, who have been at the forefront of bringing sustainable retail concepts into the mainstream, such as the Charity Super.Mkt initiative.  Launched on Thursday 13 June, Re.Pair Lab is an initiative promoting sustainability, creativity, and community.

Over the 12-week pop up, it will feature rotating residencies from Leeds fashion students, local designers and fashion businesses, who will collaborate with charity retailer Emmaus to repair and transform clothing that would otherwise end up in landfill, into new garments and collections.  The in-house designers will also sell their own creations, alongside curated rails from second-hand and sustainable sellers from Leeds who will have the chance to build upon their online success on websites such as DePop and Vinted with a physical presence.  Re.Pair LAB has been designed to support Leeds-based creatives and small businesses by providing a platform to test out ideas without the stresses of significant financial investment.

Re.Pair LAB is a physical space for up-and-coming designers and sustainable businesses to innovate, collaborate, and thrive.  Hands-on creative workshops will also be held to educate and empower guests to learn DIY techniques for altering and upcycling clothing for themselves.  The first rotation will run to July 4th and includes local talent Wanner Label, Alice D Designs, Tomo and Trad Collective, plus a curated selection of clothing from charity partner Emmaus.

Sam Hudson-Miles, Course Director of Fashion at Leeds Beckett University, said: “Leeds Beckett Fashion is delighted to support the Re:Pair Lab initiative as an educational partner. As the most connected and dynamic fashion course in the city, we bring our creative energy to this project through involvement from our students, emerging and established designers with a sustainable ethos, and businesses such as vintage resellers, launched by our Professor of Fashion, Matty Bovan.  Re.Pair Lab aligns with our commitment to celebrate and retain fashion talent in Leeds and its region. The initiative also furthers our allegiance to sustainable fashion design education. Re.Pair Lab is a pivotal opportunity for our students to test-bed the marketability of their collections and host workshops to demonstrate simple repair and upcycling methods that can be done at home, sharing skills and amplifying the slow fashion message. It’s a joy to bring together this Leeds-centric melting pot of creative fashion talent!”  

Wayne Hemingway, co-founder of Hemingway Design, said: “Re.Pair Lab gives designer makers and second-hand sellers a place to ‘have a go’ in a collaborative space in a high footfall, popular city centre location, whilst pairing designer-makers with brilliant local charities to repair and remake second-hand items, and creating a vibrant community hub through free workshops and events. This is purposeful, modern city centre retail at its most meaningful.”  

Re.Pair Lab is located at Trinity Leeds until September 8th, on Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 7pm, and Sundays from 11am to 5pm. 

White Cloth

Construction has officially begun on a new food and drink destination set in the historic heart of Leeds City Centre. Set to open its doors this summer, White Cloth Hall is a major new venture from the team behind Leeds’ oldest pub, Whitelock’s Ale House, including Whitelock’s owner Ed Mason and major investor Jonathan Morgan.

Built in 1775 as a place of trade for Leeds’ cloth merchants, it was once one of the North’s most important market places. The contemporary vision is to re-establish the Grade-II-listed White Cloth Hall as a destination of cultural and commercial renown in the City. But instead of cloth, the plan is to create a place for locals to savour some of Leeds’ finest food and drink. The Hall will include three kitchens, two bars and a deli/coffee shop, bringing together a collection of the region’s most talented chefs, baristas and sommeliers to celebrate seasonally grown and locally sourced ingredients.

Each of the three kitchens will serve a different menu, each run by a different head-chef and kitchen team. The drinks offering will provide a choice of two bars, tailored to taste and occasion: a wine bar with an unrivalled curation of natural wines, and the flagship bar, a place to sip Northern-brewed beers, ales and lagers, alongside house cocktails and old classics. The deli, open daily, will be a place to stop in, mid-work, mid-shop or mid-anything, for a taste of White Cloth Hall. 

