Christmas Shopping in Yorkshire

Christmas Shopping in Yorkshire

With the big day only one month away, we’re kicking off our Christmas blog series with some present ideas! It’s hard every year to think of something original to buy your family and friends, but our list of local shops in Yorkshire will provide those special and unique gifts that you can guarantee nobody else will have!

Leeds

  • Great Yorkshire Shop, Corn Exchange: Support Yorkshire producers by purchasing your Christmas presents here! They sell Henderson’s Relish, leaf tea from Sheffield’s Birdhouse Tea Company, and natural skincare products from Whitby’s Sweet Cecily’s
  • The Traditional Shaving Company, Grand Arcade: For all your bearded friends, pick up an old school wet shave kit or some top-notch products to keep their beard in place
  • Chirpy, Chapel Allerton: a creative design store and workshop where you can find some unique home accessories and even take part in some workshops to learn how to do it yourself!

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  • Little Leeds Beer House, Corn Exchange: A haven for craft beers with an extensive selection of the finest beers from Yorkshire and beyond!
  • On The Wall, Boar Lane: You can find everything here from classic film posters to artsy prints, trendy t-shirts to incredible canvases
  • OK Comics, Briggate: Know a comic fanatic? Get yourself to OK Comics where they offer an impression selection of classic comics and graphic novels
  • Armadillo Toys, Chapel Allerton and Horsforth: The best independent toyshop in Leeds and a child’s dream! You’ll find a vast range of old school and modern toys to keep children entertained over Christmas
  • Yellow Sunrise, Corn Exchange: When you step into this magical shop you’ll want to buy every single one of its Japanese and Moroccan goodies!

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York

  • The Inkwell, Gillygate: A hipster’s paradise with old-school vibes, filled with vinyl records and pop culture oddities
  • Fraser & May, Bridge Street: A shabby chic boutique providing the perfect unique gifts for Christmas including furniture, jewellery and vintage prints
  • Monkbar Chocolatiers, Shambles: Your chocolate-loving friends and family will appreciate the delicious handmade chocolates from one of the most well-establish chocolatiers in the city

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  • Rafi’s Spicebox, Goodramgate: Your foodie friends will love anything you buy them from here! A family run businesses with a tantalising selection of spices and ingredients to make authentic Indian dishes
  • Snowhome, Gillygate: You can be sure nobody will have whatever gifts you buy from here, with stunning homewares from small manufacturers and emerging designers
  • Burgin’s Perfumery, Coney Street: Step into the past in this traditional perfumery offering 2000 makes from designer brands to independent businesses
  • The Yorkshire Soap Company, Blake Street: Give someone the gift of relaxation with handmade soaps and bath salts in an array of sumptuous scents
  • The Imaginarium, Blake Street: Next to the YSC you’ll find a store full of bizarre and fascinating trinkets you can guarantee nobody else will have!

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Sheffield

  • Collard Mason, Devonshire Street: A dark and moody boutique selling clothes, jewellery and homewares from independent designers
  • Sheffield Antiques Centre, Broadfield Road: A truly traditional antique shop with an awesome range from trinkets to furniture, all at great prices
  • Starmore Boss, Sharrow Vale: For the one who loves a tipple, you’ll find an amazing selection of wines, beers, whiskeys and South Yorkshire’s largest range of tequilas
  • MoonKo, Division Street: A bright and quirky independent shop where can find the perfect gifts from home to fashion pieces

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  • The Record Collector, Fulwood Road: A true institution in Sheffield, pop in for new and second-hand CDs and vinyls, and if you’re lucky you might even catch one of their signings!
  • The Famous Sheffield Shop, Ecclesall Road: Celebrating everything that it great about Sheffield, with stunning metalwork pieces, and shop owner Paul who has an impressive knowledge of all things Sheffield
  • Hilary & Flo, Ecclesall Road: Venture into the jungle that is Hilary & Flo for quirky interior design pieces from all over the world. Even make a gift yourself in one of their DIY workshops
  • Sheffield Skincare Co, Crookes Road: Treat family and friends to some of the incredible skincare products homemade from natural ingredients by founder Megan

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Embrace city centre living in Leeds!

