The best things to do in and around Leeds this week | 25 – 31 July 2022

The best ways to spend payday weekend, regardless of the weather.

It’s payday weekend, Leeds.

If there’s one week of the month where the city seems busier than ever, it’s payday weekend.

With July coming to a close and the heatwave behind us (for now), we’ve turned our attention to everything to do in Leeds in all weather conditions.

During the week, you can make the most of evenings with friends shouting answers at the pub quiz or take a bite at one of the new foodie openings this week- including the new Michelin-guide recommended restaurant, Dastaan Leeds.

At the weekend, there’s bottomless brunches aplenty, including a Mamma Mia themed sitting and, if that’s not enough, we’ve planned some weekend walks and staycations across Yorkshire too.

Find out we’ll be spending our week, and where you should too…

The Box Pub Quiz

Monday 25 July 2022 | Infirmary Street, Leeds City Centre

Image: The Box Bar

Fancy a quiz marathon? Get the bus up to Headingley after an early evening quiz and grab a seat at The Box before 9pm to be part of the action. The winner receives £100 to spend at the bar each week, so there’s plenty of incentives to get memorising TV, sports, film and music in time for Monday night.

The Box pub quiz is free to enter and starts at 9 pm, all you need is a smartphone and a catchy team name to enter.

Find out more here.

Bottomless Chicken Wings

Wednesday 27 July 2022 | Absurd Bird, Trinity Kitchen

Image: Design my Night

All you can eat food is always a good idea, especially if you’re going with a large crowd- you just never know how hungry you’ll be. Every Wings Wednesday is an all-you-can-eat wings and fries special at Absurd Bird. The wings are allegedly ‘absurdly huge’ so make sure to book in advance and grab a seat at the table for this sellout offer. Oh, and did we mention unlimited wings come to just £13.95?

Dastaan Leeds Opening

Wednesday 27 July 2022 | Adel

Image: Dastaan

Dastaan has been offering something quite special down south since its beginnings in 2017, but now the award-winning Indian restaurant will be finding a second home right here in Leeds.

There will be ample opportunity for diners to experience a whole host of exotic flavours paired with regional specialities- each with a modern twist that is set to show Leeds exactly why the original Dastaan Epsom is worthy of its many accolades, including This comes in addition to recommendations from the likes of Hardens, AA Guide, the Good Food Guide; placing in The Times’ top thirty places to have a curry and landing a spot in Squaremeals’ top 100 restaurants for 2022 just a few months ago.

Find out more here.

YO! Sushi School

Wednesday 27 July 2022 | Trinity Shopping Centre, Leeds City Centre

Image: Supplied

From a classic Crunchy Cali Roll to a scrumptious Salmon Nigiri, there’s a dish for everyone to enjoy and devour. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian then do not fear as there will be plenty of delicious plant-based treats for you to get your hands on as well.

The classes will be taking place every Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and will cost just £29.95 for an adult, and £19.95 for under 16’s. We can’t think of a better way to brighten up your weekday evenings.

Find out more here.

Gravity Trampoline Fitness Classes

Thursday 28 July 2022, 7pm-8pm | Cardigan Fields, Burley

Image: Gravity UK

Adrenaline-junkies will be queuing at the door for this one- and it’s one that all the family can get involved in. Enter the room and find trampolines as far as the eye’s can see, a dodgeball court, battle beams, airbags and even basketballs. On a Thursday night, there’s a dedicated fitness class for people of all ages to keep fit in an exciting, and seemingly effortless way.

Whilst the Gravity Trampoline Park hosts fitness classes on Thursday nights, there’s plenty of other opportunity to enjoy the park during the rest of the week. With hour-long sessions beginning every half hour, Open Jump sessions are for all, whilst dedicated parent and toddler sessions or the Friday Night parties are designed for audiences that may appreciate smaller groups or wilder soundtracks.

Find out more here.

Easy Life Album Launch Show

Thursday 28 July 2022 | The Wardrobe, Quarry Hill

Image: Easy Life

To celebrate the only band to dedicate a song to LS6, Easy Life will be performing at The Wardrobe to release their new album Maybe In Another Life. This intimate performance will give fans a rare opportunity to get up and personal with the band with an album signing listed in the itinerary, as well as an early evening performance of Easy Life’s chosen tunes.

Tickets are extremely limited and given the rare opportunity, hosted by Crash Records, booking tickets to avoid disappointment is highly recommended. Tickets, tour exclusive CD albums and two different vinyls are all available from £15.50 from the Crash Records website.


