Here’s to another four day week, Leeds.
Another four day week, probably one filled with the leftover chocolates from Easter and caffeine fuelling the second week of half term across the city.
Like always, there’s so many things to do in Leeds that we’ve lost track. Whilst many of our favourite things to do are timeless, like walks in the park or checking out the latest bars, there’s no urgency to visit them this week. Instead, we’ve focused our attention on the new events, one-off occasions or those soon to come to a close to choose our list of things to do this week.
Which of these will you choose to take on this week?
POCO Italian Easter Treats
POCO Sicilian, Kirkstall and Headingley | Monday 18 April 2022.
POCO Sicilian is known around Leeds for its irresistible selection of Italian treats, but these seasonal specials are safely pronouncing the two stores as the real Easter bunnies.
This Easter, you can get your hands on Italian Easter eggs. Taking the humble chocolatey treat and giving the recipe a much-needed makeover, POCO has reimagined the special, stuffing the chocolate case with delicious flavours. The secret recipe to the dessert selection is kept under-wraps, so much so that the company is yet to announce the flavours online.
Available exclusively this week on Monday 18 April 2022, boxes of these incredible treats will be available to collect, but with pre-ordering no longer an option, you’d better arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Monday 18 April 2022. Find out more here.
Egg and Sperm Race
Thackray Museum of Medicine, Harehills | Monday 18 April – Friday 22 April 2022.
This Easter, the Thackray Museum of Medicine is hosting a whole range of egg-citing activity programmes to bring the Easter holidays to life. Visitors are invited to explore the museum as part of the ‘Eggcellent Easter Egg Hunt’, in which several eggs will be hidden throughout the exhibitions, and participants asked to complete a trail to get their hands on a mini Easter treat.
Suitable for even young children, there will even be an ‘Egg and Sperm Race’, where players will compete to reach the egg first, and an ‘Absolutely Smashing Matching Hatching Game’, which will put your knowledge of eggs and growth in the animal kingdom to the test. Please note that parental supervision required at these events.
Monday 18 April – Friday 22 April 2022. Find out more here.
Money Talks: Board Games
Leeds City Museum, Millenium Square | Wednesday 20 April 2022.
A pop-up exhibition in Leeds City Museum is exploring different forms money takes and the complex relationship we have had with currency over the centuries. Called Money Talks, the exhibition is also hosting a range of workshops that put the currencies into context.
There are weekly board games workshops held every Wednesday at Leeds City Museum with Leeds-based group, Cards or Die. he sessions are completely free and anyone is welcome to come along and learn how to play vintage and modern games where each week organiser Ann will introduce new games to the sessions, so no two sessions are the same.
Wednesday 20 April 2022. Find out more here.
Temple Arches, Leeds City Centre | Thursday 21 April – Sunday 24 April 2022.
After a full line-up over Easter weekend, the newly-renovated Chow Down will be hosting a range of incredible events until September, there’s going to be so much to enjoy for 2022 at Temple Arches.
Hosting a summer themed haven with a new food village, three-tier sun terrace, DJ huts and crazy golf: Chow Down is the giant beer garden with far more to offer than just drinks. A nine-hole alfresco crazy golf course is making an appearance for the very first time for those looking to make a tee whilst sipping on cocktails and pints in the sunshine.
Of course, Chow Down’s foodie line-up is equally as important to Leeds as its musical headliners, and this year, there’s plenty of new street food to tempt you over to Temple Arches too.
Thursday 14 April – Saturday 30 April 2022. Find out more here.
Manchester Sushi Festival
Audacious Church, Manchester City Centre | Thursday 21 April – Sunday 24 April 2022.
Okay, this one isn’t in Leeds- but given its close proximity and travel time of less than an hour by train or car, it was well worth including. Those heading down can expect to try a range of sushi from different local traders and restauranteurs, as well as other Japanese dishes like ramen, and a selection of different drinks from Japanese pop-up bars. Taking place at Audacious Church on Trinity Way, Manchester, Salford, M3 7BD, the Manchester Sushi Festival will run from Thursday 21 April to Saturday 23 April 2022. Sessions will last three hours, starting at either 3pm or 7pm.
Find out more here.
Casa del Alma Bottomless Brunch
Revolución de Cuba, Call Lane | Sunday 24 April 2022.
Every month, Latin-inspired fiesta bar Revs de Cuba hosts a tasty tapas experience set to the tune of a gospel choir.
Think ‘We Are Family’ by Sister Sledge and other R&B tunes, as well as contemporary bangers you and your mum will know, love and want to sing along to. From 3pm – 6pm catch the incredible live performances, there’s 2-4-1 on cocktails, coffee and tapas offers all day (and night) to take full advantage of too.
Those up for an early sesh can take advantage of the two-hour bottomless sitting provides a feel-good experience for adults of all ages. From 11am – 2pm, you can catch up with your family whilst sipping on an endless list of boozy options. Expect unlimited cocktails like Aperol Spritz, Strawberry Daquiris and Bloody Marys, as well as pints of Mahou and glasses of Prosecco.
Sunday 24 April 2022. Find out more here.
Leeds O2 Academy, Cookridge Street | Sunday 24 April 2022.
Bongo’s Bingo is back for another round of Sunday night madness at the O2 Academy. We’ve been told that this year, Bongo’s Bingo enthusiasts should expect the same nostalgic escapism from previous shows, with the added chance of winning iconic prizes like Henry Hoovers, mobility scooters, karaoke machines and more.
In addition to the crazy prizes, crowd renditions of Mr Brightside, dance offs, and ‘hands in the air’ moments aplenty are all guaranteed to make an appearance.
Sunday 10 April and Sunday 24 April 2022. Find out more here.
Kids eat free at Yard & Coop
Yard & Coop, Merrion Street | Monday 18 April – Sunday 24 April 2022.
Winner winner chicken dinner. Every half term, much-loved fried chicken restaurants Yard & Coop is offering a free child’s portion for every adult main purchased. Inside their Merrion Street venue, there’s lego and crayons to keep your little ones entertained but (jokingly) they recommend you “fill the little tykes with buttermilk fried chicken, and hope it keeps ’em quiet for another few hours of being dragged ’round the shops. Score.“
The ‘kids eat free’ offer is only valid on weekdays 12 – 7.30pm during half term week only. Check the website in advance to ensure that this offer is valid upon your visit.
Feature Image- Chow Down