Embrace city centre living in Leeds!

Have you always dreamed of living in a stylish city centre apartment? Do you want to have easy access to everything the amazing city of Leeds has to offer? Then you don’t want to miss out on this stunning one bedroom apartment just 10 minutes walk from Leeds city centre!

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The stylish one bedroom apartment comprises of a spacious lounge, which features a set of French doors that lead out onto a private balcony and create a bright and airy living space. Against the rear wall of the space is the contemporary kitchen which is fitted with sleek black units and complete with integrated white goods including oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer, providing everything you need in one convenient space. There is also a cupboard located in the hallway providing extra storage space. The two area are separated by carpet in the lounge area and laminate flooring in the kitchen.

The double bedroom has fitted carpet and a large window, letting in plenty of light, and offers plenty of space for storage. The bedroom also benefits from BT and TV points. The beautifully finished, modern bathroom is fitted with sleek grey tiles and a white three-piece including shower over bath, as well as large mirror and electric shaver point. The apartment also features a secure telephone entry system and gas central heating with combi-boiler.

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Location

This apartment in the modern Cypress Point development is ideally located just 10 minutes walk from Leeds city centre, ideal for young professionals living in the city or those seeking to embrace the excitement of urban living. This property is just across the road from Lovell Park, and has many great eateries and shops on the door step. The apartment is close enough to the centre to easily access everything it has to offer, but is just far enough from the hustle and bustle. Leeds city centre has many great shopping venues including the new Trinity centre, as well as a thriving restaurant and bar scene, great entertainment and live music venues, with the First Direct Arena and Belgrave Music Hall both being just a few minutes walk from the apartment.

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Highlights

  • Lovell Park
  • First Direct Arena, Belgrave Music Hall and O2 Academy
  • The Grand Theatre & Opera House and West Yorkshire Playhouse
  • Jar Mills Studios, The Dance Studio Leeds and Temple of Boom
  • The Brunswick, The Reliance and The Greedy Pig
  • MOJO, Manahatta, Bar Soba and Verve
  • Grand Arcade – The Pit, Roots & Fruits, The Traditional Shaving Company and Lord’s Barbering
  • Shopping and restaurants on Briggate, The Headrow and Trinity Centre
  • Leeds Kirkgate Market and Corn Exchange
  • Leeds Town Hall, Leeds Art Gallery and The Henry Moore Institute
  • Restaurants, bars and cinema in The Light and Merrion Centre

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City & Suburban Living in West Leeds

City & Suburban Living in West Leeds

Want the best of both city and suburban life in Leeds? Then this part-furnished, one bedroom apartment just 10 minutes from the city centre is perfect for you!

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9 Greenside Mews boasts a spacious open-plan living area, complete with two sofas and a coffee table, and fitted with laminate flooring, making for easy cleaning! The large modern kitchen is fitted with plenty of units for storage, and complete with an oven/hob and extractor fan, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer, providing everything you need in one convenient place.

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The bright double bedroom of the apartment benefits from a double bed, and built-in wardrobe for extra storage. The white walls andlaminate flooring provide the perfect blank canvas to really make this room your own! The part-tiled bathroom features a white-three piece suite including shower over bath and vinyl flooring. The apartment also benefits from a secure door entry system, allocated private parking and electric heaters throughout.Lounge1

Location

This property is situated within a beautifully restored, grade two-listed chapel, and maintains many of its original features creating a truly unique place to live. The Greenside Mews development is located in a quiet residential location, just 10 minutes from Leeds city centre, and within convenient reach of public transport networks. There are many restaurants and bars near the apartment, as well as a supermarket and many green open spaces. You’ll have the best of suburban life and the city life of Leeds, which is home to great shops, live music venues, and amazing nightlife. The apartment is also not far from the Elland Road Stadium, perfect for football fans, and just 10 minutes from White Rose Shopping Centre.