Weekend Walk: Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Saturday 30 July – Sunday 31 July 2022 | YSP, West Bretton, Wakefield

Image: Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Stroll around miles of sculptures from artists near and far in Europe’s biggest sculpture park. Damien Hirst’s controversial work is on display here, including four sculptures named CharityMythThe Hat Makes the Man and The Virgin Mother, until May 2023. Be prepared to be amazed, in awe and somewhat frightened as these imposing sculptures tower above you.

Ticket prices for the park are just £6 per adult, £3 per student and free for people under the age of 18. All visitors must pre-book before their visit and this can be done here.

Find out more here.

Mamma Mia Bottomless Brunch

Sunday 31 July 2022 at 11am, 1.30pm, 4pm and 6.30pm | Explore Hidden

mamma mia on stage.

The brunch is themed around the hit-musical, Mamma Mia. / Image: London Theatre

The Dancing Queen bottomless brunch is the latest themed brunch from Explore Hidden and it’s full of Mamma Mia themed activities- so much so that booze will be the last thing on your mind, it’s all about the singing, the dancing and the fancy dress here. If you don’t know the words to Mamma Mia yet- we’d recommend re-watching the movies before you head over to this bottomless, it’s for hardcore ABBA fans only.

All this singing and dancing is bound to work up an appetite and this Mamma Mia brunch has plenty of delicious options available that aren’t far from what we’d expect Donna and Sophie to snack on in Greece. There’s drinking options aplenty, both soft and boozy, which will vary at different bottomless brunch experiences. At the alcoholic bottomless brunch, you’ll find a spread of Aperol Spritz, Ketel V&T, Blank Canvas, Amstel, Prosecco, Bloody Mary, Heineken 0.0% and selected soft drinks available.

Let’s talk Money, Money, Money. Tickets start at £35 for bottomless soft drinks and £45 for the boozy ones.

Find out more here.

Weekend Escape to Holmfirth Vineyard

Saturday 30 July – Sunday 31 July 2022 | Holmfirth

Image: Holmfirth Vineyard

Here’s what our writer Clementine Hall had to say about the luxury vineyard awaiting discerning guests in the Yorkshire countryside. “Wake up in paradise after a cosy night’s sleep in your private apartment and refuel with a hearty Yorkshire cooked breakfast. Then you’ll be ready to embark on your next adventure, whether that be more vineyard venturing, wandering into nearby Holmfirth town or rambling through the Peak District which is only a stone’s throw away.”

Find out more here.

Chow Down Sunday Sessions

Sunday 31 July 2022 | Temple Arches, Leeds City Centre

For those looking for a bottomless type of boozer, look no further than the two bottomless brunch dates scheduled for the season. On Sunday 31 July and Sunday 28 August, a two hour sitting will invite brunchers to take full advantage of unlimited Prosecco, Spritz cocktails, Bellini, Bloody Mary and Asahi lager.

Plus, there will be ample food offerings to keep you full throughout your bottomless sitting. The full availability will be announced closer to the dates but guests should expect a refreshing street food serving from one of the resident vendors.

If you’re visiting on a Sunday but don’t fancy an all-you-can-drink affair, make the most of the new House of Sun sittings. Chow Down becomes a free-to-enter hangout zone with live bands like Hijack Horns, The Silk Tones and Backstage Brass, giant board games, the Palm Swings crazy golf, slushies, and street food, all in addition to the usual excitement down at Temple Arches.

Find out more here.

Sunday Roast from The Cardigan Arms

Sunday 31 July 2022 | Cardigan Arms, Burley

Image: The Cardigan Arms

If the endless raving reviews and giant Yorkshire puddings are anything to go by, the Cardigan Arms is a standout choice for pub grub on the weekend.

Every single Sunday you’ll find a whole host of options on the menu (besides the showstopper of a Yorkshire), you’ll find the likes of slow roast belly pork stuffed with pork loin, fennel seeds, herbs and garlic; beef topside served pink or Mushroom Wellington for those looking for a meat-free alternative.Served 12-5pm, make sure to book in advance for this one- we reckon it’ll be a sellout option.

Find out more here.

Visit Batch’d new store opening

Monday 25 July – Sunday 31 July 2022 | Trinity Shopping Centre

Image: Supplied (Umph)

Having just opened over the past weekend, Batch’d’s first-ever physical store is now open in Trinity shopping centre.

There’s delicious baked goods and artisan desserts aplenty to choose from. Think donuts, brownies, cookies, cookie pies, pastel de natas and ice cream from Leeds-own Doboy donuts, Brown & Blond Brownies, 42nd East Bakehouse, Sweet Tooth Bakery to choose from- and now, there will be a brand new location for foodies to pick up their sweet treats.

Find out more here.

Feature Image- Yorkshire Sculpture Park / The Box Bar / Batch’d

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