The best things to do in and around Leeds this week | 11 – 17 September 2023

The last full week of summer is underway.

September is well and truly underway, and even though the sun has disappeared behind the clouds Leeds is still buzzing with things to do.

As we step into the last full week of summer, it’s time to get together with your mates and cheers goodbye to the last few months of fun before the leaves start to fall and the pumpkins pop up on doorsteps.

From dance music festivals to new foodie openings, you’ll want to head out into town this week to see what our vibrant city has to offer.

As always we have cherry picked the best things to get up to during the week, so whack out your diaries and keep reading.

Farmhouse Opening

Monday 11 September | Lands Lane

Image: Farmhouse

Farmhouse, an independently owned restaurant specialising in breakfast, brunch and all-day dishes, is coming to Leeds this week, and to celebrate the new opening, Farmhouse will be giving you the chance to try brunch on the house.

Those heading over to the 100-cover restaurant will be able to get a free main meal to the first 300 customers to book on Monday 11 September and Tuesday 12 September. Bookings are now already from 8am and will be free on a first come first served basis by booking here.

Find out more here.

Pizza Loco at Meanwood Tavern

Monday 11 – Sunday 17 September | Meanwood Road

Image: Supplied

Pizza Loco will be taking over the kitchen at Meanwood Tavern this month.

Expect soft, light and airy crusts, with interesting, generous toppings and an emphasis on sustainable British ingredients including Wildfarmed UK-grown and milled organic flour, Yorkshire-grown organic tomatoes, and British charcuterie.

Lunchtime will see the signature Pizza Loco Panuozzi pizza-dough butties showcased, whilst evenings will be reserved for those big Neapolitan slices.

Find out more here.

Ivy Asia ‘Sake Sensations’

Launching Wednesday 13 September | The Ivy Asia, Vicar Lane

Image: The Ivy Asia

‘Sake Sensations’ is a brand new, unique collaborative menu between Akashi-Tai and The Ivy Asia.If you’re a fan of the Japanese rice wine Sake, then this elegant and refined pairing menu is the one for you.

An exciting new collaboration between The Ivy Asia and Akashi Tai, the UK’s leading sake brand, the menu will showcase the best flavours from the continent paired perfectly with a range of sakes.

This menu is available from Wednesday 13 September to Sunday 5 November 2023. The experience costs £85 per persona and you can book your table here.

Hyde Park Picture House ‘Hyde & Seek’

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September | Brudenell Road

Image: Hyde Park Picture House

Including Hyde & Seek, a family-friendly ‘pay what you can’ event running every weekend from 11am. Cinema showings are every Saturday and Sunday at 11am, and cover classics like 101 Dalmatians and The Wizard of Oz right through to modern favourites like Frozen and The Spiderwick Chronicles.

All visits to Hyde & Seek, the family-friendly matinee performances are all ‘pay what you can’ so that everyone can join in, regardless of income.

Read more: Hyde Park Picture House is hosting ‘pay what you can’ cinema screenings for families

Mint Festival

Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 September | Newsam Green Farm

Image: Mint Festival

One of Yorkshire’s biggest dance musical festivals is back in Leeds and it is set to be an absolute hoot. Embrace the last of the summer sun by whacking on your best festival fits and dancing to an incredible line-up of acts.

You can buy your tickets to Mint Festival here.


Sunday 17 September | First Direct Arena

Image: First Direct Arena

Celebrating their 20th anniversary with a huge arena tour, Busted are back with a bang and will be playing all their iconic hits at The First Direct Arena this weekend.

Get ready to be transported to the ‘Year 3000’ and get ready to meet the ‘Air Hostess’, because this gig is set to set the city alight.

Put your dancing shoes on and get your tickets here.

Featured images – Supplied / Mint Festival / The Hoot Leeds

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