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Local amenities

  • Buses 38, 11 & 42
  • Boudoir Beauty
  • Wortley Wine Store
  • Western Flatts Park
  • Wortley Recreation Ground
  • Asda supermarket
  • Dixon Lane Post Office
  • Headstrong hair salon
  • Matalan
  • Takeaways – Red Chilli, Roast Tine, China Express, La Fraz, Sisi Pizza,
  • Pubs – The Hanover Arms, Dragon, Amalfi Bar, Malt Shovel, The Queen, Butterbowl

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Living in Castleford/Pontefract

Living in Castleford/Pontefract

We have a number of fantastic family homes in the Castleford/Pontefract area of Wakefield, home to the amazing Xscape, as well as plenty of green spaces, family days out and great schools. These homes will give you the best of everything; a quiet residential area to live, great town centres, and easy access to Yorkshire’s major cities including Leeds and Wakefield. The perfect place for you and your family!

Blenheim Way, 2 bed, Castleford

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This fantastic two bedroom home has an open-plan living area with patio doors that create a beautifully bright space. These doors lead out onto the private rear garden, perfect for entertaining family and friends, especially in the summer. The contemporary kitchen is finished to a high standard with white high gloss units and black worktops, creating a sleek and stylish look, and is fitted with oven, hob and extractor fan. There is plenty of space for a dining table and chairs so you can sit down and enjoy proper family meals. The entrance hall of the home features a fitted cupboard providing extra storage space, as well as a separate W.C to help ease the morning rush!
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The property has two spacious double bedrooms, both fully carpeted for a cosy feel, and have plenty of space for storage. The modern, part-tiled bathroom is complete with a white three-piece suite, including shower over bath so you can relax after a hard day! As well as all this, the property benefits from an off-road parking space.

Blenheim Way is set in the perfect location close to the centre of Castleford, as well as just a short distance from the infamous Xscape and Junction 32 shopping outlet. Other amenities in the area include the Cutsyke recreation ground and Savile Park, Asda Superstore, great schools, Cutsyke high street, and Castleford swimming pool. Blenheim Way is within easy reach of both Glasshoughton and Castleford train stations, as well as being close to the M62.

Hazel Road, 3 bed, Knottingley

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A lovely three bedroom home with a beautiful exterior, featuring painted blue doors and a front garden filled with flowers. The property has a separate lounge area, which is bright and spacious with fitted carpet, making it the perfect space for the whole family to relax. The stylish kitchen is fitted with white high gloss units and oak worktops creating a modern feel, and comes complete with oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer. There is space for a dining table and chairs to enjoy sit down family meals, and the back door opens out into the private rear garden. An under the stairs cupboard provides extra storage space that could be used as a pantry.

img_0485Upstairs, the landing area (which features a storage cupboard) leads to two double bedrooms and one single bedroom, all with large windows creating a bright space, and fitted with carpet. The modern family bathroom features sleek black and grey tiles, and includes a white three-piece suite with shower over bath and built in basin, as well as a towel rail and shelving space. A separate W.C is located on the ground floor helping to ease the morning rush. The front garden of the property leads through a gate to a long driveway and the rear garden, which has grass and paving areas, as well as a shed.

Hazel Road is located in the town of Knottingley, near both Pontefract and Castleford, with easy access to Leeds and Wakefield via the nearby train station or by car, with the A162 and M62 both close by. This home is close to local convenience stores and eateries, as well as schools, an adventure playground and a golf club.

