The Easter bank holiday weekend is just around the corner – what will you do for the long weekend?
As ever, there’s a little something for everyone in Leeds this bank holiday. From live music and huge shows to parties with some of the world’s best DJs, it’s going to be a big one for the revellers. But if you’re looking for something a little more laidback, there’s family fun, an entire festival dedicated to indulging your sweet tooth and oodles of Easter egg trails.
Friday 30th March 2018
From festivals to West End shows, get your Easter bank holiday weekend off to an epic start.
The House of Fun Comedy Club
Why not catch a stand-up star on Good Friday? The House of Fun Comedy Club is back at The Original Oak and they’ve bagged an impressive headliner. Gary Delaney is a well known face on shows like ‘Mock the Week’. He’s a master of the one liner and he may well leave Leeds in stitches – catch him on the night with Nige and Andre Vincent.
The House of Fun Comedy Club comes to The Original Oak on Friday 30th March 2018.
The Easter Adventure
Don’t miss the return of the Easter Adventure to Stockeld Park during the long weekend. This year, you can become one of their Easter Eggsplorers which will see you hunting out eggsplorer eggs around the park using clues and a map. You can also meet the Easter Bunny, go on a forest adventure with the Stockeld Rangers and take part in Easter-themed arts and crafts. Keep your eyes peeled for characters from Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol too.
The Easter Adventure is at Stockeld Park from Wednesday 28th March to Monday 16th April 2018.
Hush Hush Presents John Digweed and Guy J
One of the world’s most popular DJs is coming back to Leeds this bank holiday weekend. After last year’s Good Friday special, John Digweed is going to do it all over again with Hush Hush. It was regarded as one of Digweed’s finest ever sets, so you won’t want to miss a master at work, spinning some of the finest electronic music around. He’ll be joined by Guy J and itms76 for an unforgettable show.
Hush Hush Presents John Digweed and Guy J play Mint Club on Friday 30th March 2018.
Animal Egg Hunt
Take the kids to Leeds City Museum this bank holiday to take on their Animal Egg Hunt. They’ve hidden eggs around the museum and it’s your job to explore the entire building to hunt them out. Along the way, you’ll learn about the animals that laid them – and each one has a different story to tell.
Animal Egg Hunt comes to Leeds City Museum from Friday 30th March to Sunday 1st April 2018.
Dave Johns: I, Fillum Star
You might not know the name Dave Johns, but you probably know his face. He was the stand-up comedian plucked from obscurity by Ken Loach to play the lead in his award-winning film I, Daniel Blake. He’s now back on the comedy circuit and you can see him on Good Friday. He’ll lead you through ‘I Fillum Star’, which tells his remarkable story, letting you in on how a 59-year-old comic from Byker became a Hollywood star.
Dave Johns: I, Fillum Star comes to Otley Courthouse on Friday 30th March 2018.
Snakehips originally found fame doing popular remixes of other artists like Banks, The Weeknd and Bondax, but now they’re an attraction in their own right. Fresh from huge support slots with Major Lazer last summer, they’re coming to Leeds to for a live show that will feature tunes like ‘All My Friends’, ‘Don’t Leave’ and ‘Either Way’.
Snakehips play Belgrave Music Hall on Friday 30th March 2018.
Skelton Grange Good Friday Easter Egg Trail
Why not kick off the bank holiday in Leeds by taking the little ones to Skelton Grange for their traditional Good Friday Easter Egg Trail? You’ll head out on an adventure around the grounds, looking for clues along the way – it’s a fun day out and there will be a chocolate egg waiting at the end. Afterwards, you can take part in natural craft demonstrations, help make mini nature gardens and even meet the Easter Bunny.
Skelton Grange Good Friday Easter Egg Trail takes place on Friday 30th March 2018.
If you love Take That, don’t miss The Band this bank holiday in Leeds. It’s a new musical from Tim Firth that follows five Take That-obsessed 16-year-olds. Fast forward 25 years and the same group of girls have reunited with a plan to fulfil their childhood dream to meet the band. Can they do it? Find out while singing along to a soundtrack that includes ‘Relight My Fire’, ‘Back for Good’ and ‘Never Forget’.
