Our Leeds Hour Twitter Hour is probably our most popular, which just goes to show how much the people of Leeds understand the importance of social media and how tech savvy they are.
So what is LeedsHour? It’s an hour of time, between 8 and 9pm on the first Thursday of the month, where local businesses and organisations take to Twitter to talk about the city using the hashtag #LeedsHour. We have a different topic each month so that we can all talk about the same thing and have a constructive, friendly and interesting discussion about current events and issues within the city.
We structure the discussion by posting five questions throughout the hour for people to answer, and then participants are free to swap advice and ideas around these questions. We’ve found that using this format on LeedsHour creates better discussions and more interaction, meaning that everyone gets more from the hour.
As anyone who lives or works here knows, Leeds is a brilliant city – perhaps even the best in the North! Here are some reasons why we think Leeds is great.
#1 It’s got tons of community spirit
Amid the devastation of the Boxing Day floods of 2015, Leeds did itself proud by coming to the aid of those affected. Within hours of the floods, a number of Facebook groups had popped up full of people offering assistance, from sandbags to somewhere to stay for those whose homes were flooded. Two days later, while most of the country were still working their way through the Christmas leftovers, scores of volunteers descended on badly-hit Kirkstall to help with the clean-up. Thousands of pounds were donated to help the households and businesses affected. Leeds folk are a generous lot!
#2 It’s brilliant for shopping
Leeds has always been a great place for retail therapy, but recent investment in the city centre has made it even better. Trinity Leeds opened in 2013 and offers over 120 shops and eateries all under one roof, including many well-known brands. For something a little quirkier, the stunning Corn Exchange is filled with independent shops and cafes and also hosts regular events such as vintage and gift fairs. And the quaint Victoria Quarter is soon to get a boost with the new Victoria Gate development, including a flagship John Lewis store.
#3 It has THREE fantastic universities
Looking into higher education? Look no further – between the three universities within the city, Leeds offers almost every university course imaginable! There’s the redbrick University of Leeds, which is a member of the Russell Group and frequently appears among the top 20 universities in the UK (and the top 100 in the world!). There’s Leeds Beckett University, which has campuses in the vibrant city centre and the leafy suburbs of Headingley and has sporting and cultural partnerships across the region. And there’s also Leeds Trinity University, one of the UK’s newest universities having been awarded full university status in 2012. With so many choices for studying, why go anywhere else?
#4 It’s a must for music lovers
Leeds has got everything a muso could wish for. You can catch concerts from big names such as Little Mix or Manic Street Preachers at the First Direct Arena, the first concert arena to have a fan-shaped auditorium to improve the audience experience. If smaller venues and up-and-coming artists are more your thing, try Brudenell Social Club. Or for a bit of both, there’s the O2 Academy, featuring famous bands as well as less well-known names. And of course, let’s not forget that Bramham Park is host to the huge Leeds Festival every August.
#5 Sports fans are well catered for
If you prefer scoreboards to songbirds, Leeds doesn’t disappoint on the sporting front. Football fans can head to Elland Road to cheer on Leeds United (if they’re feeling brave!) or you could go to Carnegie Stadium in Headingley to enjoy watching Yorkshire County Cricket Club or Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union team. Carnegie Stadium is also home to the hugely successful Leeds Rhinos, who completed the rugby league treble in 2015 by winning the Challenge Cup, League Leaders Shield and Grand Final. Now there’s a team to get behind!
#6 It’s well connected
With a major train station, which has recently been redeveloped to be even more accessible, you can catch a direct train from Leeds to almost anywhere in the UK, from Aberdeen to Penzance. Importantly, it takes just over two hours to travel from Leeds to London Kings Cross, making it great for businesses. If you want to get further afield, no problem – just head a little way out of town to Leeds Bradford Airport to fly to various locations across Europe and beyond.
#7 It’s got lots of free things to do
Yorkshire folk are known for being, ahem, cautious with their coppers, so it’s a good thing that Leeds City Centre is equipped with so many free attractions. Learn about local history, world cultures, ancient civilisation and natural history at Leeds City Museum; soak in the culture at Leeds Arts Gallery, the Henry Moore Institute and the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery; or transport yourself back to historic battlegrounds at Royal Armouries. You can have plenty of great days out in Leeds without spending a penny!
#8 It’s an excellent night out
If you’ve been working hard all week, Leeds is the perfect place to play hard at the weekend! With dozens of bars and pubs to choose from you are bound to find the right drinking hole for you, regardless of whether your favourite tipple is a fancy cocktail or a unique craft beer. Call Lane is particularly well known for its nightlife, with plenty of bars serving a variety of drinks and playing an equally broad repertoire of music. If you’re in a dancing mood, you could go to the Control nightclub in Kirkstall, or to smaller venues like The Warehouse and Wire. Or head over to The Wardrobe for a chilled-out gig.
#9 It’s never short of a show
If you prefer to spend your evenings in the stalls rather than the clubs, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Leeds. The city centre has no less than five theatres, offering a wide range of plays and shows. West Yorkshire Playhouse is renowned for its excellent major theatre productions, or you could go for something a bit lighter at the City Varieties. The Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre is home to Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre while Leeds Grand Theatre is the base for Opera North. The Carriageworks has a bit of everything, with family shows, touring plays, comedy and community productions available.
#10 It’s great for green space
If after exploring the many venues in Leeds you’re feeling in need of fresh air, there are plenty of options for a relaxing stroll. You could explore the 700 acres of Roundhay Park, see the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey, admire the beautiful gardens at Golden Acre Park or wander around the lake at Middleton Park, to name just a few green spaces within the city boundaries. Or for a more natural, untamed experience, head up to Otley Chevin to walk around the stunning woodland, scramble on the rocks and take in the amazing views of Wharfe Valley.
Whatever your interests and tastes, Leeds really is the place to live!
We want as many people to get involved in our LeedsHour Twitter chat as possible, so if you have a website or blog it would be great if you could add in the link to your site to help us spread the word!
Leeds is a thriving city with fantastic organisations, businesses, blogs and websites! We have listed some of them below. If you’d like to list your site below please contact us.
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