Walton Wood Mews, 3 bed, Pontefract

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This modern three bedroom home in the village of Upton is ideal for families, with a separate lounge area to relax in, and a kitchen/diner fitted with stylish cream units and stunning walnut-effect worktops. The contemporary kitchen is complete with oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer, and provides room for a dining table and chairs to enjoy sit down family meals. This space has a large window overlooking the garden, which is accessible via the back door, and lets in plenty of light.

The property has two double bedrooms and one single bedroom, all s3 Walton Wood Mews 04.07.2016 (4)pacious and carpeted, with the master bedroom additionally benefiting from a built in storage cupboard. The modern bathroom, fitted with sleek black tiling, is finished to a high standard with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath. Also located on the ground floor is a separate W.C which will help to ease the morning rush. As well as the private rear garden, there is also an off-road parking space.

Upton, a village near Pontefract, offers a wonderful community spirit, as well as great schools, parks, local shops, pubs and eateries, post office, library and pharmacy. All these local amenities make it a perfect place for families, giving you the best of village life whilst still having easy access to Pontefract, Castleford, Wakefield, Barnsley and Leeds.

 

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Living in York City Centre

Living in York City Centre

These city centre, two bedroom apartments in the modern Cordwainer’s Court development are ideally located to give you the best of what York has to offer, from amazing shops to historic attractions, vibrant city life to flourishing nature and wildlife.

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The bright and spacious living areas are the perfect place to both eat and relax, with a contemporary kitchen complete with integrated stainless steel oven and ceramic hob, img_1114fridge/freezer and washer/dryer, providing everything you need in one convenient place. The apartments have oak internal doors and oak-finish flooring throughout, creating a sleek and stylish look.

Both apartments have one double bedroom and one single, all fully carpeted to create a cosy feel, and with plenty of space for storage for all your belongings. The modern, part-tiled bathroom is complete with a clean, white three-piece suite, with electric shower over bath, as well as vinyl flooring and a chrome heated towel rail. The properties benefit from video entry security systems and are suitable for children, but not pets and do not come with parking; but the city centre location means everything you need is within walking distance! All of this could be yours for only £600pcm!

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The apartments are situated on the banks of the River Foss, within the historic walls of York. There are plenty of shops right on your doorstep, including the Foss Island Retail Park which features a Homebase, Pets at Home, Home Bargains and a Frankie & Benny’s, with supermarkets Morrisons and Waitrose also within walking distance. Other attractions and amenities close by include:

  • The Duchess and Fibbers live music venues
  • Coppergate Shopping Centre and York Shambles
  • York Castle Museum, Clifford’s Tower and Tower Gardens
  • Jorvik Viking Centre and Castle Galleries
  • York’s Chocolate Story and Betty’s Tea Room
  • Yorkshire Museum & Museum Gardens
  • York Theatre Royal and York Minster
  • York Art Gallery and York Explore Library Learning Centre
  • National Trust Treasurer’s House and The Ghost Trail of York
  • York Boat and City Screen Picturehouse
  • Grand Opera House and Fairfax House

You will be close to all of this, but still located in a peaceful area away from the hustle and York8bustle. The train station is a 20 minute walk away and there are excellent bus links, making it an ideal location for commuters and those working in the city centre. As well as shops, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife, there are plenty of green spaces, with the stunning St Nicks Nature Reserve just across the River Foss, which provides fascinating nature and wildlife on a 24 acre conservation site.