The Band comes to Leeds Grand Theatre on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March 2018.
Ladies of Laughter with Noreen Khan
You can go to an evening of the finest female stand-up in the UK this Good Friday. Noreen Khan is heading to Leeds with her Ladies of Laughter showcase. Sukh Ojla will tell you about her hilarious experience of moving back in with her parents, Sindhu Vee will regale you with tales of her life looking after three kids and Annette Fagon will be talking loudly about everything from Beyonce’s mental state to mobile phone habits.
Ladies of Laughter with Noreen Khan comes to The Wardrobe Friday 30th March 2018.
Leeds Young Film Festival
The Leeds Young Film Festival has loads going on across the city for the bank holiday weekend. You can go on a virtual reality journey through new Disney film Coco at Carriageworks and step into the immersive 360° Dome at Leeds City Museum where you’ll experience cinema on a planetarium-style dome screen. There’s a constant slew of amazing films on at Leeds Town Hall and Hyde Park Picture House, as well as workshops, exhibitions and talks.
Leeds Young Film Festival is at various Leeds venues from Monday 26th March to Thursday 5th April 2018.
Horsforth Hall Park Beer, Cider, Gin and Prosecco Festival
Forget beer festivals, Horsforth Hall Park goes one step further with a three-day celebration of beer, cider, gin and prosecco. It’s one of the highlights of the Easter weekend, with a little something for everyone, and if you need to line your stomach, you can grab a bite to eat at one of their street food vendors. They’ll have live music all weekend, and on Easter Sunday, they’re throwing a family fun day with crafts, activities and stalls raising money for local causes.
Horsforth Hall Park Beer, Cider, Gin and Prosecco Festival takes place from Friday 30th March to Sunday 1st April 2018.
24 Carrot Forest
This Green Moon is a woodland adventure centre in the grounds of Swillington Organic Farm and this Easter, they’re holding 24 Carrot Forest. Kids are invited to enrol as an Easter Detective and use an investigation kit to find the Mysterious Carrots of Gold. That’s not all – they’ll have storytelling, music and crafts with Yorkshire food and a licensed bar. There’s even a campfire where you can get hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows.
24 Carrot Forest takes place at This Green Moon from Friday 30th March to Tuesday 3rd April 2018.
A Peter Rabbit Easter Eggstravaganza!
Step into the magical world of Beatrix Potter on Good Friday and help Peter Rabbit and all his friends to prepare for Easter. It’s a 50-minute theatrical adventure which will see you follow a story trail around the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey. There will be all sorts of encounters along the way – you can learn the bunny bop with Flopsy and Mopsy, learn to sing to the animals with Jemima Puddle-Duck and even meet Mr Peter Rabbit Cottontail himself.
A Peter Rabbit Easter Eggstravaganza! takes over Kirkstall Abbey on Friday 30th March 2018.
Resonate presents Len Faki and Cleric
You have the chance to see a legend of iconic Berlin club Berghain this Easter weekend. Resonate are welcoming Len Faki for a night of techno bangers at Church and he’s known around the world for his powerful audio-visual shows. He’ll be joined on the night by mysterious Mancunian DJ Cleric who’s released influential tracks on labels like Arts, Figure and Clergy.
Resonate presents Len Faki and Cleric takes place at Church on Friday 30th March 2018.
Easter Tournament 2018
The Easter Tournament is an annual tradition at Royal Armouries. They’ll take you back a good few centuries to present the ancient world of medieval jousting in the Armouries Arena. It’s a live-active tournament that brings together famous knights from England, France, Poland and Australia to battle it out for trophies. Across Easter weekend they’ll also have knight demonstrations, sword combat workshops and tournament storytime.
Easter Tournament 2018 takes over Royal Armouries from Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April 2018.
It’s a Mad Hatter of an Easter
Head down the Rabbit Hole at Lotherton Hall this bank holiday weekend, because they’re going crazy for Alice in Wonderland. You can follow the Mad Hatter’s Trail around the building and gardens, join the Easter Bunny for hopping games and see live hatching displays in the Bird Garden. You’ll also get to meet the Mad Hatter and his friends, as well as having a go at their springtime craft sessions.
