A look at what’s on in Leeds this summer

If you’re anywhere near Leeds this summer, or you plan to visit from out of town, you definitely won’t be short of things to do! There’s loads of stuff going on, from gigs and festivals to theatre, sport and culture – here’s our pick of the best events in Leeds this summer…

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A guide to golf in Leeds

If you’re golf-mad, you’ll find a kind of second home in the city of Leeds. It isn’t necessarily the very first place you’d think of for golf in the UK, or even golf in Yorkshire, but Leeds and its surroundings boast a great range of golf courses.

Here’s our guide to golf in Leeds, with all courses less than four miles away for sport enthusiasts staying at Weetwood Hall just on the outskirts of the city centre. Our guide includes an interview with Gary Day, General Manager at Cookridge Hall Golf Club in Leeds.

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Your essential guide to the Great British Food Festival Yorkshire

If you live in Yorkshire and you’re something of a foodie, there’s one weekend that you’re definitely going to need to put in your calendar. This May Bank Holiday weekend, between 23rd and 25th May, is the Great British Food Festival Yorkshire, back for 2015 with a jam-packed roster of events.

This fantastic event, held at Harewood House near Leeds, is one of the most high profile food festivals in Leeds. Spread out over three days, there’s lots going on – from cooking demos by top local chefs to live music and cookery classes for all ages. It’s a treat for the senses, with lots to taste, smell and savour, and plenty of activities for families to enjoy together.

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Why gift vouchers make a great gift

We all have far too much stuff, cluttering up our cupboards and every available inch of attic space. That’s why, when it comes to buying gifts for friends and loved ones, it might be a good idea to avoid giving just more ‘stuff’ and actually give something that will prove useful.

Instead of desperately hunting around for something to wrap up, which will only end up being neglected or re-gifted, why not give a gift voucher? It takes up no space, fits inside a card and is essentially ‘free’ money for the recipient to spend on whatever they want.   A voucher also takes the guess work out of present buying, so you no longer have to be a mind-reader to find the perfect present for someone special in your life.

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Back to the basics: How to plan a conference that encourages audience participation


Sitting in a conference listening to a speaker drone on about an arduous topic for what seems like eternity is not synonymous with a memorable, engaging and effective meeting. On the contrary, it all but gives the audience a ticket to switch off and fall asleep.

One of the keyword phrases in planning a successful, effective and enjoyable conference is ‘audience participation’.

Audiences don’t just want to be talked at and remain passive, they want to take action themselves. But how does the planner of a conference create an engaging event that encourages plenty of audience participation?

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