Things to do in Leeds now Freshers is over

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So Freshers is over. You’ve visited most of the student haunts, drunk in most of the student pubs and are now in the mood for ‘a bit of something different’. Listed below are a few things we suggest you should check out in semester one; from Light Night to Live Music, from Christmas markets to culture, there is something to entertain everybody.

 Victoria Gate

Opening autumn 2016

For all your shopping needs, Victoria Gate is an exciting addition to the vibrant shopping scene in Leeds. It will soon house a flagship John Lewis store and already has major high street brands, leisure space, restaurants and a food court.

Leeds Light Night

Friday 7 October – Various venues around Leeds city centre

Leeds Light Night is our city’s annual multi-arts and light festival. It provides a brilliant chance to explore the city as people make their way through a series of performances held in and around iconic Leeds landmarks and out on the city’s streets.

Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF)

Thursday 3 to Thursday 17 November – Various venues around Leeds city centre

Founded in 1987, Leeds International Film Festival is the largest film festival in England outside London. The increasingly popular event presents films, shorts and features (both commercial and independent) by both experienced and novice filmmakers from around the world.  LIFF provides a great platform for many Leeds-based students to showcase their work.

Leeds Christmas Market

Friday 11 November to Sunday 18 December – Millennium Square, Leeds

One of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK, Christkindelmarkt Leeds consists of more than 40 wooden chalet stalls providing a wide range of seasonal gift ideas, including jewellery, festive decorations and traditional German delicacies.

Live music

Leeds has some of the best music venues in the UK, from the Students’ Unions to one of the North’s most renowned small venues, The Brudenell, and the 13,500 capacity First Direct Arena.

From mainstream to the obscure, bands and artists due to perform in Leeds over the coming months include: Jamie T; Jack Garratt; Rizzle Kicks; Kula Shaker; Pixies; Jess Glynne and Placebo. For more information visit Leeds Music Scene.


Leeds is awash with culture – from museums to markets, theatres to galleries and dance centres – this city has something to suit all cultural tastes. And what’s more, student discount applies at most venues.

Some examples include: Opera North Under 30’s Scheme (free event/offers on food and drink/Invites to special events); Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre under 26 £5 tickets scheme (a limited number of £5 tickets are available for advanced booking for patrons aged 26 and under for selected shows); and as Leeds is now nationally recognised as the City of Dance, students can get tickets for £5 or less to see a selection of some of the world’s best known dance acts.


What do you like to do whilst in Leeds? Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments or on our twitter page.

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