Comedy to yoga, musical bingo to vintage shopping, these won’t break the budget…
IT’S PROPER ART | Citywide | 1st - 5th January
It’s Proper Art has transformed Leeds into an outdoor art gallery, with museum-esque plaques in over 20 locations - helping you discover the history of the city and renew your appreciation for all of the ‘living art’ that we take for granted around us. Wrap up warm and see how many you can find; what better way to put that Christmas Fitbit to good use?
YOGA | Belgrave Music Hall | Every Thursday
Make good on your New Year’s exercise resolution by slotting in a weekly yoga session upstairs in Belgrave Music Hall. With 11am and 1pm sessions, both led by a fully qualified instructor, it’s ideal for lunch breaks and open to all ages. Take our word for it - this session is just as relaxing and challenging as its pricey gym-based alternatives. Mats are provided too.
Belgrave Music Hall, LS2 8JP (11am & 1pm)
AFTER SPACE | Café 164 | 3rd January - 29th February
In the mood for more art? Leeds-based artists Jenny Beard and Dan Harland have teamed up for a showing at Munro House’s coffee shop. Grab a flat white and admire their contrasting take on shape and colour, with the opportunity to snap up any original works that take your fancy.
Café 164, LS9 8AG (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm)
FREE FRIDAY | Avenue HQ | Every Friday from 4th January
Get your freelance head in the game by taking advantage of Avenue HQ’s free hotdesking offer, taking place every Friday throughout January. Whether you’re a uni student looking for a change in scenery or fancy testing out the feel of running your own business, a free Friday pass entitles you to all the member benefits, including complimentary coffee and discount at East Parade Social. Still not convinced? Check out our review of the facilities here.
Avenue HQ, LS1 2BH (10am-7pm; register at eventbrite.co.uk)
MUSICAL BINGO | The Botanist | Wednesday 8th January
Back by popular demand, The Botanist’s musical bingo is set to be a monthly staple in 2020. Swapping numbers for songs, winning will depend on your ability to recognise an array of chart toppers, TV themes and underrated classics - adding an extra layer of fun to a normal bingo evening. Entry is free, but be sure to book ahead to guarantee your team seats.
The Botanist, LS1 6HW (7pm-9.30pm; tables bookable by calling 01132053240 or going instore)
CODING CLUB | Sky | 14th & 28th January
Develop a new skill at Sky’s coding club, designed to aid diversity in STEM spaces. Whether you’re a complete novice or already have a project on the go, you’ll have a team of professional developers on-hand to help. Both sessions are completely informal and welcome to all ages (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult). Complimentary refreshments are provided.
Sky, LS10 1QG (6pm-8pm; register at eventbrite.co.uk)
CLUB SODA | Headrow House | Every Saturday
Forget pricey club nights - Headrow House’s new weekly party is completely gratis and you can buy one cocktail and get another for £1. With resident DJs playing the nation’s favourite chart-toppers, expect everything from Donna Summer to Drake, Madonna to Missy Elliot.
Headrow House, LS1 6PU (from 7pm)
VINTAGE KILO SALE | Corn Exchange | 17th - 26th January
Okay so we’re cheating a little here, but where else in Leeds can you snap up a new wardrobe piece for as little as 50p? Enjoy free entry at this week-long pop-up and sift your way through thousands of pick and mix vintage, retro and branded items from the seventies to early noughties, safe in the knowledge that your new garments come with a much better ethical footprint than your usual high-street January sales shop.
Corn Exchange, LS1 7BR (Mon-Sat 10am-6.30pm, Sun 10.30am-3.30pm; register at tickettailor.com)
SANTA’S CAUSE | Munro House | Monday 20th January
Christmas may be over, but the good people at Magpie are well aware that loneliness and isolation is a social problem not exclusive to December. Join them for a charity evening of comedy to raise money for St Vincent’s, a Leeds-based charity dedicated to supporting vulnerable communities and those in need of emotional, financial and educational support. Food, drink and laughs are all complimentary.
Munro House, LS9 8AG (6-9pm; register at eventbrite.co.uk)
FANTASY HEROES | Royal Armouries | 25th - 26th January
With demons, dragons and ‘hero training,’ Fantasy Heroes promises to be an action-packed weekend. While you’re at Royal Armouries, there’s still chance to discover the magic behind the movies with Make: Believe; a new display of ephemera from cult and classic movies, TV and theatre shows.
Royal Armouries, LS10 1LT (10am-5pm; more info at royalarmouries.org)