Ultimate things to do guide for Leeds once you’ve enjoyed the festival



Leeds Festival is back for 2021, and there’s an exciting lineup of acts planned, including headliners Stormzy, Post Malone, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Liam Gallagher.

Reading’s sister festival will also see some fantastic support acts — including Mabel, Wolf Alice and Machine Gun Kelly — take to the main stages, while big-name comedy stars Joel Dommett and Katherine Ryan will also perform at the Bramham Park event.

But whether you’re attending for the whole weekend or just one day, it’s well worth extending your visit to Leeds to make the most of the city’s wide range of unique things to do.

From food festivals to street parties, here’s our pick of the best things to do once you’ve enjoyed the Bramham Park festival.

1. Party at the Merrion Street bank holiday festival

As luck would have it, Leeds Festival 2021 isn’t the only big event coming to the city next weekend. The bars of Merrion Street will team up with the Grand Arcade to provide visitors with food, drink, entertainment and an eclectic mix of music from DJs.

Each venue will be running its own special events and promotions, and visitors will be able to flow freely from bar to bar, from Zaap Thai to Roxy Ball Room to MOJO.

The Merrion Street bank holiday festival starts at midday on Sunday, August 29.

2. Taste delicious African dishes at the Caribbean food festival

If you find yourself with some free time on Saturday afternoon, there’s a food festival with an array of authentic African and Caribbean dishes coming to Leeds Kirkgate Market.

The event, which will be hosted by the Cultural Arts Heritage Circle, will feature dishes from Jamaica, Angola, Guyana, Zimbabwe as well as light entertainment and arts and crafts stalls.

The event will take place on Saturday, August 28 between 10am and 4pm in the city centre.

3. Have bottomless brunch at Tavassoli’s

If bottomless brunch is your thing, you should be sure to fit in a visit to Tavassoli’s, located on New Briggate.

For £30 per person, you and your fellow brunchers can enjoy a selection of classic and veggie gyros as well as 90 minutes worth of unlimited prosecco, beer and selected cocktails at the Greek bar and grill.

Find out more and book a table here .

4. Take a walk around Roundhay Park

If you’re looking for something a little more laid-back to do after you’ve visited Leeds Festival, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Roundhay Park.

Set over 700 acres, Roundhay Park features lakes, woodland, gardens and even a hop-on, hop-off train that does circuits of the park every 15 minutes. Oh, and did we mention it’s also the only park in Leeds that’s also home to some cute meerkats?

Whether you fancy a picnic, a long stroll or even just somewhere to sit in the peace and quiet, this is definitely the weekend activity for you.

5. Discover Harewood House

For history, art and even an adorable flock of Humboldt penguins, visit Harewood House during your Leeds visit next weekend.

Set in 100 acres of beautiful Yorkshire countryside on the outskirts of Leeds, Harewood House is home to one of the finest art collections in the whole of the UK.

Summertime visitors can also enjoy the bird garden and farm, and if you’re lucky you might even get to see one of the daily feeding sessions.

6. Visit Leeds’ Ninja Warrior UK park

Think you have what it takes to be a Ninja Warrior? Prove it by taking on Leeds’ very own obstacle course inspired by the hit ITV show.

Climb, balance, jump and swing your way across all kinds of weird and wonderful obstacles before seeing if you can beat the infamous warped wall.

You can find the popular adventure park in Ramshead Approach, Seacroft, and tickets cost £11 for an hour-long session.

7. Visit Yorkshire’s first-ever Cinnabon bakery store

Beloved American bakery chain Cinnabon operates more than 1,200 bakeries in 50 countries across the world, however, the Leeds branch , which opened last June, was the first to open in Yorkshire.

Choose from a range of sweet treats, including the brand’s signature ‘ooey-gooey’ cinnamon rolls at the cinnamon themed bakery outlet.

Cinnabon is located inside a petrol station on Wakefield Road, close to M62 J27, making it the perfect place to grab a snack as you head home at the end of an action-packed weekend.

When is Leeds Festival 2021?

Leeds Festival 2021 will take place in Bramham Park from Friday, August 27 to Sunday 29 August, with thousands of music-loving fans expected to attend over the course of the weekend.

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