THE NEWEST LEEDS OWL
Leeds has a new owl on the owl trail. The newest addition to the collection sits high in the roof of the new Trinity shopping centre looking down on the hectic shopping going on below.
leaflets for the Leeds owl trail and history behind the Leeds owls are available from the Tourist Information office at Gateway Yorkshire in the train station.
THE OPENING OF TRINITY SHOPPING CENTRE
After three long years of construction Trinity shopping mall in Leeds finally opened on Thursday 21st March 2013.This is the only major UK shopping mall to open this year due to the recession. Thousands of people turned up for the spectacular opening ceremony which included a performance by Cirque du Soleil's Colette Morrow, who dazzled people with her acrobatics suspended from the glass roof. She then donned the world's longest designer dress, designed by British designer Henry Holland, which was a yellow and pink polka dot creation made from silk and decorated with Swarovski crystals. Henry curated the show in front of the dazzled crowds.
The mall cover an area of Leeds city centre from Brigate to City Square and it has a glass roof and open plan feel. The designers have given it a modern look but it also incorporates Trinity church which dates back to 1722.
The shopping mall which cost £378m to build had a footfall of 83,260 people in the first six hours.
There are 120 shops, restaurants and bars in the mall which include:-
Marks and Spencers
and many more.......
St John's Church & Merrion Street Garden of Rest
Church of St John the Evangelist was built and founded in the 17th Century by John Harrison, a wool merchant and local benefactor/philanthropist and is the oldest church in Leeds. Following alterations in the 19th Century, the Jacobean church ceased to function in 1975 and became a heritage property afterwards. The church is owned by The Churches Conservation Trust, a national charity, and hosts regular events throughout the year.
The church was opened for one Saturday at the end of 2012 when it hosted a Christmas Fair. I then had an opportunity to look in this beautiful church and took in its interior architecture going back to the 17th Century.
Adjacent to St John's church there are the Merrion Street Garden of Rest where one can relax in the some of the city's green space throughout the day.
- Historical Travel
A GREAT NIGHT DESPITE THE SNOW
The first event of "the grand depart of the tour de france" took place outside leeds town hall today 17/01/13. If tonight was anything to go by we are in for an amazing time in July 2014.
The famous race will depart from leeds on 5th July 2014 and will end in Harrogate that day. The second leg on Sunday 6th July will begin in York and end in Sheffield.
The announcement of the route was staged outside Leeds town hall with stars from Emmerdale (Jimmy and Carl King and Eric Pollard), Harry Potter (Neville Longbottom) and Leeds Rhinos. As well as cyclists and Malcolm Elliott, a former Tour de France cyclist.
After the routes were announced and reactions from sportsmen and celebrities were finished there was a spectacular firework display from the Town hall roof.
The Royal Armouries was opened 1996. It was the first purpose built museum that has been opened this century. Part of the Royal collection that was previously held in the Tower of London is now held here. As well as being a tourist attraction it also serves as an educational centre.
The Royal Armouries is situated in the redeveloped area of Clarence dock on the river Aire in South Leeds. A highlight of the museum is the “hall of steel”, this is an octagonal tower with arms and armour rising up the walls from bottom to top. This hall is lit at night and can be seen when driving past.
During the summer tournaments are held here including bird of prey displays and jousting.
Daily 10am – 5pm
The museum is closed 24-26 December.
LEEDS CITY MUSEUM
The mechanic institute was built in 1865 as an education centre to improve workers education and employment prospects. It was used to provide educational courses, examinations, evening classes and lectures for the working classes. It was built by Cuthbert Broderick, who also built the town hall and corn exchange. The building later became Leeds civic theatre. It is now Leeds city museum, which has a range of interesting displays and exhibitions
Monday closed (with the exception of Bank Holidays)
Tuesday 10 am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 7pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 11am - 5pm
Sunday 11 am -5pm
Leeds Gay District
The heart of Leeds Gay District is on Lower Briggate between Boar Lane and Leeds Bridge.
The village compromises of popular bars and clubs such as
Queen's Court, Fibre, Viaduct Showbar, Mission 2, Blayds Bar, The Bridge (One of Leeds oldest gay bars) and The New Penny (first gay bar to be opened outside London).
Leeds Pride is held every year usually in the first weekend in August and Lower Briggate is a central party spot for the annual Leeds Pride where the parade finishes it journey in the city centre. Please visit the website for further information. Mesmac is a health organisation offers support services in the community.
- Gay and Lesbian
On 2nd September 2012 Leeds parish church became Leeds Minster as part of the Queens Diamond Jubillee celebrations.
