The best things to do in and around Leeds this month | February 2024

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29 days. Lots of big events.

Whether you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids over half term, to book a gig to dance away the cold winter night or a new opening to unwind on a Friday night with a bottle of wine, we’ve got you covered this month.

Keep reading to find all of our top picks, including food and drink specials, new openings, a dedicated gig guide and loads of events and installations…

Knife Angel

From Thursday 1 February 2024 | Royal Armouries, Leeds City Centre

Image: Leeds City Council

The touring Knife Angel sculpture is coming to Leeds this February, to send a powerful message and spark conversations about knife crime in the city. 

The Knife Angel, standing tall at 27ft and made from over 100,000 seized blades, was created by the British Ironwork Centre to highlight the negative effects of violent behaviour and the need for change.

The poignant sculpture will be placed outside the Royal Armouries Museum as part of an intensification month on knife crime which launches on Thursday 1 February 2024. 

Mug Shot Pop-up

Saturday 3 February 2024 | Briggate, between H Samuels and the former Debenhams 

Image: Supplied

Get ready for a real ‘mmm moment’ as Mug Shot is bringing its ‘instant hot snack brigade’ to Briggate this Saturday. 

From 10am – 6pm, you can warm up with a free hot sample and whilst you’re there, give the Mug Shot Wheel of Fortune a spin for your chance to win a whole range of tasty goodies.

Koben Drive In

Saturday 3 February 2024 | Thiccc Sauce HQ, Holbeck

From the creator of Thiccc Sauce, Koben Smokehouse specialises in meaty takeout goodness at its finest. Combining the best of both businesses, there will be a Koben Drive In at Thiccc Sauce HQ with triple smashburgers, barbacoa sandwiches and Philly Cheesesteak subs.

Find out more here.

Friend (The One With Gunther) Live

Tuesday 6 February 2024 | Old Woolen, Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley

Image: Old Woolen

The untold story of the 90s hit TV show FRIENDS is coming to the Old Woolen this month. Told ‘through the eyes of Gunther, Central Perk’s very own ‘seventh Friend’, the audience is invited to ‘settle down in Gunther’s café’ and hear a different perspective from the man that kept the cast caffeinated throughout all ten seasons.

Find out more here.

Superbowl at BOX

Sunday 11 February – Monday 12 February 2024 | Infirmary Street, Leeds City Centre

The best seats in the house for the Superbowl are going to be at BOX this year. The bar reckons whether you’re cheering offense, defense, or just the epic halftime show, BOX Leeds is THE place to be, and with tables available from 8pm, we can’t wait to watch some of the biggest touchdowns of the year through the night.

Find out more here.

Lion Dance for Chinese New Year

Monday 12 February 2024 | Sing Kee Leeds Supermarket – Oriental City Restaurant

To celebrate the New Year, there will be a lion dance event from Sing Kee Leeds Supermarket – Oriental City Restaurant from 11.30am – 12.45pm. Not much information has been revealed about the exciting event to date but if anyone has been to previous dance events to celebrate the new year, you’ll know exactly what’s in store.

The Cheesy Living Co. Cheese and Cocktails night

Wednesday 29 February 2024 | Roundhay Road, Oakwood

Two of Leeds indies are joining forces over at The Cheesy Living Co. Oakwood for a night of cheese and cocktails. You’ll be welcomed with olives, focaccia and an Aperitif cocktail before sampling six different taster cocktails from Philippos and the Tabula Rasa team.

Find out more here.

New Openings

Brotherhood Re-opening

Opening Friday 2 February 2024 | New Briggate, Leeds City Centre

Image: Supplied

Celebrating its 10th year trading, The Brotherhood sports bar has reinvented its New Briggate venue with a massive makeover and new menu. 

With the help of AXI Interior Design, the two-floor venue has been transformed
into a warm and inviting space that channels a vintage gentleman’s club, with plenty of
retro sporting nods throughout. 

The Brotherhood is set to reopen on Friday 2 February which perfectly coincides with the Euros, the Six Nations, Fury Vs Usyk and the Super Bowl all heading to Brotherhood’s screens over the coming months.


Opening mid February 2024 | Town Street, Horsforth

brawing of a bistro.

A new neighbourhood bistro is coming to Horsforth next month, and there’s just as much focus on the food as there is the wine here. Named Bavette, the opening is the first venture from ex-Culpeper Group MD and Head Chef Sandy Jarvis and his husband Restaurant Manager and sommelier Clément Cousin.

The seasonal menu is expected to feature ‘classically-inspired dishes such as Pork Belly Rillons, Frisé Salad and Ravigote Sauce, Halibut, Vin Jaune Sauce & Buttered Leeks or Paris-Brest’, all of which can be perfectly paired with wine from the family vineyard or other exciting low intervention bottles from across Europe.

Find out more here.

Psycho Sandbar (kind of)

Wednesday 14 February 2024 | Vicar Lane

Reservations are now available for March, April and May for Michelin-recognised chef Michael O’Hare’s reinvented restaurant – and ahead of the relaunch, Psycho Sandbar will be hosting a special preview night on Valentine’s Day.

The ‘candle light in a building site’ menu will feature a five course set menu, with hints of the new ‘surf shaky’ feel. Priced at £95 per person, there will be tables available from midday until 10pm on Wednesday 14 February 2024 only.

Find out more here.

Gig Guide

  • 1 February 2024 – Strictly Come Dancing at First Direct Arena (get tickets here)
  • 2 February 2024 – Strictly Come Dancing at First Direct Arena (get tickets here)
  • 2 February 2024 – As December Falls at The Key Club (get tickets here)
  • 3 February 2024 – Del Water Gap at Headrow House (get tickets here)
  • 9 February 2024 – Enter Shikari at First Direct Arena (get tickets here)
  • 10 February 2024 – Venus Grrrls (get tickets here)
  • 11 February 2024 – The Last Dinner Party at Brudenell Social Club (get tickets here)
  • 11 February 2024 – Noah Kahan at First Direct Arena (get tickets here)
  • 13 February 2024 – Frank Carter at O2 Academy (get tickets here)
  • 14 February 2024 – Declan McKenna at The Wardrobe (get tickets here)
  • 14 February 2024 – Bombay Bicycle Club at O2 Academy (get tickets here)
  • 15 February 2024 – Simple Plan at O2 Academy (get tickets here)
  • 15 February 2024 – The Libertines at The Wardrobe (get tickets here)
  • 17 February 2024 – Example at O2 Academy (get tickets here)
  • 18 February 2024 – Bill Bailey at First Direct Arena (get tickets here)
  • 21 February 2024 – The Vaccines at O2 Academy (get tickets here)
  • 24 February 2024 – Rick Astley at First Direct Arena (get tickets here)
  • 24 February 2024 – NEWDAD at Headrow House (get tickets here)
  • 27 February 2024 – Editors at O2 Academy (get tickets here)
  • 27 February 2024 – Ferocious Dog at The Old Woolen (get tickets here)
  • 28 February 2024 – Mother Mother at O2 Academy (get tickets here)

Feature Image – The Brotherhood / Strictly Come Dancing Live / Leeds City Council

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