Ten of the best things to do in Leeds | August 2022

Bottomless brunch, Leeds dinosaur trail, Love Island final, Pride, Leeds Festival and more.

It’s finally August.

The school holidays are upon us, the Women’s Euros has come to an end and we’ve got four full weekends to get through before autumn starts to creep into our lives.

To make the most of the final few weeks of good weather, we’ve rounded up the top ten things to get involved in across Leeds.

There’s everything from new bottomless brunches, Pride celebrations and pup-up dog cafes to dinosaur trails and Leeds’ biggest festival to look forward to, just keep reading to find out more…

Love Island Final Showing

Monday 1 August 2022 | Manahatta Merrion Street and Headingley

Image: ITV / Manahatta

Manahatta is showing the Love Island Final at both Manahatta Merrion Street and Manahatta Headingley to mark the end of the two-month-long TV series. Every attendant even gets a complimentary drink of the hilariously named cocktail, ‘I licked her spritz… or whatever’, plus 50% off food with the code MYTYPE.

The show will start at 9pm before ending at 10.35pm, but if you want to get yourself the best view in the house, arrive early and grab a bite to eat in advance- all that suspense is bound to work up an appetite anyway.

Find out more here.

Yorkshire Day Cocktails

Monday 1 August – Sunday 7 August 2022 | Across Leeds

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To celebrate Yorkshire Day, four restaurants across Leeds are offering complimentary cocktails and fizz for bookings made throughout the week. It’s no secret that Yorkshire folk love a bargain, so this will be an incredibly popular foodie offer.

East 59th, Issho, Angelica and Crafthouse will all be taking part in the offer, though the particular dates and offers vary between each restaurant. For more information, check each restaurant’s Instagram page or website.

Find out more here.

Breeze in the Park

Friday 5 August – Thursday 18 August 2022 | Various locations

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Expect an inflatable obstable course, bouncy castles, arts, crafts, interactive play and fair ground rides, all in one place for 0-19 year olds to make the most of the summer sun.

The pop up family fun event will be touring through the following locations during August:

  • Friday 5 August – Cross Flatts Park, Beeston
  • Wednesday 10 August – Kirkstall Abbey
  • Thursday 18 August – West Park Leeds RUFC, Bramhope

Find out more here.

Popworld Festival

Saturday 6 August 2022 | Millenium Square

Image: Millenium Square

The best of 90s and 00s music will be hitting Millenium Square on Saturday 6 August 2022, when seven acts performing ten number one hit singles.Expect to see the remaining members of S Club 7 performing their best hits alongside the likes of Peter Andre, 5ive, Fatman Scoop, Whigfield and the Cheeky Girls.

Between the seven acts, there will be plenty of trending hits to transport you back to the early 00s across a whopping seven and a half hour set (5.30pm-11pm). Priced at £34.95, remaining tickets are all available on the Popworld Festival website.

Find out more here.

Pastel X Homeboy Pizza Co. Bottomless Brunch

Saturday 6 August 2022 | Pastel, Kirkgate

Image: Homeboy Pizza Co. / The Hoot Leeds

Located in the gorgeous pastel-coloured setting of PASTEL cocktail bar on Kirkgate, this is a ninety minute free-flowing experience supersizing the best of Leeds booze for one unforgettable afternoon. Serving up a range of the cocktail’s signature bar, Pastel has joined forces with one of Leeds most-sought-after pizza makers, Homeboy Pizza Co.

We’ll be ordering the The Nuthin’ But Cheese Thang, it’s a bestseller for good reason. A classic veggie dish with San Marzano tomatoes, Fior Di Latte, basil and topped with EV Olive oil, but there’s plenty more to enjoy from the collab brunch offer. Think Pastel lager, Prosecco and Pastel favourites like the Good Time Spritz, an Aperol alternative with Bandara Al Fresco, Prosecco, Yuzu Tonic and grapefruit that’ll become you never summer go-to in no time.

Find out more here.

Leeds Pride 2022

Sunday 7 August 2022 | Lower Briggate, Leeds City Centre

Image: Leeds Pride

Pride in Leeds is one of a very few free Pride events in the UK and in 2019 attracted over 65,000 people making it one of the biggest events held in the city centre, so you can bet that this year, the celebrations will be more exciting than ever before.

This Sunday will see the annual parade return to Lower Briggate and across Leeds with special tribute to the late Robert Payne, who sadly passed away in December 2021. A new route and name has been given to the parade in his honour.

Find out more here.

Pup-Up Dachshund Cafe

Sunday 14 August 2022 | Revolution Electric Press, Millenium Square

Image: Pup-Up Cafe

Leeds’ favourite pop-up dog cafe is bringing together hundreds of teeny four-legged Dachshunds for an afternoon, and it’s guaranteed to be every dog-lover’s dream. Set up as an Instagram-worthy bar with photo ops aplenty, make friends with up to 75 other dogs per session and even take home a goodies from local dog businesses.

If you don’t actually own a dog, you’re still able to buy tickets and be a part of all the action, human tickets can be purchased in addition to the dog versions via the Pup-Up website.

Find out more here.

Leeds Festival

Friday 26 – Sunday 28 August 2022 | Bramham Park

Image: Leeds Festival

Leeds Festival has returned for yet another year, and the team behind Leeds’ biggest festival is bringing global musical talent to the city like you’ve never seen before. Arctic Monkeys, Dave and Bring Me The Horizon are set to headline each day, with a further 70+ performers from around the world taking to the stage across the three-day festival.

Some of the most notable names include Bad Boy Chiller Crew, Willow (Smith), Beabadoobee, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, All Time Low, The Lathums and The DMA’s.

Find out more here.

Trinity Kitchen Food Trucks

Monday 1 August – Wednesday 31 August 20222 | Trinity Shopping Centre

This month, there’s five new tasty street food options to choose from at Trinity Kitchen. There’s Yoi Fried Chicken with Pan-Asian fried goodness, The Waffle Cone’s sweet treats with ice cream and fruit options; Dog Almighty’s artisan hot dogs, as well as The Little Pasta Company’s carb-fuelled pasta options with burrata (a personal favourite) and Yard Burger, a US-inspired menu with burgers aplenty.

Throughout August, all vendors will be serving up a small, but considered menu from Trinity Kitchen on the top floor of Trinity Shopping Centre.

Find out more here.

Leeds Jurassic Trail

Monday 1 August – Wednesday 31 August 2022 | Various locations

Image: The Hoot Leeds

You might have already spotted a few of these as you walk about Leeds, but there’s a total of twelve speciality built, life-size beasts dotted around the city for children to seek out and explore.

Spanning across 4km (or 2,000 dino steps), there’s a trail to track each dinosaur from the dedicated programme across Leeds or use the digital map, which can be found here on the Leeds Jurassic Trail website.

Find out more here.

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