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Whether you’re here for a quick dip or a long
soak, we’re certain you’ll fnd us at our cheerful best,
ready to make you feel at home during your visit.
Leeds is a cosmopolitan city, full of green spaces and
a vibrant creative scene – all of which beganmodestly,
around its waterways. Leeds came into its own
when the Victorians discovered the value of cloth,
and invested their wealth in buildings and parks
for the good of the public. Bold new architecture
now rubs shoulders with their legacy - built, as the
saying goes – to last! It’s a refreshing place to be,
against this eclectic, easy-going cityscape; with its
healthy mix of old and new; the ideal environment
for exploration and adventure.
Tis year, Leeds celebrates the Queen’s
Diamond Jubilee with inventive activities for visitors
of all ages. In preparation for the world’s greatest
sporting event,
Leeds Inspired
will bring a bumper
pack of sports, arts and heritage events to the city; the
torch relay will light up Leeds with not one but two
journeys through the city, on 18th June and 24th June
– followed by a big open-air celebration;
will imaginatively transform the Dark
Arches and Briggate; and
will pay tribute to the
art of human movement with newly commissioned
work springing up across the city.
Te must-see programme continues with the
Leeds Loves Sport festival, appealing to competitors
from all walks of life in readiness for the London
2012 Olympics.
Each new month in 2012 brings with it a raft
of interesting things to do and see, including food
tastings, writers talks, a major exhibition celebrating
the 1970s, and even a spot of zombie chasing. Te
unstoppable Leeds West Indian Carnival turns 45
with a weekend celebration like no other, whilst
cheeky youngster Leeds Digital Festival prepares for
its second birthday. For music fans, the renowned
BacktoBasics, one of the longest running club
nights in the UK, turns 20, and as the Chinese Year
of the Dragon draws to a close, Leeds Arena will
prepare to open its doors, marking the start of a new
musical era in the city.
Tis guide is a mere glimpse of what’s on here
in 2012, chosen and described by people who know
and love it. Leigh Linlay has expertly picked the
best real-ale pubs in the city; Darren Cronian invites
you to enjoy Leeds’ beautiful parks; and you can
hear frst hand why actor Matthew Lewis, author
Anthony Clavane and musician Corinne Bailey
Rae, are still as excited as ever by their hometown.
Come and join us for a year like no other - if
you’ve got the stamina for it?
Best Wishes
The Style Guide team
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