try to go at the time of PARTY...
try to go at the time of PARTY IN THE PARK. Leeds hosts this great music festival which features about 20 of the lastest artists. Last year, it was really sunny and it sounded like the most amazing afternoon, sitting in the sun listening to the bands.
Harewood House, the family...
Harewood House, the family home of the Earl and Countess of Harewood, is one of the country's truly great Stately Homes. The exterior of the House was designed by John Carr of York, with the interior created by the Scottish architect Robert Adam. Thomas Chippendale, the great English craftsman of the 18th century, made all the furniture especially for Harewood.
The present Lord and Lady Harewood have had two of the rooms completely refurbished. The Old Library and Princess Mary's Sitting Room are substantially nearer their original decorative state. The latter now has two beautiful Chippendale mirrors which have been unseen for 100 years. In the grounds is the new Adventure Playground, the biggest in the North of England. Opened at Easter 1994, the playground was designed and built by Swedish company Hags, specialists in making playground equipment for over 45 years, and is aimed to challenge children of all ages.
Harewood Bird Garden is Yorkshire's premier Bird Garden and a pioneer in the conservation of rare birds. Penguins, owls, flamingos, parrots and the rarest pigeon in the world are just some of the 600 birds housed at Harewood.
Harewood's parkland, gardens and woodlands were shaped by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, the most renowned designer of the English landscape. Major work is currently under way to restore the Terrace Gardens and the Parterre, where Sir Charles Barry's original designs of 150 years ago are being lovingly recreated.
Watch the waistline!
This is not a restaurant it is a takeaway, and I cannot even remember the name ( I will find out next time I go), all I can tell you is that I have been getting fish and chips from here since I was a lass-and they are yummy!!
This "chippy" is adjacent to Leeds market opposite the car park and is only open during the day, when its open the street outside is "littered" with people eating their fish & chips and there is a long line of people sat on the car park fence (like sparrows on a telegraph wire) eating with gusto. Fish, chips, gravy , curry sauce-AND DONT FORGET THE SCRAPS!!
Whatever you want!
Leeds is blessed with a copious amount of every kind of entertainment in or near to the city.
Shopping?- I think I have made it clear that shopping in Leeds is phenomenal, from the market to Harvey Nichols-its all here.
Nightlife?-HEY PARTY, PARTY!-Leeds has one of the best nightclub scenes in the u.k, with number 1 d.j's regularly hosting at various clubs, plus there are copious amounts of wine bars/pubs/restaurants if dancing till dawn isnt your thing.
Scenery?-dont forget that Leeds is only a spit from the beauty of the yorkshire dales,and a little bit further on the coast, if you cant be bothered going that far there are various parks including Roundhay park, and Golden Acre park with its ducks & geese.
History and Arts?
The Henry Moore gallery, Leeds art gallery. Harewood House, Temple Newsam House, Kirkstall Abbey...the list goes on.
Leeds playhouse, the civic theatre, Leeds town hall regularly hosts anything from choirs to boxing matches, and dont forget the famous city varieties.
Shopping - Victoria Quarter...
Shopping - Victoria Quarter -
You would be foolish to ignore Victoria Quarter, described as one of the UK's most beautiful shopping centres and known as the premium shopping centre in the North of England. Bringing together brands such as Ted Baker, Vivienne Westwood, Karen Millen, French Connection, Diesel, Space NK, Hobbs, All Saints and Jigsaw, as well as being home to the first Harvey Nichols store outside London - sealing VQ's reputation as a haven for those in the know when it comes to the elusive secret of style.
As Victoria Quarter's reputation has flourished so too have the surrounding areas, existing buildings close by have been transformed into stylish loft apartments and Vicar Lane is emerging as the natural extension to VQ's product offering.
Victoria Quarter was originally designed by architect Frank Matcham. He used rich marbles, gilded mosaics, handsome cast and wrought iron, as well as carved and polished mahogany, to create two streets, two arcades and the Empire Theatre (now Harvey Nichols). Today Matcham's work has been sympathetically restored to its original splendour, introducing the style and creativity of the present.
The mix of retailers, together with breath-taking architecture (the centre is home to the largest stained glass window in England) and continental atmosphere, has given the city something completely different. And as VQ's reputation has grown so too has its catchment area, with people travelling from as far afield as New York, France and Italy. It is quite simply something far too unique to miss