It’s a Mad Hatter of an Easter takes over Lotherton Hall from Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April 2018.
Saturday 31st March 2018
Workshops, gigs and street food weekenders – you’re not short of things to do on bank holiday Saturday.
Raver Tots 90s Family Rave
If you’ve swapped clubbing for little ones, why not try a rave the kids will love as much as you? Head to The Warehouse to relive the good old days at The Raver Tots 90s Family Rave. It’s a kid-friendly club experience, designed for all ages. DJ Slipmatt will be spinning classic dance tunes as the kids get their faces painted and play with bubbles, balloons and confetti.
Raver Tots 90s Family Rave comes to The Warehouse on Saturday 31st March 2018.
L.A. Witch are coming over from California to spend Easter weekend in Leeds. They’re an unmissable live band, one of the best groups to have come across the Atlantic in recent years. The trio create an unholy racket, but it’s a wonderful noise, bringing together elements of psychedelia, garage rock and folk music all in one. Listen to their self-titled debut album, before heading down.
L.A. Witch play Headrow House on Saturday 31st March 2018.
Memory and Beyond
Memory and Beyond is the final show from West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Every Third Minute festival which looks at how we deal with dementia. The Playhouse Youth Theatre will explore the fragility of memories in a thoughtful piece of theatre that looks at dementia through the eyes of young people.
Memory and Beyond play West Yorkshire Playhouse on Saturday 31st March 2018.
Real Deal Comedy Jam
Off the back of their sell-out December show, The Real Deal Comedy Jam is back in Leeds with a huge night of stand-up comedy this bank holiday. Headlining this time around is Shorty, who’s well known for his performances on American show Comic View. He’ll be joined on the night by Axel Blake, Kevin J, Rem Conway and Dizzee Comedian Nhow.
Real Deal Comedy Jam takes over Pryzm on Saturday 31st March 2018.
The Streets Club Tribute
Spend a night revelling in the music of The Streets on Easter weekend. Expect the DJs to play a host of classic material from Mike Skinner – we’re talking classics like ‘Dry Your Eyes’, ‘Blinded By The Lights’, ‘Has It Come to This’, ‘Fit But You Know It’ and ‘Prangin’ Out’, mixed between other UK garage classics.
The Streets Club Tribute takes over The Library on Saturday 31st March 2018.
Belgrave Sweet Feast
Belgrave Music Hall is doing something a little different for their bank holiday feast – all of their traders will be making sweet treats. You can get waffles from Sugar Spun Sisters, ice cream from Ginger’s Comfort Emporium and doughnuts from Dohuts. Patty Smith’s and Dough Boys will be making their own desserts especially for the festival, and there will be vegan cakes courtesy of Black Day Bakes.
Belgrave Sweet Feast takes over Belgrave Music Hall on Saturday 31st March 2018.
Easter Bongo’s Bingo
There’s a special edition of Bongo’s Bingo on Easter weekend. This is bingo, but not as you know it. You’re essentially playing with a club atmosphere all around you. There’s proper dabbers and cards, but in between the numbers, there’s crazy dancing, sing-alongs and the chance to win one of their ‘$hit prizes’, as well as a few good ones.
Easter Bongo’s Bingo takes over Canal Mills on Saturday 31st March 2018.
The Damned United
If you’re a Leeds United fan, The Damned United could be one of the highlights of your bank holiday weekend. It’s adapted from David Peace’s acclaimed novel about Brian Clough’s ill-fated time in charge of the Whites in 1974 – it lasted just 44 days as he struggled to make his mark on a club he’d openly despised under predecessor Don Revie. It shows both the good and bad of The Beautiful Game.
The Damned United comes to West Yorkshire Playhouse on Saturday 31st March 2018.
