Autumn is a great time in the U.K. Temperatures are cooling off and trees begin to paint their leaves in bright colours. What more could you want? Well, you might want to visit Leeds, which offers a wide variety of fun activities for the Autumn months.
Leeds is a great place to visit any time of the year, including Autumn.
1). Coffee or Hot Chocolate Crawl
Leeds offers a wonderful variety of cafes and coffee shops where you can enjoy a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate. In fact, you’ve heard of bar crawls, so why not consider a coffee or hot chocolate crawl? Here are some great places to enjoy a hot cuppa on a cold Autumn day:
- Laynes Expresso: located near the train station on New Station Street, hop on over to Laynes. This place is highly popular and is a great place to start your caffeine fix.
- Mrs. Atha’s: moving toward the city center, head down Boar lane and settle in with a cup of coffee of hot chocolate to warm your bones. This cute little coffee shop offers a wide variety of hot drinks to warm up a cold body.
- Opposite Café: next, head toward the Victoria Quarter and walk down Kirkgate to find the Opposite Café. You’ll find everything from expresso to international coffees and more. You may even find some delightful brownies to go with your coffee or hot chocolate.
- Global Tribe Café: next, swing on over to Swan Street. Here you’ll find the Global Tribe Café nestled near the City Varieties Music Hall. This pleasant café offers a warm welcome on a cold day, along with their heavenly coffee.
- Bottega Milanese: for another heady cup of coffee or hot chocolate, travel over to the Bottega Milanese, located on Albion street. You’ll find tasty coffee and snacks to help settle your caffeine-fueled energy.
2). Catch a Movie
Autumn is the perfect time to catch the newest movies! What could be more cosy on a cold, rainy Autumn day?
Head over to the Everyman, where you can even warm up under a duvet as you watch a new flick. Another option is the Ilkley Cinema, which offers a 4K screen.
You’ll also find the Cottage Road and Hyde Park Picture House accommodating places on a cool day.
3). Shop Till Your Wallet’s Empty
With Christmas right around the corner, shopping is a wonderful exercise when the weather turns cooler. No need to sweat in the heat as you shop…consider doing your Christmas shopping in Leeds in the Autumn.
Head over to Trinity Leeds, found at the heart of city between Albion Street and Briggate. You’ll find 3 floors of covered shopping that’s open 7 days a week. With 120 shops, you’re sure to find just the right gifts for the people on your Christmas shopping list.
Check out the Kirkgate Market, which is housed in a building dating from 1875. It’s one of the largest covered markets in the EU. You can shop till you drop 6 days a week, and check out over 400 stalls to find just the right gifts for Christmas. Not only that, but you’ll find another 200 stalls outside for more shopping.
If you haven’t found the perfect gifts yet, then consider checking out the Victoria Quarter. Here you can shop in Victorian splendor and enjoy the beautiful architecture. The shopping center is home to over 75 designer brands, so you’re sure to find truly unique gifts.
The Corn Exchange Market is another excellent place to do your holiday shopping. Here you’ll find one-off fashions, vintage pieces and highly unique gifts. The market is home to independent retailers and eateries, making this a wonderful place to find just that special something for the people on your Christmas list.
4). Festivals & Events
Leeds is always busy with events and festivals; in fact, the fun doesn’t stop with summer’s end. You can find many things to do in the Autumn, too! Take a gander at these upcoming events and festivals!
- Professor Brian Cox’s Universal: if you’re fascinated in how nature works, then check out this show. You’ll learn how nature works at the most basic level, all presented in an entertaining way. You won’t realise you’re actually learning anything as you enjoy the show. Show date: September 11th, 2019 at the First Direct Arena.
- Leeds Rum Festival: here’s another way to warm up on a cold, blustery Autumn day! The Leeds Rum Festival gives you the opportunity to try literally hundreds of different types of rum from around the world for just £20. This event takes place at the Corn Exchange on September 21, 2019. And for the ticket price, you’ll also get to enjoy some great music.
- Swithens Farm Harvest Festival: this is one of the biggest events at Swithens Farm. You and your family will all find activities to enjoy! Enjoy painting workshops, make a scarecrow and much more. You’ll even have a chance to win prises. This fun festival will be held on September 28th & 29th. Come out and enjoy the fun!
- Leeds Light Night: is a one of kind show in the UK, which first started back in 2005. Enjoy expert art that incorporates light, dance performances and visual projections all over the city. In fact, you can choose from 100 events located all over the city. Night Light 2019 starts in October 2019—don’t miss it!
- Cher is coming to Leeds: don’t miss this great performance by the famous U.S. singer and performer Cher. She will present her debut performance at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. One of the most successful artists ever, she’s sold millions of records over 6 decades, and has won multiple honors including Oscars, Grammys and Emmys. Catch her performance on October 30th, 2019 at the First Direct Arena!
We hope this guide has given you some great ideas to warm up and have fun all through the Autumn months. You can enjoy a coffee crawl while you shop until you drop and enjoy wonderful light festivals and a world-class singer’s concert—all this Autumn in Leeds.