What’s On Roundup 25 November – 1 December 2023

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.

With just over four weeks to go we have another batch of Christmas fairs on Saturday, starting at Middleton Elderly Aid’s Christmas Fayre at their centre at the junction of Acre Road and Middleton Park Avenue, LS10 4JQ. Running from 10am-2pm, the Fayre offers flowers, craft, cake and gift stalls as well as hot and cold sandwiches, a raffle and Santa’s grotto.

The Handmade and Homemade Food & Craft Market and table top sale is back at Beeston Parish Centre on Town Street, opposite Nisa on Saturday. Combining with the St Mary’s Christmas Fair, you’ll find all sorts of delights from candles and plants to cakes and samosas. The market is open 11:30am-2:30pm.

Holbeck boasts not one, but three Christmas markets on Saturday. The trail starts at Leeds Wood Recycling, Unit 6, Croydon Street, LS11 9RT, where you will find a range of beautiful wooden gifts and ornaments from 10am-4pm.

Around the corner at Unit 3, Barkston House, Pyramid of Arts are holding their Winter Art Fair from 11am-3pm.

Holbeck Together host the Holbeck Christmas Market at St Matthew’s Community Centre, LS11 9NR, from 12-4:30pm promising stalls, live entertainment, Santa’s grotto and food. All that is followed by the Christmas Lights switch on at Holbeck Moor at 5pm.

St Peter’s Church, Petersfield Avenue, Belle Isle are also hosting their Christmas Fayre from 1-3pm on Saturday. Admission is just 20p.

Christmas Lights will also be switched on in Hunslet at Church Street at 6pm on Saturday.

Hibiscus Rising is Leeds’s newest public sculpture and will be unveiled on Saturday in the new Aire Park on the former Tetley’s Brewery site in Hunslet. Hibiscus Rising remembers the legacy of David Oluwale and acts as a beacon of Leeds’s vibrant and diverse present. A free activity day featuring music, workshops, poetry, talks and food runs from 11am-4pm.

Leeds Dads will be holding another free Soft Play session, 10am-12pm on Sunday morning at Little Angels behind the Tommy Wass pub, LS11 7HL. This for dads and pre-school children and there’s free tea and toast! Book: leedsdads.org/events

As it’s the last Sunday of the month you can take a musical history tour of Old Chapel Studios at Czar Street in Holbeck.

A charity football match raising funds for Palestine will take place on Hunslet Moor, LS11 5UL on Sunday. Gaza City v Gaza United kicks off at 12pm.

If you’re keen to find out what happens to The Tetley now that the art gallery has closed, get along to Aire Park developer Vastint’s consultation event on Monday from 4-7pm.

Beeston Hill Residents’ Association meets on Monday, 6:30pm, at the Hamara Centre on Tempest Road, LS11 6RD

There are three chances to catch up with PCSOs from the Leeds South Neighbourhood Policing Team this week. On Tuesday they will be at Hunslet Community Hub and Library, off Church Street; on Wednesday they will be at Dewsbury Road Community Hub & Library; and on Thursday at Beeston Community Hub and Library, Town Street. Each drop in session runs 10am-12pm.

South Leeds is hosting two film nights as part of the annual Leeds Palestinian Film Festival. On Tuesday night ‘Gaza’ will be shown at The Holbeck club, Jenkinson Lawn, LS11 9QX at 7pm. Made before the current conflict, it’s an elegantly shot and masterfully crafted portrait of Palestinian life.

Then on Thursday you can see three animated films which tell the stories of three little girls who have very different experiences of Palestine. This family friendly screening is at St Luke’s CARES community cinema on Dewsbury Road, LS11 6JQ at 7pm with refreshments and children’s activities.

The next Inner South Community Committee is on Wednesday, 1:30pm at Woodhouse Hill Community Centre, Woodhouse Hill Rd, LS10 2EF. This is a public meeting where you can raise questions or issues directly with your Councillors.

Also on Wednesday evening Leeds United entertain Swansea City at Elland Road. Kick-off is at 7:45pm and you can expect the usual heavy traffic and parking issues around Beeston, Holbeck and Cottingley.

The monthly Adventures in Reading Book Club will be meeting at Dewsbury Road Community Hub & Library on Tuesday, 3:30-4:30pm.

Hunslet Remembered is a chance to reminisce and discuss local history on Thursday from 10am-12pm at Hunslet Community Hub & Library.

You are invited to the Hamara Centre on Thursday, 4-6pm, to explore the influence of the Islamic world in shaping European life through past and present heroes who have contributed to life as we know it. The Hamara Heritage Hub will also be launched. Refreshments will be provided.

And finally, we will be distributing the November edition of the South Leeds Life newspaper from Wednesday. You can collect a copy from any of these 200 pick up points.


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