Ed Mason, Owner of White Cloth Hall and Whitelock’s Managing Owner, commented: “This is a special project. There’s so much cultural history to celebrate, but also so much potential, too. For someone like me, who’s so rooted in this City, the chance to re-establish White Cloth Hall as a go-to destination once more was unmissable, and one that I’m so excited about.  Not only have we got a great team driving the project, we’re also busy assembling a serious array of food and drink talent – all of whom feel as strongly about doing it the right way as we do. There’ll be no airs and graces, no stuffiness, just beautifully prepared food and drink, served the Yorkshire way! “We can’t wait to open our doors and show everyone what we’ve been working on. We’re going to make it somewhere to savour.” 

For more information on White Cloth Hall, or to receive exclusive news and updates via email, please visit: www.whiteclothhall.co.uk.

Social Enterprise

Seagulls outside their new home.

Paint reprocessing specialist, Seagulls Reuse, has relocated to 129 Water Lane within the heart of the Temple district of Leeds.

Seagulls will recycle, mix and sell paint as well as running a series of creative workshops close to the City Centre in its new 31,150 sq ft warehouse.

Cat Hyde, co-founder of Seagulls, explains: “We’d love to have the capacity to collect leftover trade paint but, at the moment, we have enough paint from Leeds households to meet our customers’ needs. But we are hopeful that this new City Centre location in the fast-growing Temple district will hopefully entice new painters through the door, enabling further expansion. So this is a plea to people across the City to pop in and see significant savings on quality paint, varnish and timber care. Whether painting your home, office, community centre, shed or garden furniture – we have something for everyone, no matter the colour.

The new space will also enable us to expand the range of workshops we run, from beginners’ decorating courses to mosaics, murals and terrazzo. We will also have decorating pods available for hire.”

Seagulls Reuse launched in 2005. It is the brainchild of Cat Hyde and her co- founder. Keen to find new pathways into employment, with a shared passion for environmental sustainability they wanted to create a social enterprise that would benefit their community. They engaged with Leeds City Council and agreed to collect and reuse paint disposed at the nine Household Waste Recycling Centres across the City.

They now divert almost 400 tonnes of reusable paint each year, checking and reprocessing it for resale. Bespoke colours are mixed and matched by the team and its helpful volunteers before being resold from as little as £1 per tin.

The process is labour intensive and has provided an opportunity for employment, volunteering and training. Ruksar Ajmal started as a volunteer with Seagulls Reuse when leaving prison in 2007. A colour-blind paint mixer, he now works full-time helping to train other volunteers and decorators, assisting customers and managing the bespoke paint-mixing service.

Ruksar: “Seagulls Reuse is a vibrant and vital environmental social enterprise. It has been life changing for me, and many others. In the last 17 years, I’ve learnt many skills and am now expert at creating bespoke paint colours, using a spatula and paddle drill along with a splash of intuition and creativity!

I love training our new volunteers from all walks of life. Many have been through struggles similar to mine and I’m keen to pass the support I’ve been given onto others who need it. We offer a fantastic community service and look forward to welcoming many more happy customers through our doors as we make the exciting move to Temple.”

Seagulls Reuse will be the neighbour of the famous Leeds theatre company Slung Low which CEG welcomed to Water Lane last year.

CEG continues to commit to social enterprises and, following the support from Historic England enabling crucial repairs to the roof and walls of the Counting House to make it watertight prior to its refurbishment, has now opened this vital building at Temple Works as a second home for Forging Futures Campus.

Water Lane Boathouse


This summer, Water Lane Boathouse welcomes a series of food pop-ups to its canal-side garden, with
fan-favourites like Sabroso Street Food returning for the venue’s annual taco & tequila event, whilst
popular Leeds restaurant Stuzzi and Oliver Awards winner Herencia will make their debut at the
waterside venue. Each pop-up aims to celebrate the fantastic food on offer in the City of Leeds, with
the venue serving up seasonal drinks from the outdoor bar, with resident DJs for the perfect summer
afternoon.

Alongside the guest food traders, the venue’s ever-popular dog show, Scruffs, will make a return for
its sixth year. Featuring a number of categories, including scruffiest pooch and waggiest tail,
customers will be able to register their dogs on arrival and collect votes on the scoreboard before the
winners are announced at the end of the day and prizes are awarded.