I was lucky enough to get a guided tour around the church as part of Leeds Heritage weekend.
St Peter’s church Kirkgate is Leeds parish church. There has been a church in Leeds since before the Norman conquest. By the 14th century the church at St Peters had five alters and was a large building.
In 1837 Dr Walter Farquhar Hook became the vicar of Leeds. Dr Hook and his architect R D Chantrell moulded this large church into the beautiful structure it is today.
Chantrell declutered the inside of the church, which made it more light and spacious.
The church was re consecrated on the 2nd of September 1841 with a large congregation which included Florence Nightingale.
As well as church services the church hosts many events including film nights, organ concerts and a yearly pancake race.
The Church is open daily for at least six hours from 8.30 and the Refectory from 09.30 to 2.30 [Monday-Friday] – until 2.00 on Saturday. The Church also opens 30 minutes before weekday Choral Services listed on the schedule below and 45 minutes prior to Sunday Services. Morning Prayers are usually said at 9.45 each weekday from Monday to Friday and all are warmly welcome.
9.15 Holy Communion to the rite of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer [said]
10.30 Choral Eucharist [Common Worship Order One with traditional music]
6.30 Choral Evensong
9.45 Monday, to Friday, Morning Prayers [read]
1.05 Thursdays only – Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion [said]
12.00 Fridays only – Midday Prayers in the Lady Chapel
- Historical Travel
- Religious Travel
Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House
The Grand Theatre & Opera House opened in 1878 and is Leeds' largest theatre. It's a listed Victorian building and was considered as an achievement in Victorian theatre building.
The theatre offers a wide range of entertainment including opera, ballet, musicals and plays. The theatre has The Howard Assembly Rooms where smaller scale concerts and entertainment are performed.
Opera North and Northern Ballet, Leeds based companies, host most of the operas and ballets respectively at The Grand and also some musicals that are on tour nationally and internationally stop in Leeds as well.
This was the theatre where I developed my love for opera and musicals and I'm glad of The Grand!
On 12th September 2010, I was privleged to explore the Grand including its auditorium and the backstage when the theatre opened its doors to the public to celebrate Heritage Open Days (national and internationally). I took a lot of photos and you can see the traveloge.
I did a tour of The Grand Theatre in July 2012 and please see my traveloge.
The Grand is hosting "The Phantom of the Opera" in August & September 2012!!!!
Please check out my travelogue of Heritage Open Day 2012 when I visited the venue.
- Theater Travel
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
Golden Post Boxes
To commemorate Britain's Olympic Champions during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Games, Royal mail painted a number of post boxes gold which are in the winner's home town or city. As well as the post boxes there are first class produced honouring each gold medal individual or team winner.
I paid a visit to the golden post boxes in Leeds City Centre (near the City Art Gallery) honouring Nicola Adams, an Olympic Champion Boxer, from the London 2012 Games.
Please check out the website
- Arts and Culture
AN UNUSUAL PLACE FOR GRAVES.
When the railway came to Leeds in 1834 a number of graves in the nearby Leeds Parish church graveyard had to be moved to make way for the new tracks. The grave stones were placed on the embankment leading up to the rail lines where they still rest today.
WELCOMING HOME THE HEROES
Monday 13th August saw Leeds honour the GB athletes from Leeds. Millennium square was packed as the athletes were brought onto the stage. Lizzie Armitstead, Alicia Blagg, Hannah Starling, Jack Laugher and Sarah Barrow were interviewed before the Brownlee brother came out to cheering and flag waving. At the end of the show ticker tape and ribbons were popped into the air to cheers from the proud crowd.
WELL DONE TEAM GB……WE ARE PROUD OF YOU ALL
LEEDS SECOND GOLD POST BOX
Leeds second gold post box has been painted in honour of Nicola Adams. She won gold in the women's flyweight boxing. Two post boxes were painted gold which has pleased Nicola's mam who said earlier this week that Nicola wanted a gold medal and she wanted a gold post box.
KNIGHTS WAY BRIDGE
Knights way bridge was built in 2006 over the river Aire. The bridge links the Royal Armouries museum with Marsh lane. A competition was devised to find a name for the new bridge. The winner of the competition was 10 year old Maria Anderson from Leeds.
Leeds bridge is the most famous of Leeds bridges and it has its place in history. It was from here that the first ever moving picture was taken by Louis Le Prince in 1888. A bridge has crossed the River Aire here since the 14th Century. The original bridge was made of stone whilst the current bridge is made of cast iron. It is listed as a grade II.