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What’s on in Leeds this September

1 September 2016

Attend Three Outstanding Festivals During a Late-Summer City Break at 42 The Calls

With lingering warm weather, less crowds of tourists and a full line-up of exciting events, late-summer is the perfect time for a city break in Leeds. This September boasts three outstanding festivals to attend during a stay at 42 The Calls; take the opportunity to sample delicious Indian-inspired dishes at the World Curry Festival, sample some of the world’s finest tipples at the 5th Leeds International Beer Festival and explore local culture and history for free during Heritage Open Days. Plan your perfect escape with our guide to what’s on in Leeds this September.

Heritage Open Days

Various Locations

8th-11th September 2016

England’s largest history and culture festival, Heritage Open Days, will offer an exciting array of activities and outstanding exhibitions to enjoy for free this September. Since 1994, attendees have taken the unique opportunity to explore behind the doors of the country’s leading museums, galleries, historic and religious destinations; taking part in walks, tours, talks and workshops. Many of Leeds’ most fascinating and admired attractions will be offering events, ensuring four fun-filled days out for the whole family.

Step behind the red velvet curtains of the City Varieties Music Hall on the 11th to explore backstage, listen to stories about some of its many famous performers over the last 151 years and take part in technical demonstrations. Brewery-turned-contemporary-arts-venue The Tetley will be offering insight into its history and the beer-making process via one-hour tours led by a former brewery employee. Meanwhile, those interested in crafts may enjoy the chance to learn more about weaving with hands-on access to museum artefacts at the Leeds Industrial Museum.

Natural-history-fans should head to Roundhay Park to follow a 3-hour geological trail that features fossils on the 10th, while East Street Arts will be opening up all three of their historic venues, which now host workshops and exhibitions. Other destinations for tours and walks will include England’s 2nd oldest cemetery - Beckett Street - alongside the regenerated Leeds waterfront, Leeds Corn Exchange and Thwaite Mills Watermill. There’ll be talks covering topics such as the Leeds Liverpool Canal at the Leeds City Museum, while Temple Newsam will be offering free rooftop tours on the 11th; ideal for admiring views over its picturesque grounds. With such a wide variety of events on offer, the Heritage Open Days festival is ideal for all ages this September.

Leeds International Beer Festival

Leeds Town Hall

8th-11th September 2016

With 100s of beers and ciders to choose between, an array of renowned street food vendors and an outstanding line-up of live entertainment, the 5th edition of the Leeds International Beer Festival will provide the perfect afternoon or evening out during your stay in the city this September. With the aim of celebrating both UK and international craft beers, there’ll be the chance to sample some of the world’s finest tipples including a selection from Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co., Jopen of the Netherlands and Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Co.

Alongside Estonian craft beer created by Põhjala and chilled bottles from New Zealand’s award-winning Yeastie Boys, there’ll also be a vast line-up of home-grown talent. London-based Beavertown will be offering its leading Gamma Ray American Pale Ale and 8 Ball Rye IPA, alongside the likes of the Earl Phantom Berlinner Weisse, hopped with Earl Grey tea and lemon. Meanwhile, Scotland’s largest independent brewery, BrewDog will be showcasing its staple Punk IPA, alongside the 10% Cocoa Psycho; an Imperial Stout that blends coffee beans, cacao nibs and dark malts. Another not-to-be-missed stand will be Tapped Brew Co., which was established by two Leeds University graduates.

There’ll also be the chance to line the stomach with a mouth-watering selection of food on offer including artisan Dim Sum, Neapolitan pizza and Indian street food. Sample Memphis pork rib eye with Tennessee gravy from Crackerjack BBQ, allegedly the best hotdogs in the north of England courtesy of Piggie Smalls and the latest offerings from Boss Burgers, which has been voted the 5th Best Burger Joint in the UK. The entertainment line-up will include live music from the likes of Nottingham drumming duo Rattle and singer songwriter Sam Russo, while Rhys Lowis Stephens will be offering stand-up comedy. Mix in live mural painting by Mattia Lullini, a silent disco, as well as food and beer pairings, and there’ll be plenty to keep any beer-lover entertained for hours.

World Curry Festival

Various Locations in Bradford & Leeds

15th-29th September 2016

Curry fans will be delighted to discover that Leeds will be one of two cities playing host to the World Curry Festival this September. With its ‘… love of food, culture and community’, the 7th edition of this mouth-watering event will offer demonstrations, cooking classes and a tempting street food market. While festivities launch from the 15th in the other host city of Bradford, events in Leeds will commence from the 22nd. An array of vendors and stalls will line Wellington Place for two days, offering the chance to sample dishes from around the world and browse the likes of sauces, pickles, spices and cooking utensils.

The festival will continue in Leeds with the unique opportunity to learn how to prepare a three-course Indian-inspired meal from renowned chef Stephanie Moon… who you may recognise from the BBC’s Great British Menu. One-day courses will be running on both the 24th and 25th at Leeds City College for £50 per person and will offer the chance to create and sample dishes including a chicken karahi main as well as learn how to blend spices and herbs.

Take the opportunity to attend free-entry music night ‘Masala Mix’ on the 25th at the award-winning Bundobust, which offers a delicious selection of Indian street food washed down with craft beer. Meanwhile pop-up demonstrations will be on offer at Leeds Kirkgate Market between the 25th and 29th. Professional chefs - which have included the likes of the Taj’s Grand Master Chef Hemant Oberoi in recent years - will be on-hand to showcase their personal cooking styles. From sampling mouth-watering dishes to learning how to create your very own Indian-inspired feast, the World Curry Festival will be simply unmissable for any culinary fan visiting Leeds this September.

With a three festival line-up offering delicious food and drink, unique learning experiences and a whole host of entertainment, September will be an ideal month for a city break in Leeds.

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