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  • Havana – Cuban style café and cocktail bar with an exotic, holiday vibe, prides itself on offering affordable, unpretentious fun with excellent food including tapas, burgers and pasta, and an array of cocktails
  • The Terrace – York’s only sports bar combining popular sports, home-cooked food and a warm friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcome
  • Sutlers – an old-fashioned style bar and grill brining back the era of chivalry and good manners, with super polite staff serving British comfort food with a twist. The bar boasts an impressive cask beer selection, and has a cocktail bar upstairsYork4
  • The Hop – a traditional real ale house with an intimate atmosphere, host to “unplugged” live music events and serving delicious stone-baked pizzas
  • Mason’s Bar & Bistro – an independent restaurant known for it’s mouth-watering gourmet burgers and great quality drinks, all served in a comfortable and informal setting
  • Mumbai Lounge – A bright and vibrant Indian restaurant serving authentic Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine at decent prices with great service
  • The Fossgate Social – A unique café bar with an edgy vibe, serving light lunches and cakes in the day, then turning into a cool indie bar at night, with regular live music
  • Spring Espresso – An artisan coffee shop serving the best coffee and Chinese tea, as well as all day breakfast and homemade cakes in a cosy café settingYork6
  • Shambles Kitchen – located down the infamous shopping street, this restaurant serves fast food prepared from scratch using only fresh, raw ingredients. Definitely try their delicious, healthy smoothies and pulled pork sandwiches
  • L’Antica Locanda – A unique Italian restaurant serving authentic cuisine in an equally authentic Italian setting with a cosy atmosphere, providing a calming relief from the hustle and bustle of the Shambles
  • Veeno – An Italian wine café serving family produced Sicilian wines & authentic Italian spuntini, and hosting sophisticated yet fun wine tasting experience

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Suburban Living in Pudsey, Leeds

Suburban Living in Pudsey, Leeds

The highly sought after suburb of Pudsey offers the best of both Bradford and Leeds, and our one bedroom apartment in the heart of this vibrant suburb provides easy access to both of these Yorkshire cities.

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This modern apartment makes the most of contemporary open-plan living, with the lounge and kitchen creating one large open space to both eat and relax. The conveniently equipped kitchen provides everything you need in one space; an oven and hob to make home-cooked meals, a fridge/freezer and a washer/dryer.Sommerville Mews External (3)

The double bedroom is spacious with plenty of room for a double bed and storage opportunities. Blinds an
d carpet are already fitted in this room, and this blank canvas enables you to turn this room into your own. The large, part-tiled modern bathroom features a white three-piece suite with integrated bath and shower, as well as a towel rail and mirror over the sink.

This property comes with many great additional features, including a storage cupboard in the hallway, blinds and carpet throughout, satellite, television and phone connection availability, a secure video door entry system, well-maintained communal grounds and off-road parking.

Location

 

pudsey2Pudsey is the suburb to be in right now. It’s central location between Leeds and Bradford make it highly sought after, especially for professionals needing to commute to the cities, made easy by regular and nearby bus and train stops, with New Pudsey train station being just a short walk away. Pudsey has a whole host of local amenities including large supermarkets, many great shops and eateries, green spaces including the lovely Pudsey Park and Woodhall Hills, and many sporting opportunities. In this apartment you’ll have the best of the open spaces of the suburbs and the busy city life of Leeds and Bradford.

Leeds is just under 20 minutes away by car or train, and Bradford just 15 minutes, meaning you can easily venture out of Pudsey to see what the cities have to offer. Leeds is known for its great shopping with many great buys to be found down Briggate and in the Trinity centre, with plenty of amazing eateries and bars, whether you want bradfordbig names or hidden gems, there is something for everyone.

Bradford also recently underwent a revamp of its shopping area with Westfield opening, but maintains its vast array of green spaces, with the well-known Bradford City Park often hosting the cities best events. Bradford is also home to the great Alhambra Theatre as well as the fascinating National Media Museum, providing you with plenty of cultural entertainment.

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City Centre Living in Leeds

City Centre Living in Leeds

A fantastic one-bedroom apartment situated in the Iceworks development at the heart of Leeds city centre, just around the corner from the Corn Exchange, perfect for those who love city living. 8FrontView2

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The spacious, open-plan living area is the perfect place to eat and relax, with a large floor to ceiling sliding glass door that creates a bright, open space. The modern kitchen is fitted with white high gloss units, with plenty of cupboard space, as well as integrated oven and hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer. This room and the hallway are fitted with original wooden flooring, creating a homely feel and also make for easy cleaning!23Kitchen1

The cosy, double bedroom is fully carpeted and features a large walk-in wardrobe, with a fitted clothes rail and sliding door. The clean-finished, tiled bathroom has a white three-piece suite with shower over the bath, as well as fitted mirrors and shelving above the sink. This city centre apartment has gas central heating, a secure door intercom system and communal satellite dish.

