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New Year, New You? We’ve got you, Leeds

Words by Lauren Entwistle 

New Year, New You and all that faff. While we can’t guarantee you’ll come out of 2018 as a glittering, on-top-of-it-all version of yourself, we can point you in the right direction for things happening in Leeds that could help.

Promised you’d try something different this year? We’ve got you covered. Wanted to listen to some talks or get educated? Check. Fancy indulging in some social clubs, happenings or events you’d never usually think of? Lucky you – we’ve got that too.

Here’s some of our favourite picks for what to do across the city over the next month:

The Skill Set 

How to Knit and Crochet at baa ram ewe 

Head to baa ram ewe on the 20th and 21st of January for fun beginners’ sessions on how to crochet and knit – which is rather en vogue at the minute.

Prepare to be hooked (see what we did there?) on crochet on the 20th at their shop in Chapel Allerton, in a workshop running from 10am – 3pm. You will learn the basic techniques and terminology; including how to hold the hook and yarn, basic stitches, how to crochet in rows and in the round. Tutor Graeme Knowles-Miller will show you how to make granny squares and give lots of ideas of ways to use them.

The next day will cover knitting from 11am – 4pm, also perfect for complete beginners with Gwen Wagner-Adair, from Petitchoufleur Knits. You’ll learn all the how to knit, purl, put stitches on your needle (cast on), finish up (cast off), change yarn in the middle of your project, weave in your ends, and how to read the information that comes on a ball of yarn. You will then progress to basic increase and decreases, and learn how to read a basic pattern.

By the end of the session you’ll be able to knit a scarf and basic hat. “Honest! You will!” they add.

Both sessions cost £50 each and tea or coffee will be provided free of charge as part of the workshop. You can either bring your own lunch with you, pop out to one of the local cafes or shops, or pre-order (not included in the workshop fee) from our lovely local cafe menu to have your lunch delivered on the day. Nothing else needs to be brought – just yourself and a brain ready to learn!

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Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield at Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery 

Ever wanted to have a go at life-drawing but haven’t quite worked up the courage or had the chance? On the 13th of January from 2pm – 4pm begins a monthly life-drawing class at Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery with Gallery favourite and experienced artist and tutor, Rob Oldfield.

This workshop is open to everyone, from newcomers who want to take up a hobby through to experienced artists looking to hone their sketching skills. Materials will be supplied but please feel free to bring your own too.

Rob Oldfield has been leading the Gallery’s life drawing classes since August 2014 and is a York-based artist, graphic designer, sign-writer, art technician and tutor. He has modelled for life classes for many years (so he has been on the other side!) as well as teaching life drawing to his students – you’re in safe hands.

Please note there is a £10.50 charge for this workshop. Book online here: and is suitable for ages 18+

An Introduction to Print-Making at Leeds Print Workshop 

On the 21st of January to the 18th of February, Leeds Print Workshop on Vicar Lane is hosting a course to introduce you to all the ins-and-outs of print making. Get ready to learn some of the processes you can actually access at the Workshop and prepare to be armed with the basic skills you can continue using after the course. The tutor will demonstrate:

  • Monoprinting – using oil based relief printing inks you will produce one-off multicolour prints working with paper stencils and our presses.
  • Collograph – you will use collage to create images that will be printed using our our presses.
  • Drypoint – working directly onto a printing plate, you will use various mark-making tools and then print using our specialist our presses.
  • Linocut – Single colour. Using specialist cutting tools you will be shown how to safely cut lino and print using relief inks, rollers, presses, barens and burnishers.

For a five-week course, it costs £100 and tickets can be bought here:

Comedy Improv Taster at Clifton Village Hall

Convinced you’re absolutely hilarious and are destined for a life in comedy? Head to Clifton Village Hall on the 27th January from 10am – 1pm for a day for laughs. Comedy improv classes are a great way to get more of the funny stuff into your life – and they can reduce stress and build confidence, which is a bonus.

The group will be playing a whole heap of improv games and starting to learn the basics of comedy improv in a friendly, supportive environment. No experience is needed and you don’t even need to be funny – the laughter just happens.

Booking essential and tickets are £15 here:

Educate Yourself 

Panel Discussion: These Northern Types at Left Bank Leeds

On the 11th January from 7pm – 9pm, guests and panellists at Left Bank Leeds are invited to discuss just “What does it mean to be a Northerner in a globalised world? Where the’s muck, is the’ still brass? Is making do and mending consigned to the history books?” Join them for a panel discussion and Q & A around the topics raised within the project, These Northern Types, including identity, place and social division.

This session’s panel includes:  Dr. Katy Wright: Lecturer in Sociology & Social Policy at University of Leeds, Phil Kirby: Editor of The Culture Vultures, Jack Simpson: Founder of The State of The Arts; Hyde Park Book Club and Eiger Studios, Daniel Chapman: Journalist and Writer of the Leeds United fanzine The Square Ball.

