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5 Fabulous Cultural Days Out In Leeds This Autumn and Winter

Matt Crisp October 31, 2023

Leeds is a city with a vibrant population and during 2023 it has been celebrating the Year of Culture. This is an independent not-for-profit enterprise that is designed to put Leeds on the national and international stage as an exciting cultural destination. 

There have already been many amazing events this year with plenty more still to come. Here are a few of the best that make it worth organising a coach hire to go and immerse yourself in the creative arts scene this autumn. 

The Enormous Crocodile, Leeds Playhouse 2 Dec- 30 Dec

This is a musical version of Roald Dahl’s irresistible picture book that will be loved by children and adults alike. The finger chomping beastie must be outwitted by the brave and smart occupants of the jungle. Be entertained by amusing lyrics and amazing puppetry as a hilarious cast of creatures attempt to get the better of the crotchety croc.

La rondine, Opera North, Multiple venues throughout Leeds, until 17 November

Opera North is one of the leading innovative arts organisations in the UK and it does not fail to impress with this new production of Puccini’s bittersweet love story. Sweeping music and emotional depth; what more could you ask for to lift the spirits as the cold days and long nights of winter draw near?

I Should Be So Lucky: The Official Stock, Aitken and Waterman Musical, Leeds Grand Theatre, 12-30 December

Anyone who lived through the 1980s will love this nostalgia trip through some of the most catchy bubblegum pop tunes ever written. It’s a perfect way to introduce this fun collection of tunes to a younger audience who are sure to love them just as much. 

Sit back and enjoy the Hit Factory parade featuring famous songs by Kyile, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley, Bananarama and more. In total, the show features 30 top pop songs, including 10 number one singles, all wrapped up in an engaging will they/ won’t they love story. This unmissable show is directed by Debbie Isitt and choreographed by Jason Gilkinson. 

The Royal Armouries, Leeds Dock, year round

The Royal Armouries at Leeds Dock houses the UK’s largest national collection of arms and armour, with over 4,500 objects displayed over five floors. 

It’s free to enter and there’s also a variety of exciting fun family events to take part in around the year, including live reenactments of historical events, jousting displays, sword fighting and escape rooms, not to mention the chance to become a knight for the day. 

The International Film Festival, various locations, November

Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) was established in 1987 and now has worldwide recognition as a place to see some of the most cutting edge talent in the world of filmmaking. It’s a chance to catch some up and coming filmmakers and enjoy a diverse range of work from across the world.