Location

This stylish apartment offers the best of city living in Leeds, located just off Kirkgate and around the corner from the Corn Exchange. You’ll be right in the heart of the action, with the Trinity Centre, shops, bars, restaurants and entertainment venues all within walking distance.

Delve into the delights that the Kirkgate Market has to offer such as fresh food, flowers and fabrics. You’ll have a multitude of restaurants at your doorstep such as Las Leeds02Iguanas, Zizzi, Red’s, Pizza Express and Shear’s Yard, as well as plenty of pubs and bars including Oporto, Chilli White, Smokestack, Fibre and Black Swan, amongst many more. This apartment is also conveniently located down the street from a Co-op, the post office, Leeds bus station and just round the corner from a gym, and a short walk to the train station.

You can shop to your heart’s content with the Trinity Centre on Briggate just a few minutes walk away, with all the shops you need! Leeds city centre also has some great entertainment venues within walking distance of Iceworks, including West Yorkshire Playhouse, O2 Academy, First Direct Arena, Belgrave Music Hall and The Key Club.

If you love Leeds city centre, and want to be in the middle of all the action with everything at your door step, than this apartment is ideal for you!

Bars and restaurants

You are spoilt for choice in Leeds with excellent eateries whatever your taste and budget. Here are some must-visit restaurants within walking distance of the apartment that won’t break the bank. Red’s True BBQ is a must visit for meat-lovers, and just round the corner from Iceworks! Tuck into juicy brisket, succulent ribs or smoked chicken, all drenched in their signature dirty sauce. For a cheap meal head round the corner to Primo’s in the Corn Exchange, serving gourmet American-inspired hot dogs, with a hot dog meal coming to just under £7!

Close to home is also Safran, a Persian restaurant which, despite its modest appearance, serves excellent quality, traditional dishes, and you can get two courses for two people for just £20. If you love Thai food, then My Thai is a must visit, serving South East Asian delights such as Bangkok pad Thai and green curry. Tuck into the best, but reasonably priced, veggie meals in Leeds at Roots and Fruits, or try the Sela Bar for deliciously cheap stone-baked pizzas with an array of toppings. An unexpected choice is that bar/music venue The Wardrobe, which surprisingly serves up some of the finest Caribbean food in the city, with their lunch menu starting from under a fiver.Leeds Guide Photography by Barnaby Aldrick

You’ll never get bored of the Leeds nightlife, and what’s even better is you won’t need a taxi home living at Iceworks! For cheaper drinks, go for the various happy hours such as Friday’s at Distrikt from 5-10pm where selected beers, wines and spirits are half price. Brooklyn offers drinks from £3 between 4-8pm, every day of the week, whilst Cabana has 2-4-1 cocktails from 12-7pm and 10pm to closing every day of the week! Head to the Bavarian basement bar Bierkeller from 4-7pm Monday to Friday for happy hour deals, or Rev de Cuba if you prefer cocktails, which are 2-4-1 from 5-9pm Monday to Friday. Instead of 2-4-1, The Liquorist serves their infamous cocktails for just a fiver each from 4-9pm every day!

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  • Great British Food festival – 28 to 20 May – Harewood House
  • Slam Dunk Festival – 28 May – Millennium Square
  • Love Leeds Cocktail Festival – 6 to 12 June – Leeds bars
  • Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival – 18 June – Leeds Town Hall
  • The Tetley Weekender – 25 to 26 June – The Tetley
  • Gin Festival – 1 July – Leeds town hall