It is free but please do register to attend.  Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start.

Saelia Aparicio at The Tetley

On the 24th of January, as part of their current exhibition, Your Consequences Have Actions, the artist Saelia Aparicio will be in conversation with Artistic Director, Bryony Bond, about the current exhibition, her interest in the body, material processes, political and environmental concerns, the connection to the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection and other artist influences that thread through her work.

It’s free, so all are welcome to join and indulge in art and talk with the brains behind The Tetley’s Direction.

A Woman’s Place? at Abbey House Museum 

On the centenary of women first getting the vote, A Woman’s Place? looks at the struggles and progress of women in achieving equality and recognition.

Running from the 20th January all through 2018, The exhibition features stories and objects from strong pioneering women such as Leonora Cohen and Nicola Adams, from 1860 to the present day. Discover how everyday life has changed for women in the home, school and workplace.

They aim to inspire women and girls to believe that their ambitions and achievements are not limited by their gender, and a full programme of related women’s history talks and study days will be ongoing throughout the year – just check their website.

The exhibition is free with admission to the Abbey House Museum.

Fill Your Glass or Plate with Something New

Multiple Tap Takeover at Wapentake

What better way to start the year than with a pint? On the 18th of January from 6pm – 10pm, Wapentake will be serving up treats from Nomadic Beers, Crooked Brewing and Eyes Brewing – three of Leeds’ newer breweries, all of whom are already making waves across Yorkshire. Come on down and chat with the brewers, and sample some treats from Cask and Keg.

It’s all part of Tryanuary, a nationwide campaign to encourage support for the beer industry throughout January, which is now in its fourth year.

So come on down and have a pint (or two. Or more. We won’t tell.)

Veganuary Special Baking at Le Pain Quotidian 

Join Le Pain Quotidian at Victoria Gate on the 31st January from 6pm – 9pm for a very special vegan baking class – as part of the Veganuary movement – full of chocolates, tarts and cakes.

You’ll make a delicious raw chocolate tart, Le Pain’s signature chocolate and pear cake and even a ‘guilt free’ banana bread. So all the good stuff, really.

Tickets cost £35 per person. This includes hot drink or wine, a jar of our signature, organice spreads or jams and your own, freshly baked goodies. Buy them here.

Brew-denell Beer and Ale Festival 2018

Brew-denell is a small independent Beer and Ale Festival, now in its 6th year, featuring some of the best small independent breweries in the UK, including Magic Rock, Kirkstall, The Kernel, Cloudwater, Thornbridge, and more, and also some very special imported ales from around the world.

Join them from the 12th – 14th January at the Brudenell Social Club, where this year they’ve expanded the Keg offering, with ales concentrating more on good UK breweries than US/Australia as in previous years. There will be live music and entertainment and, as ever, tickets will allow entry per day, all day and evening, allowing you to come and go as you please throughout the day, and return again.

Buy those tickets here.

Getting Social 

Yoga at Leeds City Museum

You might not think of yoga as being social, but it is a great way to get fit and chatting on free lunchtimes. Running on Wednesdays from 12:30pm – 1:30pm, this is fun, relaxing yoga that’s suitable for all body types and levels of experience, set to carefully crafted playlists. Expect a lovely spacious yoga class, that will help you get moving and relaxing whilst enjoying this incredible setting.

Everyone is welcome to teacher Lucyoga‘s classes and she teaches a fully instructed class that doesn’t require any prior knowledge of yoga (so great for beginners), and if you need adaptions for fitness level, injury or health conditions, that’s fine too.

The yoga sessions will take place in the Broderick Hall – the centre piece of the City Museum. We will have private access to this space and can lay out our yoga mats on the map of Leeds, whilst looking up into the domed ceiling and soaking the grandeur in!

Please bring a yoga mat and a bottle of water and if possible, a yoga blanket. A few yoga mats and blankets will be available for you to borrow if you don’t have one, but let her know if you need a mat/blanket in advance by emailing Book your place here.

Come Together at Hyde Park Book Club


Aptly named, Come Together is a grand mix of acts lined up for you all this January at Hyde Park Book Club, running on the 14th from 7:30pm to 11pm. Featuring Shakal Dconan, bringing some reggae all the way from Paris, De Rvlutionists + guests which is a budding reggae fusion band bringing something fresh, Kelly Boyle, Hazel Thompson, Liberty and Conor and more awesomeness to be confirmed shortly – it’s going to be so good.

Tickets are £3 suggested donation, with proceeds going to charity Musical Arc:

So with that, we’d expect you to go forth and better yourself in some way. Even if its by drinking something you’ve never tried – we’ll consider that a win.

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