The full lineup includes:
● Herencia pop-up, Saturday 13th July
● Stuzzi pop-up, Saturday 27th July
● Scruffs dog show, 11th August
● Sabroso Street Food, Saturday 24th August

Each pop-up and event will remain free entry throughout the day, with customers able to purchase
food from either guest traders or the venue’s Small Victories kitchen.

Project House

Photograph by Thandiwe Zivengwa

The event space at Project House will play host to two free entry day-to-night parties featuring a lineup o
national artists and local DJs, as well as street food traders, garden games, family-friendly activities
and an outdoor sound system.

Since opening its doors in July 2023, Project House has hosted a wide variety of events, from sellout
shows with Sky Ferreria, Nightmares on Wax and Idles, to Glass Onion vintage markets and popular
Northern street food event, Peddler Market. Its two-part birthday event will be a celebration of all
that Project House brings to the City, with live music, street food, DJs, family activities and more.

The first party, taking place on Saturday 20 July will be a ‘Hip Hop House Party’, featuring
award-winning DJ and producer DJ YODA playing on an outdoor sound system, as well as a stellar
lineup of local DJs, including Sangria Kong, Dman, Muddy Brown and DJ Agent M. Local street food
traders Homeboy Pizza Co and Braizin’ Squad will join Galleria in the courtyard serving food all day
alongside games and kid-friendly activities.

The second instalment takes place on Saturday 10th August with an all day disco party, headlined by
Horse Meat Disco, with Andy Buchan, Anastasia McGarel, Grace Barker and Ruubos. Farsley-based
Sabroso Street Food and low ‘n’ slow specialists Koben join Galleria in the courtyard alongside more
fun for all of the family.

One of the venue’s owners, Ben Lewis, spoke of the importance of celebrating culture in the City:
“Bringing Project House to life over the last year has been such a pleasure, giving Leeds another
cultural space to attract new international names to the city, we’ve seen a number of artists who
would ordinarily skip Leeds in favour of Manchester add Project House to their schedules, as well as
providing a new space for Leeds’ own creators and curators to bring their events to. It feels like we’ve
built a nice, wide ranging community of cultural events around Project House and these summer
parties will be a great way of letting our hair down (and patting ourselves on the back a bit) for what
we’ve achieved over the last 12 months…..”


Those wanting to attend either event can sign up for free tickets via the venue’s website.
Links:
projecthouselds.com
@projecthouselds

Monopoly

Photograph provided by Chapter 81

More information on the Monopoly Leeds Takeover, the free to play game around the City Centre, launching on 27 July. 

  • The Free and Family Friendly activity runs from 27 July to 1 September 
  • There are twenty-two locations, in eight zones around the City
  • Eight tokens from the board game have been scaled up for the takeover
  • The activity is funded by LeedsBID and under license from Hasbro. Key Partners include: Child Friendly Leeds, Leeds Corn Exchange, Merrion Centre, Royal Armouries, St Johns Centre, The Light, Trinity Leeds, The Junction and Victoria Leeds.
  • Characters will bring the zones to life and extra events will happen throughout the zone.

    You can read more here.

The Northern Market 

Photograph by Sam Hopkins

The Northern Market, the latest food and drink project from award-winning Leeds brewery Northern Monk has opened table bookings and announced a 20% discounted offer to coincide with this summer’s series of concerts taking place in Millennium Square.

Located just one hundred yards from the outdoor concert venue , the open plan food market and beer hall has introduced online table bookings for groups of up to six on concert days, with larger parties asked to get in touch directly, as well as offering a 20% off drinks for customers with tickets to concerts happening across the road.

With acts including the likes of Anne-Marie, Busted, Suede, James Arthur and The Manic Street Preachers all playing a stone’s throw from Northern Market’s front door, the venue’s new Summer Series drinks offer is an unmissable opportunity to enjoy one of the City’s finest food and drink offerings ahead of an evening of brilliant live music.

For more information and booking details, head to Northern Market’s website

Main image: Monopoly tokens scaled.
Chapter 81 for LeedsBID.

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