Mini Easter Party
Mini Me Time are coming back to Merrion Centre and they’re throwing two free parties on Easter Saturday and Easter Monday to celebrate. Expect their soft play fun, as the little ones get to play with scarves, ribbons and pom poms, as well as their amazing parachute and blowing bubbles. It’s open to all kids from 6 months to 5 years old
Mini Easter Party takes over Merrion Centre on Saturday 31st March and Monday 2nd April 2018.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Sneaky Experience is back in Leeds on Easter weekend. They’re screening the classic 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, but it’s not just the flick. As you watch, you’ll be given an interactive prop-pack to use at points during the screening. And before it starts, you’ll be treated to a 30-minute show, which includes a vocal warm-up, nonsensical games and a fancy dress competition.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory will be shown at City Varieties on Saturday 31st March 2018.
An Evening with Nicky Siano
Nicky Siano is a resident DJ at iconic New York clubs Studio 54 and The Gallery, but he’s heading over the Atlantic for a special Easter weekend treat in Leeds. This is an intimate show which takes place in Sheaf Street Cafeteria’s bar area and there’s space for just 100 people. He’ll play an extended set of dance anthems, after Billy Black warms up the crowd.
An Evening with Nicky Siano comes to Sheaf Street Cafeteria on Saturday 31st March 2018.
FAC51: The Hacienda
If you fancy a big Easter night out, FAC51: The Hacienda might just do the trick. It’s a touring version of the iconic Manchester venue, bringing the spirit of The Hacienda to Leeds for one night only. They’ve got a stunning line-up in store, including one of the world’s very best as Erick Morillo comes to town. He’s joined by the likes of Mike Pickering, Graeme Park, Ralph Lawson and Marshall.
FAC51: The Hacienda comes to Church on Saturday 31st March 2018.
Dimensions presents Marcellus Pittman
Croatia’s Dimensions Festival is coming to Leeds for a one-off night at Wire this bank holiday weekend. They’re bringing one of Detroit’s house legends across the pond as Marcellus Pittman makes his return to Wire after two years away. Expect to hear a heady mix of sleazy disco and house tunes – you’ll soon see why he’s one of the best producers around.
Dimensions presents Marcellus Pittman comes to Wire on Saturday 31st March 2018.
Kirkstall Abbey Deli Market
Kirkstall Abbey Market is making the most of the long Easter weekend with a three-day stint. Visit the incredible 12th century abbey ruins and explore 40 stalls from local traders, which will have everything from handmade crafts to Yorkshire produce and street food. There’s activities for the little ones too.
Kirkstall Abbey DeliMarket takes place from Saturday 31st March to Monday 2nd April 2018.
Sunday 1st April 2018
Bank holiday Sunday could be the highlight of your weekend – after all, you don’t have to get up for work on Monday.
Actress x Mount Kimbie
Two of British electronic music’s biggest talents are joining forces to put on an Easter Sunday party to remember at Headrow House. Wolverhampton DJ Actress is an eclectic producer with roots in Detroit techno and he’s playing back to back with renowned London duo Mount Kimbie, who blend everything from post-dubstep to ambient and garage into their vibrant electronica.
Actress x Mount Kimbie play Headrow House on Sunday 1st April 2018.
Spend Easter weekend with Leicester indie rockers Arcades. They’re a proper rock’n’roll band, keeping the flag flying for classic British guitar music. It makes for an fantastic live show, during which they’ll play through their debut single, ‘Phantom’, as well as showing off their follow up, ‘The Queuing People’, which is due to be released this year.
Arcades play The Library on Sunday 1st April 2018.
The Terrace Party presents Hannah Wants
The Terrace Party is a bank holiday weekend staple in Leeds, and they’ve got a corker in store this Easter. Birmingham house DJ Hannah Wants will headline this massive shindig, but the supporting cast is just as impressive. We’re talking Sam Divine, Tom Shorterz, Billy Kenny, Jack Swift, Jimmy Switch, Max Moise and more.
The Terrace Party presents Hannah Wants comes to Mint Warehouse on Sunday 1st April 2018.
If you want to hear the best in old school, reggae, bashment, hip-hop and garage on Easter Sunday, Lush Clubbingg is the place to be. There’s an impressive line-up to look forward to – MC DT and MC Melody of Radio 1 and 1Xtra will be in town and they’ll be joined by the likes of DJ Cameo, Seani B and Rampage.
