From cocktail festivals to Lush new treatments, winter is looking up…
| Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant | Thursday 6th February
Perfect your date night look with an intimate masterclass hosted by the Fenty Beauty experts of Harvey Nichols. A ticket buys you a cocktail on arrival, a two-course dinner and £20 towards purchases made from the latest Fenty collection. Go forth and make Rihanna proud.
Gino D’Acampo, LS1 5HD (6.30-9.30pm; £50 bookable instore or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org)
| Lush Spa | Launching Friday 7th February
Lush fans rejoice – a brand-new treatment launches this month across all spas, including our very own Leeds branch. Described as a ‘meditation on fragrance’, this contemplative session promises a sensory experience like no other; a great treat for those looking to relax and unwind after a hectic January. If you want to impress this Valentine’s, get booking those vouchers…
Lush, Commercial Street, LS1 6AL (treatments from £40 at)
| Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen | Monday 10th February
Wave goodbye to Veganuary at this gourmet burger takeover. Ox Club will be teaming up with Patty Smith’s to present rare meats, exotic sauces and boujee sides, served until they run out. Grab a pint and be sure to commandeer your table early – this is set to be a popular one.
Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, LS2 8JP (5-10pm, while stocks last)
| Today Studios | Wednesday 12th February
Terrazzo is the Pinterest-worthy interior material du jour, and this workshop will add a little pizazz to your coffee table. Maker Katie Gillies will tell you all there is to know about the material, show how to mix your own colourways and take you through casting into moulds. As your coasters will need to be cured and fired, Katie will post them out when they’re ready.
Today Studios, Aire Street Workshops, LS1 4HT (6-8pm; tickets £50 at)
| Elland Road | Thursday 13th February
Whether you’re more of the ‘hard man footballer’ or the ‘sensitive X Factor star’ type, Vinnie Jones is a man who knows plenty about both. Join him at Elland Road to hear all about his time at Leeds United, in Hollywood and beyond. Serious fans can upgrade their ticket and have their photo taken with the star.
The Centenary, LS11 0ES (7-10.30pm; tickets from £22.15 at)
| First Direct Arena | Monday 17th February
Having given Leeds Festival one of their best headline shows to date last summer, The 1975 return to offer fans a sneak peek of tracks from their upcoming record, as well as all the old favourites. Support comes from the up-and-coming Pale Waves and No Rome – well worth turning up early for.
First Direct Arena, LS2 8BY (6-11pm; tickets from £40 at)
| Hyde Park Book Club | Monday 17th February
Make pals at Zine-O-Philia, a new community event designed to welcome all those with a love of print into the fold (geddit?) Craft your own zines, show off old handiwork to likeminded folk or have a read of HPBC’s growing onsite zine library. There’s never been a better time to pick up a new hobby…
Hyde Park Book Club, LS6 1BL (7-10pm; free entry)
| Millennium Square | Until Sunday 23rd February
Get active this February as the covered ice rink returns, flanked by a range of family-friendly rides and attractions. Enjoy 45-minute free-skate sessions on the hour weekdays, or sign your kids up for the Penguin Club for one-to-one skating lessons at the weekend. Radio Aire are on hand to provide the soundtrack, along with competitions and giveaways.
Millennium Square, LS2 3AD (12-9pm on weekdays, 10am-9pm Saturdays, 10am-7pm Sundays; tickets £9 adults, £7 children at)
| Friends Of Ham | Tuesday 25th February
Rack ’em and stack ’em – Friends of Ham will be providing a non-stop splurge of pancakes both sweet and savoury to celebrate this year’s Shrove Tuesday ‘all flippin’ day.’ Hardened pancake fans can also indulge in beer syrups, or get in on the Can & Cake deal – with each pancake stack paired to a specific beer.
Friends of Ham, LS1 5DL (11am-8pm)
| Leeds Central Library | Saturday 29th February
Celebrate all things Japanese Anime and Manga at ToshoCON. Check out the various stalls, workshops, performances and events, and stop off for much-needed refreshments at the Meian Maid Café. This event usually sells out in advance, so be sure to snap up tickets to avoid disappointment.
Leeds Central Library, LS1 3AB (10am-4pm; tickets from £3 at)
OUTING THE PAST: INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF LGBT HISTORY | Leeds City Museum | Saturday 8th February
From Polari to Pride, find out more about the fight for LGBTQ+ equality at this all-day festival and educational conference; including various talks and presentations, the West Yorkshire Queer Stories marketplace and an inclusive kid-friendly storytelling session.
Leeds City Museum, LS2 8BH (9.30am-3.30pm; free entry)
COCKTAILS IN THE CITY | Leeds Town Hall | 21st - 22nd February
Think 20 of Leeds’ best bars all under one roof, plus live music, street food and interactive workshops that allow you to appreciate the art of great mixology. The general entry price of £12.50 includes your first cocktail, then they’re available at just £6.50 a pop.
Leeds Town Hall, LS1 3AD (5-11pm; tickets from £6.50 at cocktailsinthecity.com)