The best things to do in and around Leeds this month | April 2023

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Easter holidays activities included.

April is already upon us and there’s plenty to check out this month. Between weekend-long beer festivals, kids Easter trails, the opening of at least three new foodie spots and plenty of live music from artists near and far – it’s not a question of what to do, but how to pack it all in.

Keep reading to find out what our top 14 picks for the month are…

Burrowing Bunnies Easter Trail

Friday 31st March – Sunday 16 April 2023 | White Rose Shopping Centre

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There’s nothing like a bunny trail to get you in the Easter spirit. White Rose Shopping Centre will be hosting a fantastically free Burrowing Bunnies Easter Trail where families are invited to find eight mischievous bunnies hiding around the centre.

And the best part is, after you’ve completed the trail and located each mischievous bunny then you can trade in your map at the end for a delicious Easter treat and a pair of adorable rabbit ears.

Find out more here.

Beers and Burgers at The Brunswick

Wednsday 5, 12, 19, 26 April 2023 | North Street, Leeds city centre

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Support your local beer gaff with a pint in one hand and a burger in the other – it sounds like the hump day cure dreams are made of if you ask us. The independent bar has been serving since 2015 and has punters returning for its laid back ambience and events aplenty.

Grab yourself a beer and a burger for £10 every Wednesday as part of the ongoing foodie offers at The Brunswick.

Find out more here.

Chow Down

Opening from Thursday 6 April 2023 | Temple Arches, Leeds city centre

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The Temple Arches venue is set to host a brand-new Urban Garden space, perfect for soaking up the summer sun. The new addition will make Chow Down ‘the largest garden in the city centre’, with the jam-packed events calendar lasting all summer long.

Sell-out successes like Bingo Lingo, Camp Presents Drag Brunch and DJ nights will return for the 2023 season, and there’s been a huge injection in new food festivals and days and nights out in the city centre that’ll have people across Leeds and beyond heading down to the arches.

Find out more here.

Blue Rinse Merrion Centre

Merrion Centre, Arena Way | Opening ‘around Easter’

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A haven of old school Levi’s, tartan shirts, trinkets, and nearly-untouched pieces from the 70s, the original three-floor Call Lane store has been a mainstay for vintage lovers in the city for decades.

Since moving to its new Leeds location just over the road last year, Blue Rinse continues to showcase the best of its vintage selection across a whopping five floors, each with their own unique style and plenty of one-off pieces waiting to be rediscovered and reloved. Now adding a brand new store to Leeds, the popular vintage fashion store is set to open a city centre outlet inside the Merrion Centre in Leeds’ Arena Quarter.

Find out more here.

POCO Leeds City Centre Opening

Lands Lane, Leeds city centre | Opening ‘hopefully by Easter’

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Opening (hopefully) by Easter, the much-loved Italian street food venue will be taking over a kiosk spot on Lands Lane in Leeds city centre. Located slap bang in the heart of the city, the new POCO will take over the former Yorkshire Bank unit and bringing copious amounts of pizza al taglio to the masses in the process.

The team never fail to have a huge selection of eat, including pizza slices with flavours that change by the day: the vegan slice with mushrooms, peppers and copious amounts of spinach is a standout favourite, but there’s everything from ham and potato slices to fennel sausage to choose from.

Find out more here.

Gino D’Acampo Restaurant Opening

Inside Leeds Marriott Hotel | Open from Monday 10 April 2023

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The new opening feature space for 160 diners in an open plan restaurant, featuring an impressive marble bar, outdoor terrace, on-site deli, cicchetti bar and separate lounge area.

The full menu has been designed by Gino himself, with a team of esteemed chefs, to bring the best flavours to the city for an unforgettable experience. There’s a particular focus on quality and ingredient provenance for the food whilst the drinks menu will boast signature cocktails, Italian and international wines, Prosecco, Franciacorta, spirits and artisan beers.

Find out more here.

Michael Buble Live

Monday 24 April 2023 | First Direct Arena, Arena Way

Michael Buble is for life, not just for Christmas – and he’ll prove it when he pops into town with his new album and tour. We’ve got him for two nights this spring.

Tickets are still available, starting from £87.50 at Ticketmaster.

Olly Murs Live

Friday 28 April 2023 | First Direct Arena, Arena Way

Olly Murs is back (he stepped back from the music industry for four years but remained on our screens with his TV career) with a new album and a massive UK arena tour. The X Factor alumni will be heading up to Leeds in 2023 with a gig in support of his new album Marry Me.

Tickets are still available, costing £32.50 and £59.50 at See Tickets, with good availability.

The James Orchestral Tour

Monday 28 April 2023 | York Barbican, York

James are back, this time with a full orchestra, and heading over to York Barbican in celebration of their 40th anniversary and double album. They’ll also have a gospel choir and new versions of their greatest hits, fan favourites and deep cuts.

Tickets are currently sold out but waiting list open at See Tickets.

Springwell Sessions

Friday 28 April – Sunday 30 April 2023 | Bustlingthorpe Lane, Sheepscar

three glasses.
Image: Springwell

Springwell Sessions is hosting four day and night events across three days, bringing together the best local independents in the area, as well as around the world breweries just outside of the city centre at North Brewing Co.’s own brewery, Springwell.

Hosted at Springwell, the indoor-outdoor event is going to be transformed into a collaborative space for some of the UK’s favourite brands. Local favourites Bundobust Brewery will sit alongside DEYA, Cloudwater, and Brulo, amongst other exciting names in the beer world from near and far – including exciting appearances from overseas breweries.

Find out more h

Beyonce Bottomless Brunch

Friday 28 April 2023 | Manahatta Greek Street, Leeds city centre

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Manahatta is hosting a fabulously iconic bottomless party alongside the Beyoncé experience by everyone’s favourite drag queen, Aaron Carty. For a whopping 90 minutes you can indulge on delicious food, free-flowing drinks and incredible live entertainment. What else would you want to do on a Friday night?

And they’re really pushing the boat out with this one, everything is Beyonce themed including the drinks menu and when it comes to picking your tipple, you’re truly spoilt for choice.

Find out more here.

Cheesy Living Co’s Fondue On Tour

Saturday 29 April 2023, 7pm | Boot and Rally Bar, Meanwood

Image: The Hoot Leeds

Following on from the sellout success of the Corn Exchange’s fondue night, the Cheesy Living Co. is taking its much-loved cheese nights on tour across the city. Stopping at Boot and Rally Bar on Saturday 29 April 2023 (with tickets still available here), the fondue nights will also be available earlier in the month in Pudsey, Chapel Allerton and Oakwood.

Find out more here.

Hyde Park Picture House

Exact opening date unconfirmed | Brudenell Road, Leeds

Outside of cinema.
Image: Hyde Park Picture House

Bringing back the last remaining gas lit cinema in the country, doors will open in April 2023 following an extensive renovation to introduce modern amenities that bring the building into the 21st century whilst preserving and protecting its history for generations to come to appreciate.

Find out more here.

Kids eat free offers

Throughout the Easter holidays | Various locations

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Easter half-term is on the horizon and if you’re looking to take your kids out for a day of fun, here is a list of places where they can eat for free to help you save a few pennies.

Whether you’re on the move and need a quick meal deal or fancy a mid-week meal out with all the family, or you simply just want them to eat something other than chocolate eggs – there’s an offer here which will definitely suit you.

Find out more here.

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