Lush Clubbingg comes to The Warehouse on Sunday 1st April 2018.
Enjoy a traditional Easter fete at Thwaite Mills this bank holiday in Leeds. They’ve got a whole day of fun and games lined-up for all ages to enjoy, including an Easter bonnet competition and the chance to meet the Easter bunny. You can play hook-a-duck, as well as heading out on a boat or donkey ride, with street food vendors to keep you well fed.
Thwaite Fete comes to Thwaite Mills on Sunday 1st April 2018.
Utopia Music Showcase
Get ready for a night of big name house DJs at Church on Easter Sunday. The Utopia Music Showcase brings Waze & Odyssey to Leeds – they’ll be playing dance floor hits like ‘Bounce’ and ‘On the Downlow’. They’re going to be joined by an impressive supporting cast including Joey Daniel, Olli Ryder & Luke Walsh and Kreature.
Utopia Music Showcase takes over Church on Sunday 1st April 2018.
Legendary day-time bank holiday rave Insomnifest returns to Leeds this Easter. They’ve got more than 30 DJs lined-up for a memorable party. You’ll be able to get down to tunes from Radio 1’s MIstajam and Defected stars Amine Edge & Dance, with chart favourite James Hype also making an appearance. Expect a night of the best in techno, bass and old skool.
Insomnifest 2018 takes over Beaver Works on Sunday 1st April 2018.
Funky Love 2018 Opening Party
Funky Love is back, and they’re planning a massive summer of amazing club nights, but it all starts on Easter weekend with their Opening Party at The Wardrobe. They’ve bagged Freemasons to headline the event, with the famed vocal house icons spinning tunes like ‘Uninvited’, ‘Love On My Mind’ and ‘Watchin’. They’re joined by Mark Tillotson, Tony Walker and Hatty Lovehearts.
Funky Love 2018 Opening Party takes over The Wardrobe on Sunday 1st April 2018.
Monday 2nd April 2018
Carnivals, horse shows and music festivals – here’s how you can spend bank holiday Monday.
Leeds Rhinos vs Salford Red Devils Family Day
Why not treat the kids to a day out at the rugby on Easter Monday? Leeds Rhinos have a big Super League clash against Salford Red Devils at Emerald Stadium – and they’re celebrating with a big family day. There’s loads going on, with falconry demonstrations a pony enclosure and a creatures corner where you can pet snakes, spiders and lizards. Want something a little less scary? There’s face painting, balloon modelling and live music too.
Leeds Rhinos vs Salford Red Devils takes place at Headingley Stadium on Monday 2nd April 2018.
End the Easter weekend with an evening of relaxed music courtesy of Canadian folk musician Bahamas. He’s supported the likes of Jack Johnson, Robert Plant and The Lumineers in recent years, and he’ll be at The Wardrobe playing tunes from his newly-released fourth album ‘Earthtones’, as well as your favourite cuts from records like ‘Pink Strat’, ‘Barchords’ and ‘Bahamas is Alfie’.
Bahamas plays The Wardrobe on Monday 2nd April 2018.
You can spend Easter Monday learning about how our bodies survive in extreme conditions. You’ll discover equipment used on expeditions when the body is pushed to the limit, at extreme places like Everest Basecamp. And that’s not all – you can also find out how the RNLI save lives at sea and discover what would happen to your body if you entered outer space.
Extreme Medicine comes to Thackray Medical Museum on Monday 2nd April 2018.
Easter Monday All-dayer
As is tradition in Leeds, bank holiday Monday will see Oporto put on a feast of live music to put off all those back to work blues. The line-up for this year’s party will be revealed in the coming weeks, but you can expect an array of local talent playing from noon to midnight.
Easter Monday All-dayer takes over Oporto on Monday 2nd April 2018.
Thwaite Mills Egg Trail
Thwaite Mills needs the help of the city’s kids this bank holiday – the Easter Bunny has lost a big pile of Easter eggs and they need to be found. They’re going to be dotted all across the island, and your task is to try and collect them all. If you manage it, they’ve got a small prize for you to take home.
Thwaite Mills Egg Trail takes place at Thwaite Mills on Monday 2nd April 2018.