Beat the winter blues: Spend the weekend in Leeds!
Mid to late January is never the most celebratory time of the year in Britain. The weather’s pretty grim, the post-Christmas financial pinch is still being felt and New Year’s Resolutions are beginning to wane. If the winter blues are getting you down and you’re looking for something to do to cheer yourself up, heading to the vibrant city of Leeds for the weekend could be just what the doctor ordered!
Art and culture
There’s nothing quite like some art and culture to blow away the gloomy winter cobwebs and in Leeds you’ve got a wealth of art and culture on your doorstep.
Why not visit the many arts galleries of Leeds, like the Henry Moore Institute? This award-winning gallery and exhibitions centre is recognised across the world for its fascinating study of sculpture.
Or how about Leeds Gallery at Munro House? This independent gallery and exhibition centre in Leeds offers fascinating exhibitions and representations of artists, photographers, illustrators and designers, with a focus on supporting local arts and culture.
If your visit to Leeds has children in tow, a trip to The Tetley, a centre for contemporary art and learning in central Leeds situated in the art deco building of the former Tetley Brewery headquarters, will be a fascinating experience for all the family.
A taste of Yorkshire
Blast away those winter blues by tucking into to tasty Yorkshire cuisine. Leeds is home to a vast number of quality restaurants, bars, pubs and eateries, serving cuisine from virtually every corner of the globe.
If you yearn for some delicious, home-cooked dishes based on only the finest locally-sourced ingredients, within the comforting confines of a traditional pub, you’ll certainly be at home in Weetwood Hall’s cosy Stables Pub.
Leeds in an exceptionally sporty city and if there is one way to obliterate the gloominess of the winter, it’s being involved in sport. Whether it’s visiting Leeds Yorkshire County Cricket Club at the Headingley Stadium, which is also home to Leeds Rugby, or going to watch a Leeds United FC match at the famous Elland Road Football Stadium, you’ll find plenty of exciting sporting action at the weekend in Leeds.
You might have overspent a little at Christmas but pay day is approaching and you deserve some retail therapy. Being a fairly small and compact city, Leeds is perfect for walking between designer stalls, independent boutiques, thriving shopping malls and high street brands, many of which can be found in stunning buildings from the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
One such place is the Victoria Quarter, which, if you’re looking for some designer gear, this exciting designer shopping destination should definitely be on your to do list. With more than 75 designer brands, including Ted Baker, Vivienne Westwood, Louis Vuitton, to name just a few, situated under Europe’s largest stain glass window, visit the Victoria Quarter for some true designer indulgence.
Or if quirky, vintage items are more up your street, dedicate some if your weekend in Leeds to visiting the Corn Exchange. This stunning Grade I listed building is brimming with a diverse range of independent retailers, offering unique crafts, clothing, gifts, books, produce and much, much more.
So blow over those winter cobwebs and head to the pulsating, friendly and hugely diverse city of Leeds, where there’s never a dull moment.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay on your weekend in Leeds, stay at the stylish and welcoming Weetwood Hall. Unwind and relax in one of our charming bedrooms and feel those winter melancholies ease away.