The best things to do in and around Leeds this week | 9 – 15 October 2023

Cosy season is upon us.

Autumn is here and October’s now well underway…and Leeds is overflowing with exciting things to do this week.

This week sees one of Leeds’ most highly anticipated events illuminate the city, Light Night 2023 will be ending off the working week in the best way possible, bringing starry-eyed visitors from far and wide to marvel at the instillations.

Not only that but music lovers will want to get to town for Live at Leeds Festival on Saturday and foodies have just this week to get munching on Oktoberfest specials.

So without further ado, here’s what you can get up to this week in and around Leeds.

Horsforth Pick Your Own Pumpkins

Monday 9 – Sunday 15 October 2023

Image: Kemps Farm

There’s far more than just grabbing your pumpkin for spooky season here. There’s 18 different varieties to choose from so grab your favourite white, blue, orange, green, warty big or small one and take a tractor ride through the picking fields. If that’s not enough, there’s plenty of photo ops here, an onsite cafe and even facepainters to bring your spookiest ideas to life

Find out more here.

Free National Trust Pass

Monday 9 – Sunday 15 October 2023 | Various locations

two people walking a dog with trees in the background.
Image: National Trust

The National Trust is giving families the chance to visit its dozens of sites across England for free of charge this autumn.

When booking, you’ll need to select the free member’s ticket option and use the code ESCAPEINTOAUTUMN2023 when asked for your membership number, but it’s worth nothing that some National Trust places are exempt from this offer, so it’s advised that you check before planning your visit.

Find out more here.

Light Night

Thursday 12 October – Friday 13 October 2023 | Around Leeds

big haunted house design on the Town Hall.
Image: Light Night Leeds

Light Night is back for another year, and there’s just two weeks until the streets of Leeds will be transformed into an incredible illuminated playground. Now in it’s nineteenth year, the UK’s largest annual arts and light festival returns with the theme ‘Future Dreaming’ and will span across two nights.

There’s more than 50 breathtaking light installations, dynamic projections and spectacular interactive artworks are set to wow thousands of visitors to the highly anticipated, annual cultural event – and it always feels like the whole city has come out to visit in anticipation.

Find out more here.

A Night Walk Down The Ginnel

Saturday 14 October 2023 | Chapeltown

Image: LEEDS2023

Extending Light Night into a three-night adventure, Chapeltown will be hosting a walk down the ginnels across the suburb. The idea is the night brings locals together for a mile-long walk and then it’s over to Mandela Centre for a film night – it’s perfect for the whole family.

Find out more here.

Bundobust Oktoberfest Specials

Sunday 1 October – Sunday 15 October 2023 | Bundobust, Mill Hill, Leeds City Centre

It’s time to dust off your Lederhosen and head to Mill Hill because Bundobust are raising a stein to Oktoberfest.

From Friday 15 October, they’ll be shaking a spice rack over some iconic German dishes for hungry punters to enjoy alongside a cold craft beer. A real match made in heaven.

Making a triumphant return is the Bundo Pretzel, in collaboration with Bolton-based Bavarian bakery Pretzel & Spelt, the German baked good is spiced with garam massala and turmeric, flecked with ajwain seeds, black salt and mango powder.

Live at Leeds Festival

Saturday 14 October 2022 | Various locations, Leeds

Image: Live at Leeds

150+ Artists. 14 Venues. 16 Stages. 1 Day. 1 Wristband. The festival has previously seen the likes of Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, The 1975, Lizzo, Sam Fender, Royal Blood, Sam Smith, Tom Grennan and many more take to the stage before going to become global successes, so those looking to find up-and-coming talent will be sure to find some independent names destined for cities far bigger than Leeds in the future.

Find out more here.

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