15 December 2014

Polly Checkland Harding
Photo of a print of a dead butterfly

Our own take on the traditional advent calendar continues, with  the fifteenth post in a cultural countdown to Christmas. Today: We love Leeds.

There are lots of good things going on in Leeds at the moment. The Tetley is a destination in itself, with a restaurant, bar and two new exhibitions all in one place. There’s the brilliantly-titled Some Women, Other Women and all the Bittermen, a large-scale video installation that explores the role of the worker under global capitalism (using both real and fictional documentary footage). Then there’s Educating Damien, a fascinating archive of slides and lecture materials from Glyn Thompson, former teacher of Damien Hirst and other Foundation Art students at Jacob Kramer College in Leeds. The Tetley, 11am-4pm, free.

Do more. For something a bit different, book The Wood Beneath the World. This immersive experience takes place under Leeds Town Hall – we don’t want to give too much away, so let’s just say that it’s pretty whimsical. If you don’t manage to get tickets, there’s a great pop-up bar in the Town Hall’s old cells that’s a fun trip in and of itself. Try San Carlo Leeds for a meal afterwards. Leeds Town Hall, 5pm (until 23 Dec). Tickets £8/£6 conc.

Culture Guides

Poet Caroline Bird


There’s plenty of sunshine-drenched reading to immerse yourself in from established names and emerging talent, poets and prose writers alike, both in real life as well as online.


From rising stars playing basement sets to open air shows by your favourite bands’ favourite bands, there are some gems in this month’s music picks.

Theatre in Manchester


Eclectic theatre festivals, silly slapstick and dreamy outdoor shows, there’s lots of brilliant performances happening inside and outside over the summer.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester and the north.

Baekdu Korean BBQ Restaurant

Food and Drink

Plan for July’s food and drink outings at some of the best restaurants and bars in Manchester and the North.


Explore Hollywood history, queer rarities and squirm-inducing horror across the big screens of Manchester and the North this month.

The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics


Let’s make the most of early summer, with this month’s selection of brand new art exhibitions from across the North!

Geronimo Festival 2022


Festivals, shows, museums, and much, much more – there’s plenty of summer fun to be had for families in Manchester and the North, whatever the weather. Here are our top picks.

Tours and Activities

Get out in the sun this month with tours and activities that will have you engaging positively with the climate, taking the plunge in Salford Quays and getting creative.