What’s On Roundup 11-17 September 2021

Here’s a roundup of some the main events taking place over the coming week in South Leeds. For full listings go over to our What’s On calendar here.

It’s the busiest weekend of the year so far with lots to cram in so let’s get straight down to Holbeck for the Your Space Craft & Café, Saturday 10am-12pm. The Happy Yak café in the Jamyang Buddhist Centre on Ingram road is the venue for family-friendly crafting activities.

Next it’s on to Stourton and Skelton Grange Environment Centre’s Fundraising Open Day, 11am-4pm. The day will feature: Dragon-fired pizza oven, Bushcraft skills for adults and kids, Keith the Bee Keeper, a Fire Circle and lots of other fun filled nature based activities.

Coming back up Low Road and turning left at Church Street brings us to Hunslet Community Gala which kicks off at 11:30am. The arena, with its mix of dance, music and sports will be the focal point of the day, there will also be plenty of stalls. Around the field you will find Tomas the Viking, Circus Skills, Children’s Assault Course, Diddy Dennis the Fire Engine, also his larger cousin the Classic Fire Engine and Ian’s Mobile Farm. Plus there’s a Funfair and refreshments.

Next up it’s the Holbeck Blast, a two day mini music festival at Old Chapel Studios on Czar Street. Bands will rocking between 12-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a barbecue and bar, plus a sale of vinyl and CDs. It’s all free, but donations are welcomed.

A reminder that Recovery Runners meet every Sunday morning at 10am at the Glass Box on Leeds Dock for a social run. The group is for anyone who is curious about, or uses running to recover from and manage life changing events or addictive behaviours.

Sunday afternoon is time for The Great Middleton Park Show. If you are entering your produce, art or flowers in one the 40+ categories, please take them to the marquee near the lake between 8:30-11am. The show itself runs from 1-4pm and includes entertainment, food and stalls. Find full details at show.fomp.co.uk

Leeds United entertain Liverpool on Sunday, kick off 4:30pm, so expect extra traffic in Beeston.

It’s the Heritage Open Days festival all week. Walkers might enjoy the Aire & Calder Navigation (Monday 2pm, Thursday 10:15am)), Heritage Pubs (Wednesday 2pm), or Holbeck’s Heritage (Thursday 10am). There are guided tours of Middleton Railway’s museum each weekend; and an intriguing talk about The Spice Man: George Ratcliffe, Confectioner and Lord Mayor at The Holbeck club on Thursday at 2pm. Search www.heritageopendays.org.uk for full details.

And finally, on Friday Slung Low will be hosting Michael Wolf’s show It’s About Time, 7:30pm at The Holbeck. Billed as “a night of jaw-dropping magic and time-travelling fun” the show is pay-what-you-decide, but booking is essential at slunglow.org/shows